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13 of the Finest Locations to Stay in Mexico


Even earlier than many individuals stop their workplace jobs or had been switched to a very distant way of life, Mexico was one of many high spots for digital nomads and retirees to resettle. Contemplating the colourful tradition, attractive seashores, and breathtaking mountains the nation has to supply, it’s no surprise why so many individuals to migrate right here.

I’ve been dwelling in Mexico for over two years, and I can truthfully say there’s nowhere else I’d relatively name house. Whereas I nonetheless establish very a lot as a nomad, Mexico is my everlasting house for the foreseeable future.

Under are my high suggestions for locations in Mexico which are particularly ideally suited for foreigners like myself who hope to maneuver right here.

However first, what makes Mexico a terrific place to reside?

I’ll preface this with a reminder that not all cities and cities on this big nation are the identical. There’s a variety of various locations to go to in Mexico, every with their very own quirks, challenges, and advantages. Whereas I and lots of foreigners love residing right here, I additionally should acknowledge that dwelling in Mexico shouldn’t be everybody’s cup of tea. Some folks discover the sluggish tempo of life, frequent abdomen bugs, language barrier, and different challenges to be overwhelming.

Nonetheless, even with the drawbacks, I feel Mexico is a superb place to reside as a foreigner. Typically talking, Mexican nationals are heat and hospitable, particularly towards those that at the least attempt to communicate Spanish and/or the native indigenous language. I’ve by no means been wherever the place the folks embraced me as their very own household greater than in Mexico. That’s a good looking, sacred factor to really feel.

One other big plus is the meals. Lordy, the meals! It’s contemporary, flavorful, and typically stunning. It’s nothing just like the Tex-Mex you discover within the States and elsewhere. There’s no comparability.

Final, however not least, the surroundings! From white, sandy Caribbean shores to volcanic peaks and all the pieces in between, Mexico has some show-stopping pure areas that proceed to take my breath away.

Anyway, this isn’t a meant to be checklist of causes it’s best to transfer right here, so let’s transfer on to one of the best locations to reside in Mexico:

Finest Beachy Locations to Stay in Mexico

1. La Paz, Baja California Sur

Balandra Beach la paz
Lovely Balandra Seashore

Relating to seashores with crystal-clear water shallow sufficient that you may wade out for what looks like miles, Balandra Seashore could also be motive sufficient to entice you to relocate to La Paz in Baja California Sur. With the Sea of Cortez laid out earlier than you, you’ll love ending your days with a stroll on the malecón (boardwalk) to catch a radiant sundown that La Paz is thought for.

Apart from the seaside views and uncrowded seashores, La Paz will get its fame as a terrific place to reside as a result of it’s comparatively protected; has a cosmopolitan vibe, with folks from all around the world; and a excessive way of life for a fraction of what it prices to reside within the States, Canada, or Europe.

La Paz can also be in a terrific location for exploring Baja California Sur, together with locations just like the pueblo mágico (magic city) of Todos Santos, which has enchanting cobblestone streets that wind alongside the coast.

One disadvantage of La Paz is the extraordinarily scorching temperatures from July to October, with highs reaching practically 100 levels. Throughout this time, locals have a tendency to regulate their day by day schedules to keep away from being outdoors within the afternoon warmth. For those who don’t thoughts doing that, you’ll match proper in.

2. Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

Puerto Escondido is a superb place to relocate to if you happen to’re younger, or at the least younger at coronary heart. The surf tradition is powerful right here, and also you’ll discover that an amazing majority of tourists in scorching spots like La Punta are of their 20s and early 30s.

Positive, it’s a giant spring break vacation spot, however the remainder of the yr in Puerto is sort of laid again and uncrowded. This sleepy city was once way more off the tourism radar than it’s now, nevertheless it nonetheless maintains a quiet environment and is protected for foreigners.

For those who’re a seaside lover, Puerto could also be for you due to what number of seashores there are close by, every with its personal distinct vibe. Within the city of Puerto Escondido alone, there are nearly a dozen to select from, with others in cities simply 30-60 minutes away.

One draw back to relocating to Puerto Escondido is the occasional energy outages. As a result of metropolis’s speedy enlargement as tourism continues to develop, infrastructure has struggled to maintain up with the inhabitants. Nonetheless, these outages have grow to be much less frequent within the final yr, and residents report that even the web speeds are bettering as the town adapts.

