Close to Friends and Family… Lots of Social Activities… Perfect Weather… Extraordinarily Beautiful, With Charming Colonial Towns, World-Class Cities, 5,800 Miles of Sun-kissed Beaches… and Oh So Affordable…
Especially With Today's Dollar-to-Peso Exchange Rate!
Here's Why Now is the Best Time to Discover Mexico… One of the World's Top Retirement Destinations
Something extraordinary is happening in Mexico, and it's something you may not be aware of. As The New York Times has reported, Mexico is the "new land of opportunity."
And the strong dollar just made retiring to Mexico more affordable than at any time in recent history.
As the Los Angeles Times recently reported, "The battered Mexican peso has tumbled to historic new lows." Today it's trading at approximately 19 to the U.S. dollar.
And if you've traveled to Mexico any time in the last decade, you know what that means: Your dollar buys you twice as much in Mexico today than at any time in recent history.
The extreme affordability is just one reason Mexico constantly earns high marks on International Living's Annual Global Retirement Index.
Not only is Mexico more affordable than ever, but it ticks every box on a retiree's wish list. Gorgeous tropical beaches (more than 5,800 miles of them) charming, fair-weather colonial towns, sophisticated, world-class cities, excellent and affordable healthcare, fabulous infrastructure, you name it… Mexico has it.
Here at International Living, we don't take our responsibility lightly when it comes to naming safe and accommodating overseas retirement destinations. And I'd like to show you exactly why.
There has never been a better time to look at retiring, buying a vacation home or starting a business in Mexico than today, while the Mexican peso is trading so low against the dollar.
As mentioned, your dollar goes further than ever in Mexico…twice as far than any time in recent memory. A couple can enjoy a plentiful sit-down lunch for just $3 to $6. Just $25 can buy two entrees, a bottle of wine and dessert at an upscale restaurant.
Today's Mexico is not only amazingly affordable; it's also far more modern and developed than it was 20 or even 15 years ago. It's easier than ever to get your official residence visa. Healthcare is exceptional and affordable. And Mexico is far safer than news media would have you believe.
For all these reasons and more, more retirees than ever are choosing Mexico.
"Tourists are flooding in from the US because once they have paid for their accommodation and travel, the cost of living in Mexico is cheap. A beer that cost $3 now costs $1.50."
—The Financial Times
But this isn't a new phenomenon, of course. American and Canadian retirees have been flocking to Mexico for generations now. The Lake Chapala area is home to the largest community of U.S. retirees outside the U.S. And U.S. citizens who live lakeside are likely matched person for person by Canadians. It's estimated that nearly 15,000 native English speakers live in this area of Mexico, depending on the season.
As a retired police officer and attorney from Dallas says about the Lake Chapala area (the most popular expat retirement enclave in Mexico) where he lives, if you spend wisely, you can have a "caviar lifestyle on a tuna fish pension."
Today, Your Dollar Goes Further Than Ever in Mexico
"We rent a very nice multi-level condo right on the beach in Cancún. Our lease is locked in at 20,000 pesos monthly. A few years ago, that was about $1,300—a great deal. Now that same 20,000 pesos is worth $980. I'm putting an extra $320 in the bank every month," says expat Don Murray.
"For a couple," he says, "I think if your home is paid for here you can live a very nice lifestyle on $1,500 a month. The more you have above this, the more luxury you will have. Remember, your property taxes will be a small fraction of North American taxes (mine have always been under $99), and you will likely save on utilities given the temperate climate, and the lack of crazy weather…no hurricanes, typhoons, floods or major earthquakes means you don't need to insure against weather disasters.
"Very few people carry fire insurance given the near fireproof construction; and the homes are built with security in mind so many folks don't carry break-in insurance either. I carry NONE of the above and pocket the savings."
Best of all, Mexico offers a retirement discount program that offers all foreign residents some very nice discounts.
As our friend from Chapala adds, "With free discount cards for folks 60 and over you save on a variety of goods and services. Half price fares on the luxury buses allows you to have affordable vacations all over Mexico, and more…"
But I know what you're thinking? Isn't Mexico dangerous? The truth may surprise you.
My name is Suzan Haskins. I'm a senior editor at International Living, which has been researching and reporting on retirement in Mexico for over 40 years now. We would never suggest that you retire in any place that wasn't safe.
