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Retire in Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is it like to retire in Mexico? Retirees share their experiences living in Mexico.

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What is it like to retire in Mexico?

"Lake Chapala has a very active retirement community. Many people are learning and experimenting with new skills such as writing, acting, learning Spanish, signing, painting... Additionally, the expat community is extremely philanthropic. Organizations help orphans, poverty-stricken communities, abandoned dogs and cats, the environment, etc. Guadalajara -- an hour away -- has world-class music, dance and art programs," said another retiree in Lake Chapala.

"There is a large expat community in Ajijic. Lots of things to do here," commented one retiree living in Ajijic and Chapala, Mexico.

"Ajijic is definitely a retirement area. The majority of the expat population appears to be over 60... That said, there are numerous cultural activities plus exploratory trips around the area and other Mexico venues. Night life is somewhat subdued...but at 75 bed time comes early for us.," explained one retiree living in Ajijic.

"We have a small but active ex-pat community. We have a ladies lunch group once a month to hear speakers on local issues and meet other expats, plus keep up on what is happening in town. We have a couples group that has dinners every Thursday at different restaurants also to meet the other ex-pats. We have golf groups, tennis, bridge, cards, a church service or two in English. We also have a new Gold's gym. The university of Colima has a great music department that has brought us some classical music concerts the last few years, this year we are having Romeo and Juliet. We have many great restaurants and most have live music and dancing," said another retiree in living in Manzanillo, Mexico.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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