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 if you are stopped and they have any drugs!

Use your common sense, and listen to that little voice that says “be careful”.

Do use toll roads when they are available.  Hopefully you won’t need them, but on major highways throughout Mexico The Green Angels roam the highways. They have green uniforms and green and white pickup trucks. Service is rendered free and they provide towing, but you must pay for any parts, gas, etc. To get their assistance – pull completely off the highway, and lift the hood of your car. There are emergency telephones (Movitel) along most of the newer toll highways.

Weapons are ILLEGAL unless you get proper documentation first. Otherwise, there may be serious consequences.  And even with the proper documentation, it’s best to not take any weapon into Mexico – this includes even knives.

Droad out side of Mazatlanon’t drive after dark!  You may encounter animals on the toad, people walking, and really bad potholes that can damage your car … and those terrible unmarked Topes.  And, at all times, obey the speed limits.

Get your passport and carry it with you all the time. It is proof you are a U.S. citizen. You may also want to keep handy a voter registration card or a notarized birth certificate, although neither a certified copy of your birth certificate nor a driver’s license shows proof of citizenship. Keep a record of your passport number. The passport enables you to enter the United States of America.

It’s a good idea to make Photocopies of your passport. Keep one at home, take one copy with you, along with your passport, but keep it in separate place from your passport.

You will want – because of surges and brown-outs –

surge protectors – power regulators,

for your computer, in Mexico.

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6 Responses to Safe and Secure

  1. Ramona Amormino

    September 24, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Hello Barb:
    You are quite widely read so I am just suggesting here that you “branch out” and add some rental listings to your blog. You could get a fee for this
    and we would all be able to take that first step of
    moving to Mexico by finding a good rental to stay in while we explore the areas that interest us.
    Just a suggestion.

  2. Barbie


    September 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks Ramona – have actually been considering that – not as easy as you would think – but, am thinking on it :) Barbie

  3. Steven T. LaRue

    February 19, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Life in Mexico, at least in Mazatlan, is much different than living in the USA. But as I have found out being in the military most countries do like us living in there countries, but they want our money. Most vistors do not see the true side of mexicans, because of many reasons as they tend to stay in groups of Americans, they do not live around the mexicans. But I came here 21 years ago, and I been married 18 years to a mexicana woman, they tend to act childish at times and hot temper, but when you treat them good, you have a mate for life. So do not have the problems of others Americans because I buy everything in my wife’s name, but it safe to do it that way, when you get married in Mexico, the law is completely on your side, if divorce does come, you will not lose everything like living in the USA, she has to allow 50% to you. I have lost my pant in divorce court in the USA, so I feel safe here. If you do not hang around bars and/ or use drugs, this is one of the safest place to live, actually its safer than living in the USA.

    The rent is cheap here, but when you rent you have to supply your own stove, and Refrig. if you rent completely furnitured, then the rent will be costly. For some reason, your renting and you become financially without money, the law says, mexicans need to allow 3 months before they can force to to leave their house or condos, much different than the USA. Shopping is very easy in Mega Stores, every thing is price mark, but if you buy food in local grocery store their 2 prices one for americans and one for mexicans.

    Living here being illegal, as I have been for some 20 years. there is no real problem to it, if you do not break the local laws, everyone leaves you alone, as of the last count there are over 1 million illegal americans in Mexico living year round. Mexico needs our money, but to live here legally you need documention of bank statements that you earn over $ 2,500.00 dollars each month, your passport, as I’m disable war veteran on 100% VA Pension and Social Security Pension so I live here like a King on $ $ 4, 600.00 dollars each month, my maid cost me $ 190.00 dollars each month, rent for 3 bedrooms is $ 303.00 dollars per months, electric with A/C cost me $ 151.00 dollars per month, water bill is about $ 10.00 dollars per month.

    So here’s life in Mazatlan, Mexico!

  4. Barbie


    February 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks Ramona – that may develop at some time :)

  5. david johanson

    April 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Hi i enjoy your infomation

  6. david johanson

    April 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks for all the information on mexico….i think puerto vallarta is probably the best area for gay people or just very open minded folks to live due to it being probably most liberal and friendly place in mexico not to mention the great weather too.

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