From a personal standpoint, I've been writing about, and living in, Latin America for over 15 years now…much of that time in Mexico, where I now live with my husband Dan. I've lived in three different communities in Mexico, in fact, and visited many, many more. (My husband, Dan, and I once spent nearly two months driving the width and length of the country.)
Tourists Know How Safe—And Affordable Mexico Is
Last year, tourism increased yet again in Mexico…to the fourth-largest industry in the country. (The majority of international tourists are from the U.S.) With today's exchange rate at approximately 19:1, you can expect Mexico's tourism records to be broken once again this year.
I know how wonderfully safe and affordable Mexico can be. I wouldn't live any place that wasn't safe…nor would I recommend it to you. Having said that, there are some places in Mexico that are best avoided…specifically, near some border areas and in a few other pinpointed "hot spots."
But Mexico is a huge country—roughly about three times larger than the state of Texas. A record-breaking 39 million international tourists visited Mexico in 2017—almost half of them U.S. citizens, followed by Canadian citizens. They know what you should know: Mexico is, overall, a safe place to visit. And it remains a very safe place to retire…rejuvenate…reinvent yourself…to live the kind of life you want to live.
But don't just take my word for it… I'd like to introduce you to the best of Mexico…
Here's More of What Mexico Offers…
AARP calls Mexico "the undisputed number one destination for American retirees."
Expats in Mexico—especially in temperate climates like San Miguel de Allende and Lake Chapala, where I live, and where you won't need air conditioning or heat for your home—report they're living quite happily on as little as $1,200 a month. If your income is a bit more…say $2,000 a month for a couple…you can live well, indeed.
Mexico is one of the most value-packed destinations on the planet for budget-minded expats:
Add to all this some advantages unique to Mexico:
How Much Does it Cost to Live in Mexico?
Of course, you can spend as much or as little as you want to live almost anywhere in the world. That's certainly true of Mexico, which is home to one of the largest cities on the planet as well as some of the tiniest and most picturesque fishing villages. Your cost of living will depend completely on where and how you want to live.
That said, my husband and I find that our cost of living in Mexico is significantly less than in the U.S. The following chart gives you an idea of the monthly expenses you might incur living comfortably in Mexico. I've rounded up the numbers and provided this imaginary couple with a weekly maid and gardener (try THAT in the U.S.!).
I've included rent—though keep in mind that if you buy your home, you won't have this expense (though you would want to include property taxes—rarely more than $200 per year—and regular maintenance). I haven't included a few other expenses that you may well want to consider—more about those in a minute.
Prices will differ depending on where in Mexico you live. All prices are in U.S. dollars:
|Rent (furnished, two-bedroom home):||$750|
|Utilities (electricity, gas, water, phone, cable TV, Internet)||$130|
|Entertainment (dining out and other activities)||$250|
|Maid: Once a week||$135|
|Healthcare (IMSS or Seguro Popular for two people)||$85|
|Transportation (car maintenance/public transport)||$30|
This adds up to $22,880 per year.
Additionally, you might consider:
Maintenance, fuel, insurance for one car: $100 or…public transportation: $15.
Mexico's Retiree Discount Program Helps You Save Even More
If you have legal residence in Mexico and are over 60, you qualify for an INAPAM Card, which offers discounts of 10-50% on discounts on almost everything: healthcare, public transportation, groceries, restaurants, hotels, and even some airlines.
But, as we said, everyone's lifestyle requirements are different. You could live on less. It's possible to rent a home or apartment for $300 a month or less. If you don't need cable TV or internet, you can save on those expenses. As I've said, if you live in the highlands, you probably won't need heat or air conditioning, a big savings on utility bills.
If, though, you like to eat out frequently, travel, play golf, scuba dive, and the likes, you will obviously spend more money. But still, all these costs are much less than you probably would spend for a similar lifestyle in the U.S. (And with much better weather!)
The Most Affordable…the Safest…and the Best Places in Mexico to Retire or Start A new
Mexico is a large and varied country, and there are literally hundreds of wonderful cities and towns where foreign retirees have settled. Here are some of the most popular options:
So…let's say YOU are interested in finding a place with better weather, a lower cost of living, a slower pace…but where there are plenty of activities to keep you healthy and happy…a place like Mexico…You want to learn more about the villages, towns, islands, and peninsulas (and more like them) I've mentioned here. Or you want to earn an income or buy a home in Mexico, where it's easy to start a business and opportunities abound.