The most important perks of Puerto Escondido in addition to the seashores embody nice eating places, comparatively low cost lease (in comparison with different seaside cities), and an thrilling nightlife scene. That is the place to reside if you wish to make new mates, be taught to surf, and revel in a carefree environment. If you wish to test it out earlier than making the transfer, undoubtedly don’t miss out on our full Puerto Escondido information.

3. Sayulita, Nayarit

In some ways, Sayulita is similar to Puerto Escondido in its total environment. You’ll see lots of younger folks dwelling and vacationing right here, and revel in a vibrant nightlife scene and the city’s hip, modern contact. Sayulita is unquestionably on the vacationer monitor, particularly for many who are visiting the large resorts in close by Puerto Vallarta, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a laid-back spot to settle in.

Like Puerto Escondido, Sayulita has a powerful surf scene match even for inexperienced persons. There’s additionally a giant yoga tradition, with loads of studios to select from and academics from world wide. Surrounded by nature, Sayulita can also be a terrific place for outdoorsy people who have to get out into the jungle occasionally to discover. Plus, it’s near dreamy San Pancho, which is a quiet city to flee to if the vacationer crowds get too overwhelming.

Sayulita is nicely geared up to obtain foreigners, with loads of issues to do and different close by locations, however locals report that typically web speeds will be sluggish. For those who don’t require high-speed web in your job, or are prepared to get artistic about in search of the web you want, this gained’t be a difficulty.

As Sayulita is a recognized occasion vacation spot, it’s not for you if you happen to’re searching for someplace completely quiet. However if you happen to don’t thoughts a little bit of noise, go for it. Nonetheless, keep in mind that in lots of Mexican cities, events can final till 4am and even later, one thing that isn’t distinctive to locations like Sayulita.

4. Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo

Wish to take pleasure in the great thing about the Riviera Maya, however turned off by the mega-tourism of Cancún, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen? Puerto Morelos has all the nice components of every of these spots, with out as most of the drawbacks, making it the best Riviera Maya seaside city to reside in. It receives a small fraction of the vacationers, it’s proper on the sugary seaside, and it has a cool steadiness of recent infrastructure and dust roads resulting in secret spots on the shore. The price of dwelling is somewhat bit larger than elsewhere in Mexico, however you continue to get a terrific worth in your cash.

Puerto Morelos has a good variety of locals dwelling there nonetheless, not like different seaside cities on the Caribbean coast, which means it’s a wonderful place to attach with folks from the world and find out about about their tradition. I’ve visited many occasions, and every time I’m overwhelmed by how pleasant persons are. There are numerous foreigners dwelling there too, so there’s a strong “expat” group the place it’s simple to be social with out the principle exercise being partying.

One other huge plus for Puerto Morelos — or actually wherever you select to reside within the Riviera Maya — is that the healthcare is of top quality and reasonably priced. The truth is, folks from all around the area go to Puerto Morelos simply to see the medical doctors and dentists there.

Contemplating how a lot there’s to see within the Riviera Maya — from secret seashores to breathtaking cenotes and quaint cities — Puerto Morelos is a good looking and underrated place to reside.

Finest Mountainous Locations to Stay in Mexico

5. San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

San Cristóbal de las Casas has been my house for practically two years now, and I wouldn’t have it another means. Provided that, that is the place on this checklist that I can communicate to from expertise probably the most.

Nestled within the coronary heart of mountainous Chiapas, “San Cris” is among the nation’s most beloved “magic cities.” It has attribute chilly climate, a vibrant indigenous tradition, and colourful colonial buildings all through the city’s heart.

Not solely is the city a hub for all types of healers, from herbalists to yoga academics to conventional temazcal (Mexican sweat lodge ceremony) leaders, however its historical past is one in all resistance to the established order, one motive why many individuals select this as their short-term or everlasting house. This space was the location of the legendary 1994 Zapatista rebellion, a battle for indigenous rights in Mexico that also is lively at this time. Right here you’ll additionally see many individuals working onerous to safeguard Mom Nature, and her most valuable useful resource: water.

Talking of water, it’s not so nice right here in San Cris. The faucet water right here is questionable, at greatest. After two years, I can’t even rely what number of occasions I’ve seen different foreigners get sick (myself included) from unintentionally consuming contaminated water or unintentionally washing their greens with it. There’s additionally typically much less infrastructure, with occasional energy outages all through city and unstable web. Nonetheless, I managed to get fiber-optic cables the place I reside, which fully solved the web downside. So it’s potential to keep away from among the primary drawbacks right here.

