Rocky Point, Seaside Mexico

Arizona’s Seaside Resort Some states are fortunate enough to have their own coastline – their own sandy beaches.  Would you be shocked if I told you that Arizona has a seaside spot?… deserty/hot/sandy Arizona?… well, sort of.   Actually, just a couple of hours south of Phoenix, the capital of the Arizona, lays the beautiful land called […]

Mexico Information for Retirees

Mexico Information for Retirees

THE LANGUAGE This really had Dick and me worried – until I again researched pretty widely. Spanish, of course, is the official language. That means directional signs, street signs, etc., will be in Spanish. Phone books will be in Spanish. However, the influx of Europeans has resulted in a lot of Mexicans knowing English. Don’t […]

Safe and Secure

Safe and Secure

Safety depends on many things, most of which are under your control. Never go off the beaten path by yourself. Don’t flash cash! Keep the big diamonds at home, Keep to areas you are familiar with, Do not hang around questionable people. Do not EVER pick up hitch hikers! You put yourself at serious risk […]

Social Security

Social Security

Some facts on Social Security to get started with: You will not receive Medicare* in any country other than the United States. If you are a U.S. citizen, you may receive Social Security benefits if you are living outside the U.S. as long as you are eligible for them. (There are exceptions.) Even if you […]

Pets, Pesos, Passports for Mexico

Pets, Pesos, Passports for Mexico

PETS If you are planning on taking a trip to Mexico with a pet, or you have decided that Mexico is where you are going to retire, you can take that beloved pet of yours with you, as long as you follow the rules. You will need to have a U.S. veterinarian fill out an […]

Staying In Touch

Staying In Touch

When you retire abroad, you will probably still need (and want) to stay in touch with your friends and family. If you’re traveling in Mexico, here are your options: TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION:  When calling Mexico from the U.S.A.: Dial International Access Code 011 first, then Mexico’s Country Code 52, then the City Code, and finally the […]

Email From Expats

Email From Expats

I want to share some email I recently received from my expat friends. This first one is a wonderful reminder to all of us, plus I want to share an update on the new road in Mexico: “Hola Barbie: We have been living in Ajijic for about 6 months. We love this place. We bought […]

Things To Remember

Things To Remember

When traveling abroad, there are always things to remember. The seemingly mundane becomes important and things you would never think of, well… Here are some things to remember in Mexico:   THE WATER While most restaurants use purified water and ice, it’s not worth spoiling your trip by taking the chance. Make sure raw veggies […]

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

How about a little bit of Mexican history now. I find this particularly interesting because our United States is tied so closely with this bit of history: Cinco de Mayo is celebrated because, although Mexico had declared their independence from Spain in 1810, fifty two years later, in 1862, French, Spanish and English troops landed […]

Location for Your Retirement

Location for Your Retirement

Location, Location, Location Of course, to find your true dream retirement site, you need to travel to a few places you have selected and make sure that location is the one for you.  Different strokes for different retirement folks! Since you can own land in Mexico, a big consideration for your chosen location is the climate.  There […]

Mexico & Dentists

Mexico & Dentists

Some info compiled for Algodones, Mexico Signs on the sidewalk proclaiming: Haircuts: $3. Flattop $5. Pedicure $10.00. Melatonen – was 60 for $4.50 – so, Amazon is cheaper for this sleep-aid. The dentists usually expect cash… …at least the first time you use their services – after that, they will probably take a check and […]

Timeshare–Mexico Possibilities

Timeshare–Mexico Possibilities

Now, my opinion and input about timeshares: Dick and I added up the actual cost to purchase a time-share.  Then, we added the yearly maintenance fees, plus the cost to belong to RCI (the exchange agency) the actual exchange fee, and any other costs associated with the purchase.  Then, simply divide that amount by – […]

Where To Retire?

Where To Retire?

What are your choices? We had been living in Louisiana when retirement came, we had a hard time picking where we would retire to. We do have some definite likes – as I’m sure you do.  We already knew we preferred warm weather.  Years of shoveling snow and ice, made us extremely aware that we […]

WHERE IN THE WORLD TO RETIRE?

WHERE IN THE WORLD TO RETIRE?

What to do – where to go? In one respect, we were very lucky, in that we have lived in several different areas during our 50+ year marriage. That basically meant that we had no really strong ties to any one area. At the time of our retirement, we had relatives in Ohio and one […]

Dental Trip to Algodones…

Dental Trip to Algodones…

…and some memories of Kentucky… Walking into the Dental office of a new Dentist in the Mexican border town of Algodones we decided to try out, I am reminded of the time, not that many years ago – maybe 30 years ago – when, in a little town in Kentucky, in order for our youngest […]

Mexico for Retirement

Mexico for Retirement

I’ve gone through my inbox, reading emails from readers.  You will probably find these of interest:   HI Barbie, Thanks for your helpful newsletter. My wife and I have moved to Guadalajara, and just rented a furnished apartment in the city for under $500.00 a month. We are satisfied with our arrangement so far. John […]

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