I honestly can't think of a better way to take that all-important first step than by getting your hands on the latest edition of International Living's Escape to Mexico: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less.
No other publication today gives you more COMPREHENSIVE, RELIABLE, and UP-TO-DATE information about becoming an expat in Mexico as quickly and easily as possible.
I'll tell you more about Escape to Mexico in just a moment. But first, here's how some folks just like you are enjoying life in Mexico RIGHT NOW…
TV Reporter from Mount Pleasant, Michigan, Discovers Amazingly Affordable Beach Town near the Pacific Coast
International Living reader Laura Michels, a television news anchor and reporter, sent us a note. And if one thing's for sure, Laura LOVES the U.S. dollar to Mexican peso exchange rate right now.
"I can stock up on groceries for $20 a week. Oranges are less than 20 cents apiece, an entire package of tostadas is mine for the equivalent of $1, and fresh avocados cost me only pocket change. My friends and I have a favorite taco place where we are frequent customers. We feast on huge plates of mouthwatering meat and tortillas for less than $3 each. I can also get lunch at the restaurant right next to my house for about $1.50. This homemade meal includes meat, beans, rice, and freshly prepared tortillas. I stay in a new house with tile floors and brand new kitchen appliances. I have my own bedroom and my own bathroom. I pay $175 a month for this, and the cost includes all utilities along with wireless Internet. Some of my friends pay even less than this.
My husband, Dan Prescher, and I love Mexico, too. As I mentioned, we've lived in three different communities in Mexico, and we've just settled down there again—in order to be closer to our young granddaughter. Mexico is just too close…too convenient…too wonderful…to ignore.
In Mexico, you can…
And here's the best part of all this…
In Mexico—You Can Have the Retirement You've Always Wanted, But Never Thought You'd Find…
That's right. You can REJUVENATE YOUR LIFE, enjoy better weather, a lower cost of living and excellent health care at a fraction of the cost in the U.S. by making Mexico your new part-time or full-time home.
There's so much information to share with you about Mexico and the special opportunities it offers. As you may know, for the last several years, International Living's editors, correspondents, and scouts have scoured the country to learn everything about the benefits, cost-savings, advantages (and yes, challenges) of Mexico.
We've compiled all this information and so much more into a comprehensive step-by-step manual that covers—in detail—everything you need to know to get on the ground and earing in Mexico as quickly as possible.
It's called Escape to Mexico: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less.
I'll explain in a moment everything else that's included. If you're interested in finding your perfect place in Mexico—this manual will definitely put you on the right path.
In your Escape to Mexico manual for instance, you'll learn all about the country's prettiest and most welcoming places for full-time living or just for a short-term escape…far from winter cold or summer heat where you live now. These are places where International Living contributors and readers live happily, comfortably, affordably, and safely.
As I said before, I know about Mexico from experience, of course. I know what a wonderful lifestyle you can have in this country…and how safe it is. During our many years in Mexico, my husband and I have never once felt threatened or fearful. Not a single one of the homes we've lived in (six now, by my count) were ever broken into.
Mexico Welcomes Expat Retirees and Getting Your Resident Visa is Easier Than Ever
Mexico recently made changes…for the better…to its resident visa program. It's easier than ever to qualify for either temporary or permanent residency…and even to work in Mexico. You'll find the details in Escape to Mexico: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less.
Mexico is safe, welcoming and its people are polite, kind and generous to a fault. Enough said.
And on top of all Mexico has going for it…the world's most beautiful beaches, temperate and tranquil mountain villages, sophisticated cities, trendy culture centers, and extraordinarily wonderful people…
As I've mentioned, there hasn't been a better time in decades to go to Mexico. The value of the Mexican peso has slipped greatly against the power of the U.S. dollar. In other words, your dollar goes far in Mexico today—almost twice as far as it did 15…10…even three…years ago.
Point is: there hasn't been a more affordable time to be in Mexico in many years—to vacation or to live.
