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.