There are many neighborhoods in San Miguel de Allende that are very interesting places in which to live. An example is the Guadalupe neighborhood, which is a community where the foreign and Mexican neighbors have come together in many different areas and aspects. Community members have created wonderful, picturesque murals on some of the walls of the buildings and businesses in the Guadalupe neighborhood, and tourists, and foreign and Mexican residents alike enjoy walking around the Guadalupe neighborhood to see all these beautiful murals.
Another very beautiful neighborhood in San Miguel de Allende is Guadiana. This is another community wherein the Mexican nationals and the foreign residents get along very well. Guadiana is a very safe neighborhood, and there’s very little traffic. There are very beautiful homes that have been built in Guadiana, and also beautiful public parks and gardens, which can be attributed to projects that have been developed and supported by both the Mexican and foreign communities. The project organizers often have activities in which they have music and food, and they use these activities as a way to raise funds for the parks that are not maintained by the local government.
Another very popular neighborhood in San Miguel de Allende is San Antonio, which was named after the San Antonio church here in town. Saint Anthony is a very revered saint in Mexico, primarily by single women who don’t have a partner yet in life. The single women put a colored ribbon around the patron saint and pray for a loving partner. Saint Anthony is a very loving saint who grants wishes.
In June, there is a very famous parade and celebration here in Colonia, in the San Antonio neighborhood, called the Fiesta de Locos. During this parade, people dress up in masks and costumes. The funny thing about it is that you don’t know who’s behind the mask, and normally people are dancing as they parade through the streets of San Antonio. The parade is to honor Saint Anthony, and the people in the parade often throw candy to the spectators who are lined up along the streets. The spectators take out their umbrellas and turn them upside down, and catch the candy with them.
Like other neighborhoods in San Antonio, the foreign and Mexican residents here all get along. San Antonio is also known for a lot of its art galleries and artists, primarily painters and sculptors. There is artwork throughout the galleries and artwork shops here in San Miguel de Allende each year that are open to the public. The idea is that the artists open up their homes and their workshop so that the public can come in, have a drink, and see their creations, or be invited for some light snacks.
Outside of the historical center in San Miguel de Allende, there are also residential areas that are also referred to as ‘fraccionamientos’, meaning “residential communities.” There’s one in particular which I really love- Rancho Los Labradores. Rancho Los Labradores is a community that has a little bit of everything. It’s different in that you can really feel the sense of community amongst the residents who live there. The residents in Rancho Los Labradores are normally Mexicans and foreigners alike who have chosen to live in a community outside of the historical district, which is roughly 10 to 15 minutes away.
The nice thing about Rancho Los Labradores is they have many different options- you can stay at their hotel, or you can purchase a villa. They also have homes, as well as rental opportunities. They have a clubhouse, a pool, a Jacuzzi, and thermal hot springs. One place in particular where residents come together is their little café where food and drinks are available. They also have an auditorium, which is available for cultural events that are offered there throughout the year.
Another very unique aspect of Rancho Los Labradores is Cielito Lindo. Cielito Lindo is an assisted living center, available to people who have dementia, Alzheimer’s, or who need the additional full time nursing care. The staff of Cielito Lindo is professionally trained caretakers, doctors and nurses.
Two other communities that are located outside of San Miguel de Allende are Las Brisas and El Secreto. Las Brisas and El Secreto are about 15 minutes outside of San Miguel. These communities have more modern homes, and, like other communities, they have a swimming pool, a gymnasium, security, and green areas that are also very nice.
(Plaza in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, pictured.)