Check out what the USA Today, Condé Nast Traveler, and the AARP have to say about Mexico's amazing affordability:
Mexico: A Best-Value Destination for Travel and Retirement
From John Cagney Nash, for USA TODAY: Mexico can be a bargain hunter's dream, a perennially warm "paradise for peanuts" that attracts retirees from all over the U.S.
From Wendy Perrin of Condé Nast Traveler: Thanks to lingering misperceptions that Mexico is unsafe—its vacation spots are no more dangerous than popular tourist destinations in the U.S.—values abound.
From AARP: With its profoundly rich Indian and Spanish culture, its spectacular beaches and charming colonial hill towns, its real estate bargains and its proximity to the United States, Mexico is the undisputed number one destination for American retirees. It boasts thriving expat communities in Lake Chapala, near Guadalajara; San Miguel de Allende, in Guanajuato; Baja California; and Cancún, in the Yucatan. They all have their attractions, including a low-cost, laid-back lifestyle…
Indeed, today's prices in Mexico allow you to travel or live luxuriously without spending more. As one travel advisor reports, "At this moment in time—and given the very favorable exchange rate—there are perhaps the best bargains to be found at the high end that we have seen for years, especially when it comes to food and wine, insider access and expert private guiding experiences."
Another adds, "I'm encouraging clients to look beyond the lowest price and upgrade to a 'reasonable' price in order to enjoy the best of the best. They can splurge on fine dining, shopping, or a hot air balloon excursion over the pyramids and still have money left in the budget."
Thanks to the country's extreme affordability right now, Mexico's tourism and foreign retirement sectors are flourishing. And why not? My husband and I regularly go out to the nicest restaurants and enjoy an entree, a couple of beers or glasses of wine…and dessert…for just $25 total… A taco in the mercado, with a beer, can be had for just $3 total…
So…if you've EVER thought about Mexico as a retirement or escape destination, there has never been a better time in years to check it out than RIGHT NOW.
And getting your hands on the kind of information you'll find in your Escape to Mexico Manual is…without question…the BEST FIRST STEP YOU CAN TAKE toward making Mexico your new full-time or part-time home. No other resource will help you make it happen quicker, faster, easier, or more affordably.
What Makes Our Escape to Mexico Manual Different From Other "Resources" You'll Find About Mexico?
The ultra-specific, expert information you'll find in Escape to Mexico isn't "guidebook" type…like Frommer's or Lonely Planet.
Of course, we'll introduce you to some of our favorite places to vacation and favorite places to stay. But if you plan to relocate to Mexico…full or part-time…Escape to Mexico is designed to save you an almost otherworldly amount of time, money, and frustration.
We've done all the legwork. All the scouting. We've broken many a sweat in our perpetual search for Mexico's best places to live, retire, and do business.
We've traveled by plane, car, bus, boat, and on foot…to Mexico's biggest and best cities like Guadalajara (city of flowers and mariachis), Morelia (charming and energetic) and Mexico City (a true cultural and culinary treat). We've logged more than a few hours beachside in happening places like Puerto Vallarta and small surfer towns like Sayulita, San Blas, and Puerto Escondido. We've explored from top to bottom, over and across the mountains, up one coast and down the other…
We've met fellow expats in all these places. And we've made all the real estate contacts…the legal contacts…the tax contacts…the business contacts.
We've done all this—and continue to do it every day—to ensure that all of this information is UP-TO-DATE…so that your transition to living a first-class lifestyle in Mexico is as smooth and stress-free as possible.
I can't even begin to tell you what a massive advantage it is to have this kind of information at your side.
Here's Just a Taste of What's Included in the latest edition of the Escape to Mexico Manual:
But you know what? That's not all you'll get, today, when you take advantage of the new research about Mexico we've compiled.
Here's More of What You'll Discover in Escape to Mexico: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less
When you order Escape to Mexico, today, we'll give you everything you need to find and act on the best opportunities in Mexico right now.
Besides the Escape to Mexico Manual, you'll receive a Special Report, called The Top 5 Places to Live in Mexico: One of The World's Top Retirement Havens.
Mexico's colorful, vibrant culture ranks high with expats who live there…but it is just the cherry—and the icing—on a very rich cake. For expats, Mexico is an easy, convenient choice…a largely First-World country, at bargain prices, right on their doorstep.
