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Our Retirement Is a Permanent Caribbean Vacation

We were sitting in a rustic beach bar in the small town of Puerto Morelos on Mexican’s Mayan Riviera sampling what the bartender promised was the best margarita in town. The temperature was about 85 F and the ever-present sea breeze was wafting in from the Caribbean. Shore birds were circling overhead in a cloudless blue sky.

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The Best Places to Live in Mexico as a U.S. Expat

With more than a million expats estimated to live there, Mexico is far and away the most popular destination for North Americans looking to move abroad. But—with so many places to choose from—where in Mexico should you move? It’s a very large country, after all. Much depends, of course, on what you’re looking for.

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We Spent a Year Exploring Latin America to Find Our Ideal Retirement Haven

During our months of preparation, we set about determining the criteria we needed to choose a location. The criteria we chose for ourselves initially were: a good health care system at a much lower cost; a stable government; not wanting a car, a walkable location with a good transportation system; good infrastructure; a Spanish-speaking country because Mike already spoke some but wanted to become proficient; a warm climate year round; and, of course, a lower cost of living.

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Why I Love My Walk to Work…in Mexico

The thought of my hot shower every morning—as I cross the Spanish style courtyard on my way to the bathroom—is a delight. It has to be a quick one though, because my housemates need their hot water too. Then, I hear the church bells begin to ring in the tower of the old colonial church in front of our house…it’s time to go. I grab my backpack and head for the door. I like to walk to work. The others share a taxi, which affords them an extra 20 minutes of sleep in the morning.

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This Sure Beats California…

Margit Gantt wanted to find a more fulfilling lifestyle than the one she had in California. She was looking for great weather every day.

Michael and Sylvia enjoy summer all year round—splitting their time evenly between the United States and Mexico. ©Kbuntu; Fotolia.com

Where to Find an Endless Summer…

In our part of coastal Mexico, there is a cadre of people who migrate annually from the Northern U.S. or Canada. Like us they enjoy the warm months in the north, and the warm winter months in Mexico. We sometimes call our lifestyle, “the endless summer.” I rarely have to wear long pants and own more pairs of sandals than shoes. During our time in Mexico, we rent out the small mother-in-law apartment attached to our main two-bedroom house…

English Speakers Wanted for Fun Work Overseas

English Speakers Wanted for Fun Work Overseas

With a number of language schools and private teaching opportunities around every corner, Oaxaca is an exciting city to be in for someone in my profession. English teachers are spoiled for choice here. Many locals are eager to learn English and I’ve often been approached in the street with teaching requests. My dentist even offered to trade English classes for her children in exchange for dental work!

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Rediscovering the Fun in Life in San Miguel, Mexico

Erin and Philip Whitley were getting itchy feet. “How do we want to reinvent ourselves?” Erin recalls. Mexico didn’t figure in their plans at that time. But one day a friend mentioned San Miguel de Allende—the scenic artists’ colony and expat haven in Mexico’s Colonial Highlands. “We made some connections here in San Miguel,” says Erin, “and everything just lined up for us.”

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From Europe to the Americas: The Siesta Lives On

Life in Europe may be less luxurious than the U.S. by the standard measures we Americans often use—the houses smaller, the cars more compact, the utilities pricey—but it often feels richer in quality, more textured, more civilized. It’s easy to glean pleasure from the simple moments there.

Video: Moving Overseas as a Single Person

In this video, Mexico editor Glynna Prentice speaks to an expat couple in Mexico, each of whom moved abroad as a single person. They talk about how being single affected (or not) their decision to become an expat and where to move. This (now) couple, moved to Mexico on their own and met one another there. They both offer advice on moving overseas as a single person.

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Mexico Beaches: 25% Off on the Shores of the Sea of Cortez

If you want to live with world-class natural beauty without the world-class price tag, come to Mexico’s Baja California Sur. And be sure to bring a camera. This is a desert land of sharp, clear lines. The mountain peaks in the distance gleam a delicate mauve.

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Enjoy Freedom, Opportunity, and Adventure When You Move Overseas

Five years into my expat life, I look forward to downsizing. In fact, I recently bought a small, manageable, lock-and-leave property in Guanajuato, in the Colonial Highlands. It’s a far cry from what I thought I wanted when I first moved to Mexico… Then, I’d wanted a good-sized house, instead of an apartment as I’d had in the U.S.

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Affordable-living in La Paz, Mexico

I’m in an SUV in La Paz, in Mexico’s Baja California Sur. The sun is hot and we’ve rolled down the windows as we drive through town. We go at a leisurely pace, stopping at street corners to obey the four-way stop signs; La Paz is too low-key to need many stop lights.

“My Life Is My Own in Mexico”

“My Life Is My Own in Mexico”

This isn’t five days a week; it’s closer to seven with 12- to 14-hour days. The stress has mounted, your health has suffered, and forget a personal life. You think constantly of retirement, but it is five years in the future. Sound familiar? Fifteen months ago, that was my life…and it was certainly not my own.

