With a friendly populace, an average temperature of 78.8 F (26 C), an increasing infrastructure and more affordable healthcare, Mexico is one of the world's top retirement destinations. It just appeared as number one in International Living Magazine's 15th Annual Global Retirement Index recently. No wonder more and more foreigners are thinking of living in Mexico.
The main factors that make living in Mexico so appealing are real estate costs, culture, climate, cost of living and infrastructure with blue chip companies investing in hospitals and development.
Managing Editor of International Living, Laura Sheridan, said that living in Mexico, "You can still have all of the amenities you grown accustomed to north of the border," while enjoying the sun and the exotic beauty of the south.
The United States, ranked number 19 in the index, fell short in the area of special benefits for retirees. Whereas living in Mexico offers great architecture and wonderful food everyday, making life a permanent cultural and sensual pleasure.
You can visit Mexico on an tourist visa (FMT) and if you wish to work or stay longer, or purchase property you can apply for a 'living in Mexico' visa (FM3) or a retirement version of this (FM3 Rentista). If you decide to stay longer you can apply for a resident's visa (FM2) then after 5 years apply for permanent resident status, including the majority of the rights of a Mexican national can be acquired.
Bigger towns and cities have all the amenities you need, major supermarkets, movie theaters, shops and nightlife. Although English is very broadly spoken when living in Mexico it is especially handy to learn some Spanish before you come, especially if you are traveling through or live in more remote areas.
In general, Mexico has a slower pace of life than that of the US, Canada and Europe, especially in comparison to major cities in those countries, a true escape from the rat race. However be prepared for a different culture and many things are not always done as efficiently and punctually as you may be used to.
Anything from that new painting you ordered to the maid showing up on time, this can be frustrating but once you understand this is indeed part of the culture and experience of living in Mexico, you too will begin to relax and adjust to the calmer manana pace of Mexico.
Mexico's people are friendly, warm and social, those that do not have he chance to travel like to hear stories from other countries and how things are in other cultures. The more you integrate and interact with them, the more they accept the gringo in you.
Mexico is a great place to live, with such a variety of cultures, climates, beaches, drinks, snow-capped volcanoes, mariachis, tequila, affordable real estate and more. You'll find something for every taste while living in Mexico.