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Alfonso Galindo of I Go Yucatan – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Alfonso Galindo with daughter Zara in Izamal – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMerida Yucatan is one of the richest provincial cities in Mexico, and is an excellent option for settling down to live, due to its excellent infrastructure, amenities and major air connections to the United States and Mexico City.
 
Currently, its estimated 14,000 to 20,000 foreigners live full or part time in Yucatan.
 
Som eproperties in the Historic Center of Merida are sold for over USD $25,000 and their value may increase by eight or ten times, even more if they are restored homes.
 
In recent years, Merida has seen its streets explode with art and culture. Something is always happening in Merida, such as concerts, festivities, parades and celebrations, which are a common sight in this vibrant city. You can also join groups engaged in rescuing dogs and cats, and help to make Merida a more attractive destination. Foreign expatriates also meet in reading workshops, such as the Merida English Language Library; as well as in art workshops, travel groups, wine-tasting groups, biking groups, dancing and language classes. There is no better way to learn Spanish than enrolling in a language school, and there are a large number of these institutions in Merida.
 
Alfonso Galindo at Puerto Morelos, Yucatan – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMerida residents flock to the port cities of Celestun, Sisal or Telchac to stroll along its beaches and take a dip in the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  Undiscovered beachfront fishing villages are always bustling with food and craft vendors, local residents and beach-goers, and the waters just off the coast are calm, clean and good for swimming.
 
Grab a seat at one of the many palapas (thatched-roof restaurants) that extend the length of the beachfront for an excellent spot to sample some of Yucatan’s distinct regional cuisine. Seafood dishes are popular and include sopa de mariscos (seafood soup), pescado tikin-xic (grouper seasoned with achiote).
 
Progreso is also a popular cruise ship destination, and the city is famous for its pier that extends an impressive four miles into the Gulf of Mexico. Cruise ship passengers arriving in Progreso are often bused the length of the pier before embarking on Progreso excursions, many heading inland to visit the city of Merida or tour the Mayan ruins at Uxmal and Chichén Itza.
 
Come and visit us and decide for yourself.

(Pictured above: Alfonso Galindo with daughter Zara at Izamal, Yucatan.  Pictured below: Alfonso Galindo at Puerto Morelos, Yucatan Peninsula.)

Mark Eager of Eager & Asociados – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Resort- like home, near Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMy father-in-law, who is from Veracruz, has an apartment in Mexico City that I still go to. I also have relatives in Monterey where I would spend 2 or 3 weeks at a time, and then come back to Ajijic.
 
The best place in Mexico to live and retire is Ajijic, but I also love Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. San Miguel de Allende belongs to a different price bracket. Guanajuato on the other hand is spectacular and you can go there and live relatively inexpensively with a lot more of the Mexican culture than you would find in this area. I love Guanajuato. 
 
I’ve also spent time in Mexico City and Monterrey, but I don’t think I would want to live there. If I had a lot of money, I’d love to live in Mexico City because of the culture, the theaters, and the restaurants. I love going to Mexico City, but you have to understand how to live there, plus living there costs a lot more. If I was a wealthy guy and could afford an apartment in Mexico City, I’d love to live there.
 
Guanajuato is a romantic place. It’s still set back in time and it has a lot of culture and history. Lake Chapala has a lot of towns and there are a lot of things that happened here, like the Spaniards trying to take over the area in the past. When it comes to architecture, places like San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato are well above Chapala and Ajijic. 
 
In the 1900’s to the 1920’s, all the wealthy people went to Chapala instead of going to Acapulco. According to history, the wealthy Europeans and Mexicans who came to Chapala built some beautiful homes and mansions here. You don’t necessarily see them unless you’re walking along the lake shore which is hard to do depending on the lake level. There are some spectacular homes around Lake Chapala. 
 
Over the years, Ajijic has had more North American values than Chapala. Out of every 20 sales that I make, 19 are in Ajijic, and one of them is in Chapala, and that’s for those who can afford the big, old classic homes that are there. Chapala is an interesting place if you really know about its history.  
 
