Retire in Mexico


If you could live in a tropical paradise, and yet still be close to the United States and Canada, then you might want to retire in Mexico. Over a million Americans and Canadians live in Mexico, and now that the baby boomers are retiring, many more are choosing to retire south of the border (more than any other foreign country in the world). We have been to Mexico many times and have fallen in love with the people and the lifestyle, and we can easily see why someone would want to live and retire here.

Imagine yourself living full time, or even 3 to 4 months, in Mexico for the winter and enjoying a laid back lifestyle. The weather is perfect all year round. With lots of other expats in areas such as Puerto Vallarta, Lake Chapala, and San Miguel de Allende, you will find yourself making lots of friends just like you.  Mexico is a little more expensive than Thailand, but it’s very much less expensive than the U.S., and a whole lot closer to your family if you get homesick.

What’s so great about Mexico,?  It’s the people and the lifestyle, and the lower cost of living. And it’s big. So many places to see, and so many new friends to meet. Mexico awaits. Read our stories below and find the perfect place to retire.

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Living in Mexico
Pros: The people, Great weather, Delicious food, Laid back lifestyle
Cons: None, but be aware some places near the border of the US have high crime like any other place
Best Places to Live: San Miguel de Allende, Lake Chapala, Puerto Vallarta
Did You Know: Mexico City is the second largest metropolitan area in the world. Tokyo is number one.

See why this happy couple chose Puerto Villarta as their retirement location. They easily found themselves making friends with the locals and the expats.


 Discover why so many expats love Lake Chapala. More than 40,000 Americans and Canadians call this place home.


 The cost of living in San Miquel de Allende is much lower than the US, a very popular expat destination.

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