Letter from a Reader: Retire in Baja?

editor’s note: A reader named Sarah wrote us with the subject line “retire to baja.” Of course I passed this on to our resident retirement/baja expert El Codo, who demanded to know more about Sarah’s needs/situation. Sarah: I plan to go to Mexico this summer.  I have limited funds so will need inexpensive housing.  Would a long term older hotel be a good choice?  I have  few belongings to bring.  Having a place furnished would needed.  I am 71 and […]

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Mexico’s Lake Chapala and Ajijic:

The Insider’s Guide to the Northshore for International Travelers By Teresa Kendrick Review by Carl Franz Printed in the Guadalajara Reporter After decades of neglect, major publishers have finally begun to include titles on Mexico and Latin America in their guidebook catalogs. We’ll call this long overdue attention the “good news”. The not-so-good news is that the fierce competition between publishers to create new and more profitable guidebook series doesn’t necessarily benefit readers and travelers. In their rush to stake […]

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Question from a Reader: Are Spanish Homestays Safe and How do I Meet People in Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta at night.

A reader writes: Hello, I am a 43 year old female from Canada and I am thinking of going to Puerto Vallarta to study Spanish for 6 weeks with Spanish Abroad. I would be going by myself and living with a family while studying.  Is this safe? Also, I know there are Canadians and Americans that are retired and living in PVR, is there a network on how to meet some of these people and make some contacts? Thank you. […]

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Live & Retire In Mexico FAQs

We get so many questions about retiring and living in Mexico that I’ve decided to combine both the questions and replies in a single post.  As new questions come in I’ll add them here, so if this topic interests you I suggest subscribing to the post.  As always I hope you’ll feel free to add your own comments, advice, and personal experience via the comment box. 3 March 2010 I want to THANK YOU for your wealth of information !!!!!!!!! […]

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Retire In Mexico: Where Do I Start?

I don’t believe in wasting words but I have to admit that questions as abrupt as this one from “M.W.” have a tendency to grate on my nerves. The subject line of the email said “Retirement In Mexico” and the entire text of the message was simply, “Please e-mail me the details and costs.” No offer of a free cup of coffee or even a suggestion that this person might have read our book, much less purchased it. I guess […]

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