Soon the “snowbirds” will be packing up in search of a climate warmer than their own to spend the winter.
As we want those “snowbirds” and retirees to continue to come to Mexico I thought I would outline a few excellent reasons to live in Mexico.
A lot of people worry about the language problem in Mexico but here in Ajijic, Lake Chapala there is a lot of English spoken as it is largely an ex-pat community. You only need to learn Spanish if you wish to do so. For me, I found learning a new language at this age a very exciting and challenging undertaking.
Leaving the rat race behind is another excellent reason to move to Mexico. Things move a little slower in Mexico and the Mexicans seem to have a better perspective, like the French, of the work to fun ratio. This does not mean you have to do nothing. With the technology available one can carry out whatever business they choose from the comfort of their own home.
The cost of living is still a lot less in Mexico than it is in many other countries in the world. Here in Ajijic, Lake Chapala property taxes are extremely low. This year our property taxes were about $150.00 Canadian for a 5 bedroom home with a swimming pool. Also one can easily afford a cook, maid and a gardener. Food prices are less especially for fresh fruits and vegetables and you will not have to mortgage your home to call a tradesperson or a mechanic for your car.
The weather is a huge plus as we live in arguably the best climate in the world. Kenya is also up there but the political climate is not very conducive. Our climate is around 75 degrees and sunny most of the year. The rainy season from June 15 – October 15 is our most beautiful season and it usually only rains at night leaving the days fresh and fragrant.
The Mexicans are a wonderfully warm people and in many ways moving to Mexico is like taking a step back to a kinder, gentler time. Even with the increase in violence as the Mexican Government try to clean up the drug cartels, keep in perspective that these problems are restricted to isolated and specific areas. I would suggest, however, that you do not engage in drug trafficking as a means to earn extra income when you arrive.
As the population ages another excellent reason to live in Mexico is the low cost of very compehensive and inexpensive health care with many good hospitals in Guadalajara less than 45 minutes from us here in Ajijic, Lake Chapala. The hospitals are clean and the care is exceptional. You can get necessary tests in short order and also dental care is about one third of the cost of dental care up north and people come from all other the world for the wonderful and very reasonable plastic surgery.
Living in Mexico is not for everyone and certainly those A Type personalities have to learn a little patience. For us, however, we have been happy every minute of every day since we moved here from Toronto, Canada in 1994. My only regret is that we did not make the move sooner.
So whatever your concerns or questions might be contact us and we will give you the answers you need to continue to make Mexico your holiday or retirement destination.