Retiring in Mexico
Retirement haven. - (6 replies)
I have posted this on other boards looking for information. I just retired
at age 55. Will have 900 British pounds per month to live on. Looking
for a nice place to retire where my income will allow comfortable living. I
am single and need some peace and quiet. Any suggestions would be
1. Re: Retirement haven.
Do you speak Spanish or are you willing to learn? If so, there are plenty
of wonderful places to live cheaply and comfortable. There are also a
few very nice towns with large foreign populations (mostly US and
Canadian). These places don't appeal to me as much as others as I
prefer places without so much foreign influence. Also, they are usually
much more expensive than other parts of the Mexico. However, these
places are still much cheaper than home and can be a good way to
gradually get used to the country. One example is San Miguel de
Allende. What is pound at right now (in relation to the peso or US
dollar)? I can give you an idea of how far your money will go.
2. Re: Retirement haven.
Thanks. One pound is 1.43 dollars. 900 pounds is about 1300 US
dollars. Per month. Thanks.
3. Re: Retirement haven.
your projected monthly income is insufficient to be granted anything but
a tourist visa, and you'll likeley have to leave the country each six
months to renew it. there are several books written on the subject of
retiring in mexico, you might want to check them out. do the general
research yourself, then come back with some good and specific
questions. don't expect everyone else to do the hard work for you.
mexico is not for everyone. good luck with your research.
4. Re: Retirement haven.
I disagree with the previous post. One thousand USD should be enough
to get a FM 2 (non-working) visa. The book on Mexico that says
Americans live well on 800-1500 USD per month.
Getting settled: If you speak no Spanish, the suggestion is to go to a
large ex-pat American community and set up shop. Then if you want to
learn Spanish, there are tons of schools and private individuals to
teach you. You probably would want to learn to give you greater
Towns: Lake Chappala, near Guadalajar (sp) or San Miguel de Aienta
(sp). These communities should make your transition smoother.
Buy some books on Mexico, and there are many under the category
(sp) of Mexican retirement.
Wishing you well.
5. Re: Retirement haven.
To poster 3--thanks for your congenial reply. I have researched Mexico
and found it to be way within my means. Not the too touristy areas, but
in the smaller towns. Even in the touristy areas, I probably could make
do. I am single and I do not need to much, just a decent standard of
living. Remember, I am looking for a permanent place. I probably will not
travel that much. This should cut my expenses. Thanks.
6. Re: Retirement haven.
I also disagree with #3. #4 gives good advice, but these places are
fairly touristy. Nothing like a large beach resort, but still very much
influenced by foreigners. They are however a good choice if you speak
no Spanish; and San Miguel is a lovely town. If speaking Spanish is not
a problem, and if you don't need lots of other ex-pats around you, then
I would chose somewhere else. As an example, San Miguel is about
twice as expensive as nearby Guanajuato, and Guanajuato is arguably
more attractive and interesting (although many will disagree with me).
There are also many other wonderful places in Mexico. Most of the
books on retiring in Mexico only mention the more touristy places or the
places with large foreign populations, however these books usually give
good general information. Congratulations on your retirement and I
hope you will love Mexico as much as I do. Let me know if you have any
other questions or want more suggestions.
puerto vallarta - (6 replies)
i am going to puerto vallarta mid april. can anyone reccomend any
reasonable hotels/bed breakfasts with ambiance and personality for
my novio and myself.
also...i am going to feria san marcos in aquascalientes...any
[Wed 14 Mar,
1. Re: puerto vallarta recommendations
In the $20-$25/US range there are many family-run plain and simple
small hotels within a few blocks of each other along a street named
Madero (which is parallel to the Rio Cuale and just south after
crossing the one-way bridge heading south in the older part of
$31double Hotel Yasmine on Basilo Badillo is quite charming and
only 1 block from the beach. They don't take reservations and are
often full but since your traveling in April it might be easier than in
I think the best of the 3-stars (most w/ pools) in the $48-$56
doubles range are Posada de Roger, Hotel Eloisa, and Hotel
$65 - $100-ish but wonderful properties are: Casa Andrea with
gorgeous grounds, pools, and rooms with kitchens, B&B feeling,
Molino de Agua built in an old mango grove with small cabins or
more modern beach-view and beach front rooms, two pools,
restaurant, and Quinta Maria Cortez which is right on the beach in
an old stone house with amazing artistic decor, some kitchens.
