Experience Mexico, Then Decide

Let’s face it, If you want to


in Mexico,

you need to experience the real Mexico first.

A few people who are just beginning to consider moving to Mexico for their retirement years and some who are now ready to decide just what area will fulfill their dreams of retirement have emailed me asking just how, in my opinion, they should best experience Mexico so they can be sure they are choosing the right area for them to live.

Please, don’t just pack up and head down on a tour bus or an “all-in-one” planned tour to Mexico… not for this important venture. Not for your retirement.

Take charge of your trip – do your research first, have a list of places in and things you need to check out. A Mexico tour might be great, but it’s not going to show you what the real Mexico is. In other words, don’t go with the idea that you’re just going on an elaborate vacation. Go realizing you are looking at a potential place to live.

Go shopping for groceries where the natives go. Wal Mart is great, but go to the Mexico native market place, too. You’ll be amazed at the quality and variety of foods offered, fresh, and very reasonable! You’re sure to see lots of things you’re not at all familiar with. That’s all part of the charm and fun of a new location like Mexico. Remember, this is your retirement adventure.


Mexico shopping area

Some of the best information that I didn’t even think of obtaining came from a lady I stopped in a Mexico grocery store. A very kind, and talkative lady and I chatted in the middle of a grocery store isle for 20 minutes. Dick and I received a wealth of information from her and her husband, who finally came walking down the isle, wondering just where she had gone :)

You really want to spend your time talking with the people who live in Mexico. Start up conversations with people at little restaurants where the natives go. Start conversations up with people in the shops. You just may even end up with a new good friend!

Do find the American organizations in the area. I list some that are in Mazatlan in my book, Retire In Luxury.  Talk with the people there …you will be so welcomed!  And you’ll learn all sorts of experiences and problems that have already been experienced and solved.

See what real day-to-day life will be. You don’t want a sanitized version of life in Mexico. Believe me, not everyone who lives in Mexico goes to a fiesta every night.

Learn what the real Mexico is like.

You will probably truly fall in love with it. Just remember, you’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful days and your evenings relaxing and having fun later on! Sure, you want to do the sightseeing stuff …just make sure you do your investigating first!

Experience Mexico article by Barbie.

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3 Responses to Experience Mexico, Then Decide


    January 11, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I live in Texas (corpus christi) and am thinking of Mexico to retire (29 jan 2010). What and where are the closest places.


  2. Barbie


    February 10, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Mark – Please read the articles I offer on my site – there are so many different places – and it’s truly different strokes for different folks – are you more comfortable at higher altitudes? Do you prefer the sea? Totally up to the individual. You’ll read lots of email from people who are already living in their “Mexico Heaven”. Get paper and pencil, start reading – everything I offer – the newsletters, the blogs – then, start sectioning areas off you may actually be interested in.

    Best to you,

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    July 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I love your blog and you provide a picture for both sides of Mexico. I visited Mexico City and I loved it, but also saw the bad parts of the city. Thanks for the tips you gave Mark.

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