San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Last updated on Apr 13, 2021
Summary: With a population of approximately 139,000, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico has a moderate cost of living and year-round temperatures in the 70s to 80s. Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know before moving to San Miguel de Allende?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to San Miguel de Allende, they said:
"Six months out visit the town have a realtor show you around and see some properties. Learn as much as you can about the various neighborhoods before making a selection," commented one expat who made the move to San Miguel de Allende.
What are the pros and cons of living in San Miguel de Allende?
Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in San Miguel de Allende responded:
"Living in San Miguel de Allende was a hugely positive experience overall. It changed my life for the better. I learned how to live outside my comfort zone, and build a rewarding life in a place where I was a total stranger. Mexico opened my eyes to different ways of thinking, made me more patient and tolerant. I loved the many activities, wonderful food, charm and walkability of SMA. The thriving expat community was a real bonus. But I also immersed myself in Mexican culture by taking continuous Spanish language and culture classes, and making Mexican friends.The great, affordable transportation system within Mexico allowed me to explore some of the many fabulous destinations within this fascinating country. And let's not forget the food! San Miguel has a wonderful array of restaurants, featuring many different cuisines. I also loved the mostly dry, temperate climate of this mountain city. The weather was similar to San Diego, where I live (though nothing beats SD weather!) I will never forget my two years living in Mexico and the many friends I made. Even though California is truly my forever home, I'll be back to SMA for visits after the pandemic. In the meantime, Mexico will always live in my heart," said an expat in San Miguel de Allende.
"I like the climate and the home we purchased at a reasonable price. Our Mexican neighbors are kind, they lookout for our well being and safety. I dislike, immensely, rude Americans and other foreigners, who disrespect and maltreat the Mexican people, their culture and their wellbeing. I say those foreigners who do not respect and treat well the Mexican people should be deported, immediately, to the country they came from. Their behaviour in this respect is despicable, IMO," remarked another expat in San Miguel de Allende.
What type of social life can someone expect in San Miguel de Allende?
When we asked expats and global nomads about their social experiences in San Miguel de Allende, they replied:
"You need to not have issues with altitudes as San Miguel de Allende is at 2300 meters altitude. Approximately 6500 feet," mentioned another expat inSan Miguel de Allende.
"SMA is a woman's town. The expat community is made up in large amount by single women - either divorced, widowed or never married," commented one expat who moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
"I loved my time living in San Miguel. I fell in love with the Mexican people and culture," mentioned another expat living in San Miguel de Allende.
"Locals are friendly but most do not welcome expats into their circle of friends unless you speak fluent Spanish and have been in SMA for years and years,," said an expat in San Miguel de Allende.
What advice to expats in San Miguel de Allende have about housing?
"I glad I rented a furnished house and kept my condo in California. It allowed me to literally flee Mexico when the pandemic first hit, and go home to where I had health insurance, doctors and access to better health care. I totally did not trust the Mexican government to adequately handle Covid and I was right. Though it was also terrible in the US, I felt way safer being here during the pandemic," mentioned another expat inSan Miguel de Allende.
"At my age and love to travel, renting is my best option. I have many friends who have purchased their homes in SMA," commented one expat who moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
What are medical services in San Miguel de Allende like?
When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in San Miguel de Allende, they replied:
"Expat healthcare insurance for age 60+ is expensive and not great. To me, not worth it. Also Rx pain meds and psych meds extremely expensive & very difficult to legally obtain," added one expat living in San Miguel de Allende.
"I don't need traditional medical services, so I have limited experience. But my friends who do use it say that it is MUCH more affordable than the U.S. and equally as competent," commented one expat who moved to San Miguel de Allende.
About the Author
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.
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