I love Mexico and am loving my life in this vibrant and beautiful country. There is so much to see and do. It is difficult to think of any reasons you would not want to retire here.
But here are my top 10 of the Worst reasons to retire to Mexico
1. --- In my opinion there is no worst reason, so I am deliberately leaving number one blank.
2. Mexico is too close to friends and family. --- Most people see it as an advantage to be so close to the United States and Canada, but there are a few who wish they could be much further away.
3. Mexico is too far from friends and family. --- When you move to a foreign country, you are no longer right across the street or town, so naturally some people will not like it here. Of course, this is true even if you move to the other side of your home country.
4. There are other great countries for retirement --- Some people move here and then realize there are other great countries. For example, many retirees love Panama, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador or Portugal.
5. Some people are not happy anywhere. --- If you are unhappy in your home country and/or you are trying to get away from problems, moving to a foreign country is probably not the solution.
6. Spanish language. --- It is the dominant language and maybe you feel uncomfortable because you do not speak it. You really don’t need to speak Spanish. If you move to San Miguel de Allende, Rosarito, Chapala, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Tijuana or many other cities, you will find neighborhoods where you will hear more English than Spanish. I also know one person who has lived here for almost 30 years and I think he knows five words in Spanish: hola (hello), por favor (please), gracias (thank you), baño (bathroom) and cerveza (beer). He does just fine and loves Mexico. It is nice to speak the language and you can learn a lot in a short time, especially if you love the country and its people.
7. Not the same as back home. -- Some people move here and expect everything to be the same. They expect the homes to look the same, the foods to be the same and the culture to be the same. Fortunately, it is different and most of us love the new exciting life we find in foreign countries.
8. You may miss your old hobbies and interests and your old friends.
9. You may not like the climate. -- But Mexico has almost any climate somewhere in the country, unless you really enjoy city streets covered with tons of ice and snow.
10. Maybe you hate Mariachi music and bullfights and iguanas.
Certainly, Mexico is not for everyone. But most of us, who have moved here, love the country.
The photos are of a bull in Tijuana, me with an iguana in Puerto Vallarta, and a cafe in Alvarado, Veracruz.