According to International Living, Mexico is not only the nearest destination abroad for U.S. and Canadian expats, it is also one of the most popular, attracting the largest concentration of North American expats anywhere in the world. In fact, more than a million expats are estimated to live in Mexico full- or part-time.
It’s understandable when you consider that Mexico offers just about any climate, geographical landscape, and lifestyle an expat might want. As a result, there are expats scattered all over Mexico. But some places have proven to be especially popular, with an appeal that makes them stand out from the crowd.
And right now, the dollar-to-peso exchange rate (nearly 20 pesos to $1 at time of writing) makes living here now even more of a bargain.
InternationalLiving.com reports on five Mexico destinations where the living is affordable and easy… any one of which could make an ideal expat home. (Plus a few places that haven’t made the cut with most expats.)…
…Mexico’s Central Highlands
Not everyone wants to live on the beach… for temperate weather and Spanish-colonial style, then Lake Chapala or San Miguel de Allende, both in central Mexico, may fit the bill.
Lake Chapala has an enviably near-perfect climate—spring-like almost all year—and a large, diverse expat community. And being near Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city, means easy access to its international airport and excellent medical facilities.
San Miguel de Allende, about three hours north of Mexico City, is a beautifully preserved Spanish-colonial town that offers art galleries, gourmet restaurants, a wealth of arts and crafts, and a large expat community.