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Mexico: How to travel OAX to PV:

We've used Volaris several times from Cancun to GUADALAJARA. Uber is very active in GDL and cheap..ADO buses are good as well on short juants..Fly for the long haul, cheap.

Mexico: mexican drivers license:

My understanding is each state has somewhat different rules. In Quintana Roo where we live if u have P Residency u are required to get MX drivers licence.

Mexico: Hello Loreto!:

Hello Ben..your question on is this site active, yes it is very active. We live in Cozumel, but have admit don't know where Loreto is. If u give me a state that might help. Deb

Mexico: Manage Posts:

Things have a tendency to evole over 15 yrs, including people/ex-pats who have lived happily in Mexican communities. Sharing ideas, information with others is usually a pleasant experience. Perhaps you need a break in the action to regroup.

Mexico: resisdency- social security:

It's best to contact the MX consultant in the state u will be using. Believe it or not there seems to a slight varieties among states. We got ours Dec 2015, were retired.. makes it go faster. Bring your social security award letter or pension letter, with 6 mos bank statements showing mo amount deposited into your bank. I think for 1 person it was around $1800 usd, but they will tell u exactly. We got ours in Chicago, they don't take appts, but told us that fastest way to get through was to come at 9AM, beat the rush. Go on your state's website for further info. Took us 2 trips less than a week. Make copies of your bank statements, passport etc..they keep your passport till you are finished.

Mexico: Guadalajara Virgin:

GDL is an amazing city, do the historic tour, well worth the time, fabulous restaurants..Visit surrounding small towns, furniture and art..

Mexico: Medications to be forwarded?:

Can u order meds online and send to family or friends address then use FedEx, UPS or Estafa USA to ship to you or visitor coming to visit, that's what we do.

Mexico: Retirement and SS:

Open a Charles Schwab bank & brokerage acct, or just their bank acct, have your checks direct depositd, transaction fees refunded end of each month, we've done this for years, long before we got permanent resident status. MX banks and their daily peso movement, is a pain. Use your ATM at banks or grocery stores..Many folks use Zoom as well, a PayPal co. No need to walk around with piles of money..IMO smartest method.

Mexico: Visiting Mazatlan in hopes of moving there:

Yes I agree, no idea why is such a downer. So many choices of places to settle in MX. Beach areas, will be somewhat higher, weather from May to Oct can be brutal, keep in mind CFE (electric) is high considering air conditioning. Many F/timers head to the mountains and rent during the hot mos. I don't know if you will be full time. LAKE Chapla/Ajijic is the biggest ex pat area in the mountains near Guadalajara..beautiful area. Take your time, don't buy too quick, rent to see if an area fits your needs. Check State Dept warning lists..Matazlan was a disaster, drug wars, but supposedly not as bad now. Cabo is new target now. But as I tell people situationAL awreness is key..Most violence is between gangs..Guarantee it's worse in the states. Good Luck in your hunt, Mexico is retirement paradise.

Mexico: 70 year old widow:

Agree Mexico may be better choice, as mentioned, Lake Chapla/Ajijic may be just the spot, near perfect weather cool and in mountains, good medical care inexpensive and 40 mins to Guadalajara International Airport for back home trips..Research it, we've been there seveal times.

Mexico: Expat effects on marriage:

Sorry, not sure I understand your question. Mexico is another country, not another world. If your marriage/partnership is strong before coming to MX, there should be no problems. Mexico IMO, is retirement heaven. Relax, rent for at least a year in areas of interest, meet your neighbors, make friends and you'll do fine.

Mexico: Cell Service While Travelling in Mexico:

Contact your provider, To mobile works, but do need to contact them first.

Mexico: 2 Health Insurance Questions:

As to the question on Medicare etc, it's not required to keep US address, although many people use various mailing services. As to the travel insurance healthcare, we used to for a few yrs, then stopped. Several policies available. If you intend to move and your of age (most policies cut off at 70) u might want search out a good agent in the area you are considering, check ex-pat sites for recommendations. Enjoy your trip, lots of choices, my best advice is rent for at least a yr..MX has no zoning, be aware. Also decide if condo or house and + & - of both. We intended to build a home and after researching decided on condo. Happy with our choice, bought in 2001.

Mexico: Visa Temporal to Permanente:

RV Gringo is correct. We did ours in 2015. We walked into the interview with basically everything we owned..They started laughing..We own a home in MX, marriage license, years of investment docs, 6 mos of bank statements, pension letters etc. Long story short needed 6 mos of bank statements with proof of pension deposits..interview took about 45 min, said they would contact within 2 wks, called in 2 days, it was done. Went back pics/fingerprints, paid fee (in cash, exact amt). Put the finished sticker in our passport. Once back in MX u have 30 days to get it to your local IMN office, we hired a local attorney to handle, get recommendations from local ex pat site..

