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The Best 5 Places to Retire in Mexico

Updated: Apr 19, 2022

Mexico is home to more North American ex-pat retirees than any other country in the world. Retirement south of the border couldn’t be more convenient. It’s one of few overseas retirement destinations that you can pack up and move to in your car. Mexico and these cities, in particular, offer a low cost of living, warm weather, and a wide diversity of lifestyle options. Many also feature thriving ex-pat communities.



Here are the top 7 best places to retire in Mexico in 2022:

  • Merida.

  • Puerto Vallarta.

  • Oaxaca.

  • Ajijic, Lake Chapala.

  • Morelia.

  • San Cristóbal de las Casas.

  • Zihuatanejo.

From relaxing beach towns to cosmopolitan cities, the challenge is deciding where to retire in Mexico. Consider these potential retirement spots in Mexico where you can seek adventure overseas but don't have to give up all the comforts of home.


Is it Cheap to Retire in Mexico?


While a decade or so ago, Mexico was significantly cheaper to live in than the USA, things are changing.


Mexico’s real estate economy continues to boom. As the cost of living in the USA and Canada skyrockets, many people are heading south and they’re taking their strong currencies with them.


This means that finding a house by the beach for under $100,000 is impossible unless it needs to be torn down and built up again from scratch.

Of course, there are still bargains to be had. And for many people, USD 250,000 for a 2-bedroom house by the beach is an absolute steal.


Or maybe, like many people who retire in Mexico, you’re simply looking for a plot of land that you can build your dream retirement home on.

Whatever you’re looking to do with your retirement in Mexico, I hope this article helps give you some ideas about what sort of city or town would be best for you in your golden years.


To me, the best place to live is a medium-sized city with great coffee shops, a good restaurant scene, and easy access to nature. Hiking or at least walking is one of my favorite weekend activities and it means a lot to me to be close to a variety of parks and trails.


However, maybe to you, the best place to live is by the beach. Maybe you love the heat and want year-round summer. Perhaps you hate the heat and want to live somewhere that feels more like year-round spring.


If you are planning to retire to Mexico, you’re likely looking either for great weather. (whatever that means to you) or a cheap location, or both. These 7 places have mountains, beaches, and all you need to be able to relax.

It’s important to note that if you want to be by the beach, you will be hot. If you want to be in a temperate climate, you should look inland in the central mountain region. Inland is also where you’ll get the best deals.



It’s not possible to write a completely exhaustive list of the best places to retire in Mexico. There are SO many wonderful places to choose from. This is a list of some of the most popular places to start your search in 2022.



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