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Expat Guide to Living in Mexico

Whether you're already living in Mexico or preparing to move to Mexico, our Expat Guide to Living in Mexico offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Mexico. For answers to specific questions, visit our Mexico Forum to talk with expats in Mexico.

Expat Banking: Tips for Expats in Mexico

Expats in Mexico face the challenge of successfully managing their finances while living there, and that always starts with settling on the right expat financial services. Here are some tips from expats already living in Mexico based on their actual experiences with banks there.

Expats in Mexico: Pros and Cons of Living in Mexico

Expats in Mexico share some of the pros and cons of living in Mexico. Topics covered include where to live, the bureaucracy, the people and more. Expats in Mexico seem to all agree that you'll have to come down and explore the country to find the perfect place for you!

15 Expats Talk About Life in Mexico

Expats share some insight into what it's like to live in Mexico on a day-to-day basis once you actually make the move and get there.

Moving to Mexico: 8 Things to Know Before You Move to Mexico

Expats in Mexico share important tips for people preparing to move to Mexico. From banking in Mexico to finding a safe city, read these 8 tips before moving to Mexico.

9 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in Mexico

Expats living in Mexico discuss health insurance and quality of medical care in Mexico.

12 Tips for Living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

12 Tips for Living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

An expat who moved to Playa del Carmen several months ago talks about meeting other expats in Playa, the lower cost of living, area hospitals, shopping, restaurants in Playa, nightlife and much more.

Moving to Playa del Carmen, Mexico

A retiree who visited Playa del Carmen and then returned a month later to rent for a year is very happy with her decision. She's living 3 blocks from the beach and paying a third of what she'd be paying in her home country.

Moving to Puerto Penasco, Mexico

An expat talks about living in the Mirador section on Puerto Penasco, Mexico - the close proximity to Tuscon, the lower cost of living finding a rental and more.

Culture Shock in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

An expat in Puerto Penasco, Mexico appreciates the lower priced food and rent. She loves seeing the fishermen repair their nets on her street preparing for the next day of fishing. She advises newcomers to use your Spanish, even if you make mistakes, and eat the delicious street food.

Culture Shock in Merida, Mexico

An expat in Merida, Mexico offers some insight into the challenges of settling in and living there. Some of the topics include driving, what it's like there if you don't speak Spanish, and much more. This expat clearly is an optimist and is determined to make life in Merida with her husband a success!

Dream vs Reality of Living in Magdalena de Kino, Mexico

A musician who moved to Magdalena de Kino, Mexico talks about his dreams vs. the reality of expat there.

Retirement in Ajijic and Chapala, Mexico

A retiree in Ajijic (Lake Chapala), Mexico chose to move to Lake Chapala because of its lower cost of living, better weather and friendly people. Life in Lake Chapala has exceeded his expectations -- he bought a house and got married.

Dream vs. Reality of Living in Mexico Reports

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Mexico. If you are already living in Mexico, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Mexico:
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Retiring in Mexico Reports

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Mexico, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Mexico:
Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby in Mexico Reports

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Mexico? Below are some of the reports from expats in Mexico:
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working in Mexico Reports

What's it like to find a job in Mexico? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Mexico? Below are some of the reports from expats in Mexico:
Submit a Working Abroad Report
Additional Articles
5 Tips for Living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Expats in San Miguel de Allende love the city's art scene, spring-like weather, beautiful architecture and thriving expat community. Expats share tips for living in San Miguel de Allende.

9 Best Places to Live on Mexico's Pacific Coast

We've compiled a list of the 9 best places to live on the Pacific Coast of Mexico based upon expats' recommendations and security information from the US State Department. From Ensenada in Baja Norte all the way down to Puerto Escondido, these cities and towns boast beautiful beaches, warm weather and more.

5 Best Places to Live in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Riviera Maya is a gorgeous stretch of Caribbean coastline in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. We highlight expats' 5 favorite places to live in Riviera Maya.

5 Tips for Living in Manzanillo, Mexico

Expats in Manzanillo enjoy wonderful winter weather and very hot summers as they engage in all kinds of outdoor activities... All right by the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Ocean.

10 Tips for Living in Lake Chapala, Mexico

Lake Chapala is one of Mexico's most popular expat destinations - especially among retirees. Expats love Lake Chapala's near perfect climate, beautiful lakeside homes, low cost of living and thriving expat community. Sadly, Lake Chapala is not immune to Mexico's drug cartel related violence, which those thinking of moving to Lake Chapala should take into consideration.

10 Best Places to Teach Abroad

Anne Keeling highlights the 10 most popular cities for teaching overseas. From Dubai to Bangkok, Doha to Shanghai.

Expat Mexico: 5 Best Places to Live in Mexico

Mexico's lower cost of living, beautiful weather and warm, welcoming culture are a big draw for people looking to live abroad. However, Mexico's ever changing security situation impacts where expats choose to move. Here are 5 of the best places to live in Mexico based upon recent expat reviews.

Streetwalking: A Popular Pastime in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta's new convention center has attracted numerous conferences and events. To prepare for the increased tourist traffic, the city decided to do a little facelift on local roads and sidewalks.

