Mexico: Dealing with the police.:
#Police in Mexico have authority for different things.. In most jurisdictions, especially tourist areas, they publish booklets that you can pick up at most police stations that outline their procedures. , For example. The transito police are traffic. Municipal police are the ones who respond to calls of disturbing the police, domestic problems, robbery etc. Both patrol with, or without, flashing lights. Now and then you get a rogue cop looking for a “bite”. In my experience it’s been mostly traffic cops, and 3sometimes municipals. Both can pull you over. If it’s a traffic offense, ask for the ticket then fight it later. Many times they do not wish to put anything on paper, or do not have actual tickets to write, and will give you a warning dor show.. If you committed the infraction and wish to avoid the court hassle, try offering the bite. I always tried $200pesos with the statement “that’s all i have”. It usually works, and if it doesn’t take the ticket and fight it later. Chances are the fine will not be much more for a violation. Yes, it is illegal, so if you’ re a “by the book” person, fight it in court. How much is your time worth? Where i live they have a booklet for traffic, that plainly states in spanish and english that if you are a foriegner they must give you a worning if it’s your fiirst offense. I have shown that book to a traffic cop, and had the ticket issued anyway, and later rescinded at the traffich bureau. There are no hard and fast rules, but for the most part, the police on the street are fair and will listen to your side.
Mexico: The best beach place, deal. this that etc.:
I keep reading posts about where is the BEST? The very best is at the top of the food chain with all the luxury, and no limit on what you can spend for goods and services. Other than that, the best is what you can afford, and where you can be happy, with what is available in that place. For example, you can get along quite well and inexpensively, and live in a safe, and beautiful place in most any country, if you don't mind residing in a small town far from what the crowd wants. True in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. However if you want to live in Mexico, be on the beach, and have all the amenities, things to do, and security, it is getting more difficult, as prices keep going up, because everybody wants to be there. There are very nice, quaint, beach towns on the gulf coast outside of Progresso in many small hamlets, but you better be ready for the quiet life. the closer you get to the Riviera Maya, the more it will cost. But even the most expensive in mexico is way cheaper than California or Florida popular beach communities.
Mexico: Heading North:
I have driven back and forth from the Yucatan to the USA many times over the years. My preferred route for safety and good roads, is to take the toll roads. First get a good road map for Mexico. From Merida head for Villahermosa, then on to Puebla, then the bypass around Mexico City, on to San Luis Potosi, Monterrey, and then to Laredo. Stay on the toll roads and only drive during the day. and you should be ok. I have also gone up thru Ciudad Victoria to McAllen, Texas, as my destination was always going to the east coast.
Mexico: Stop!..the politics.!!...ENOUGH!:
I have been reading this forum and others like it for many years. they started out as informational venues to help those looking for expat answers, and also for the exchange of ideas. Then someone decided to go on a political rant, and bring their case here to validate their political view. If you want to argue or rant about politics, take it elsewhere. To another forum would be good, where you can go at each other til hell freezes over. Meanwhile, here are some realities:
1. The elephants are in. The donkeys are out:
2. You crying about it, and whining on and on, will not change that fact.
3. If you want to change number one, then field a candidate, and work to get them voted in, in 2018.
4. Meantime, look for a way to make things better, because you, in your own little world, knowing way less than you think you know, have virtually no chance of changing things outside the voting booth.
5. Gridlock will continue, and we all will suffer for it, as you rant your way to nowhere.
6. If things need changed, they will be.
7. Nobody really cares what your political position is. Period!!
Mexico: Rivera Maya expats:
i have been a full time resident in the area for 26 years. Over the years I have seen many people come here to make a home. They stay awhile and then leave. The underlying main reasons I have seen, that they don't make it are varied, of course, but one of the biggest reasons is they never learned the language, and therefore, never really integrated themselves into the culture. You can get by without knowing spanish, but your horizons will be broadened 10 fold if you do learn it. You don't have to be fluent, Just speak enough to be independent in your daily life. I think the average person can accomplish that in 6 months to a year, and then as you continue using the language, each year, you become more fluent, until you can communicate with anybody, from government officials to the average person you meet anywhere. Another reason people leave is that they come here with the idea of living in a peaceful, pristine place, and therefore move too far from the civilization they came from. So, my advice is to be realistic in choosing where you live, and look for something central to the "area" you wish to be in. I live in Cancun, which is a city with all the amenities, but not a metropolis. And it's easy access to the entire Riviera Maya. It suits me fine. I spend weekends all over the Yucatan Penninsula, and in doing so, I can experience country living, to Robinson Crusoe isolation, but I prefer civilization.
