Guadalajara & Lake Chapala

There are many reasons for moving to Mexico: the people are welcoming, the cost of living is low, and buying real estate in Mexico is safe and easy.


Proximity to the U.S. is also a bonus when considering a move to Mexico—especially for those who have friends and family there, travel back and forth for business, or spend only part of their time living in Mexico. Several airlines have direct flights between many Mexican and U.S. cities.

If your move to Mexico involves retirement, Mexico makes that easy. Retirement visas are granted liberally and one can achieve Permanent Resident status without transitioning through the Temporary Residency process. Visas are easy to obtain and the process begins at the Mexican embassy in your home state or province.

Because Mexico is so big and geographically diverse, it offers all kinds of climates and spectacular sceneries. Whether your dream view involves gentle waves rolling on the blue ocean, majestic mountains, reflections of sunrise on a lake, or the lush greenery of the jungle, you can turn that dream into reality by moving to Mexico.


Mexico offers the perfect mix of centuries—old traditions and contemporary lifestyles. Once you have moved to Mexico, you can still have all of the amenities you grew accustomed to in North America: cable TV, high-speed Internet, and modern home appliances. And, if you prefer, when you move to Mexico you can even bring all of your favorite things with you without paying import taxes.

Everyone seems to agree: your quality of life improves in Mexico. Goods and services cost less, so you can afford the kinds of luxuries only the very wealthy enjoy up north: a maid, a cook, and a gardener, for example. Then you have time to read, volunteer, golf in the mornings, relax on the beach…time to savor life.

10 Reasons to Move to Mexico

1. Close to the U.S.  Mexico is the U.S.'s closest neighborhood to the south—you can even drive there.  You can also fly direct from the U.S. to major Mexican destinations in as little as 90 minutes.

2. Lower cost of living:  The overall cost of living in Mexico can be 30% to 50% less than what you'd pay in the U.S.


3. Affordable property: Property prices in Mexico are lower than what you'll pay in many parts of the U.S., Property taxes are especially low - you seldom pay more than $300 per year.


4. Excellent healthcare: Many Mexican doctors have done part of their training in the U.S., Canada, or Europe.  And across the board - from doctor visits to hospital stays to medical devices - medical care in Mexico runs 25% to 50% of U.S. prices.


5. Beautiful beaches: Mexico has nearly 6,000 miles of coastline, and much of it is beach, including some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. 

6. Rich culture: Mexico has a long, rich history and a living culture.  From ancient Maya and Aztec ruins to regional dances to fiestas in the town next door, Mexico's colorful culture is on display wherever you go.  And there's a party somewhere all the time.

7. Expat havens: As many as a million expats live in Mexico.  Expat havens such as San Miguel de Allende, Puerto Vallarta and Lake Chapala are home to thousands of expats.


8. Laidback lifestyle: Mexicans take time to enjoy life and smell the flowers, and so will you if you live here.  Invest in a hammock and hang it in a shady spot . . . .you'll use it.


9. Friendly people: For many expats, Mexico's warm, friendly people are one of the country's biggest assets.  Ask directions, and Mexicans will often walk you to where you're going.  And here no one remains a stranger for long.


10. The food: If you love Mexican food - and who doesn't? - this is the place to get it. Mexico's cooking is richer and more varied than the versions seen in the U.S. or elsewhere.  So settle in, chow down and enjoy.

Living in another country with a totally different culture is the best thing you can do if you want to grow personally. You learn so many new things, meet hundreds of interesting people, try the best food and just have the best time of your life. Just go for it and don’t hesitate too long.