[Wed 14 Mar,
2. Re: puerto vallarta
just got back from there a little while ago. A friend and I weren't
having the greatest time where we were so we decided to stay
overnight in P.V. We stayed at Gaviota Vallarta it's om Madero
No.176. It was beautiful, they had all the rooms facing the ocean, a
pool and internet access in the lobby for a very low cost. We paid
about $30 each to share a room. You may want to check there web
Good luck and have fun
[Thu 15 Mar,
3. Re: puerto vallarta
ummm...mid-April, huh? Like Easter?
Well, let me tell you a little story about PV and Easter.
From the Week before to at least one week after the town
is....PACKED! It is the time most Mexican Nationals are on Holiday.
Last year over the two weeks of Semana Santa, prices rose, the
beaches were packed, people slept in entery ways (Old Town
area). If it's budget, it's full. The only places that weren't full were
hotels that charge at least $80.00 a night.
Your best bet is finding a place that guarantees reservations
through the net. We had a condo, and I was in PV for Spring break
the month before and thought it was busy, man was I wrong! Any
place you stay will be loud, the roads will be gridlocked, (about 6
million pickup trucks all playing either Mana or dance
music...loudly)...the one nice thing was that I could get into my
favorite restaurants for dinner at 8:00pm, (most Mexicans eat later)
BUT I had to stand in line for about 45 minutes at my favorite taco
stand, and the price rose 2 pesos...not a big deal for me, but a big
deal for many of the locals.
Do NOT get me wrong, I did love it...it was a non stop party, BUT it
got congested and most restaurants, shops, vendors took
advantage of raising the prices to most everything. It's also
wonderful to interact with less gringos than normal. I met many cool
people from D.F., Durango, and many of the Texas border towns.
There's a few parades, and hanging out by the Catherderal on
Good Friday and Easter Sunday is an incredible experience. You'll
find a lot going on by the arches during the evenings right after
Easter Sunday when the party starts. (dancing, music, arts)
Most beaches are packed. You'll see many families camping out
there over night, or large groups bringing everything but the kitchen
sink down to the beach. Los Muertos was a zoo...and so was
Mismaloya. Many of the beaches north, like Bucerias and La Cruz,
are usually quite empty, but during this time, it's hard to find
room....so go early.
You will also find the Navy is in town patroling beaches, etc. You will
find many more police, military, and under-cover cops. It's a tourist
town, and for the last two years, PV has been promoting itself for
I hope I am not scaring you or depressing you- I just wanted to give
you an accurate post of what my two weeks in PV over Semana
Santa was like...granted I go 6 times a year...so I have other times
and experiences to compare it to.
[Thu 15 Mar,
4. Re: puerto vallarta
Regarding #3 above, thanks for the heads up! We're planning to be in
Mexico City for the weekend of 3/30 and head to PV mid week and stay
through the weekend (roughly 4/3 = 4/8). Would you recommend
spending the first weekend in PV and going to Mexico City afterward?
[Thu 15 Mar,
5. Re: puerto vallarta
Hi #4- I think you should be fine with your agenda. With easter falling on
the 15th this year, the really high traffic time in PV is starting about the
11th- and running through at least 3-5 days after Easter. I would not
recommend travelling on any roads on the 16th- or 17th as 1/2 the
people start heading home. I would say that at least 70% of the people
in PV for Easter last year was from D.F., some from Durango, and other
towns and Sonora, San Miguel. Acapulco is very much the same if not
worse. The only place on the ocean you don't see the Mexicans
traveling to en-mass for Easter is Cancun...( I can see why:)
Busses to and from D.F. to PV are packed during this time, and not just
the budget bus. It is amazing to see all of the classes of people on
vacation in PV during this time. Rich Mexican business men with 2001
Mercedes to a family of 6 who packed up every necessity for a week at
the beach, and I mean at the beach, and on the beach 24/7. ( a fair
warning to everyone, stay off the beaches at night during this time!
(late at night, like past 1:00 am) Many people who can't afford rooms
sleep here, the Navy walks around all night and scares the be-jeesus
out of you, and there's always an undercover narc guy looking to sell
you some drugs or get a mordida. We would usually cut across a beach
to get from a bar to the condo, and we learned to take the long way.
Now for original poster.... try the Hotel casa Andrea... I don't think they'll
be booked then, and it's a darn cute hotel...not too expensive and in
Old Town. Hotels like Azteca, Yasmin, Rio, Eloisa, etc. are usually
booked as they are more budget- and they raise the prices. Semana
Santa prices rival those during Christmas week....and the worst is beer
prices go up.... Beer at Roxy in January 18 pesos... Easter....25 pesos.
Good luck finding 10 peso beers at a bar- so pack a collapsable cooler
and stock up at Gigante or the Corona Plant.
6. Re: puerto vallarta