Mexico: Visa/Vehicle follow-up question:
In Quintana Roo you must have a permanent visa to register and plate a vehicle. Not the visa you receive as a tourist at the airport which is only good for a max of 6 months. Or, you can bring an american car on the 6 month visa, but you have to drive to the border to renew permission for your car when your visa expires. You can go to Belize and do it by crossing the border and coming back in same day. You'r much better off to get a resident visa, and then you can buy and register a mexican car, and leave it in Mexico when you are not here, and just renew the plates each year that you own the vehicle.
Mexico: TIP and snowbirds leaving a US-plated vehicle in Mexico?:
Do yourself a favor and sell your american car, and then buy a mexican registered car, to avoid all the possible hassles and problems. The law for foreign vehicles has changed several times over the last 20 odd years I have been here, and will probably change again. What happens down the road if you want to sell it, or trade it? Or if in the future it stops running, and you can't drive it out? It is illegal to sell a foreign plated vehicle in Mexico, and you also have to pay and get permission to even junk it. I have had several american plated cars over the years, and it isn't worth it anymore. Also, police may stop you every now and then to check ALL your paperwork, and see if they can find a discrepancy to shake you down. There are plenty of nice used mexican cars these days, at better than USA prices. New ones too. Once you have a Mexican plated vehicle all you have to worry about is renewing your inexpensive plates every year, and if and when your circumstances change in the future, you can sell it, trade it, or get rid of it easily..One caveat, you will have to establish residency of some kind to own a mexican vehicle., which you should do anyway. You mentioned you already own property, so you're halfway home. Obtaining your temporary residency, and becoming mexican on paper when here will help you in many ways and avoid many future problems for you.
Mexico: The tired, endless, going no where political Topic.:
It seems no matter what the thread, or social media outlet, there are people who want to use it for their political ideology. There are forums for political opinion all over the net. Go there, for the political rants and opinionating, and stay there if you must stay at it.
Mexico: Effects of policies of new administration on lives of expats living in Mexico?:
Stop listening to tv news and reading newspapers...and I'm one more who says "give it a rest"!!!!
Mexico: In answer to "have you eexperienced anti amercanism thread.:
people opine...all the time.....especially in politics...forming theories to back up their personal views....sure that they are right...reality is, that none actually have a clue about what's really going on...they get their info from the media in all it's forms...they analyze, and then they think they know what's going on......the truth is that nobody knows what's going on, ..because we, the masses are never privy to the backrooms of actual decision.....we hear only the musings of those that have access to the dissemination of information known as the media outlets.....facebook and the like are part of that lot..., but with no greater accuracy in the never ending quest to have others think the writer is "in the know"....on and on and on and on and on.....nothing changes, until another election, and then the cycle starts all over again...i haven't heard the name obama in a couple of weeks now....or bush in several months....etc. etc. etc. yada yada yada.....barf!!
i thought this forum was a place for exchanging info for like minded expats...NOT another venue for more political ranting.
Mexico: Artsy beach town:
Rodrigo is absolutely right. Coming to any latin american destination looking for work is a very difficult road. You should have a skill that is in demand. Beach towns are full of starving artists making jewelry, giving massages, street singing, teaching english etc. They come from everywhere, not just the USA. If you want to give it a try, make sure you have enough money to support yourself for the time you plan to give it a shot, and a return plane ticket. Pick a spot, and give it a try. You just might get lucky, and if not you'll go back home having had an adventure.
Mexico: Trouble settling in Mexico:
Isaac...Cancun and Playa del Carmen are both major tourist destinations. Speaking english is an asset here. I see help wanted signs everywhere for help in hotels, restaurants, and almost any company that does business in tourism. The lions share of tourism comes from the USA, and Canada, There is also the timeshare industry, where english is a must. You just have to be able to support yourself to get started. There are many jobs.
Mexico: Going to Cancun to ck out nearby areas to retire:
Puerto Morelos is an excellent choice. It has the most central location on the coast. 30 minutes to Cancun, Playa del carmen, the airport, and there are a number of new subdivisions built and being built to rent or buy, in all price ranges. Everyone of them are 2-10 minutes from a great beach. Very central location.
Mexico: Business possibilities in Mexico?:
You are right in that you should have enough money to invest, I live in the Riviera Maya (Cancun, Playa del Carmen area), Mexico. If you can afford to purchase a beach property in the tourist corridor which runs for 100 miles or so, north to south. you can rent to tourists and make a very good living with very little effort. Your real estate purchase will protect your investment. If you want to open a service business and think you can beat the Mexicans at their own game, your wasting your time. It won't happen. You need a biz you can control on your own. Beach rentals fill the bill. You'll need about $800,000US to get it rolling. Message me on this site if interested. I always know of someone retiring and selling, and I am a practioner for 26 years, not a real estate salesman.
