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Mexico Relocation Suggestions- Small/Midsized Towns and Cities

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johns37s
10/29/2018 17:08 EST

I'm going to relocate to Mexico from the U.S. next fall. Right now, I'm open to all suggestions. I'm looking for location suggestions that fall into my criteria:

- Ideally, with a population of about 40,000
- Possibly with a population up to 115,000
- Multiple opportunities for teaching English and living comfortably (i.e. with a low cost of living so I can at least break even and not worry about how I'm going to pay rent)
- Non-coastal
- Relatively safe
- Historical and/or vibrant architecture
- Limited English and tourism (I aim to learn Spanish; I don't want to live somewhere so touristy that locals speak English to me)
- I am moving there with my friend, and we're both childless and in our mid and late 20s. We're open to new experiences and falling in love with Mexican culture... whatever that means.
- Nearby hiking opportunities and limited humidity would be a major plus (hot/dry or mild weather would be ideal)

Mexico's a large country, one that I'm pretty unfamiliar with at this point- so I'd love to hear ideas!

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Dano2004
10/29/2018 19:29 EST

Go to YouTube, see tangerine travels, young couple & dog in mid-20’s virtually explore every main city in Mexico , north to south, east to west, comments on service, food restaurants, festivals, expat community, climate & things to do. Good Luck !

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novato1953
10/30/2018 02:32 EST

Much as it would be for a foreigner relocating to the US, there are simply too many choices to list. Try to winnow it down through your own resources -- visit the library, tour the web.

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hrlee7804
10/30/2018 11:59 EST

Two words for you.....San Carlos, Sonora Mexico. Google 'whatsupsancarlos'

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jojoishere
10/31/2018 13:52 EST

Your list of requirements for your ideal landing spot sounds great. You checked most of the boxes most people are seeking, although you didn't mention medical or proximity to an international airport.

Most smaller towns/cities will not have the demand for English teachers or people with the funds to pay you for lessons.

In my years of traveling Mexico, I find that the most charming towns are dots on a map with nowhere close to the population you seek. A town the size you are seeking will undoubtedly be near a larger city with similar climate and geography. So, instead of looking for the city or town with 40,000, look for the large city that supports it and then look in the surrounding areas. Find the climate you like, the geography for hiking and go from there. If I were to recommend any area, I would look around Zacatecas. It has the climate, geography and with the number of manufacturing plants in nearby Aguascalientes, you will find the desire to learn English.

A few other notes:

The desire to learn English in smaller towns is very low. And those who want to learn may not be able to afford to pay you much. Keep that in mind as you consider the size town or city you want to live in.

Hiking is not common in Mexico. Private land is just that private. You need to get to know an area and the local people well before you understand where you can go and where you cannot go. You do not want to stumble upon something you were not meant to see.

Someone else mentioned Tangerine Travels. Please expand your search WAY beyond that level of research. Two spoiled kids and their dog making fools of themselves and offending Mexico right and left is not who you want to be learning from - unless you count: what not to do in Mexico.

You did not mention what resident status you will be coming in with. You mention breaking even and being sure you can pay the rent. If that is an issue, you most likely don't qualify for temporary or permanent residency. That leaves you with a tourist visa (six month max). If that is the case, think about your proximity to the border and your ability to do border runs for as long as that loophole lasts (the clock is ticking on that).

Good luck!

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RVGRINGO

From: Mexico
10/31/2018 17:15 EST

As a tourist, he is prohibited from working...remember that little detail. Besides, the typical teaching job that he describes, will not pay the rent, or groceries, anyway.

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mannem
10/31/2018 22:06 EST

Lots of good advice here from Jojo and RVGringo. Your residency status probably comes first. You do need to prove a certain amount of income or assets to get even temporary residency. If that does not work for you, perhaps you could find a U.S. corporation that does a lot of business in Mexico that would hire you as an English teacher for their local employees. They could sponsor you to work in Mexico. But you can't plan to work for a language school without legal status and permission to work. And even then, as RVG says, the pay scale is very low. But dive into the research; there are exceptions to every rule and you might just find your perfect niche.

