Retiring in Mexico may seem like an odd idea to some, but retiring to this country can be a benefit in many ways to people with the means to do so. The individual reasons to retire to this country are as varied as the geography in this ancient place. The most important reasons to retire to Mexico include climate, culture and food, and the wonderful history of this country, and for some retirees, the lower cost of living and medical care can be a draw. The fact that Mexico also shares a border with the United States is also a big plus for some people. Although there may be some drawbacks, the benefits far outweigh them.
The climate of Mexico varies based on the geography of your location. Coastal towns tend to be warmer in the summer, with average temperatures in the 80’s. However, when you go into the mountain regions the temperature tends to average in the 70’s. For most people, finding a year round temperature that matches their personal sensibilities should not be hard. The cities most recommended as being amenable to foreigners wishing to make extended stays in Mexico are numerous and really depend on what type of environment you wish to live. If you like an ocean town, Mazatlan may be for you, but if you want something close to the US, try Rocky Point. San Miguel de Allende is listed as a town that is big on Mexican culture and a great place for retirees. Merida Yucatan has a rich cultural diversity and beautiful architecture and and access to world-class beaches.So choose a mountain view or an oceanfront property and pack your bags for Mexico.
The culture of Mexico is also varied, with most cultures defining themselves by geography. There were many indigenous tribes in Mexico that flourished for thousands of years. The Spanish influence is also still very strong. There are groups that strongly affiliate with one another, which has led to problems in the past. Although there is stereotyping from one group to another, the feeling of national pride is ever present. A person choosing to retire to Mexico will have the distinct privilege of getting to know different group of people depending on what part of the country in which they choose to settle. Another important aspect when moving to any new country is the food. People in the United States have probably had some experience with Mexican food, but that food is very different than the food traditionally found in Mexico. While most Americans think of Mexican food as hot and spicy with lots of peppers, there are many other dishes found in this country. Mexicans typically eat a great deal of corn, rice and beans. A great deal of sweets, sodas and coffee are part of the typical diet, as is fresh fruit. Also, meals are typically smaller, but eaten more often. While some newcomers may find this hard to get used to, the food will win them over quickly. Restaurants are also much less expensive than the US. There are several styles of restaurants, and in larger cities, tourists and retirees may be able to find the same restaurants that they were familiar with stateside, even McDonald’s.
Mexico is a country rich in culture and history with many archeological and geographic wonders to explore. Some of the areas of Mexico have ruins that can be dated to 3500 BC and the Olmeca culture. The Mayan ruins are a part of Mexico considered having important historic significance, and if a person chose to retire in Mexico, they could choose to take advantage of their proximity. Also important in Mexican history are the Aztec people and their culture. Their ruins are located near Tenochtitlan. Many people in Mexico are linked to the indigenous people of the region and are extremely proud of their heritage.
Some people moving to Mexico may be concerned that they will be losing the medical care that they have grown accustomed to in the states. These same people often discover that when they arrive in Mexico, the doctors there are well trained and able to treat them with the same care and diligence that they would have received stateside. They often find that the cost of medical care is much lower in Mexico as well. Medicine in Mexico is also generally much lower than comparable drugs in the United States. As for the cost of living, a lot of that depends on you. If you want to live on the coast near Acapulco, it is obviously going to cost more than a smaller town more in the interior of the country. The cost of utilities can be higher and are not always reliable, which someone coming from the United States may find difficult to acclimate themselves to. Many retirees say that they can live in Mexico comfortably on approximately $2000 US dollars a month. Being a border neighbor with the US is also a positive because it allows many people the benefit of traveling to Mexico for the winter months while still maintain a US residence. Many people want the benefit of traveling to Mexico with the added bonus of being able to travel back to their home base at their convenience.
You have begun your research and think that Mexico is the destination for you. Start planning a getaway to look at locations and make an appointment with a real estate agent. Visit as many areas of the country as is economically feasible to make sure that you have found the place that is the best for you. Be prepared to fall in love with a warm climate, kind people, and an entire country. You may also discover that you now have more friends and family than you remembered that cannot wait to visit your new paradise. While there will be a period of adjustment and maybe even a little culture shock, in general, people that have moved to Mexico and stayed awhile feel they made a good decision.