Retirement in Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico
Many people in the US are having to think about delaying retirement due to the global economic crisis.
One of many pluses about retiring in Mexico is that your dollar goes further and never more so than at the moment. For example you would receive 14.38 pesos for l US dollar today.
You can buy a bigger house for your money here and your expenses are lower. You have no heating or air conditioning charges for instance as our climate is second to none in the world.
Food is less expensive as is the cost of eating out. Golf and tennis are cheaper than up north and live entertainment and cultural events are readily affordable to all.
Medical care is less expensive and is first class. Many people come to Mexico for all sorts of plastic surgery and dental work as the cost is about a third of the cost up north. Guadalajara is known throughout the world for the quality of its teaching hospitals.
Everyone can easily afford at least one maid and gardener to help with the maintenance of their property and many residents also have cooks.
Fruits and vegetables are plentiful and available year round and many fruits grow on trees in your own back yard.
Veterinary services are a fraction of the costs up north and all varieties of food and treats for your pet are available at very competitive prices.
Furniture and appliances are cheaper and custom drapery etc. is also cheaper. Landscaping your property is cheaper too.
Wine and spirits are cheaper but, of course, the more expensive labels are available to you if you wish.
Shopping for clothes, shoes etc. is also cheaper but you can find all designer names in Guadalajara which is only 45 minutes or less from Ajijic.
Although your 401K’s may be shrinking in the US your dollar goes a lot further here for a very agreeable lifestyle amid a warm and welcoming people.