How To Open A Bank Account In Mexico

Finding reliable and trustworthy banking services is an important part of living and working abroad, and expats will find that, in most countries, a range of options are available. You may well wish to maintain a bank account at home, for paying bills and other activities, but you will probably also need a local bank … Read more

Tamara Jacobi, Near Puerto Vallarta

Who are you? I’m Tamara Jacobi, founder of the Tailwind Jungle Lodge on the Mexican Pacific.I’m the author of Wildpreneurs (HarperCollins Leadership, Feb. 2020). My book is guide for turning passion into business. Wildpreneurs tells of my experience creating my dream business in the jungle. I’m also a new mom. My son, Zephyr, was born … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Mexico

Mexico is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is a popular destination among tourists and expats alike, for its hot climate, beautiful beaches, fascinating culture, and delectable food. Many move to Mexico for its low cost of living, and find work in one of the rapidly developing cities. It’s a great … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Mexico

Mexico is a popular destination, with a booming tourism and hospitality industry. Many expats seek employment there, not only in the hospitality sector, but also in telecommunications, oil and gas, and more. Whether you are coming to Mexico for tourism or employment purposes, you may require a visa, which you can read more about below. … Read more

Tiffany And Tom Pence, Queretaro

We are Tiffany and Tom, and two years ago we moved to Queretaro, Mexico. We wanted a lower cost of living and better quality of life than 70-hour work weeks.We’ve traveled extensively, but after a quick birthday trip to Mexico, we thought “Why not move here?” We did some research and discovered the visa and … Read more

How To Find A Job In Mexico

Mexico is an interesting choice for expats seeking employment and it is possible to find work here, although you will need to go through some legal procedures; it is not legal to work in Mexico without the proper permit. The country’s economy is booming, however, and expected to continue doing so, in a wide range … Read more

Healthcare Options For Expat Retirees In Mexico

If you’re thinking of retiring to Mexico, healthcare is going to be on your mind – but the good news is that there are some positive options awaiting you.Mexico has a national system, somewhat equivalent to the UK’s NHS; this is called the IMSS and is free to the working user. However, if you don’t … Read more

A Guide To Mexican Visas For Self-Employed Expats

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Tina Ernspiker, Uruapan

Who are you? Many things! Haha! An American expat living in Mexico for almost five years, a wife of 20 years to a wonderful man, a mom to four great kids, ages 5 to 14, a photographer specializing in Mexico’s beauty, color, and diversity, and a writer who details our life here in Mexico. Where, … Read more

Interview With Chuck Bolotin, Best Places In The World To Retire

Chuck, you're VP Business Development at Best Places in the World to Retire. Tell us a bit about your role – what does a day in your life look like? Thanks, Scar, for the opportunity to be interviewed for Expat Focus. It’s an honor. In broad terms, I’m responsible for bringing content to our site … Read more

Indigenous Traditions In Mexico – A Short Guide For Expats

One of the largest and most diverse indigenous communities in Latin America exists in Mexico. The indigenous population in Mexico consists of 12.7 million people that make up 13 percent of the country’s population. There are 62 languages spoken by this population. Traditionally, the indigenous communities were defined using language-based criteria, which may have led … Read more

Katie O’Grady, Nayarit

Who are you? Katie O’Grady Where, when and why did you move abroad? 1. November 30, 2012 on my 44th Birthday to San Pancho, Nayarit Mexico from San Diego, CA2. March 2014 to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato3. June 2017 back to Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit To live a life of adventure and freedom in … Read more

A Guide To Opening A Bank Account In Mexico

The benefit of enjoying high living standards at fairly low costs is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why many people are choosing to settle down in Mexico. This popular expat destination has a lot going for it, like its colorful history, rich culture, welcoming people, stable economy, tropical climate, and modern housing options. Its … Read more

Rebecca Lammons, Puebla

Who are you? I’m a Texan who loves teaching, reading, doing exercise, and hanging out with my dogs. In the photo, I’m the one in yellow.Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Puebla, Mexico in 2007 because I’d studied abroad there and wanted to start teaching English using the contacts I … Read more

A Guide To Health Insurance In Mexico

Lovely weather, friendly people, rich culture, scenic beauty, and modern infrastructure are just a few of the traits that make the vibrant country of Mexico a highly popular destination with expatriates from across Europe and North America. Many people move to this nation just to take advantage of its excellent healthcare services, which are easily … Read more

10 Great Places To Live In Mexico

Many expats are increasingly considering Mexico as a destination, seeking a relaxed lifestyle in the sunshine. Some are seeking a break from modern life, looking for a sleepy village completely free of WiFi and hustle and bustle. Others are seeking to transplant their current lives into the Mexican landscape, living in an enclave of other … Read more

The Traditional Folk Music Of Mexico: Artists You Should Know

Although people across the world tend to view mariachi music as definitive of Mexican folk music, the country has a much richer and wider range of traditional musical styles. Even mariachi itself has a much wider range than the popular characterization of it, which tends to be a simplification and stereotyping of modern mariachi, ignoring … Read more

