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Moving to Mexico Guide

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: 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.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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Mexico GuideMexico Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in Mexico.

Mexico Forum Mexico Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Mexico on our Mexico forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Mexico Index Mexico Index
An index of all of our site's Mexico information.

Contribute to Mexico Network Contribute
Help others in Mexico by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Mexico.

Expat Healthcare Advice in MexicoHealthcare & Health Insurance in Mexico

Expats in Mexico offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Mexico.

Expat Talk about Healthcare Advice in MexicoMembers Talk about Healthcare & Health Insurance in Mexico

Expats in Mexico offer advice about healthcare in Mexico.

Best Places to Live in Mexico Best Places to Live in Mexico

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.

Real Estate in MexicoReal Estate in Mexico

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Mexico.

Guide to Real Estate in MexicoGuide to Real Estate in Mexico

Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Mexico.

Pros Cons of Living in MexicoPros & Cons of Living in Mexico

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Mexico.

Cost of Living in MexicoCost of Living in Mexico

Digital Nomads & Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Mexico.

Banking-Tips-for-Expats-in-MexicoBanking 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.

Pros-and-Cons-of-Living-in-MexicoPros 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!

8-Things-to-Know-Before-You-Move-to-Mexico8 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-Mexico9 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in Mexico

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

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Comments

guest
Apr 21, 2019 10:11

Why isn’t Mazatlán included in the best places to live in Mexico? Thanx

MsAlex
Jun 14, 2019 21:26

Based on my own experience, I recommend house sitting in Mexico before settling down. Sitting allows you to stay in a "real home", meet the owner's friends and neighbors, and experience what the area would be like to live in—and stay for free. (House sitting is a no-cash exchanged relationship in which the sitter stays for free.) Ten years ago my husband and I house sat in three different towns before we settled down. Each stay taught us what we liked and what we didn't like in each. By house sitting those considering a move to Mexico become "informed consumers". Otherwise you're guessing. And moving is too costly and difficult to not be sure. "Experiential research" as a sitter really helps make good long term decisions. To share that experience, and to serve my fellow English-speaking residents of Mexico who need sitters, I own and run HouseSitMexico.com, a membership website focused exclusively on connecting homeowners in Mexico with house sitters. Readers are welcome to learn more at HouseSitMexico.com/start-here/. Alex The HouseSitMexico Team

grapenut
Nov 6, 2019 10:12

RULE #1 . DO NOT TRAVEL THE COUNTRYSIDE ROADS.. DRUG LORDS ARE LOOKING FOR EXPATS TO KIDNAP/KILL. #2 LIVE IN A LARGE CITY AWAY FROM BEACHES. BEACH TOWN ARE DRUG LORDS PLAY GROUNDS. CANCUN, MATZATLAN, VERA CRUZ, SONORA..# 3. LIVE CLOSE TO US BORDER.. TEXANS COME TO BORDER TOWNS TO SHOP ON WEEKENDS, MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT.SAFER.. #4. BRING YOUR OWN CAR... #5. ENJOY THE GOOD LIFE BY NOT STANDING OUT TOO MUCH... I AM THE ONLY HIPPIE IN JUAREZ; AND EVERYONE KNOWS ME BECAUSE OF HOW I DRESS.; BUSH HAT, TANK TOPS, SHORTS, SANDALS. IVE BEEN CALLED SANTA CLAUSE BECAUSE OF MY WHITE BEARD. CHILDREN LOVE TO SIT ON MY LAP. EVERYONE IN THE MALLS KNOW US AND ARE ALWAYS FRIENDLY.. BUJT BE CAUTIOUS. DONT BROADCAST THAT U R RICH. YOU WILL BECOME A TARGET.. #6 STAY INDOORS AT NIGHT. BECAUSE THE PRES OBRADOR IS A WOOS LIBERAL, CARTELS CONTROL THE HIGHWAYS AND THE NIGHT BECAUSE POLICE FEAR TO BE OUT AT NIGHT.

guest
Jul 20, 2020 18:08

We would like to know if 300,thousand pesos is a good start for one person in Mexico and could I buy a small house on a acre of land?

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Mexico GuideMexico Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in Mexico.

Mexico Forum Mexico Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Mexico on our Mexico forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Mexico Index Mexico Index
An index of all of our site's Mexico information.

Contribute to Mexico Network Contribute
Help others in Mexico by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Mexico.

Expat Healthcare Advice in MexicoHealthcare & Health Insurance in Mexico

Expats in Mexico offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Mexico.

Expat Talk about Healthcare Advice in MexicoMembers Talk about Healthcare & Health Insurance in Mexico

Expats in Mexico offer advice about healthcare in Mexico.

Best Places to Live in Mexico Best Places to Live in Mexico

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.

Real Estate in MexicoReal Estate in Mexico

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Mexico.

Guide to Real Estate in MexicoGuide to Real Estate in Mexico

Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Mexico.

Pros Cons of Living in MexicoPros & Cons of Living in Mexico

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Mexico.

Cost of Living in MexicoCost of Living in Mexico

Digital Nomads & Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Mexico.

Living-in-Mexico-Guide-2022Living 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.

Cost-of-Living-in-MexicoCost 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--ResidencyMexico 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.

Is-Mexico-City-SafeIs 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.

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