Mexico: Visa Permanente vs Temporal:

Yes, it can be done, we've friends that were able to because wife was no old enough. My understanding there are 2 methods, one is the underage person has a "dedicated brokerage acct" in her name to cover financial requirements. The other method is the wife comes in as a dependent of the husband, until she reaches age. We got ours in 2015, best to check with your state's MX Consultant if there has been any changes. Process goes pretty easy in US. We hired a local recommended lawyer in Cozumel to handle it in MX, worth the $$ IMO. Good Luck.

Mexico: Upcoming Trip to Guanajuato:

We flew into Leon from Cancun, went directly to Guanjuanto by can from airport. Sadly this was in March when the huge leather expo was on, did not have time to drop in, Leon is the leather capital of MX. Loved Guanjuanto, great restaurants, beautiful area, stayed 4 days. We took ADO bus to San Miguel Allende, rented Airbnb, very nice, beautiful area too, near perfect climate. Liked Guanjuanto best.

Mexico: Need Contact in Merida & Progreso:

I would suggest you get familiar with the area..look for recommendations on Merida ex pat sites, check, too. Rent a car and drive around in the various neighborhoods..Merida is a big city and surrounding small towns are great. Congrats on move.

Mexico: Company who does it all?:

Look for American owned companies, contact them, also contact head hunters who handle US companies in Mexico. Fluent in Spanish would be a must.

Mexico: ExPats in Baja California:

I suggest you read the State Dept warnings on that area, Google it. Cartel action is high there..Take a look at ex pat areas in central mountainous MX, Lake Chapla/Ajijic, San Miguel Alenda, Guanajuato..near perfect Climate year around. Check out their FB sites..Beautiful locations. Good Luck with your hunt.

Mexico: Car rental Guad airport:

GDL is Uber friendly, cheap where ever u go. Take a cab to your hotel, then use Uber, download the app, easy to use + cheap. We were there a few months ago, great city, take historical tour.

Mexico: Confirming Visas:

Hi, We did ours in Cozumel, MX, where we live..but think you could google it, as big as GDL is they may have more than one location. We hired a local attorney to handle our, all the paperwork and docs, we speak very limited Spanish, best $300 USD spent..took about 10 days total..once visa is in INM hands your 30 day clock stops..So make sure you are ready when you arrive..connect with your lawyer for any docs that need translating, i.e., bank statements, retirement/pension info..we had to do, sent to her early and she had it done when we arrived. Also once you are finished and have your new card be sure to google GDL permanent residency cards for discounts you get in Jalisco..You will be surprised how many you get, discounts at many pharmacies, MX airlines, ADO buses, loads of shopping locations etc..I would look at ex-pat sites for GDL for attorney recommendations..We paid $600 total for both of us..we had some higher quotes, like $700 each..Lawyers in MX are no different than lawyers in US. Good Luck, I love the area around GDL, we bought all of our furniture there in 2001 and in 2005 Hurricane Wilma hit in Cozumel we went back and bought our furniture again..We visit the area at least once a year. Deb

Mexico: Intestinal problems:

Let it run its course, plenty of fluids. Docs down here don't want u using any meds to stop it. Usually safe practices work, we don't eat anything from the street, ask at restaurants if they use purified water for ice, mixed drinks etc. Have fun, explore Tonalo + Talaquapua, Fabulous furniture, glass blowing etc..worth a trip. If u need a English speaking guide, I know a great one. We've used him several times. His Guadalajara tour Cathedral, Historic tour is amazing..I have some pics..Raul Negrete. He also can have things shipped for u.

Mexico: Good community for community service work:

We've visited Guanjanto and loved it, 3 universities, lots of culture, near perfect Climate. Also excellent bus system to take u to surrounding areas, like Leon and San Miguel Allende.

Mexico: Playa del Carmen safety:

Haha, RVGringo, you are the expert on Lake Chapla/Ajijic..and what u say is somewhat true. Drunken tourists are everywhere, but mostly on their feet, not driving, there are bugs, mosquitoes, + scorpions pretty much everywhere.

Mexico: pv homes:

My suggestion is to live in areas you are interested in for at least 3-6 mos. MX people are wonderful with big hearts and always ready for festives, some times for 2 or 3 days. In the majority of MX (other than gated communities) there is no zoning, meaning anytype of biz can be next door or nearby, usually including chickens, dogs + noise. I'm sure u are getting the idea. We bought in 2001 and have seen many well meaning folks want to live with the locals, and was too much. There are many ways to get involved in any community you chose.


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