Think about visiting San Cristóbal de las Casas earlier than you decide to transferring right here. Take into account that in comparison with another locations on this checklist, it’s undoubtedly extra of a full immersion in Mexican tradition, which means that having an open thoughts and coronary heart is essential. I hope you find it irresistible as a lot as I do!

6. Tepoztlán, Morelos

Like San Cristóbal de las Casas, Tepoztlán attracts a extra bohemian crowd whereas sustaining its conventional Mexican aptitude. Foreigners searching for a extra unconventional way of life have a tendency to seek out themselves settling in Tepoztlán. That is doubtless because of the laid-back nature of the city, its proximity to nature, and it total mystical setting. In any case, that is one other one in all Mexico’s designated “magic cities.”

In Tepoztlán, you’ll discover quaint cobblestone streets lined with colonial buildings. As you stroll by city, you’ll have the ability to gaze up on the inexperienced mountains that encompass it, respiratory within the crisp air as you go. Tepoztlán is thought for its gastronomy, which is another excuse why persons are delighted to remain right here. From conventional mole to the well-known cecina (cuts of beef or pork marinated in a blackberry sauce and served up in tacos), it’s a foodie’s paradise.

One other huge plus for Tepoztlán is its shut proximity to Mexico Metropolis, which means that worldwide journey is way simpler than different locations that solely have small home airports. From Tepoztlán, you will get to the capital inside two hours, relying on site visitors. That is particularly enticing for frequent vacationers, or those that want a dose of metropolis life each every now and then.

Because it’s such an outdated city and one with a powerful rural Mexican id, that is one other place the place it’s vital to recollect that you’re a visitor. Loud fireworks, bands of road canines, and occasional events lasting till the wee hours are widespread right here. Don’t count on to come back to “Tepoz” and alter your neighbor’s behavior of getting loud music on all day. Some foreigners discover this troublesome to adapt to, so it’s vital to contemplate these potential drawbacks earlier than transferring right here.

7. Guanajuato, Guanajuato

Guanajuato is a former silver mining city that slowly grew to become one in all Mexico’s high vacationer locations. It’s additionally one of the vital fashionable within the nation for retired foreigners to to migrate to. With attribute yellow to rose hues all through its streets, this is among the most picturesque cities I’ve ever been to.

Although so many foreigners and nationals alike resolve to retire in Guanajuato, the town stays contemporary and vibrant, due to the College of Guanajuato, which alone has round 17,000 college students, about 10% of the town’s inhabitants. There’s at all times one thing occurring on the town, from festivals to theater performances to concert events and all the pieces in between. Plus there’s an abundance of neat museums and the meals is unbelievable. Satisfied to maneuver right here but?

Considered one of Guanajuato’s greatest options is its tremendous pedestrian-friendly streets. A number of are even pedestrian solely, good for lengthy walks round city. One other big bonus is the climate. It’s principally dry yr spherical, with the wet season solely lasting a pair months. Plus, the temperature stays heat principally, solely dipping throughout December and January. It’s not too scorching, not too chilly — good!

A disadvantage of Guanajuato is that just lately droughts have grow to be way more of a difficulty, making water shortages extra widespread than ever. Even with this in thoughts, it’s one of the vital foreigner-friendly cities in Mexico as a result of it’s clear and protected and has nice entry to healthcare and glorious infrastructure. There’s no surprise why so many individuals transfer right here!

Finest Massive Cities in Mexico to Stay in

8. Mexico Metropolis, Estado de México

In case you are a ride-or-die metropolis individual and never intimidated by the mega-metropolis that’s Mexico Metropolis — absolutely the epicenter for practically all the pieces within the nation — right here you’ll discover one of the best eating places, nightlife, concert events, you title it. There are seemingly infinite issues to do, which makes it a no brainer that so many individuals depart feeling like they’ve solely scratched the floor.

The neat factor about dwelling right here is that each neighborhood has its personal character. From the floating events in Xochimilco (pictured above) to the candy artwork museums of Coyoacán and posh cafés of Reforma, leaping across the metropolis by no means will get boring. You’ll discover folks from all world wide dwelling right here, which creates a really cosmopolitan environment unmatched wherever else.

