- Baja California Sur- The southern portion of the Baja Peninsula is an excellent choice for water-loving expats. Nearby the city of Loredo on the beautiful Sea of Cortez you can find the UNESCO site Bahia de Loreto National Park. Here, you can experience world-class diving, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, and whale watching. A few hours down the coast, you’ll find the state capital city of La Paz which offers a laid back expat experience. If you’re looking for luxury, head down to the end of the peninsula to Los Cabos.
- Lake Chapala- Mexico’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Chapala lies just 45 minutes south of Guadalajara. Here, you’ll find Mexico’s largest concentration of expats. A variety of expat communities sit along the shore shores of the lake. The weather is excellent year-round and a wide variety of amenities are available. This area is particularly popular among retirees.
- San Cristobal de las Casas- This town, located in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico, is popular among backpackers and hippies. You’ll also find a thriving expat community here. The weather here is excellent and the town has all of the modern conveniences that you could need. One drawback to San Cristobal is that it is incredibly touristy. It almost feels like a Disney version of a Mexican town.
- Puerto Vallarta- This is one of Mexico’s most popular beach destinations. Here, you’ll find world-class restaurants, golf courses, and dining as well as an international airport. There is a large expat population here as well.
- Riviera Maya- This is the most touristy area in all of Mexico. It is also arguably the most beautiful. The beaches here are some of the best in the world. The main cities in this region include Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum. Here, can enjoy a tropical climate, high-end amenities, and beautiful views of the Caribbean. This is probably the most expensive place to live in Mexico.
- Oaxaca- The city of Oaxaca is a popular destination for digital nomads. The city is beautiful and full of colorful colonial architecture. The surrounding region is full of culture and interesting sites to explore. Just an hour by bus from the city, you can check out the beautiful geological site of Hierve el Agua. The biggest draw here is probably the food. Oaxacan food is famous all over Mexico and even internationally. This is one of the most affordable cities in Mexico.
Overall, Mexico is an excellent choice for expats, digital nomads, and retirees to live. The food is first class, the cost of living is low, the people are friendly, and the country is naturally beautiful. Due to the geographic location, Mexico is an ideal choice for those from North America due to the convenience of living just a short flight away from home.
Having said this, Mexico is not the cheapest or safest expat destination. If you’re on a very tight budget, you may find Southeast Asia or Eastern Europe to be more affordable. These regions are slightly safer as well. If you prefer Latin America, there are cheaper countries in the region that are worth looking into. Colombia, Guatemala, and Peru come to mind. Overall, I have loved my time living in Mexico.
The Experience of Living in a Foreign Country
In general, these outages are not common occurrences but they definitely happen more frequently than in the US. If you need to get online for work, I recommend you find a cafe or restaurant near your home where you can get online if your internet goes down.
I know it’s a cultural thing, but I find it incredibly frustrating. It’s tough to tell when it’s appropriate to show up. I am getting better at this though. A few months back I was meeting up with a girl for drinks. I didn’t leave home until the time that the date was supposed to start. I still arrived earlier than her but at least I wasn’t sitting around for an hour .
Tap water is fine for some purposes. For example, cooking and making tea or coffee with tap water is fine as long as you let the water come to a boil for at least a minute to kill all bacteria. You can also brush your teeth and bathe with tap water without any issues.
Dealing with Scams
After the first earthquake, I decided to just stay in the apartment for the next few. None of the earthquakes that I experienced caused any damage but it was a bit unnerving feeling the building sway while I was on the 5 th floor. I figured, the building has been standing for several decades. What is the chance that it will collapse while I’m living there?
- Merida- This large city of almost a million people is located on the Yucatan Peninsula. Here, you’ll find beautiful tree-lined streets, a tropical climate, and an organized community. Just a short distance from the city, you can visit a number of spectacular beaches and fascinating ous Chichen Itza.