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Living in Mexico: Why It's Becoming More Popular with Americans

Apr 3, 2008
Americans and Canadians in droves are discovering that living in Mexico has a lot of appeal. Some are snowbirds, here for about half the year, but many people have become "expats," or people who live outside their own country. While visiting grandchildren and doing some shopping may take these expats north frequently, they consider Mexico as their place of residence.

Why do we come and stay here in Mexico? Few of us speak Spanish really well; complaining is a major pastime in expat communities; and we are baffled by the customs of the people in our new country of residence. So what is the draw?

There seem to be two main reasons: climate and money. Naturally, in a country as varied as Mexico topographically, there are many different climates. The many expats who live in the area around Lake Chapala brag about its famous climate. The rain falls in the rainy season (from June to October, roughly) and winter days are warm and sunny. Yet at five thousand feet elevation, the heat is rarely oppressive. Coastal cities will be hotter and more humid, but then they have those sweet ocean breezes! The clincher is that no matter where in Mexico you live, you can leave your snow shovel in the US or Canada.

It is hard to generalize about what any given person or couple from the US or Canada will spend for average monthly expenses, because people differ a lot. Fresh produce in the local street market, all the tortillas you can eat, and local meat are very economical. Health care is typically lower in cost than up north, and so are other basics. Many expats who took care of their own housework and yard back home find they can afford a gardener, a maid, or both. One area that will not necessarily provide big bargains is that of housing. In places where a lot of foreigners congregate, prices may be very much like home.

A third aspect of why so many North Americans like living in Mexico is that the Mexican people are generally very pleasant and well-mannered. They have ready smiles, and are willing to figure out our fractured Spanish with patience. A difference in our cultures that you should know, however, is that Mexicans would rather give you inaccurate street directions than say they don't know where a particular place is!

You may say, "But of course they are kind and helpful. Expats are a huge help to their economy." While that is undeniable, and many Mexicans I know are grateful for it, courtesy and enjoyment of life are a natural part of their culture. Just walk around anywhere and observe.

No amount of reading will really prepare you for the actual experience of living here. If you are intrigued, come for a trip, preferably of several weeks or even several months. Go to places you think you might like. While living in Mexico may not be your cup of tea, maybe it will be -- come see!
About the Author
Wondering about retiring or living in Mexico? Rosana Hart's widely-read blog, created from her home overlooking Lake Chapala, provides you with facts about what it's like and how to do it. She includes photos and videos. How to learn to speak Spanish is a frequent topic.
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