Plus, the meals in Mexico Metropolis is to die for, particularly from road carts and within the markets. Folks from throughout Mexico rave about how wonderful the delicacies is right here, in order that’s how it’s further particular.

I don’t need to let you know that dwelling in a metropolis as giant and hectic as Mexico Metropolis has its drawbacks. A few of them embody overcrowded rush hour transportation, not the cleanest streets, and its personal basket of security challenges. Nonetheless, if you happen to can keep away from rush hour, don’t thoughts somewhat city grime, and discover methods to keep protected in Mexico Metropolis, you’ll be simply wonderful.

9. Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca

For those who’re trying to expertise one of the best components of Mexican tradition each day, Oaxaca is actually among the finest locations to immerse your self. Each time I go to, I uncover a brand new motive to plan one other journey, as a result of there by no means appears to be sufficient time to discover the entire metropolis. Possibly as a result of I at all times entice myself in an infinite loop of consuming all of the scrumptious meals out there? Nah, couldn’t be.

Oaxaca’s vibrant murals, extensive pedestrian streets, bustling markets, and engaging museums are all a part of the town’s distinctive appeal. There are lots of people — Mexican and in any other case — who’ve artistic tasks right here, because it’s a hub for music, theater, dance, and artwork. The state of Oaxaca is very well-known for its grabados, an artwork approach just like linocut printmaking. You’ll see outlets all over the place promoting these beautiful items.

In a nutshell, there’s hundreds to do in Oaxaca whether or not you’re settling right here or simply planning to go to.

The town is a few six-hour, winding, mountainous drive to or from the coast of Oaxaca, which has among the greatest seashores within the nation, for my part. It could sound like an extended drive, however I’ve accomplished it and located it to be extraordinarily lovely and price it, particularly if you happen to’re staying in Oaxaca for a very long time.

Earlier than settling in San Cristóbal, I thought of transferring to Oaxaca however determined that the heavy occasion scene wasn’t for me. Nonetheless, in case you are trying to dance the night time away on any day of the week, Oaxaca is the place to be. In any case, it’s the mezcal capital of Mexico.

One other concern right here is perhaps security, as petty crime charges are comparatively excessive right here in comparison with different places on this checklist, so take a look at these methods to keep protected in Oaxaca.

10. Mérida, Yucatán

Settling in Mérida, one of many friendliest cities in Mexico, makes complete sense if you happen to’re a social butterfly and wish to actually expertise genuine native tradition. I’m charmed by it each time I am going, and I spent three months dwelling there as a college pupil in 2017. I completely cherished Mérida, and subsequently fully perceive why it’s such a well-liked place for foreigners to relocate to.

The nice and cozy hues of the colonial buildings, fixed cultural occasions in the principle sq., and improbable meals scene all embody one of the best elements of Mexico. For a giant metropolis, Mérida has a surprisingly chill vibe, which you’ll discover principally outdoors of the middle of city.

Additionally, there’s a customized on this a part of Mexico through the hottest summer time days during which folks will sit on their entrance porch or in garden chairs on the sidewalk across the similar time every day. They name it tomar fresco, or taking some contemporary air. That is additionally prime time for chisme (gossip) across the neighborhood.

There’s lots to do in Mérida for any size of keep, with totally different festivals occurring all year long. You may catch a present on the symphony, take a look at a museum, or do a nighttime strolling tour to listen to in regards to the metropolis’s distinctive colonial previous. After three months right here, I did and noticed lots, however nonetheless felt like there was extra to find.

The most important disadvantage of Mérida for a lot of foreigners, particularly these like me who come from a chilly local weather, is the warmth. The town is thought country-wide for its raging summer time temps, so beware and put together your self to keep away from being outdoors from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.

One other disadvantage is the often-congested site visitors and subpar public transportation. Although it’s a big metropolis, the one public transportation are the buses and colectivos (vans), which typically have lengthy routes and take ages to get from place to position. Some folks merely depend on Uber, although, which is fairly low cost. I most well-liked to stroll each time I might, however you can additionally bike fairly simply right here.

Finest Small Cities in Mexico to Stay in

11. San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

This cobblestone-filled metropolis is actually enchanting, and also you’ll instantly perceive why so many individuals come right here as quickly as you arrive. I spent three wonderful weeks in San Miguel de Allende and felt like I used to be dishonest on San Cris somewhat bit, due to how a lot I used to be falling in love with the town. Maybe it was further cute as a result of it was round Christmastime and there have been lights glowing all over the place, however I digress.