(Resort- like home, near Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)
Flip Nicholson of Fenix Real estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The surreal sculpture  of Las Pozas, Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe first best place in Mexico to live and retire is of course here in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area. People flock here in Chapala because we’re 30 minutes from the second largest city in Mexico without having to deal with city traffic, city smog, city noise, etc. Chapala is the best proximity, and we have a microclimate here thanks to the lake, the forest, and the mountains that surround Chapala. Chapala has its own microclimate, so this is the best place, although I’ve been in some other places that are also pretty cool. 
 
If I had to live in the city, I’d live in the San Luis Potosí, which is very progressive, and has a major thoroughfare running right through it. Potosí is on the edge of the mountains, and not far from there is incredible scenery, whitewater rafting, you name it. San Luis Potosí is a pretty cool place. There are a lot of English-speaking locals in Potosí. My band and I have played a lot of music there on our travels. 
 
Puerto Vallarta is a big place and is a tourist destination in Mexico. Living in Puerto Vallarta is like living in a ski town in the US, where you get tired of tourists. What I like about that area in Mexico though it is not in Puerto Vallarta proper, but I like the Bay of Banderas. You can get out of Puerto Vallarta and live in some of the little villages around there, and enjoy the coastal living. It’s seasonal, just 6 months out of the year, then you’ll get choked down in the summertime there when it’s so humid and so hot that you just can’t stand it, and you can’t take enough showers.
 
Other cool places in Mexico would be more inland, more of the mountain areas. Mexico is 70% mountainous. People seem to think Mexico is all desert because they’ve been to Tijuana, or they’ve been across the Laredo border. I always wanted to send out a Christmas card of me and my wife sitting on a donkey next to a cactus with a bottle of tequila in my hand with no grass around, because that’s the concept they have of Mexico. They say, “Oh my God, you live in Mexico. Where’s your serape? Where are your huaraches?” They don’t have any idea. 
 
Mexico City is the cleanest big city I’ve ever been in downtown, I kid you not. Have you ever been downtown Mexico City? Oh my goodness. It’s so clean. In Mexico City, they have mini buses and not these big nasty black-smoke buses. These little mini buses that only hold 12 people are everywhere in Mexico City. The city is incredibly clean, and has fountains and amazing architecture and landscape. I was very impressed. 
 
There are some cool mini towns. San Miguel de Allende is a very artsy place. A lot of expats live there , and it’s really popular. I’ve also been to Leon, which is another big city in Mexico, and has the best airfare to US. Leon is a pretty well laid out town, and it’s the hub of leather products. Merida is kind of an up and coming progressive area, but it’s in a tropical climate, so it’s a little humid and sticky in the summer months. 
 
There are a lot of coastal towns in Mexico that I’ve been to. I like the sleepy village of La Manzanilla, which is not to be confused with Manzanillo, the largest port in Mexico now. When you drive from here to Manzanillo, the highway is perfect- you’d feel like you’re on the interstate in the US. Mexico makes a lot of money from the Manzanillo port, so they keep these highways up where trucks are rolling nice. There are also toll roads where you’ll go through beautiful canyons, and the road is excellent. Manzanillo is an easy place to get to in three and a half hours from here in the Ajijic / Chapala area, but just north of there, for another hour, is La Manzanilla, a sleepy village with a beautiful bay, Tenacatita. 
 
There are also other little towns around La Manzanilla, but if you really want to go somewhere and sit back, write a book, paint a scene, and just escape, La Manzanilla is the place to do it.  
 
(The surreal sculpture  of Las Pozas, Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, Mexico, pictured.)
Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Tijuana, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingBaja California tops my list of places to retire and live in Mexico. This state in Mexico contains the cities and towns of Tijuana, Mexicali, Ensenada, Rosarito, Tecate, San Felipe, El Refugio, and San Quintin. Each of these communities is unique and will appeal to different expats.

 

 

Passport and Flag Colage – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingBased on the number of US expats living here, it seems that Baja California, Mexico is the Best Place in the World to Retire.

 

 

 

 

Map of Baja California – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingBaja California has more expats from the United States than any other city in the World.

 

The Tijuana metropolitan area has 88,000 US citizens over the age of 50, Mexicali has 38,000, and Ensenada has 36000, for a total of at least 160,000 US citizens in Baja California. The Tijuana metropolitan area alone has more than double the number of US expats of any other city or area in Mexico. The reported numbers are probably very low due to the fact that especially in the border area many US citizens do not obtain visas.

