Retire In Mexico: A Retiree’s Story

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In Mexico?

Last week, I told you about my friends Shari and Dan who retired to Baja (click here to read about it).  Their story is amazing, inspiring, wonderful — but it’s not unique!

Retirees really are living better for less.  In fact, here is yet another “Mexico retirement success story” from Ronald G. He emailed me last week with some beautiful pictures and he has been kind enough to allow me to share them with you. Here is his email (I’ve edited and consolidated it for brevity.):

Ronald’s Mexico Retirement Success Story:

“Barbie, I hope this finds you well.  I wanted you to know that this last winter I made the big move to Mexico, partly because of your faithful newsletters.


CLICK TO ENLARGE: Ron's kitchen.

“I have a gorgeous home which I am still decorating to my liking — 3 large bedrooms, each with outside verandas, two full baths — one up-one down, a brand new laundry room containing my new Bosch washer and dryer.

“I enjoy a full “gringo-style” kitchen.

“The house is 12 yrs old, built by the owners, a wonderful couple retired from Continental Airlines  — they have home in La Puenta, CA, and here, and Chapaa.

“Regarding their house:  it backs up to deep lush yard with golf course lawn, several fruit trees, cilantro, chilies, roses and many other varieties.

“The rent?  2,500 MP a month / gardener 70 pesos every 2 weeks, maid 100 pessos once per week.  In essence I feel very “wealthy” for the first time in my life at 67 years of age, because my monthly living costs are 10 percent of my income.  Pretty good ratio?

“Wonderful people here — quiet and quaint puebla — within 2.5 hours of Guadalajara, D.F. Morelia and Guanajuato.  We sit on a water abundant area, next to Camecuaro.

“If you’d like to peruse my personal photos Barbie, feel free.

“I do hope you are as impressed as I am — mind you, the pics of the house were taken before I moved into it. I’m certain you find the best properties for the buck when you veer away from vacation destinations, or places that have large populations of gringos and Canadians. “Tangancicuaro has about 10 American families…maybe more – I keep encountering “new” ones at Walmart in Zamora.


CLICK TO ENLARGE Ron's House (front)

By the way I was asking if you were impressed with the “life package” I managed to work out.  I can’t emphasize enough how far smiles and interest and general friendliness will take you in assimilating into a small town here.  I love it!

“Please feel free to use any pics, etc. for your newsletter, Barbie.

“All the best for the time being… Ronald G.”

Isn’t Ronald’s story amazing? His is just a small sample of the emails I receive each and every day from retirees who decided it was time to move to Mexico.


Why put it off when virtually anyone can enjoy an abundant retirement with luxuries and amenities that — usually — only the rich enjoy… a life of abundance, prosperity, luxury. Stress free living is just that: completely stress free… and you don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy this kind of luxurious lifestyle.

This reality is being lived by over a half-MILLION people today!

Over 500,000 U.S. and Canadians are living and experiencing the rewards of retiring in Mexico right now — this very minute.

 They are enjoying a lower cost-of-living, superb health care, breath-taking scenery, modern conveniences — and a less stressful way-of-life that permeates the soul. It’s a dream come true for so many.

CLICK TO ENLARGE: Tangancicuaro Main Street

For many North Americans, retirement means waiting… waiting until you have enough money… waiting for that one day.

The Dallas Morning News has reported that as many as a million U.S. citizens now live in Mexico. These people are living in Mexico and enjoying the beauty, culture and cost-savings this affordable country has to offer. Yes… Dreams of retiring to an exotic locale, complete with sun-drenched beaches, a high-standard of living, and plentiful recreation…. is no longer a dream; it’s a reality — and it’s within your reach, too.

You can have it all. Ronald’s story proves that!

What do you think about Ronald’s Mexico Retirement Success Story? Isn’t it amazing?? If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask. Simply use the handy “comment form” below. If you don’t see it, click on READ FULL STORY and scroll down to the bottom — and feel free to browse the entire site. There are hundreds of questions and answers to share with others, just like you, who want to know more about retiring in Mexico.

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17 Responses to Retire In Mexico: A Retiree’s Story

  1. jeff

    October 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    could i get more retirement info on puerto vallarta

  2. Barbie


    October 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Jeff – you are the second person today to ask for that – I will get busy writing – keep checking in. Barbie

  3. Jayne Martin

    November 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    My monthly income is $1210. I’ve wanted to move to Mexico, especially after reading your newsletters. I’ve learned that to get the most for your money one has to move away from the expat enclaves and vacation spots. The thing that keeps me from making a move is that I don’t speak any spanish and worry about fitting into a place where there are few english speaking people. Can you address my concerns.

  4. Barbie


    November 7, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Jayne, sure, but, I do think I’ve probably already addressed all your concerns – so how about you just read all the free articles here on my site – I think you’ll feel pretty confident. Enjoy! Barbie

  5. Will DeBose

    March 13, 2012 at 9:09 am


    I have a question regarding private insurance in Mexico. I know IMSS is available to people with an FM3 visa, but a lot of people also opt for private insurance to cover serious illnesses. I have heard that it is hard to gt such private insurance after the age of 65. Is that true? If so, is there any easy way to get access to this supllementary insurance.


    Will DeBose

  6. Barbie


    March 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I’m afraid that after the age of 65, yes, it’s difficult to get the private insurance. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t try. Decide where you want to live, then check on the hospital in the area and see if they have private insurance…they probably do offer if…and if not, ask them for a contact. Then, you sit down, apply and you will find out very quickly if you will be accepted – that’s what we did. Best to you, Barbie

  7. Tim Fargo

    February 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Barbara, have been reading your blogs for some time, and need your help. I will be in Cancun Mexico Mar. 3 to18/ 20013 and would like to contact some real estate companies, to purchase a home my wife and I would like to retirer in the Yucatan region in a couple of years, and would like to get the ball rolling Could you please send me some contacts for real estate companies, thank Tim Fargo.

  8. Barbie


    February 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Hi Tim – you might start here:
    I do not have a personal contact there. Barbie

  9. Barbie


    February 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Here are a couple Tim, and I simply put a search in for cancun realtor – I do not have a personal Realtor connection in Cancun. and and

  10. Alex

    September 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I would like more information about Tangancicuaro and also some contacts with other English speaking expats there. Can you help?

  11. Barbie


    September 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  12. Andreson

    November 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Hello Barbie,

    I enjoy receiving your newsletter and reading your blog. Do you have an article on staying safe while traveling or living in Mexico any states preferred over others?

    Do you offer advertising on your blog, site, or to youir subscribers?

  13. Barbie


    November 25, 2013 at 12:38 am

    I have many articles online about safety! Start reading and enjoy. Barbie
    My advertising is done through Google. But, I have written about many good things I experience and where and whom – so, that’s a type of me advertising things that may help other retirees. I get no compensation for that. Best to you.

  14. Andreson

    August 2, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Hello, how do you feel about the DF area? I recently visited the Yucatan area it is beautiful. What do you think about timeshares and similar deals? I thought they were overpriced.

  15. Barbie


    August 2, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Mexico City is one of the more expensive places to live in Mexico. But, some people love the Metropolitan feeling.

  16. Barbie


    August 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    You can read my feelings on timeshare, and some numbers on my site. Try doing a search, or find.

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