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Pros and Cons of Living in San Miguel de Allende

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 13, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico include its beautiful colonial architecture, vibrant culture, and temperate climate. The city is also known for its excellent food, art galleries, and cultural events. Additionally, the cost of living is relatively low compared to other cities in Mexico. On the other hand, the cons of living in San Miguel de Allende include the lack of public transportation, limited job opportunities, and the language barrier. Additionally, the city can be quite touristy, making it difficult to find a sense of community.

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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:

"Expats and digital nomads living in San Miguel de Allende enjoy the city's vibrant culture, beautiful colonial architecture, and friendly locals. They also appreciate the low cost of living, which allows them to stretch their budget further. On the downside, some expats and digital nomads find the city's limited public transportation system to be inconvenient, and the lack of reliable internet access can be a challenge," explained one expat in San Miguel de Allende.

"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 one expat in San Miguel de Allende.

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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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