Retiring in Mexico

What You Should Know
about Moving South of the Border



Thinking of retiring in Mexico? You're not alone!

Mexico is North America's #1 expatriate retirement choice. A recent survey place the number of American citizens living in Mexico at 600,000 by far the most populous community outside US borders.

Add to this the thousands of Canadians who have settled here, especially in Merida, it becomes clear that for a great many people, the tourist's daydream of "living in paradise" has had an irresistible attraction for a great many retirees.

Of course, it isn't "living in paradise." Some aspects of life in Mexico (the traffic if D.F., the bureaucracy and red tape, the occasional flare-up of xenophobia) can be positively hellish. But there is no question that the advantages of retirement in Mexico outweigh most of the drawbacks.

The difference is information. You can buy that house on the beach, with a clear title and a solid prospect for future appreciation. You can identify health care facilities every it as good as what is available at home at a fraction of the cost. You can meet others both fellow expats and Mexicans with whom you will share community and lifelong friendship. But these things are hard to come by if you are relying on luck alone.

When I moved to Mexico, I had one great advantage: I was (and still am, happily!) married to a Mexican. This gave me immediate access to at least the periphery of Mexican life. Curiously, I met few fellow expats. Puebla, for some reason, does not seem to nurture those connections.

But in other places throughout the country, the situation is quite the reverse. Today one of the most vibrant expat communities is Merida. Here there is a large US and Canadian population. Merida expats run fund-raisers for local charities. They have established a large English language library. They are buying and restoring colonial homes in the city center, and in a host of ways become of vibrant part of the local scene.

On this site, we will share whatever we can find that will help those thinking about retiring in Mexico make a smooth and happy transition. Whenever we come across useful resources such as books and ebooks, guides, videos, etc, we will include them here.

Just as important--no, make that more important--we want others to tell us what they know. The form at the bottom of this page provides a space for site visitors to place their own content on our site. So, if you have settled in Mexico and have pearls of wisdom to share, we encourage you to do so. In this way, we will not only build up a knowlege base of valuable information, we may even help to build that community ourselves, as visitors and contributors come to know each other.

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