Whether you are looking to vacation or maybe stay a little longer many of us dream of Mexico as the perfect location to retire to.
Mexico has a lot to recommend it. In fact over a million US and Canadians have escaped to live in Mexico and is the most popular destination for North American expats in the world! Within driving distance of the USA and Canada (or a short flight) it’s hardly surprising… and since it’s very much “like back home” in terms of living conveniences like fast speed internet it’s easy to see how it’s become so popular. For those of us from Europe it’s a little further from home but we too like the “first world” experience so it’s looking good for us too.
Mexico’s lower cost of living means a comfortable, fulfilling life in Mexico will likely cost you a fraction of what you would pay in North America and Europe. Of course there are also the other differences that make Mexico an attractive retirement destination. It’s rich history and culture, friendly people and their relaxed lifestyle, the sunny climate, the delicious food and drink and the thing that draws us all – the 6,000 miles of coastline and warm sunny beaches. Added to which you will find a more relaxed pace of life and isn’t that what we all yearn for in our later life.
We’ve been lucky enough to visit Mexico a number of time and always say as we pack our bags and head back to the airport “wouldn’t it be rather nice to live here“. Whatever lifestyle you seek, you’ll likely find it in Mexico . No wonder more U.S. expats live in Mexico than in any other country in the world…
Mexico is a huge country that is normally sunny although it does have a somewhat varied climate offering something for everyone. We love our mountains and the location of Mexico City in the Sierra Madre, is often surrounded by snow-capped mountains during the winter months. We probably wouldn’t choose to live there though as the beach has more of a draw for us now that we’re retired as we do still work but we are location free in what we do. We would have the choice of the coasts – the Caribbean Sea on the east or the Gulf of Mexico north of the Yucatan Peninsula or the Pacific Ocean on the west. All of them are those much loved tropical climates we love.
Mexico offers a huge menu of activities to keep “retiree” expats healthy and entertained. With easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, and the famed Riviera Maya on the Caribbean Sea, beach lovers can soak up the sun and play in the surf on some of the world’s best beaches. Mexico’s snorkeling, swimming, boating, and diving and fishing offer the best of the best locations on the planet.
Then there’s exploring. The Yucatan Peninsula is filled with sunken, water-filled caves where you can swim among stalactites and stalagmites one million years old – we visited Rio Secreto during one visit to Mexico and it was absolutely incredible.
One of our best ever experiences however was a speedboat trip to a wonderful reef off the island of Cozumel where we got to snorkel off the reef and see some amazing fish and corals
If you want to find out more about living or moving to Mexico we highly recommend taking a look at this article here. We have no affiliation with them but having been subscribers to their magazine and have read many of their books and reports we know you will get a fair view of Mexico as a destination to live in (warts and all).
Best advice is always going to be visit first and get to know the different places you might like to live, speak to other retiree expats and then try it for a while before putting down more permanent roots.
We hope you enjoyed reading about Mexico as a possible dream retirement destination… our problem is there are just so many different placed to choose from