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Khizer
11/3/2018 00:42 EST

Try looking Chalola / close to Puebla City in Puebla State.
Good luck!
Alex

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Dano2004
11/3/2018 01:49 EST

In reccomended “Tangarine Travels” as a starting point for your research, not as a be-all end-all final search, let me explain (Listen up JoJo ) I recommended them bc learning comes in several levels , ie they can relate being 20 somethings , I learned something from all their video’s I watched ( didn’t see spoiled, didn’t see any disrespect to Mexico ) & as far as silliness ,well their just kids, as far as a skeptical judging attitude, well you’ll have to deal with that “silliness” Good Luck with that!

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jojoishere
11/5/2018 14:57 EST

I am only adding an additional reply as Dano felt the need to call me out.

Dano, I am quite familiar with various learning styles. However in the case of the two young people from Tangerine Travels, you and others must remember that their stated goal is to make money making YouTube videos. They are not there to educate. Which is good, because so much of what they say is just plain wrong.

It scares me that you feel you learned anything from them. It should concern you as well.

My apologies to the moderator for getting somewhat off topic, but felt the need to respond as I was called out.

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Dano2004
11/5/2018 15:42 EST

I merely pointed out that u can learn from many sources with many agendas, not everything is bad if u know nothing, anything gleaned is a step forward in knowledge u didn’t have before, then as you get more refined knowledge, u cast off the former for the newer, better. If I hve missed ur ”real” proper knowledge & respectful ways of Mexico , perhaps u would “Grace us with the “right” ways? TT’s vid of striving to stay within $10 p/day budget was informational & who cares if they monetize their YouTube vids anyway? Are they making up lies on video just to make money as u intimate? Show me proof they’re being dishonest! Ur justification that I called u out was not correct, it was a respond to ur comment on my original recommendation to Tangerine Travelers in a negative way implying something of bad intent & wrongful info on my part without proof,its just ur opinion & u know what they say abt opinions, they’re like cake holes everyone’s got one.

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RVGRINGO

From: Mexico
11/6/2018 09:07 EST

Terrible English! An incoherent teen with two thumb talent?

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Dano2004
11/6/2018 10:04 EST

Collosians 3:13

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RVGRINGO

From: Mexico
11/6/2018 10:24 EST

Who are Collosians? What does 3:13 mean?

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longtimelurker
11/6/2018 11:22 EST

The San Juan del Rio, QRO area meets your requests (NOT ON THE COAST). Tequeisquiapan is a nice town too, 15 minutes away, with good wine, cheese and the domestic tourism that goes with that..

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jojoishere
11/6/2018 12:53 EST

I think Dano is asking for forgiveness. Not entirely sure....

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mexicanbeachbum
11/6/2018 13:55 EST

Good for you!! Our city qualifies except one thing. We are coastal and where the desert meets the sea. We have everything on your list! We are a 3.5 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson Arizona, rent is cheap, easy to get back "home". Check out my site for info: mexicanbeachbum.com its Puerto Penasco or look up Rocky Point. Good luck

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peabody
11/7/2018 17:43 EST

As regards the Dano2004 vs. RVGringo exchange: is it remotely possible that Dano means Colossians3:13, soportandoos unos a otros, y perdonandoos unos a otros si alguno tuviere queja contra otro. De la manera que Cristo os perdono, asi tambien hacedlo vosotros. ? waddayathink!

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Dano2004
11/7/2018 19:24 EST

As for as ur Spanish goes , I give u an +8, as far as pushing ur idea forward I give u a +2...thanks for showing us u can read/write Spanish ( might think abt teaching it ) but the unspoken rule on expat exchange is English, some of our Spanish is not up to par

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harddazeknight
11/8/2018 00:30 EST

I've never heard that rule unspoken before!

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DeniseLR
11/8/2018 10:12 EST

Well, any crazy, contentious gringos (if not trolls from somewhere else) moving to Mexico are, at least, a few less up here in the slightly bluer :-) Estados Unidos.

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dwwhiteside
11/8/2018 12:32 EST

One place you might want to investigate is Cuidad Guzman. I don't live there, I live about an hour away in Colima. But, with its elevation and latitude, it should have the climate you want.

Colima is a little bigger and, in the months from November through March, the climate is almost perfect. However, April to September it can get hot and humid.

However, no matter where you decide to locate in Mexico, in order to teach, and get paid for it, you have to have the proper visa; either residente permanente or a residente temporal with lucrativa (i.e. permission to work). If you come in with a tourist permit, you are not allowed to work for pay in Mexico.

Good luck. I admire your spirit of adventure. I hope you are able to make things work the way you wish.

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