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Driving around Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMexicans are always helpful and always open. Over the years, my fellow expats and me have seen that the lifestyle in Mexico has improved tremendously. Mexicans have come to respect the Americans and Canadians in the past 20 years. I don’t see any animosity from Mexicans towards Americans and Canadians anymore. 
 
In Mexico, if someone needs help, there is always someone there who will help. For example, there’s no question that if an American’s car broke down along the highway in the middle of nowhere, the first person to stop to help would be a Mexican. 
 
(Driving around Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, pictured. )
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Canadians expats depicted as elk and American expats as Bison graphic by Jet Metier – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn general, Americans and other expats are treated very well in Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and the other areas in Baja Sur. All the locals know that we couldn’t survive without them visiting our places and as a result, the expats make us grow and branch out to provide many different services. Expats are seen as a good omen. There’s obviously sometimes differences between the cultures and that’s when the problems may arise but in general we get along really well.
 
The only problems are when there are differences in the cultures. For example, during Christmas Mexicans like to party.   We have fireworks, we sing and we have dogs and friends visiting, so it’s loud. We don’t go to bed until 3 in the morning and most Americans go to bed around 9 (what they call “Baja midnight”). 
 
When the Mexicans are making lots of noise, it can bother the Americans.   You will always be welcome to the party, that’s for sure. But you can’t tell someone to “turn it down.” That would only make it louder. 
 
In general, we’re very polite to foreigners and friendly.
 
(Graphic of Canadians expats depicted as elk and American expats as bison by Jet Metier, pictured.)
John K. Glaab of the settlement company® – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
2015 Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar photographer in Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAs an American, I am treated equally here, as everybody is given a fair shake. If you don’t flaunt yourself as a millionaire and you are just a normal person on the street, you will not be treated differently. The service industry, of course, loves the foreigners. I get upset sometimes when I go to an expensive restaurant in Cabo San Lucas and the prices are all in dollars instead of pesos.
 
 In La Paz, they have a music school and they have a Grammy Award winning trumpet player here and he is now starting a big band. He gets concerts and plays, too. In Cabo, they have rappers, stars, etc. The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders come and do their annual calendar photo-shoot in Cabo San Lucas and of course the golf also brings in a lot of very wealthy people but everybody is given a fair shake. I don’t see any discrimination here.
 
However, I have seen more discrimination in some of the places on the Pacific coast of the mainland in Mexico such as Mazatlan, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, etc. than I see in La Paz or in Los Cabos.  Maybe that is because those areas are an extension of the state of California in a way.
 
( The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders 2015 Swimsuit Calendar photographed in Mexico, pictured.)

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