Mexico: A different Moving-to-Mexico basis:
I think anybody that is making a decision to move based on an election needs to stop listening to so much media garbage. The USA is not going to sink, nor is it going to change that much in 4 years. It may even turn out to be better! So, give it a rest. Move to another locale becuse you want to live there, regardless of politics.
Mexico: Recommended Realtors:
what area of the coast are you interested in? I'm in the riviera maya. i have built two waterfront houses over time.
building in mexico is never easy. permits can be hurried along, again if you know how to go about it. there are a few single family homes around here with prices starting in the $800"s. They are getting harder to find.
Mexico: Volaris Airline:
I just flew my first trip on Volaris. It's a nickle dime airline like Spirit. Pay for everything you want after paying for the ticket. $35 pesos for an in flight soft drink, which is around 2 dollars. If you're tall like me, you will not like it. I am 6 feet, and didn't have sufficient leg room. It was probably the most uncomfortable flight I ever flew. It does get you from point A to point B, for a competitive rate, so if that's all you're looking for give it a try.
Mexico: Life in Bacalar:
I have visited Bacalar many times. It is a quiet coastal town with less emphasis on beach life. I think social opportunities would be considerably less than the other well known tourist destinations in the northern part of Quintana Roo. It is a beautiful place, but out of the mainstream.
Mexico: Are you living out the ultimate fantasy on a tropical beach?:
when is the casting over? what is the program they are casting for, and when and where will it be filmed, and when and where will it air?
Mexico: Want to live the paradise life?:
Ever think of living in paradise and running a vacation rental or bed and breakfast? I live in Mexico in the Riviera Maya (Cancun-Playa del Carman corridor), and I can attest to the fact that...
It's easier to do than you think. It's a great way to live. It's a clean way to live, no matter where you go in the tropics. Many people have been living the paradise life for years and have reached the time in life where they want to downsize, and go for long periods of travel, while they still have the mobility and desire to go and do. That's all there is to it. No grand philosophical point to make. Just time to move on.... So, they decide to sell the beach home. It made money for them, and it will make money for you. Prices in places like this are not going down. Your beach house can also be a rental business. But first things first. Read below. I live like this, and my friends do too.
THIS IS WHAT YOU CAN DO HERE. THERE IS NO WINTER.
walking the beach...miles of it
swimming...ocean or pool
plenty of small towns and villages close by to spend the day or weekend
also several islands to visit and stay over
movies...more than 50 screens within a half hour
rent movies for home use..in english
fishing..lagoon, shore, bottom fishing, or you can fish deep sea within a 10 minute boat ride
shopping.. several malls...boutiques..mexican traditional markets.....artisan markets...all kinds...4 walmart superstores, and a dozen more walmart clones from other countries...there is more shopping in a concentrated area than I've ever seen in the USA
boating...your personal boat or rent one
bowling, horseback riding, off roading, golf, tennis, volleyball
people watching in an outdoor cafe
casinos...though not like las vegas, but we have direct flights to vegas
festivals, special events, all year that you can drive to
an international airport 25 minutes away, to get you anywhere in the world you want to go (miami is 1 hour 15 minutes away),.. cancun airport iseasyto get to,.for example, if you are coming in from the northeastern USA, you can be sitting on the front porch sipping your favorite beverage, quicker than you can get to miami beach .......if you are leaving from here, you can be checking in in 25 minutes from the house
drive to Belize, just 5 hours..drive all over Mexico...nice roads
play on Playa del Carmen's exotic 5th avenue just 25 minutes, as is Cancun's world famous hotel zone...both with hundreds of restaurants and sidewalk cafe's
this is just a partial list of things you can do, but the important thing to remember, is that people from all over the world, pay thousands of dollars each, just to spend a week or two of vacation here
you can have a maid, gardener, cook, or servant if you like, at very reasonable prices...they do the work, while you play...I employ a full time caretaker who lives on the property in the servants quarters.....he does everything,.... and cooks.
We can go to a nice restaurant any night of the week, order a a nice dinner, even seafood, for 4 WITH wine for $50 bucks. Can You? And that's $50 bucks for all 4 of us. There are restaurants galore.
Hospitals all over the place. My wife and I can go to any hospital in the country and be treated. No deductible. No extras. No worries. I belong ot a great wellness program, and see the doctor once a month whether I need it or not. Many of my friends come here 3 or 4 times a year and stay at their homes, and rent them the rest of the time. Some live here several months, and then go back to where they came from for vacation. What's the difference if you live here or there? You have to live someplace.I'm not a real estate salesperson, I just bird dog a beach property here and there of places I know about. I always know of one or two coming on the market. Message me if you want to make a change.