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Pros and Cons of Living in Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 08, 2022

Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in Mexico. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in Mexico

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What are the pros and cons of living in Mexico?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Mexico responded:

"San Carlos, Sonora. It is still in the 'free zone' and 3 hours from US at Nogales. Tucson is then close for a larger town. Many gringos leave in the summer but this is a vacation destination for the mid to upper class Mexicans. Weekends and summer is busy here with those on holiday. There are many gift shop who maybe you could sell to until and if you got a status to have a business location. Costco 1 hour away in Hermosillo. Hot and humid in summer like all locations on the water. It is said 70% snowbird north in the summer. I have no problems with the heat. Finding a place that has it all does not exist or everyone would only live there. Prioritize is the key," remarked another expat in San Carlos.

"The high humidity produces the famed "city of flowers" of which the state capital Xalapa, 4 miles away, boasts but also leads to a runny nose. I have found work-arounds and would not trade the beauty of the natural world for anything. It's hard to see children begging. Street repair is ignored. Traffic is heavy at high-use times. Adjusting has been remarkably easy," explained one expat in Coatepec.

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What do expats in Mexico appreciate most about the local culture?

"They are family oriented, like inviting you places to do fun activities and they like to celebrate dates with a lot of joy. Also the laid back lifestyle compared to big cities in the states. I also love to see the traditions being kept up and honored. And I like seeing my son speak Spanish beautifully. I like everything. The architecture, the art, the music, the dancing and the literature and the people telling me their life stories," said another expat in Merida.

"1. The friendliness of the people. 2. How they stick together as a community in emergencies, like the aftermath of a hurricane, and even pulling together to feed the people during the economic hardship of COVID-19. 3 How people are family oriented here. Grandma does not go to a nursing home, she remains in the family. 4. Being considered part of the family after a good friendship is formed," added another person living in Cozumel.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"I hate the slowness of the bureaucracy. I don't like the bank fees and exhorbitant fees associated with Mexican banks and US foreign banks in Mexico. I don't like the need to negotiate with others not used to fixed prices because it means I got to figure out what the reasonable price for an item is and then negotiate down. I never liked shopping much so it is not fun to do that for me. But I love buying artistic things that bring me joy to look at it at home. I don't like men ignoring me and asking my husband the question or giving my husband the answer. It is impolite," said another expat in Merida.

"The way there is nothing set when dealing with police. Or at least, what I experienced a few times. I got pulled over over something but there was an unsaid dictum that all I had to do was give the policeman some money and drive away," added another person living in Puerto Vallarta.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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