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Mexico: Driving in Mexico and other Latin countries:

Years ago I was looking into retirement in Ecuador. My research told me that their traffic accident laws often detain the parties until the case is settled in court usually. I understand many expats choose not to drive in Ecuador for that reason. For city expats that is not a big issue I am guessing. More recently I looked at Nicaragua and the same laws apply there also. I questioned the Nicaragua blog site on this forum about that and they explained it is true and it is because their laws are rooted to Napoleon Laws while in US we are using British law.(maybe not the correct name but I can't remember and not important) but there you are guilty until proven innocent and US the opposite. I have been driving in Mexico and Belize for years and never heard of a case of someone being detained until proven guilty or innocent. In The Yucatan I know they often take your license plate until you go to court and get things settled. Someone on the Nicaragua site said that Mexico laws are also Napoleon based. Curios to know if someone knows more on this subject relating to Mexico, etc. I have never heard this topic come up with my friend living in Mexico or Belize currently. Thanks

Mexico: PV north and south:

Rich...did you check out the beach towns North of Merida? For us it has it all except the blue waters of the Caribbean. The Gulf water is not near as nice but ALL else is perfect for us. We used to spend a lot of time in Belize but the gov. has us scared and also the medical situation. The beach areas I am talking about remind us of Hopkins a lot. They are fishing villages with a mix of expats and locals. I just got back from a drive down to Mexico and Belize and looked at a lot of Mexico from Chapalla to Cancun down thru Belize. I like Chapalla. It is the cleanest area of Mexico I have seen but no ocean. The lake is beautiful but dead. We are desert people so the heat of the Yucatan does not bother us. I/we are in love with the beach towns above Merida just can't get my head wrapped around the river looking water. Our last property goes on the market in the spring so then will pull the plug here in Oregon. I know we will move to Chelem but until I buy something I am not done looking. Personally I would not consider the Pacific side of Mexico just because the cartels run their product too close to that area and we like to get in the car and explore. On the Caribbean side that is not a problem.

Belize: Want to check out Belize:

Folks on these forums want you to know 'something' before you start asking questions. We/they can answer specifics but spending time online searching will get you enough ammunition to ask some questions that may get specific answers. Kind of like asking what kind of car is answer for that either.

Nicaragua: driving laws in Nicaragua?:

In reading the laws of Nicaragua I see if you are involved in a traffic incident you may be detained for a minimum of 48 hrs and maybe until your court date is over...weeks or months. It says even if you appear to not be in fault and have the proper insurance. I looked at moving to Ecuador some years back and they have similar laws. Expats said they chose not to own a vehicle and use public transit or taxis for this reason. Is this an actuality or just a law. Has anyone heard of this? Can you shed some light on the subject?

Nicaragua: Expats from Leon to San Juan Del Sur:

I see about 200 miles of beach and cliff shore between Leon and San Juan Del Sur. It looks like it is not very heavily populated. I know some of it is probably not even accessible from the road by car. Questions.....Are there many expats living in this area? Is the area safe for expat living? I have looked into retiring in Belize and Mexico and this are looks like the areas I like. I just stumbled across this area from a thread on the Mexico forum here. Please shed some light on the pluses and minuses of living here. I have spend a few days using the search window here and gained quite a bit of info. Thanks

Belize: Driving from Texas to Belize:

I just did that trip in Sept. Oct this year. My GOD saving grace was a current navigation download in a Garmin. I chose it over the nav sysytem in my Subaru because you have to be in Mexico to buy the download for the Subaru....not joking! Mexico road signs are good enough to stay on the Cuotas./pay roads. The problem lies in finding a place to stay and most of the time it was deep in a city. Many cities are very large and getting back to the main highway was impossible without the navigation aid. If you take a wrong turn or construction reroutes you then you will need some way to get back on your way. The Garmin I have also has "Trip Adviser" so it also showed places to stay and their exact location. There is a basic route to get to Belize. If you want to PM me I can give it to you. One of the regulars here has a set of directions to the .1 of a mile as to each turn. My problem with that was if his odometer and mine aren't exactly the same then from the start I can't follow his directions as they are just in his odometer at each exit, etc. If you have a great map and know your route a Nav system will get you along very well. My advise would be to cross at McAllen Tx. It seems to be the most popular and worked well for me. I have a few other tips if you want to PM me. Being fluent in Spanish would be helpful as figuring out road signs and directions. With the nav system it was not an issue.

Belize: The 2018 IL Retirement Index:

Always good information Good Dr.

