Honestly, I would retire to Mexico in a heartbeat.
I love the weather, the people, the scenery, and the food. There are a lot of North Americans moving to Mexico, some full time, some part time. Everyone I’ve talked to says it is a terrific place to live. If you like a warmer beach experience, there are two coasts to choose from. If you prefer milder temperatures, you can live inland at higher elevations in places such as San Miguel de Allende at 1,900 m (6,200 ft) where the average high temperature is 26.7C (80.1F) and the average low is 10.9C (51.6F). San Miguel de Allende has become an expat magnet with the resulting increase in housing prices. 2.5 million US dollars will buy you this stunning property. On the other hand, if you don’t mind living 15 minutes from the city center, you can find a home like this for around US$ 185,000. Of course, you can live much cheaper if you choose a less popular area. For example, you can find a nice two bedroom apartment to rent in Puerto Vallarta for under US$500 per month.
In general, the cost of living is cheaper in Mexico where you’ll find fabulous farm fresh fruit and vegetables all year around at the city markets – every city and town has at least one. Of course, if you prefer large, modern, air conditioned supermarkets and big box stores like Walmart, you’ll find those, too.
One concern many people express is the quality and cost of health care. There is a web site called Patients Beyond Borders which addresses those concerns.
For a first person account of one man’s experience with healthcare in Mexico, click here.
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