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Thoughts of warm weather and a relaxed atmosphere are what attract droves of foreigners to Mexico's shores every year, particularly retired expats hoping to stretch out their pensions and unfold their sun loungers. Mexico has seen such a large influx of foreign pensioners that retired communities have sprouted up all along the coastline, some integrating into Mexican towns and culture, others resembling small pockets of America.
Living in Mexico as an expat
That said, Mexico doesn’t only attract retirees: the robust industrial and thriving manufacturing centres in its large cities also attract younger, working expats from America, Canada and further afield. Relaxed visa regulations also mean businesses and employees from Mexico’s northern neighbours have little red tape to contend with.
Teaching English in Mexico is also gaining popularity among expats, and the country’s natural beauty and gorgeous coastline mean jobs at resorts and in tourism are often up for grabs too.
As far as public transport is concerned, getting around in Mexico is easy, with several airlines, efficient bus services, reliable subways, and many taxi services available in major metros.
Accommodation-wise, expats can expect a real-estate market more affordable than most, with even Mexico's most expensive metro, Mexico City, priced much lower than its US, UK or Canadian equivalents.
Cost of living
Indeed, Mexico affords expats a quality of life not usually attainable in their home countries. With affordable housing, cheap food and inexpensive transportation, the country allows for quality living on a modest budget. Those earning a foreign currency will live particularly well in Mexico.
Expat families and children
Contrary to popular belief, Mexico is an excellent choice for raising a family. Though public schools tend to be underfunded and probably not up to expat standards, the country boasts a range of excellent private and international schools. Private healthcare in Mexico is cheap and first-rate, and the country has become something of a medical-tourism destination as a result.
There’s also plenty to get up to for families, including exploring Mexico’s many canyons, waterfalls, coastlines, rainforests and national parks. Of course, the country is also blessed with rich history and culture, which it celebrates at various occasions throughout the year, presenting great opportunities for expats to mingle with locals, such as on Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) or Cinco de Mayo.
The North American country is known for its tropical climate and humid weather, but due to its varying altitudes, weather can vary quite drastically from region to region. The rainy season generally occurs between June and November.
All in all, Mexico offers a welcoming government, warm weather, cheap beach-side property and a favourable exchange rate, ensuring a luxurious lifestyle for many expats, and a dream emigration destination for others.
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"This is an unhurried, patient culture. Leave your hurry and anxiety behind. Cultivate patience. It´s useful to suspend logic at times, too." Read some personal insights on living in Mexico from our interview with Susan.
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