Best Places to Retire eNews
Sign up here for FREE alerts on new places to retire & practical articles.

Who is Moving To Mexico

Post new topic   Reply to topic    Retirement Community Forum Home -> Travel
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Roger A. Curtis

Joined: 24 Sep 2010
Posts: 1

PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:42 am    Post subject: Who is Moving To Mexico Reply with quote

Many baby boomers are now looking for an alternative to retiring in the United States. Rising costs of living, increasing health care costs, radical loss of available retirement funds and overcrowding in traditional retirement havens, have Americans looking for greener retirement pastures.

While all of Central America and many countries in South America as well, are on the radar, one country in particular has always been a favorite. Our closest neighbor to the south, Mexico, is considered a great alternative to living out your retirement years in the United States.

Of course it takes someone a little out of the ordinary to even consider that option. Unless someone has traveled outside of the United States during their younger years, this would probably be unthinkable. As the world grows smaller and staying in touch gets easier, more and more people are escaping to parts unknown and making a new life. And for a whole lot less money as well.

On a recent trip to the Lake Chapala area of Jalisco, Mexico, my wife and I met several people who had made the move. Some… many years ago and others…yesterday. Why did they come? The near perfect weather drew some. The laid back lifestyle of the Mexican people drew others. Writers and artists particularly like this area, as many like-minded folk already live here. Lower healthcare cost, lower property taxes, fewer regulations, lower food costs: Research shows that a couple can live comfortably on $1,500 a month and live really well on $2,000 a month. Real estate is not as cheap in this region as in other parts of Mexico, but rent is very affordable and without the need for air conditioning or heat in your home the cost of living is very low.

So who makes the move? We met a couple from Boulder, CO who had just lost everything. Homes they had flipped during this recession, they lost in foreclosure. They lost their own personal home through foreclosure. Having sold the rest of their household goods on Craig’s list, they packed up some personal belongings and two dogs and headed for Mexico. Another Florida couple had actually visited Chapala for several years in a row and finally decided to make the move. Selling everything, they packed up the car and drove to Chapala. They plan to rent for 6 months and then buy.

Mexico is also on the radar screens of many Europeans, so it is not any more unusual to meet expates from Italy, than it is from the US or Canada. The advantage we have of living in this part of the world is that we can drive there. Roads in Mexico are safe and well maintained. Toll roads are prevalent and make getting to places like Chapala doable in one days drive from the US border towns in Texas.
Editors Note: The author of this post appears to work for
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message

Joined: 01 Jan 1970
Posts: 3

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Roger,
Great post and very helpful for me as we are moving to Mexico by the end of September. Your post have lots of helpful and informative materiel so bookmarked the link and will share it with my family members.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message

Joined: 30 Apr 2012
Posts: 2

PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:10 pm    Post subject: Mexico - short term rental and transportation Reply with quote

I was thinking of a 3 month rental in Mexico. What do people do for personal transportation. Are there long term car rentals?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message

Joined: 01 Jan 1970
Posts: 2

PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I am not moving there.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Retirement Community Forum Home -> Travel All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
Custom Search

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group