Mexico is home to more North American expat retirees than any other country in the world. Retirement south of the border couldn’t be more convenient. It’s one of few overseas retirement destinations that you can pack up and move to in your car. Mexico and these cities in particular offer a low cost of living, warm weather and a wide diversity of lifestyle options. Many also feature thriving expat communities.
Here are the 10 best places to retire in Mexico in 2022:
— Puerto Vallarta.
— Ajijic, Lake Chapala.
— Mexico City.
— San Cristóbal de las Casas.
From relaxing beach towns to cosmopolitan cities, the challenge is deciding where to retire in Mexico. Consider these potential retirement spots in Mexico where you can seek adventure overseas but don’t have to give up all the comforts of home.
Situated on Mexico’s Pacific coast and surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains, Puerto Vallarta has long been a favorite destination of retirees and vacationers. The draw for most people is the huge range of outdoor recreation opportunities, especially those that put you on or near the ocean. Whether you are looking for the beach, boating, snorkeling or whale watching, Puerto Vallarta is a premier destination for ocean-lovers. Puerto Vallarta is easy to get to and has an international airport. The city has high-quality medical facilities with English-speaking doctors and a vibrant culture with a foodie culinary scene.
Mazatlán, located on Mexico’s Pacific coast, combines the best of beachfront, city and historical living. The area boasts 11 miles of mostly contiguous sandy shores with clean, swimmable waters. The coast is traced by a long boardwalk that’s often busy with people exercising or out for a stroll. Mazatlán has a colonial center that dates back to 1531. Within a classic Spanish-colonial grid layout is a vibrant cultural scene with a wealth of boutique shops, cafés, galleries and restaurants. Unlike many Mexican resort towns, Mazatlán is not dominated by expats, giving you the opportunity for a more authentic Mexican lifestyle.
Just 45 minutes south of Playa del Carmen, Tulum feels a world away. This tranquil area is home to about 18,000 people. Tulum’s location is near important ancient sites and natural attractions, and its focus is more on preservation than development. Thanks to the long-standing tourism industry, English is commonly spoken and the infrastructure is good, but the cost of living can be as high as some parts of the United States. If you’re not up for immersing yourself in another culture, the Riviera Maya could make a welcoming place to retire.
Oaxaca is Mexico’s art and culture capital. The area around the main square is bustling with markets selling colorful handicrafts and food stalls turning out fresh and delicious local treats. Abundant Spanish-colonial architecture makes for picturesque snapshots. The city is situated at 5,100 feet above sea level in the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca mountain range and has a cool climate by Mexico’s standards. Just outside the city are peaks and valleys that provide opportunities for nature-lovers to hike, seek out waterfalls and explore Zapotec ruins. Oaxaca is one of the most affordable expat destinations in Mexico, and food, lodging and transport costs are inexpensive.
Durango is not an expat destination, but a large, sophisticated Mexican city with great weather and a high standard of living. Nestled in a valley high in Mexico’s western Sierra Madre range, the city’s surroundings look like the Old West, and many Hollywood movies have been filmed in the surrounding mountains, valleys and deserts. The city boasts clean, safe streets, good infrastructure, a thriving central market and architecture reminiscent of Europe. The almost complete absence of foreigners means no tourist pricing and a low cost of living. However, you’ll find almost no expat community and few English speakers. Spanish lessons should be a priority for anyone planning to relocate to Durango.
Ajijic, Lake Chapala
Ajijic is a full-blown expat town. The Mexican government estimates that nearly 20,000 expats reside full time in the state of Jalisco. The area around Lake Chapala is home to an organized and developed expat retiree community. The Lake Chapala Society reports about 4,000 American and Canadian residents. If you move here, you could set up a lifestyle that isn’t dramatically different from the life you left behind in the U.S. You don’t have to worry about learning the local language if you don’t want to, because this is an entire community of nonlocals. Retiring to Ajijic, you could make a comfortable life for yourself in a place that’s beautiful, safe, affordable and also exotic. The cost of living is significantly lower than in most U.S. cities.
Built in the 16th century, Morelia was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991. Morelia’s beautiful Spanish Renaissance buildings are all colored the region’s trademark warm pink, thanks to the locally quarried cantera stone. This is a center of music and home to the oldest music conservatory in the Americas. This picturesque town is the capital of the central Mexican state of Michoacán. Few foreign tourists visit Morelia, but Mexicans are frequent visitors. The few expats and foreign retirees who have discovered Morelia try to keep the secret to themselves. The quality of life available in this city of over 600,000 is special and unique. The average Social Security payment is enough for a comfortable lifestyle in Morelia.
Mexico City offers a different pace of life than you’ll find anywhere else in the country. Home to over 9 million people, Mexico City is a densely populated hub of art, anthropology, architecture and gastronomy. This world culture capital is both modern and traditional. As chaotic as it is sophisticated, Mexico City is a place of intriguing contradictions. It has the feel of many cities in one, and few places match Mexico City in terms of the panorama of lifestyles and activities you can pursue.
San Cristóbal de las Casas
Situated in southeastern Mexico near the country’s border with Guatemala is San Cristóbal de las Casas. This is a high-altitude destination perched at more than 7,000 feet that is surrounded by the lush hillsides of Chiapas State. This colonial gem is home to an elegant town center that dates back to 1528. The historical ambiance has been well-preserved. The streets are laid out in the typical Spanish-colonial grid and feature the names of heroes and historical events. Though San Cristóbal cherishes the past, it’s also home to modern amenities, including shops and restaurants.
Zihuatanejo is a Pacific beach town that stands out for its low cost of living, great beaches and fishing village charm. Every day, fisherman display their catch of tuna, dorado and grouper along the handful of beaches within walking distance of town. The nicest beach in the area is La Ropa, a mile-long stretch of soft sand dotted with palapas. Just off the beach are coral reefs where you can snorkel and catch sight of sea turtles and colorful fish. Zihuatanejo is inexpensive. You can rent an apartment for less than $300 per month or have a meal for well under $20. The area is home to interesting expats from all over the world, including many people who have been here for decades.
More from U.S. News
Update 01/21/22: This story was previously published at an earlier date and has been updated with new information.
Source : https://wtop.com/news/2022/01/the-best-places-to-retire-in-mexico-2/1551