Video: The Cost of Living in Lake Chapala, Mexico

Video: The Cost of Living in Lake Chapala, Mexico

In this video, IL’s Mexico editor Glynna Prentice talks about the cost of living in Lake Chapala, Mexico. Lake Chapala, located in central Mexico, is an affordable expat haven that is one of the easiest places to retire abroad, thanks to thousands of English-speaking expats and US-style amenities. It’s a part of the world where it’s easy to afford a cook, a maid, and a gardener.

The Best Climate in Mexico

The Best Climate in Mexico

Someone asked me recently what city in Mexico has the best climate. Questions like this are subjective, so at the time I said, “It depends.” It depends, of course, on your own tastes and temperament. But the question made me think about climate a bit… and some places do stand out. So here are my picks for the best climate in Mexico.

Colonial Highland Life in Mexico

Colonial Highland Life in Mexico

I spent a month in Guanajuato, in Mexico’s Colonial Highlands, this past spring. I loved it so much that I plan to spend a lot more time in the Highlands this next year. (In fact, I just bought a house here.) There’s so much to like about this region… Guanajuato—like much of the Colonial Highlands—has four seasons, so I look forward to getting out fall and winter clothes.

Mexico: The World's Second-Best Retirement Haven in 2011

Mexico: The World’s Second-Best Retirement Haven in 2011

In the right places overseas, you can live well without burning through your retirement nest egg. Where? I’ve told you about some of them already this month—the top-ranking countries in International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index. All a perfect mix of culture, climates and lifestyles.

How to Work Overseas at 29+

How to Work Overseas at 29+

When my wife Janina and I decided to move to Mexico from Oklahoma City, one of our biggest concerns was our finances. We moved out of our home country at the ages 29 and 30…far from retirement age. We came to Mexico with every intention of finding work.

A New, Stress-free Life in Cozumel, Mexico

A New, Stress-free Life in Cozumel, Mexico

The stress reached a breaking point; it was time to take some serious action toward retirement. We decided to sell everything we owned and start living our dream five years ahead of schedule.

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Affordable Beach-Living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

If you like your beach living with comfortable amenities like first-run films, great restaurants, and plenty of night life, then consider heading to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This relaxed resort town on Mexico’s Caribbean coast has all these comforts…along with some of the most beautiful beaches around.

San Miguel: Colonial Mexico's Worst-kept Secret

San Miguel: Colonial Mexico’s Worst-kept Secret

Strolling the streets of this mountain town—which dates back to the 16th century—it’s easy to see why as many as 10,000 expats choose to live here full- or part-time. San Miguel de Allende offers romantic, historic Mexico at its most approachable.

Expat Havens Of Colonial Mexico

Expat Havens of Colonial Mexico

I’m sitting in a rooftop restaurant in San Miguel de Allende, sipping on a margarita from a frosted, salt-rimmed goblet. Below me stretches out a cityscape of tiled rooftops, gaily-colored colonial buildings and cobbled streets. Shadows are lengthening, and as night falls and the air cools, locals, expats, and tourists will throng the town’s main square.

Sophisticated-Living in Guanajuato, Mexico

Sophisticated-Living in Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato, the hilly capital city in Mexico’s Colonial Highlands, is often overshadowed by San Miguel de Allende, at least among gringos. And the 500 or so expats living in Guanajuato probably wish it would remain that way…for this beautifully-preserved Spanish-Colonial city offers an enviable quality of life.

The Cheapest Beach Destinations in Mexico

The Cheapest Beach Destinations in Mexico

With nearly 6,000 miles of coastline, Mexico has plenty of beaches—and beach resorts where you can lie in the lap of luxury. But what if you’re on a budget? No worries… Mexico still has some very affordable beach destinations.

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Mexico and Costa Rica: IL Readers Settle In

We first visited Costa Rica when our cruise ship docked in the country’s Pacific port of Caldera in 1994. From then on we visited as often as we could, taking relocation tours and thoroughly exploring the country.

Deep in the Yucatán Jungle: A Business That Transformed a Community

Deep in the Yucatán Jungle: A Business That Transformed a Community

Sandra Dayton pours me a shot of Xtabentun, a sticky liqueur made of honey and anis. It tastes just like Good ‘n Plenty candies, I think. Sandra says it is “good for gas” and “you’ll need it because we’re going to be working on your stomach.” What have I gotten myself into now, I wonder? Sandra settles in to tell me her story.

Expat Adventures Three New Lives Abroad

Expat Adventures: Three New Lives Abroad

In Diane Pearl’s view, taking a conventional retirement is the worst thing you can do for yourself; people start feeling old, she thinks, if they have nothing to do…and it’s all downhill from there. No chance of that with Diane—or with the place she’s called home for the last eight years: Ajijic, Mexico, on the shores of Lake Chapala.

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