A Few Tips For Expats Driving In Mexico

Expats in Mexico are often worried about driving, as they have heard stories about drug cartels, crooked cops, and carjackings. While there is some basis for these stories, most of the information is greatly exaggerated. It is true that many of these problems exist, but most of it is concentrated on the back roads and … Read more

Dealing With Culture Shock In Mexico – Some Advice For New Expats

Despite Mexico’s proximity to the United States, life in Mexico is worlds apart from its northern neighbor. Yes, Mexico is a great holiday getaway with its exotic cultures and fascinating historical sites, but living in Mexico is a different story. Mexico has a rich cultural history and this means that there are plenty of regional … Read more

Moving to Mexico? Learn What Makes It Such A Great Expat Destination

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 … Read more

Cost of Living Facts For Expats Moving To Mexico

Mexico is not entirely the backward, impoverished nation that popular culture would make it appear to be. The Latin American country has one of the strongest economies in the region, and most of the reports of ‘Mexicans’ waiting to cross the border don’t really refer to Mexicans, but to populations from other Latin American countries. … Read more

Why Moving To Mexico Will (Probably) Make You Happier

The Better Life Index report released by the OECD rated 36 countries on areas such as income, education and health. They were also ranked on work to life balance and overall life satisfaction. Mexico scored rather low on many of these criteria, but still had among the highest scores when it came to life satisfaction. … Read more

Moving To Mexico? Read Our Expat Guide To Travelling On Public Transport

Mexico is a large country, yet it is easy to get around because of its many modes of public transport. Here is our expat guide to travelling on Mexico’s public transport system. By Metro Major cities such as Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey have their own metro systems. The Mexico City Metro system (Sistema de … Read more

A Short Expat Guide To Food And Drink In Mexico

Food is an essential aspect of Mexican culture and identity, as it plays a major role in everyday life, social occasions, business events and all celebrations. The cuisine in this country is a fusion of Mesoamerican cooking with Spanish elements. Because of the variance in geography, climate and ethnicity, food in Mexico may vary from … Read more

5 Foods You Must Try When Living In Mexico

Food is an integral part of Mexican culture. Mexican cuisine bears several influences from other countries over the years and even today it retains its unique cultural characteristics, while steadily adapting to and exploring innovations in cooking methods and flavors. The restaurants and street stalls in Mexico are storehouses of delicious and exciting dishes and … Read more

Mexico – Too Dangerous Or An Expat Paradise?

For many, moving to Mexico can seem intimidating. But despite new reports about drug-related crime and drug cartels at war with each other, there are those who still choose to live there for the purposes of either work or retirement. Living in Mexico does have its advantages, such as a lower cost of living; however, … Read more

Susan Mahalick, La Mision (Baja)

Who are you? Originally from New Jersey on the eastern seaboard of the United States I moved around to each region of the country in my youth. I have a degree in Geography from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Currently I live in Baja in a little village called La Mision about 40 miles … Read more

Phil Charter, Oaxaca

Who are you? A 28 year old English teacher from Portsmouth, England. Where, when and why did you move abroad? In 2011, I quit my job in advertising to travel. I completed a CELTA course and travelled to Buenos Aires to teach. I moved to mexico in August 2012. What challenges did you face during … Read more

Mexican Bus Music

by Doug Bower I’ve observed that Mexican music falls into two classes. One is very, very good; the other is so horrible that it could quite possibly induce a nervous breakdown or at least a brain tumor after forced, prolonged exposure. Listening to too much of the latter could be hazardous to your health. The … Read more

Mexican Living Survival Tip # 2 – The Language Barrier

by Doug Bower Let me begin this next column in the series with a generalized statement: The Spanish you learn in a classroom in the United States, Mexico, or in your own study from some impossibly expensive Spanish language tapes WILL NOT be the Spanish you hear in the streets of Mexico! I do not … Read more

Mexican Street Walking

by Doug Bower I cannot say whether walking the streets of all Mexican cities is the same. However, I can say to walk the streets of Guanajuato, my adopted town, one immediately becomes aware of two items. One, the reason the Spanish pitched fits trying to plan the layout of this town and two, why … Read more

Mexican Living Survival Tip # 1 – Water

by Doug Bower A typical day in the life of an American expat living in Mexico will include trying to find drinking water. You might be surprised by this but everyone knows that you cannot ‘drink the water in Mexico’. This refers to the fact that you cannot drink the tap water in Mexico. Probably … Read more

Home Financing Now Available in Mexico

by Doug Jones The dream of owning a home in Mexico is on the minds of more and more North Americans, as they experience all the natural beauty and rich culture this country south-of-the-border has to offer. Many North Americans are looking for a place where they can make their retirement nest-egg stretch further than … Read more

Craig Bradshaw, Cancun

My name is Craig Bradshaw. In an effort to cut back expenses, the company I work for offered to allow us to work from home, so I decided to take full advantage and relocate from San Diego, California to Cancun, Mexico. We have lived here once before and really enjoyed it. The main reason we … Read more

Rachel Hartman, Mexico City

My name is Rachel Hartman. I’m originally from the Midwest, but have lived in Mexico for more than a decade. I keep a blog about life here at I first came to Mexico to teach English in Mexico City. I loved interacting with my students, traveling around the country, and absorbing myself in the … Read more