Mexico: In The Spirit of The Season:

Oh and Katie/Kathy/Katheryn/Katherine you only have to hit the "post reply" once.

Mexico: Visiting Mazatlan in hopes of moving there:

Katzgar is the new welcoming committee! Do you think they or anyone else needs your rants? What an ass you are!

Mexico: Bring a tiny house to Ajijic:

I can't even begin to imagine towing that down thru Mexico on some of the roads I just back on....and those were couta roads. Trying to find service or repairs for an odd creature like that is not even thinkable in Mexico. I see it abandoned in 6 months in a field somewhere because the laser driven charging system wouldn't reset and the LED optioned anti braking system was frozen.(control, alt, delete won't work on that). Imagine calling some local tech person for a service call and telling them the wind generating foil won't reset and I can't get it to extend....If you want to own something like that I think living next door to the manufacturer would be the key....until they folded the business for lack of interest....:-(

Mexico: Dealing with the police.:

What I have learned is be careful trying to tell a Mexican in a position of authority what your view of a situation is. Many others have said on this forum to not challenge those in authority as many times there is no set rule for their responsibilities or procedures....I suggest be careful trying to get them to see your side. Even rules to get a visa from the US is not the same with each office. Be careful telling them their job.

Mexico: us car insurance:

You won't like the price. I just bought for one month.....over $200. I know one month is not the annual premium divided by 12 but sure more than I liked paying.

Mexico: Back home from driving trip to Mexico and Belize:

My first mistake was thinking that crossing the border with my personal vehicle would trigger Mexico to force me to a stall or area that would MAKE me get a TIP.....Wrong! I thought I was just lucky and got the green light to pass thru. After my 4th or 5th couta stop past Monterrey I got pulled over by a Federale. His English was no better than my Spanish but we got it figured out that I must have the TIP attached to the inside of my window. The best way he could explain this to me was to pull over the next vehicle passing that has a TIP and let me look at their paperwork. His conversion from Km to miles was off a bit because he told me the next 'returno' was 4 miles was more than 40 miles before I could turn around. 147 miles later I was back in Reynosa/McAllen to spend the night and try again. US border thought that was pretty funny and knew NOTHING of the process going the other direction....or even their hours of operation. This time I got the TIP and was on my way. $400 US dollars lighter but was returned upon departure of Mexico to US. I thought maybe it would come to play when I left Mexico to enter Belize but it did not. I am sure I got this information to make sure I got the TIP from someone on this site but I failed to remember it when I crossed.....(I knew it was too easy!). Anyone crossing with your own vehicle and going to drive into Mexico don't forget to get this permit. I was a bit upset about having to drive an extra 147 miles twice until I realized it was better than 947 miles in. My almost fatal mistake was not buying a GPS with Mexico maps installed because without it I would have been LOST hundreds of times....literally. In the big cities you get shoved off to some side street and 15 minutes later you can pull over and assess your situation. I was told without a GPS you have to find a taxi and pay him to take you to the main highway. Lots of construction makes you get off the main roads to 'no mans land'... I am a small town boy and being in the 'centro' of a 4 million population city is no fun for me when I can read the signs. Half the time for me I did not know if the name on the sign was the city or the state......just saying. And don't be confused and think that a specific highway number is only attached to one highway. For example 57d is attached to more than one highway and so is 15d and 140. Without a GPS I would have turned around and gone back to The States. You city folk may not have my issues but it saved my trip. I had a great trip. Saw a lot, learned a lot. I have been to Mexico and Belize many times but only flown in and rented a car and stayed in one specific area. This was a whole new ball game for me. I am going to tally up my couta receipts and see how much the toll roads cost for the trip. I know it was a lot. I think there is about 75 toll/couta tickets to add up. They range from 26 pesos to 250 pesos approx. I never really felt unsafe except my last night in Mexico. I stayed in Saltillo. I stayed in an upper end motel in centro and was going to walk to find someplace to eat. I made it a block or so and got way too many looks. I ordered a pizza in when I got back to my room. The next morning I watched on the news and gangs/Los Zetas killed a few that night. Saltillo is not a safe place to be. I only drove in daylight hours and on toll/couta roads when possible when on the Pacific side and middle Mexico. East of Villahermosa has a whole different feel to it. As much as I liked the Chapala area it is pretty close to Guadalajara and the known gangs there. I tried to couple Johns driving directions (actually US to Belize and back) with my GPS and only got more confused. His directions to the tenth of the mile was too confusing for me. Basically Hwy 40 to 57 to 150 to 145 to 180 (put a d on the end or those numbers and you will get the toll version) will get you past what I call the dangerous parts of Mexico and near Campeche City. If I was to try to drive again I would try a Mexico data service for my phone and tablet it may work as well as a GPS. Having internet as I traveled may have been a great navigation tool also. I had it turned off my hand held devices as not to incur massive roaming charges. I am sure next time would be much easier. Ron

