If You're Thinking About Applying for Permanent Residency…

  Curious about what Mexico’s new residency regulations actually entail? Mexpatriate–in the key of Steve offers first-hand info on applying for permanent residency. Read the comments section for additional stories and the expected snafus.    

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Kindle edition: The Peoples Guide to Mexico

  A reader writes: Hello Carl and Lorena, I just wanted to tell you both that “The People’s Guide to Mexico” has long been my favorite book. I have two different print editions and have just purchased the just published Kindle edition. My wife Karen and I have only been to Tijuana, but we both love Mexican food and it is also my very favorite. We have eaten in Mexican restaurants of varying authenticity all over the USA (I am […]

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Go Overseas!

If you are interested in studying, volunteering or interning in Latin America, you may want to check out Go Overseas!, which includes reviews of language schools and volunteer opportunities in Mexico, Central America, and South America.

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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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Favorite Artists: Daniel Rueffert

Our old friend Dan Rueffert makes San Miguel magically appear before your eyes. For more of his Mexico paintings, check out his website. He really has a marvelous talent for capturing the quality of Mexican light.

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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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Question from a Reader: Furniture Stores in Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta at night.

Lynn says: My husband and I love Bucerias. We have recently bought a condo in this wonderful town. Now we need to figure out where to go to purchase furnishings. We have been warned that not all shopkeepers deliver what they promise – or what you bought. We are looking for contemporary furniture. We found a store called Artrel in Puerto Vallarta but cannot find out anything about it. Any advice and/or suggestions would be appreciated. Churpa: Thanks for writing […]

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Tenacatita News: Laptop Program a Success

Dispatch from El Rebalsito…Dobie writes: Nothing new with the beach. The gate is still there, and access is still restricted. The new presidente of La Huerta, the municipality that was given the concession (the right to administer use of the beach) takes office at the end of this month. He has promised to help us open the access and there are several people who will be working with him, including the president of the ejido, Ernesto Garcia, and Chava Magaña, […]

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GiraDora!

Vintage image of people washing clothes in river.

We could have used this back during those long afternoons we spent bent over rocks in the Rio Purificacion.

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Letter from a Reader: Raising My Daughter in Bucerias

In May I posted my own memories of growing up on Mexican time. Reflecting on what I gained from growing up in and out of Mexico made me curious to hear our readers’ stories and questions about raising kids in Mexico. I found some interesting letters in the People’s Guide archives, including Moving to Mexico with a teenage daughter? In addition, Nora Hooper kindly sent me her memories of raising her little girl in Bucerias. “It was the best place […]

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