San Miguel is a small, centrally situated metropolis simply an hour from Querétaro, 1.5 hours from Guanajuato, and three hours from Mexico Metropolis. Its nice location is only the start, although. This charming, foreigner-friendly vacation spot has a strong artwork scene, a nationwide culinary fame, and surroundings to die for. The local weather is delicate all yr spherical, with heat, sunny days many of the yr. Even in December, it was solely chilly at nighttime; through the summer time it additionally will get cool within the evenings.

There’s an enormous inhabitants of retired American and Canadian residents right here, which could possibly be a plus or a disadvantage relying on what you’re searching for. I have a tendency to note that in locations like this, typically foreigners count on the remainder of the inhabitants to adapt to them relatively than the opposite means round. Folks say this about San Miguel, however I didn’t expertise that in any of my interactions.

That stated, San Miguel has a fame for being the gentrified model of different lesser-known cities in Mexico, so take that for what it’s price. General, I like to recommend visiting first to see if the vibe fits you earlier than deciding to maneuver there.

12. Bacalar, Quintana Roo

Dwelling to “the lagoon of seven colours,” Bacalar has lots to supply nature lovers and people searching for a laid-back and quiet place to reside. It’s about 2.5 hours south of Tulum and has a personality all of its personal. The city sits on an extended, skinny lagoon, with an isthmus on the opposite aspect that creates a barrier to the Caribbean Sea.

The lagoon itself is motive sufficient to pay Bacalar a go to, however is it price it to maneuver there? That every one will depend on what you’re searching for. An enormous professional of dwelling in Bacalar is that it’s near lots of different unbelievable spots on the Riviera Maya, just like the cenotes close to Tulum and Cancún. It’s additionally only a 20-minute drive from Chetumal, a sleepy seaside metropolis near the Belize border.

In Bacalar you’ll have the ability to take pleasure in the best possible and most well-preserved nature within the area. It’s because the municipal authorities reveals great dedication to preserving the world’s pure sources. You’ll nonetheless discover plenty of vacationers milling about, however no huge resorts on the lagoon’s waterfront. Although it’s a well-liked vacationer vacation spot, there’s nonetheless a small-town really feel right here, making it simple to get to know your neighbors.

A con of dwelling in Bacalar is that it’s a bit costlier than different locations within the nation, and shopping for a property is troublesome, as a result of constructing restrictions are tight because of the authorities’s preservation efforts. Some additionally declare that Bacalar is the subsequent Tulum, so in case you are turned off by Tulum, maybe Bacalar wouldn’t be a terrific long-term choice.

13. Izamal, Yucatán

Izamal’s nickname is “the yellow metropolis,” which is sort of apparent, contemplating a lot of the city is painted in vibrant dandelion hues. That is the spot to maneuver to if you wish to find out about Yucatec Maya tradition, benefit from the warmth, and don’t thoughts being amongst few foreigners. Out of all the locations on this checklist, Izamal has the bottom inhabitants of foreigners, which could possibly be an enormous plus for some folks.

Apart from dwelling in a vibrant, lovely Mexican city, an enormous perk of Izamal is its location. It’s solely about an hour from Mérida, an hour or two from the Gulf of Mexico, and two hours from Celestún, the place yow will discover herds of flamingos for so far as the attention can see. There are additionally tons of small Mayan pueblos close by, that are cool to go to only for a fast meal and chat with the locals.

As it’s in lots of small cities within the Yucatán Peninsula, persons are extraordinarily heat and pleasant. To me, that is the place you’ll discover the height of Mexican hospitality. As a foreigner dwelling in Izamal, your kindness and openness to be taught shall be very nicely obtained, I’m positive of it.

A con of dwelling right here, like Mérida, is the warmth. There are additionally fewer healthcare services right here, which means you might have to drive to Mérida for any procedures or emergencies. There are additionally no purchasing malls or film theaters in Izamal, so put together your self for genuine small-town life right here.

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Any of those locations could possibly be your future house in Mexico. How thrilling is that?! Transferring to Mexico was your best option for me as a digital nomad, nevertheless it definitely isn’t for everybody, although. As I stated about many of those lovely places, make sure that to go to first earlier than you decide to transferring. Keep for a month or two, get your bearings, and also you’ll have the ability to make a extra sound choice.

Which place feels like one of the best to you?

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