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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.

Digital Nomad Visa for Mexico

Find essential information about the digital nomad visa for working in Mexico.

12 Best Places to Live in Mexico in 2022

Mexico is increasing in popularity among expats, snowbirds, digital nomads and retirees in 2022. Learn about the 12 Best Places to Live in Mexico in 2022 according to people already living there.

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.

Expat Survey: More than 80% of Expats in Mexico are Happy There

Expats in Mexico once again professed their love for their expatriate experience and international lifestyle. More than 80% agreed that it's all it's advertised to be!

Living in Mexico Guide 2022

Our Living in Mexico Guide is an introduction to everything about the basics for moving to Mexico: best places to live, cost of living, pros and cons, healthcare and insurance, and more.

12 Tips for Living in Merida, Mexico

12 Tips for Living in Merida, Mexico

An expat talks about what it's like living in beautiful Merida, Mexico where the expat community is thriving -- there's even an expat bowling league. The Merida English Library holds wine tastings, plays, concerts and more. Real estate prices are low compared to the US, but that may not be for long.

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Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance in Monterrey

An expat in Monterrey, Mexico shares her thoughts about the expat health insurance, the health care system in Monterrey, medical facilities and much more.

Moving to Poza Rica, Mexico

An expat talks about what it's like living in a city in Mexico that's not popular among expats. While the cost of living was extremely low, he advises others to choose cities with a more expats.

Culture Shock in Cozumel, Mexico

An expat in Cozumel appreciates that good friendships feel like family, the community sticks together and the family-oriented culture.

Dream vs Reality of Living in Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico

An expat, who decided to move Coatepec, Mexico, talks about the realities of living there. She chose Coatepec for its climate, because it is in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains.

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:
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Additional Articles
Cost of Living in Mexico

The cost of living in Mexico is one of the first topics considered by expats exploring the idea of moving there. Here's an idea of what your expenses will be if you choose to one of the expat hotspots in Mexico.

Mexico Visa & Residency

If you plan to move to Mexico, you'll need to understand the process involved and the order in which requirements need to satisfied. Here is an excellent primer on what you'll need to do regardless of the amount of time you plan to spend in Mexico.

Living in Merida, Mexico

Merida offers expats just about everything they could ask for... affordable living in a great atmosphere, high quality health care, striking distance to the ocean, and much, much more.

Expat Survey: Mexico Still Popular Among Expats

Expats in Mexico continue to rate the country highly. Even though there are always security concerns, expats who prepare properly enjoy excellent weather in close proximity to the United States and at a much lower cost of living.

25 Countries Introduce Digital Nomad Visas

Many people are escaping their routines and temporarily moving overseas during the pandemic. These countries are welcoming them with open arms by making it easy for visitors to stay and work remotely for months or even a year. Croatia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Mexico and others have joined the growing trend.

Expats Talk About The Biggest Challenges They Face Living in Latin America

Expats talk about some of the biggest challenges they've faced living in Latin America. Whether you're moving to Panama City or Punta del Este, this article is a must read to help you prepare (hint: you'll be much happier if you learn the language) and adjust your expectations (realities: the roads are rough, the pace of life is slower and bureaucracy is unavoidable). Despite all of the challenges, the list of what expats like about life in Latin America far exceeds the challenges.

Tax Guide for Americans in Mexico

This tax guide for Americans living in Mexico is an important read. Do you need to file a tax return in Mexico? Plus, an overview of Mexico's tax system, income tax rates, Mexico resident qualifications and more.

Living in Mexico City

Expats talk about the best places to live in Mexico City, living near work to avoid hours of traffic every day, crime in Mexico City, international schools and much more.

Is Mexico City Safe?

Is Mexico City Safe? What are the safest neighborhoods in Mexico City? Expats answer these questions and offer tips (based upon first-hand experience) for avoiding being the victim of a crime.

International Schools in Mexico City

If you're moving to Mexico City with kids, international schools are probably a top priority. Here's a list of some of the most well-known international schools and bilingual schools in Mexico City.

7 Best Neighborhoods in Mexico City

Mexico City's neighborhoods are as varied as its wonderful people. Find out what expat consider the 7 best neighborhoods in Mexico City.

10 Best Places to Live in Mexico 2021

Expats from the United States and Canada often choose to move to Mexico or retire there. Here are some of the locations that they recommend most to others considering living in Mexico.

Healthcare in Mexico

If you're moving to Mexico or an expat living in Mexico, understanding the Mexican healthcare system is essential. We offer an overview of the public and private healthcare systems in Mexico, health insurance for expats in Mexico, hospitals and prescription drugs.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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