For those who dream of beautiful lakeside villages with cobblestone streets…colonial architecture at an affordable price…stunning beaches…an active expat community…we have identified not just one…but five perfect places for you.
Best of all, a couple can live in one of these delightful communities…all in…for as little as $1,500 a month. This report will reveal our top five Mexico destinations where you can live your own ideal personal good life for less.
Order Escape to Mexico Now…
With Escape to Mexico, as your guide, you'll get to know the real Mexico, the most popular retirement destination for North Americans. From choosing the perfect community…to finding a great investment, retirement, or vacation property…to obtaining your residence visa…navigating your healthcare options, and more.
You'll learn how to invest, travel, live and retire in Mexico. And you'll save time, money, and hours of frustration…
Keep in mind: This special guide to "all that is Mexico" is the result of years of research by International Living editors and correspondents and months of follow-up research and consultations with expats in Mexico, immigration attorneys, healthcare professionals, real estate agents and developers, and more. If you were to try to get this information yourself, it would take years and thousands of dollars to compile. I can guarantee you won't find anything like it on the Internet or in a bookshop.
In fact, I will guarantee it…more about that in a minute.
Try it out, explore everything Mexico has to offer…and certainly, make use of the information when you're in Mexico pursuing your dreams of a more comfortable, more affordable life. With all the pointed information and contact details we've included, you'll be glad you did.
Escape to Mexico: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less Will Save You Thousands of Dollars and Thousands of Hours…
It's really hard to put a value on the kind of information you get with Escape to Mexico.
After all…we've invested literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel costs…research…personnel…to uncover the kind of information you'll be getting right away.
What would it cost YOU to visit ALL of Mexico…not knowing exactly where to go…not knowing who to meet…what to ask…what to do…
Think about how just a little "insider information" will benefit you and save you time, money, and stress.
Let me re-cap everything you'll receive today...
Here's what's included:
All told, if we were to sell all these valuable pieces separately, you'd pay $128 for all of this valuable information. But when you order now, you'll get it now for much, much less.
As soon as you place your order we'll send you an email that explains how to access all of it…
And all this will be available to you online…digitally…so you'll have access to it as soon as your order has processed.
As I've said, I'm very certain that Escape to Mexico will save you tens of thousands of dollars right off the bat. And even that's a conservative figure. If you're looking to fund your life in Mexico or start the business of your dreams, the information you'll get in the manual, and the special report will keep you on track with helpful tips on the opportunities available there today.
But don't worry, we won't ask you for thousands of dollars in exchange for this information…even though that's how much it costs us to put this all together.
Order Escape to Mexico today, and you'll get it ALL for just $129.
As soon as you place your order we'll send you an email that explains how to access all of it… And all this will be available to you online…digitally…so you'll have access to it as soon as your order has processed.
And here's something you'll really appreciate…
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We'll even give you 30 days to do so.
Then, if you're not 100% convinced that the information in Escape to Mexico will help you streamline your research and your move to Mexico where you'll start living life to the fullest as quickly and easily as possible…then simply let us know within 30 days and we'll cheerfully refund your money immediately.
It's our way of saying "Muchas Gracias" for considering Mexico. At the very least, you'll learn a great deal…and you won't risk one penny of your own money in the process.
Why You Really Need to ACT NOW… Even if You're Only Just Remotely Interested in Living in Mexico Someday
There's never, ever been a better time to check out Mexico—especially now that your dollar buys you more than ever there…
I personally believe Mexico is the very best place on the planet for forward-thinking Americans and Canadians looking for an exciting, affordable, and more carefree lifestyle "overseas"…yet who want to remain close to home.
If you've EVER considered exploring, living or retiring in Mexico…or ANY other overseas expat haven…then ordering Escape to Mexico could be one of the smartest decisions you make in your entire life.
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If you've been considering a move overseas…full-time or part-time, you owe it to yourself to learn the real story about Mexico…a truly opportunity-rich country that's close to home and close to perfect.
P.S. There's never been a better time to check out Mexico than RIGHT NOW, while the dollar is strong and the peso is weak. You won't believe your increased spending power in Mexico today.
At the very least, Escape to Mexico will show you exactly why there's no better place to be right now than Mexico.
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