 

 

 

 

Why do so many expats choose Baja, California?

  1. Proximity to the United States is a major reason. It is a short distance to US medical care, shopping, friends and family compared to any of the other expat destinations. The proximity makes it possible for retirees to use Medicare, which normally can not be used in other countries. Many US Veterans also like the proximity to a VA Hospital and clinics.

  2. Baja California is much like being in Southern California with the same climate and type of geography.

  3. If you live in Tijuana, you only need $1,400 to have the same lifestyle that would cost $5,000 in San Diego (Feb 2017). Home prices in Tijuana are about 12% of the prices in San Diego.

  4. It is easy to live in Baja California if you only speak English. Because the border is so close, you will almost always find people who speak English. And due to a large number of US citizens, it is easy to have expat friends who can help you adjust to a different country. Rosarito, for example, has a huge US population with some people saying there are more US citizens than Mexican.

  5. There are many things to do in both Baja and Southern California. There are  beaches, restaurants, parks, zoos, cinemas, cultural events, concerts, hiking, nightlife, museums, libraries, shopping, wine tasting, and much more.

 

Tijuana Sunset – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAlthough more expats have selected Baja California as the best place in the world to retire, it may not be the best place for you.  Everyone has different needs and desires, so carefully look at all the areas that appeal to you and research them before moving.  It is also a great idea to rent before you buy in any location.

 

Liliana Cota of Stewart Title Baja and Stewart Title Puerto Peñasco – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Ensenada, Mexico beach cove – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIt’s good to retire in Ensenada, Rosarito, and Tijuana in Mexico because of their distance to the US. There are lots of people who are still working in the US but have permanent residences in Tijuana. If you live in these areas close to the US border, you can literally check your mail in the US or go shopping and then come back home in Mexico.
 
We have superb restaurants in Tijuana and we have wineries in Valle de Guadalupe. Valle de Guadalupe has a rich history and it has a wine museum as well. You can go there and do some wine tasting. The wines in Valle de Guadalupe are all the different wines that are distributed all over Mexico and exported to countries around the world. These are just some of the special things that we have in Tijuana that makes it a special place to live and retire. The weather is also nice down here in Mexico.
 
(Pictured: Ensenada, Mexico beach cove.)
Oscar Hererra of SimplePay – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Beach at San Filipe, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIf you would like to retire and live in Mexico but you still want to live close to the States, definitely Baja, California, Mexico is a great option. The best place for you could be anywhere in Baja such as Tijuana, Playa de Rosarito, Ensenada, or San Felipe. Any of these four places is no more than 4 hours away from the border of Mexico and the US by car. If you go east, Monterrey will offer you the same opportunity. Those are the cities that are close to the States and your cost of living would be less because you would be paying in Mexican pesos. The southern part of Baja, such as Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, etc., are also very popular with North American expats.
 
One of the things that I see happening the most in these areas and in places such as Puerto Vallarta or any city in Mexico, is people splitting their time going back and forth to the States. They may live for 8 months in Mexico and spend 4 months back to the US, or like most Canadians do, they stay 6 months here and 6 months in Canada. Baja California South offers that ability. You have access to a beach and cheaper real estate than anywhere in the US or Canada and you also have access to a community that speaks English. You would not get lost in the entire country of Mexico. You would be living in a community that you are going to be involved with. 
 
Rosarito Beach is a town on the ocean, 45-minutes away from San Diego, California by car. The weather in Rosarito is similar to the weather in San Diego, which has great weather.  Rosarito City is a small town with less than 100,000 people that is 60% American. It is full of activities every week that Americans organize. They are very involved in the community. So Rosarito can be seen as a city that is populated by Americans but it is in Mexico. It is very similar to Ajijic because Ajijic is also predominantly lived in by Americans or expats, but it is in Mexico.
 
Another nice place to retire is Ensenada, which is located a little bit south of Rosarito. The only difference between Rosarito and Ensenada is that Ensenada is a much bigger town. Ensenada has a Costco, Wal-Mart, and other supermarket chains. It has three times the population in the city and it is more robust. The cruise ships are right there in Ensenada. There are lots of Americans there but because of the size of the city, proportionately, there are more Mexicans. It is a very calm city and it is definitely a place where you can go and relax. Ensenada, just like Rosarito Beach, is on the western side of Baja California, so it is on the Pacific. 
 
