There are many reasons why people relocate to Mexico. Some move for employment or business opportunities, while others move purely for personal reasons. A number of international companies even have their offices or facilities in the country and some expats move here due to job transfers. Mexico is also popular among retirees since many of its regions enjoy pleasant weather. Here are some of the factors that have contributed to Mexico’s growing popularity as a top expat destination.
Expats from developed countries will be able to enjoy a high standard of living in Mexico due to the low value of the Mexican peso compared to the US dollar. The cost of living here is relatively cheaper, especially in the case of groceries.While things like utilities and electronics may be tagged at slightly higher prices, accommodation is cheap and expats will be able to secure comfortable housing at economic rates. However the cost of living in Mexico does depend on the location. Mexico City is a more expensive destination as compared to other cities and the rural areas.
Healthcare is an important factor when relocating to another country. Mexico’s healthcare system is rated highly. Most of the doctors and nurses, and even dentists, have received their training in the United States. All the medium and large Mexican cities have at least one reputed hospital equipped with modern equipment. But the best hospitals and clinics are housed in cities like Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. Most locals and expats usually head to any of these cities also for specialist treatments. The biggest advantage for expats is that this high quality and efficient healthcare is available at affordable costs. Healthcare in Mexico is half the cost of that in the United States. Even prescription drugs are far more affordable.
Mexican people are known to be among the friendliest in the world. Expats will find that this is a huge benefit as it makes adjusting to a new country and culture easier. It also means that you are likely to find a helping hand when in need. This warmth and friendliness is even more apparent in smaller communities where newcomers are quickly made to feel at home. Fluency in Spanish is not a necessity and the locals are welcoming and supportive towards foreigners.
Haven for retirees
The ideal climate and proximity to the United States makes Mexico a great destination for retirement, especially for US nationals who can make it back home quickly to be with family or to attend to business matters. There are numerous flights to and from Mexico. The country also has a reputed retiree benefits program. Foreigners aged 60 years and above with a valid resident visa can avail of benefits under the Personas Adultas Mayores program. This enables them to receive various services such as hospital and doctor’s visits, lab tests, dental work; theater tickets, museum admissions; transport and accommodation. The discounts provided range from 5 to 50 percent off the full price of certain goods and services.
Mexican people love to celebrate and as an expat you will have an opportunity to enjoy many fun festivals and events. The Festival de Mexico, in mid-March, is a large celebration that includes music, dance and opera. Another much-loved tradition is the religious festival of Candelaria (Candlemas), held in Tlacotalpan. The highlight of this event is the Son Jarocho music festival, a three-day showcase of the regional folk musical style of Mexican Son from Veracruz. Then there’s the Day of the Dead, which in spite of its name is actually quite a celebratory tradition and one that has deep cultural roots. These and many other festivals are at the core of Mexican culture and as such the expat life in Mexico is never dull.
Mexican food is popular the world over due to its intricacy of flavors, fresh ingredients and sheer variety. Each part of the country has its own unique culinary traditions and recipes. From the humble street stalls to the prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants, expats can sample a whole array of Mexican treats during their stay. From delicious chilaquiles for breakfast to crunchy empanadas at teatime, the food itself is enough to make your stay in Mexico worthwhile.