Mexico: Need Contact in Merida & Progreso:

I have a longtime friend in Progresso who is a tour guide his name is Pedro. He knows the area well and can get you in the right direction if he can't help you himself. The days of cruise ship is in he's on 80th Street and the malecon on the non Cruise ship day he's on 78th Street and the malecon. What you really need to know is Pedro everyone can put you in touch with him.

Mexico: Moving to ajijic:

The reason you probably won't get a lot of response here is because these forum are not a starting place for you journey. Those already here expect you to do some research then ask specific questions. You can try by using the "search" window as one of your tools to learn.

Mexico: earthquake:

I am driving down thru Mexico City on my way to The Yucatan. Plan on being thru Mexico City about 1. October.I know Puebla had 7.1 but I can't find what the road conditions are going down hwy 57D then 150D. Can someone shed some light on this? I looked for it online but no luck yet. Thanks

Belize: Crocodillos:

The Curve bar, at the Hopkins Marina, used to have a river croc. that they would feed daily. I have some great pics of him eating chicken parts being fed by one of the locals and employees.

Belize: First time Belize visitor to determine where to live:

The reason you don't get much information from this site is you need to do some research yourself first then ask some specific questions. Those that have a financial interest in you may speak up but generally speaking this site is not a replacement for your research. Using the search window will answer many questions for you.

Mexico: 2 Questions???:

I am driving down to the Yucatan from the US. I plan to cross at McAllen Tx. (#1) How much alcohol can I cross the border with in my passenger car? I have carried 3 or 4 liters before in checked airplane luggage but I am hearing 1 liter per each 18 yr old and some crossings can be different. I plan to be in Mexico for a month or so. My Canadian whisky can't be purchased in Mexico so I want to bring it....(#2) Where do I purchase Mexican car insurance? My US company does not sell it for foreign travel. Going into Belize I purchase it across the border in Belize. I think I heard here it can be purchased in Tx. before I cross over. And do you have a preferred company? Thanks in advance.

Mexico: The best beach place, deal. this that etc.:

I would guess the San Carlos/Guaymas area would have safety issues being so close to the heavily traveled cartel routes??? Thoughts? Anyone have information on this area?

Mexico: Best INEXPENSIVE beach areas to live in Mexico:

I have found the least expensive beaches are North of Merida. They are fishing villages but still nothing in that $ range that I am aware of on the water. Walking distance from the water would be the best prices. Check them out. Town East and West of Progresso 40-50 miles will give you a search area to start with.

Belize: RUDE:

Many think a great place to vacation is a great place to live. If everyone painted a rosy picture you would not get all the input needed to make an informed decision. If you come to Belize and fine "The Terrible Two" wrong then to you they are rude and wrong. We changed our minds and now heading to The Yucatan mostly because BobbyVVV and the Good Dr. got me to thinking deeper than I had in the past. Sort it out for yourself but I am happy they were honest in their feeling even if I did not want to hear it.

Belize: draft beer:

You might not like what Dr. Allen and Bobbyvvvv have to say but do you not think there is some truth to it? I have been in love with Belize for years and visited more times than I can count. In the last couple years I have changed my plans to Yucatan Mexico. These two got me to thinking and with my research they are correct in how they feel and if it does not give you cause to think they you probably have some kind of blinders on. Maybe the good Dr. puts more emphasis on good wine and cheese than you take it for what it Is worth to you. Better decisions are made with more information. If you already have you mind made up then maybe the facts are not important to you. Just sayin''

Mexico: Stop!..the politics.!!...ENOUGH!:

Who does not know that talking politics or religion is not a way to get along or make friends??? They could not leave it in the monster thread (because it now takes too long to open) now they have to poison the rest of the site. I suppose telling them to get on with something positive is a waste of my time.....SHAME ON THEM!

Mexico: Hostility toward Americans?:

Ramsfan took his ball and went home on the 'other' thread now the libbies have no one to fight with. Looks like the dribble has crept into this topic. If they weren't selling advertising now I am sure the moderator would have stopped the politics here and made it return to the purpose of the site...


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