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Retire in Saltillo, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 01, 2023

Summary: Saltillo, Mexico is an attractive destination for retirees due to its low cost of living, friendly locals, and vibrant culture. There are several retirement communities in Saltillo, which offer a variety of amenities such as swimming pools, fitness centers, and social activities. On average, a nice two bedroom home in Saltillo can cost around $50,000 USD, while a nice three bedroom home can cost around $70,000 USD. The weather in Saltillo is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit throughout the year.

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What is it like to retire in Saltillo?

"Retiring in Saltillo can be a great experience for those looking for a peaceful and quiet lifestyle. The city offers a great climate, plenty of cultural attractions and proximity to the US border for those looking to travel. The cost of living is low, making it a great choice for those with a fixed income. The culture and cuisine of the region is extremely varied, with many incredible restaurants that serve everything from traditional Mexican dishes to Tex-Mex specialties. There's also plenty of outdoor activities and shopping opportunities, making it the perfect place for retirees to relax and enjoy the city," said another retiree in Saltillo.

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What advice do overseas retirees have for others considering retiring abroad?

"Retiring overseas can provide a unique and rewarding experience, so it's important to do research and be prepared. Make sure to understand the local laws and regulations, get a sense of the cost of living in the area, and examine the healthcare system to ensure you have quality care. It's also essential to familiarise yourself with the language of the country so you can maximise day-to-day communication. Building connections and social circles can be key to making the most of your experience and feeling like a part of the local community. Additionally, embracing cultural differences and exploring new cultures can lead to pleasant surprises, so don’t be afraid to try something new. And last but not least, choose your location wisely and make sure it’ll be a comfortable, safe place to spend your retirement," said a retiree who moved to Saltillo, Mexico.

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What are the most challenging aspects of retiring in Saltillo?

"The cost of living in Saltillo can be quite high, particularly for expats seeking luxury lifestyle options, making it a challenge to maintain during retirement. Additionally, language barriers can make navigating and understanding local services, such as healthcare and financial services, difficult. It may be difficult to find a retiree-friendly community in or around the city too, as few people move to the area for retirement. Lastly, the heat and humidity in Saltillo during the summer months can be oppressive and make outdoor activities challenging," said a retiree who moved to Saltillo, Mexico.

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What are the most rewarding aspects of retiring in Saltillo?

"The most rewarding aspects of retiring in Saltillo are the pleasant climate with mild temperatures, the low cost of living, the relaxed atmosphere, the availability of outdoors activities for all seasons such as hiking and bike paths, the quality of health care facilities, the opportunity to explore many ancient historical sites, the friendly and welcoming locals, and the opportunity to learn about the region's rich culture, history, and culinary specialties," said a retiree who moved to Saltillo, Mexico.

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What are healthcare services like in Saltillo?

We asked retirees if they have access to good medical care in Saltillo. They wrote:

"Saltillo, located in northern Mexico, provides quality healthcare services to its inhabitants. The city offers both public and private hospitals, and visitors may receive medical attention at any of them. The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) is the main provider of healthcare services in Saltillo. IMSS facilities offer basic medical services such as general and specialty doctor visits, laboratory tests and treatments. Additionally, the city has several private clinics that offer a wide range of services, such as optometry, dental care and minor surgery. In particular, the state-of-the-art Centro Medico Saltillo specializes in providing top-level medical services. For emergencies, the public hospitals are equipped with intensive care units and ambulance services," commented one retiree living in Saltillo, Mexico.

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How do I meet people in Saltillo?

When we asked people living in Saltillo about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Saltillo is a great place to meet people and make new friends. You can start by visiting local cafes, bars, and restaurants to mingle and make connections. Get involved in church or community activities, attend festivals and local events, join sports and hobby clubs, or venture out to local parks and recreational centers and strike up a conversation with someone. You can also find people with similar interests on social media or online forums to chat with and befriend," added another person in Saltillo.

"Saltillo appears to be a much friendlier city than others I have lived in (Puebla, Cuernavaca, Toluca). However, it was not easy to get to know people until I got connected with the Saltillo International Church (www.saltillointerationalchurch.com). They have bilingual services on Sundays, and for those who may not be "church-y" (or, like me, prefer the neighborhood church) have book studies for adults, men, and women throughout the week. Also, if your Spanish is decent www.desaltillo.com is helpful to find out events that are going on in town. If you friend them on facebook, they'll send daily updates--so helpful for me, as we don't regularly buy the newspaper," remarked another retiree in Saltillo.

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What is life like in Saltillo?

When we asked people living in Saltillo what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Expat life in the country is generally quite pleasant. The country is a great mix of traditional culture and modernity, offering expats the chance to experience the best of both worlds. The cost of living is relatively low, making it a great destination for retirees, businessmen and adventurous travelers alike. Public transportation is also developed and reasonably priced, making it easy to get around and explore. The people are very friendly and welcoming, and most have at least basic English skills. The weather is pleasant year round, and the vibrant cities and stunning beaches provide a great mix of activities for expats to enjoy," said another retiree in living in Saltillo, Mexico.

"Saltillo is a small city/large town, so it's relatively quiet here. People here seem more respectful of their neighbors than in other areas of Mexico. For example, in general people don't blare their music from their homes or use their car horns as doorbells. People work hard and enjoy their families. While social stratification runs the gamut here, in general people are friendly and laid-back. While soccer is still a huge pastime, baseball appears to be just as popular, if not more popular, than soccer. Saltillo's professional baseball team won the 2009 national championship, and I always hear my neighbor kids hitting a ball around. Saltillenses are good runners, too. Every June, the city hosts a half-marathon, and throughout the year there are a variety of 5K and 10K races. Saltillo also boasts a plethora of good public parks--great for picnics, enjoying some green spaces, or playgrounds for kids," explained a retiree in Saltillo.

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What do I need to know before retiring in Saltillo?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Saltillo, they said:

"Before retiring in Saltillo, it is important to research the cost of living and taxes in the area. It is important to recognize that the city uses the peso as its official currency and that access to certain services may be limited due to the language barrier. Additionally, it is important to research housing options, as well as understand the healthcare system and what government benefits are available. Furthermore, it is important to look into the social and culture climate of the area. This includes researching the climate, areas of interest, and the types of activities available in the city. Turkey is also home to an incredibly diverse population and it is important to understand the customs and etiquette of the area. Lastly, it is important to research the transportation system and any transportation options that exist in the area," added another person in Saltillo.

"Get out, see the town. Clearly, learning Spanish makes getting out a lot easier, so learn Spanish (again, people here are pretty patient, so it's a great community to try perfecting one's broken Spanish). The downtown has a lot to offer, between the Alameda, Plaza de Armas, and various free/cheap museums. The Serape Museum is my favorite, and, as creepy as it sounds, the Bird Museum is pretty interesting (and in the summer, well worth spending 10 pesos for an hour or so in the air-conditioning). If your company is moving you, they'll probably suggest that you live in the way north side of the city--this is a nice area of town and may be advantageous as it seems that most expats live there. However, do consider the Republica neighborhood, downtown, and the south side of town. They're all great places to live, within walking distance of points of interest, and often a lot cheaper than the northern neighborhoods," remarked another retiree in Saltillo.

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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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