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Tom Leonard of Hotel Perico – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Dog agility competition held at Hotel Perico, Lake Chapala, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe lifestyle in Mexico is one of the best reasons to retire to Mexico because life is slower and you can enjoy life a little more. You have to adapt to things being slow, but if you can accept this change, then you'll enjoy life here in Mexico.
 
Mexico has a lot to offer in terms of culture, music, and art, which are very important aspects of life. Mexicans love nature and animals, which I love as well. 
 
The weather is great.
 
Being here in Mexico, the proximity to the States to be able to go back and forth is an advantage.
 
Another reason why I like it here in Mexico, especially in the Lake Chapala area, is what I hear from some people who have come from Panama and Ecuador to try and retire in these countries who have said that Mexico has a lot more to offer to make you feel like a part of the local community. There are a lot of activities going on and they can volunteer for different things. There is a lot to do like go to the theater and watch concerts. 
 
Some of those who came from Panama and Ecuador have told me that they didn't speak the language in these countries well and because of this language barrier, they felt like there weren't enough social activities for them and the community wasn't as big. This is why they moved to the Chapala and Ajijic area. 
 
This is one of the reasons why I moved to the Chapala and Ajijic area, too. There are a lot of foreigners who do a lot of different activities. You name it. There's a kayak club, hiking clubs, cooking clubs, garden clubs, and all sorts of other clubs.
 
(Dog agility competition held at Hotel Perico, Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)
Valerie Friesen of Blue Angel Solutions – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Mexican painting – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere would be several reasons to retire to Mexico. For Canadians and Americans in particular, one reason is that most of the major airlines fly to Mexico and flights are regularly available. Depending on where you are, it is easy to return home in five to eight hours and you're back to where you came from. That's very appealing because sometimes there are family emergencies for which you have to get back home quickly. This is an important reason to retire to Mexico in contrast to Costa Rica or some other locations you may want to consider. 
 
Another reason is affordability. There's a diversity of options to live in Mexico when you consider climate, temperatures, geographic features, and cultural differences within Mexico. You can live in the Lake Chapala area. You can live on a beach. You can live in San Miguel de Allende, in the central areas, or further south in places like Oaxaca. 
 
There are a lot of different interesting things in Mexico such as plants, birds, architecture, and artifacts. There are different art mediums like sculptures, fabric art, and weaving. There are many really good museums. 
 
In some of the larger cities in Mexico, there is excellent shopping. You can go to Mexico City, Guadalajara, and other larger cities and you will never know that you're not shopping in Canada, the US, or some place in Europe.
 
(Mexican painting, pictured.)
Joan Silver – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The church near the plaza in Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe best reason to retire in Mexico is the quality of life. In Chapala and Ajijic, I enjoy the sound of church bells, roosters and horses clomping down the cobblestones, which is my favorite. There's less materialism in Chapala and Ajijic, which I found wonderfully refreshing. Whether it was Christmas or any other time of year, there just wasn't this need to fill a void by buying things. Chapala and Ajijic has a slower pace of life for most people.
 
It's so nice that people in Chapala and Ajijic greet you on the streets. It would be considered very rude to walk by a Mexican and not acknowledge one another, even in the big cities such as Guadalajara. When we walk into a restaurant in Guadalajara and we're passing a table of people who are eating, we’ll say “buen provecho”, which means, “enjoy your meal.” We always acknowledge each other. I find this custom really endearing and very charming.  
 
(The church near the plaza in Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)
Ivan Castillo of Secure Title  Riviera Maya – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The number one best reason to retire to Mexico is the quality and cost of healthcare here.   We have a lot of customers who live six months in Mexico and six months in the US. If they want dental work done, they fly to Mexico and have their dental work and fly back because it’s much cheaper to do it here than in the US, even with flight tickets and so other expenses.
 
The second best reason to retire to Mexico is that the cost of living is much cheaper. So, for example, if you’re retired in the US and you’re receiving a set and limited amount of money or Social Security from the government in the US and you’re living on and off in Mexico then that amount of money can be extended for a longer period of time.
 
There’s also the great food in Mexico, and the quality of life here. From a cultural perspective Mexico is very rich. You can find so many things to do here. You have deserts, jungles, the best beaches in the world, and the food changes from state to state. So you have many things that are very important here and it’s all positive.  
Mikki James – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Mikki James enjoying her birthday in Progresso, Yucatan, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe best reason to retire to Mexico is, number one, it’s affordable. Number two, it’s affordable. When a person who has worked hard all their life and been in the grind and just spent their whole life going from appointment to appointment, from job to job, hour after hour, nose to grindstone, this place is absolute heaven in comparison.
 
A person who comes down on a retirement package or social security can find the healthcare they need, can find a wonderful place to call home, and have the comforts of home that they need or going to need as they grow older and not have to worry about huge taxes or the government taking things away from them. Living here in Mexico provides a huge amount of security for someone at the retirement phase of his or her life.
 
(Mikki James enjoying her birthday in Progresso, Yucatan, Mexico, pictured.)
John Venator of Casa de los Venados – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Visit to the church and to the caste wars museum in Tiosuco, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe best reasons to retire in Mexico is its proximity to the US, the lower cost of living, climate, and friendly people. It is generally safe and secure depending on where you live.
 
There is ease of access to Mexico, especially when you are in a major city in terms of airplanes and other ways to get back to the US or other parts of the world to tour.
 
Generally, Mexico has good and safe roads to drive on to go to other places in the country. I think that pretty well sums it up.
 
(Sight-seeing with out of town visitors to in a church and to the Caste Wars museum in Tiosuco, Mexico, pictured.)

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