Moving to Mexico: Buying Property in Mexico

Author Julie Doherty Meade covers a wide range of topics related to Buying Property in Mexico - from restricted zones to ejido land.

Moving to Mexico: Renting in Mexico

Did you know that unfurnished apartments in Mexico usually come without kitchen appliances and sometimes don't even include kitchen cabinets? Did you know that rental prices in Mexico are often negotiable? Julie Doherty Meade offers insight into the rental process in Mexico.

Living Abroad in Mexico: Q&A with Author Julie Doherty Meade

Is it tough to find a job? Are there any health risks to be concerned about? What advice do you have for families with small children looking to move to Mexico? Author Julie Doherty Meade answers these and other questions.

10 Tips for Living in Mexico

Is it safe to live in Mexico? What should I bring with me to Mexico? How can I find a home? Expats offer advice on these and other topics.

One Year in Mexico: 8 Things We Have Learned Living in Mexico

Michael and Jennifer Lewis moved to Cozumel, Mexico one year ago. They share some great tips for expats living in Mexico.

Retiring to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is more expensive than places like Panama City, Panama and Salinas, Ecuador, but this highly developed stretch of Mexico's Pacific coastline offers a world-class lifestyle for expats.

Crime in Mexico: Where are the Safest Places to Live in Mexico?

Where are the safest places to live in Mexico? The most unsafe areas are well-covered in today's news headlines, but those considering a move to other cities or towns in Mexico should carefully research their possible destinations, talk with other expats and visit before they move. This article highlights members' recent discussions and comments about crime and safety in popular expat locales and some off-the-beaten path destinations. If you live in Mexico, we encourage you to submit an update on your city or town.

Christmas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

With perfect weather, very hospitable, gentle, and courteous English speaking locals inviting visitors with open arms, clean water and food, safety and security a major priority, and fun galore, you'll not have a Merrier Christmas anywhere; as they say south of the border, Feliz Navidad!

Medicare for Expats: Boomers May Soon Overcome Top Objection to Retirement in Mexico

Will Medicare be available to retirees in Mexico in the not-to-distant future? Puerto Vallarta expat, Jim Scherrer, discusses this hot topic.

Expat Insight: Mexico City, Mexico

Considering a move to Mexico City? One expat offers insight into expat life in Mexico City.

Seniors Are Learning in Their Spare Time South of the Border

With tens of thousands of successful retirees in Vallarta, so too is an abundance of knowledge on just about every subject imaginable. Chances are, no matter what your area of interest might be, there are retirees in Vallarta that possess expertise in that area and are willing and anxious to share it.

A Buyer's Market in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Thinking of buying a second home or moving to Puerto Vallarta? Current market conditions may make it the perfect time to buy property in Mexico.

Pre-Boomer Lifestyle on the Mexican Riviera

If you're a Baby Boomer and haven't yet lost all of your money in your 401k or IRA, it's not too late; come on down to Puerto Vallarta and join the Pre-Boomers.

Moving to Mexico - No Checklist Required

Ron Hoff calls himself a Gringo who discovered that you can make a living and enjoy the good life on a Baja California, Mexico beach. This heartfelt article describes his transformation in his new home on the Baja.

Parent's Review of the American School of Puerto Vallarta

An Expat Exchange parent reviews the American School of Puerto Vallarta. The school has an extremely active parent population and a nice campus, but new students may feel isolated and be treated as 2nd class citizens by their peers.

Moving to Puebla, Mexico

ExpatExchange member, Epicurious, shares advice on moving to Puebla, Mexico.

Looking for the Best Place in the World to Retire?

Want to retire in Mexico? Mexico tops International Living's 2008 Retirement Index. Jim Sherrer, real estate expert and expat, shares why Mexico... Puerto Vallarta, in particular, is ones of the best places to retire.

Retirement on the Mexican Riviera

Do you want to retire in Mexico? The Mexican Riviera consists of over 1,000 miles of Pacific coastline including several of the best places to retire in Mexico. Scherrer's article offers great insight for those considering living in Mexico.

Mexico's Next Big Thing: Riviera Nayarit

Kathleen interviews Aaron Fisher of Developer Direct about one of Mexico's hottest up-and-coming real estate markets and tourist destinations, Riviera Nayarit. This 100 mile stretch of Pacific coastline north of Puerta Vallarta offers beautiful beaches, great weather, lost cost of living and good investment opportunities.

Moving to Monterrey, Mexico

Great advice for anyone planning to move to the Monterrey area of Mexico -- everything from bringing warm clothes for the winter to the varying cost of housing.

Book Review: "Mexico: The Trick is Living Here"

Julia Taylor's book is packed with practical advice and cultural insight and is a must have for expats and anyone preparing to make the move to Mexico.

Undiscovered Mexico: City of Tequisquiapan

One couple traveled throughout Mexico in search of the perfect place to live - a city with beauty, easy of living and affordability. Tequisquiapan was the answer!

Living in Mexico Has Made Me a Better Person

You didn't know Mexico was a self-improvement destination? It is.

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