San Felipe is also a good place to retire. It is in the municipality of Mexicali on the Sea of Cortez side. It is a similar town to Rosarito. It is small and maybe even a little smaller than Rosarito. San Felipe is also a little bit undeveloped but people like to go there because of how beautiful the water is. It has sand, which is not common in Baja California, which has a lot of rocky beaches. Also, the weather is more like a desert, so more people from Arizona tend to move there because the weather in San Felipe is more similar to what they are used to. San Felipe is still in Baja, California but it is on the eastern side. 
 
Another good place to retire in Mexico is Monterrey, which is in the eastern part of Mexico, not completely on the Gulf of Mexico, but rather a little bit inland. It is about a 2-hour drive from Laredo, Texas. If you draw a straight line south of San Antonio, that is where Monterrey is located. It is one of the biggest cities in Mexico and also one of the best developed. It was classified as a better city than Guadalajara and Mexico City. You have everything in Monterrey that you could ask for in a metropolitan city. The quality of life there is fancier than a lot of other cities in Mexico, comparing in size and type of city. I have seen Americans living in Monterrey but not a lot of them. Americans on the Texas side who want to live in Mexico get quick access to Monterrey. There are no beaches there and there are no ecological attractions but it is a city in Mexico that has everything, so you would not feel like you are living in a town. Monterrey is in a valley so you could expect it to be hot, just like in San Antonio.
 
If you are going to pick a place in Mexico that doesn’t look like the States, Puerto Vallarta is the place to go. Puerto Vallarta is right on the Pacific Ocean. It has amazing weather 8 months out of the year. The other 4 months, which are June through September, are very humid and very hot. Puerto Vallarta is a city that is very developed. It still has the small town charm but it has grown so much both north and south that it has a lot of the amenities that people tend to look for now in a more developed city. It also has amazing quality restaurants and attractions because of tourism so there is a lot to do in Puerto Vallarta. If you try to go out every single night there and eat at new restaurants each time, you wouldn’t finish in 2 or 3 years!
 
There is a big expat community in Puerto Vallarta, too. You also have access to all kinds of real estate from cheap, at around $200,000, to expensive ones, which are in the millions. You can get a two-bedroom condo in a very nice area like in the marina and you would have a marina view, which you can also walk to and that would be inexpensive at around $200,000. You can also go as fancy as getting a property at the ocean front or on the beach for around $2 or $3 million. Puerto Vallarta has everything for everybody.
 
If living close to the US is not at the top of your list and you want to be isolated from the States, the best places to go to would be Ajijic and Playa Del Carmen. From the perspective of the weather, if you go to Ajijic, you wouldn’t need air-conditioning in any part of the year. It is very quiet in Ajijic and it has a lot of activities. It has a city that is very big, similar to Monterrey nearby, which is Guadalajara. You can get anything that you could ever want and need in Guadalajara. It is a very close-knit community of Americans, sort of an American enclave in the center of Mexico. Ajijic is a charming town to go and visit, relax, and just not worry about anything else. You can just enjoy your day. Ajijic is a colonial town so you could expect to see old buildings. It is one of the top expat places in Mexico. It would in the top five expat places in Mexico. Because there is a big expat community in Ajijic, you can absolutely get by without speaking Spanish. All the restaurants and other places around there would have people who speak English.
 
Playa del Carmen is in the southern part of Mexico, in the Yucatan, near Cancun. Playa del Carmen has been popular because it is the newer part of Cancun. Cancun and Playa del Carmen are about an hour’s drive apart. Cancun has everything you could ask for. It is not a big city like Guadalajara, but it has everything. Playa del Carmen is different from Cancun in a sense that it does not have the densely populated and tourist parts that Cancun has. So you still live in a beautiful resort town with white sand but you don’t have the tourists attacking you so much. There are lots of tourists in Playa del Carmen but not as much as in Cancun.  
 
(Beach at San Filipe, Mexico, pictured.)

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