There Are Many Reasons to Live in Mexico

Just across the border from the U.S., Mexico is now “closer than ever”—that’s a motto used by the Mexican Tourism Association—and as many expats are choosing to live in Mexico, we couldn’t agree more.

What does that mean, exactly? Well, in terms of physical proximity, Mexico is the closest southern neighbor to the U.S. and a NAFTA partner, with all the good roads, high-speed communications, and top-notch health care that you’d expect up north. Those who move to Mexico find living in Mexico and doing business there to be very easy.

Mexico is served by a large number of international airports with regularly scheduled flights from all over the world. But imagine having the option of driving from the U.S. or Canada to explore this magnificent country in your own car, at your own pace. Imagine returning to the U.S. and not having to worry about skyrocketing airfare or—perish the thought—disrupted air service caused by strikes, weather, or other delays.

Previous administrations did little in the way of infrastructure improvements, but the current government seems committed to allocating funds for new and expanded roads, ports, and telecommunication infrastructure. This goes hand in hand with increased privatization, which will allow concessions in the national airport network and the telecommunications sector. The idea is that all of those improvements will further encourage and facilitate commerce.

A Low Cost of Living in Mexico Means a High Quality of Life

Everyone seems to agree: the quality of your life improves when you live in Mexico. Things take longer…so you’ll need to learn to slow down. Goods and services cost less…so you can afford the kinds of luxuries only the very wealthy enjoy up north. When you can afford to hire help, all of a sudden you have time to read…time to volunteer at the local school…time to golf…time to relax on the beach…time to savor life.

The key to smart shopping in Mexico is local shopping. You’ll pay about 50 cents a kilo (that’s about 2.2 pounds) for fresh fruit like mangos, oranges, or pears. A kilo of avocados sells for about $1.55–which is roughly what you’d pay for one avocado in the U.S. While it is true that you can find just about any product you’re used to having up north, it’s also true that you’ll probably pay more for the convenience of a brand name. But if you shop at the local produce markets and the stores where locals buy, you’re sure to pay less for your goods.

Live a Long Life in Mexico With Its First-rate Health Care

You will find that, in general, healthcare in Mexico is very good…and in many places it is excellent. Most doctors and dentists in Mexico received at least part of their training in the U.S. (And many U.S. doctors have trained in Mexico, notably in Guadalajara.) Many continue to go to the U.S. or Europe for ongoing training.

Every medium and large city in Mexico has at least one first-rate hospital. A big plus is the cost of health care in Mexico is generally one-half or less what you might pay in the U.S. The same goes for prescription drugs. Those manufactured in Mexico cost, on average, about 50% less than the same drugs in the U.S.

Visits to the dentist are an attractive draw for travelers to Mexico, since quality dental work costs a fraction what it does in the U.S. or Canada. Many dentists and other medical doctors in Mexico have trained in the U.S. and speak excellent English.

The paradox to Mexico’s increasing modernity—and its attractiveness—is that things still move a bit slower. You can enjoy a relaxed and refreshing lifestyle, like something out of a 19th-century travelogue, and yet it isn’t half a world away.

That’s a plus that other destinations with this kind of weather, culture, and lifestyle just can’t match.