When In Mexico

Not everybody will want to drive to Mexico… It’s a long trip and you really have to plan ahead. We often go across the border for dental work, but we usually park our car at a parking lot on the U.S. side of the border and walk over. It’s faster and easier…

Gas is considerably higher in Mexico than in the US, so top off your tank just before you leave the states! Gas stations are government owned in Mexico – Premex is basically the only name you will run into. The green pump is for unleaded. They are all full-service stations – don’t jump out and start pumping yourself. The attendants will do that. Your windows will shine. An extra peso or two is nice to hand them for the service – remember a peso is only equivalent to about 10 cents US. And the average daily wage in Mexico is 40$ Pesos – $4 USD! So, at the same time, don’t be an Ugly American and hand them a couple of bucks – they already know we are better off than they – don’t flaunt it.

Now, particularly in Mexico

• Mexicans tend to be more conservative than Americans – this goes for dress, especially in the more Provencal areas of Mexico.

• When having a conversation with a resident of Mexico, you will find they tend to be more comfortable to stand closer together that we are used to – they don’t seem to fear “someone getting in their space” as seems to be the way in America.

• DO NOT use the old O.K. sign – making the hole with the thumb and index finger – that’s a vulgarity in Mexico and you will offend most people!

• A handshake is acceptable and a back slap. Hugs are usually for friends, but can also be used in business situations. In some instances a kiss on each cheek is appropriate. I’d let the other person initiate that.

2011 Mexican Cruise 066An Email from Retirees:

Moving to Mexico has always been in our plans.  We have a timeshare and have been going to Cancun for years.  We have traveled and toured many areas of the Yucatan and were very impressed with all the history it had to offer. 

However, as a true test of whether we could be very serious about making such a move we thought of a trial test.  We figured by living closer to the country and daily interacting with the people, and with all things considered we felt this was the best way to find out.
Recently we recently moved to xxxx, Texas.  Getting closer to living in Mexico!  The weather is very tropical here and we go to Matamoros very frequently.  Already we are reaping the benefits of living by the border…medical, dental, pharmaceutical, and veterinarian expenses are unbelievably low.

The people are so friendly and actually made us Gringos,  part of the Mexican families.  All our friends are of Hispanic origin and have been just wonderful to us.  We spent Thanksgiving with one family and Christmas Eve with another family.  I cannot say enough about people and their family traditions.

Here in xxxx, Texas  we are close to many parts of Mexico and most just by traveling by automobile or bus tours.  Some of the places were Tampico, Monterrey, and most recently we took a cruise to Progresso, Mexico.  While there we went on a day tour of Merida, Mexico.  The charm of the cities is something else and the beauty and preservation of the Mexican heritage shows everywhere.  We are convinced that living and retiring in Mexico is our goal and final destination.

Thank you for the information and please keep us updated…we will do the same.
Your Texas friends, J & A

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16 Responses to When In Mexico

  1. Louis Carman

    November 12, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I enjoy your newsletter very much, thank you.
    I was wondering if you had an opinion on Merida vs. Lake Chapala?

    I live in New Port Richey, FL (just north of Clearwater/St. Petersburg) and from what I’ve read the weather in Merida is very similar.

    Thanks, Louis

  2. Merle Parker

    November 12, 2012 at 10:11 am

    This was an especially helpful newsletter. I am concerned about safety in Mexico and feel much better after reading the above letter. I might be brave enough to try what the writers are doing, since I have not given up on the idea of retiring in Mexico. Thank you for your interesting and enjoyable newsletters. Merle Parker

  3. Ruth

    November 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Really nice photo of you and Dick.

  4. mary hayes

    November 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Glad to see they had a great time since Merida and others are still considered the most dangerous areas—even by most Mexicans we know. Our friends in Mexico City say that it is now the safest area–a big improvement from one year ago.

  5. Joanna Spear

    November 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Hi, Barbie.

    Love your articles and very informative. Currently living in Nuevo Vallarta full time. However, am thinking of moving to Merida. Can you give me any insight about people living there. In other words, who could I contact in Merida for info. Thinking of buying a colonial home there and living full time but need a feel for the place before I venture down there. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

  6. Dariusb Antia

    November 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Not clear where you priced you gas, but in the Rosarito Beach area it is quite a bit cheaper than in California!

  7. Barbie


    November 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks for the info! Appreciate any updates! Barbie

  8. Barbie


    November 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Readers, again, need your input, please, to help Joanna! Barbie

  9. Barbie


    November 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks :)

  10. Barbie


    November 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    And, Thank you for taking your time to write! Keep reading :) The more information, the better! Barbie

  11. Barbie


    November 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Merida may be a bit more humid, but nice. You might want to go to http://www.wunderground.com and keep track of the weather in both locations. It’s a real easy site. Barbie

  12. mary jo

    December 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    MERIDa’s extremely humid, even in the winter; went there from mia. bch. one xmas and it was much more humid; have heard it’s extremely hot too in summer, unbearable. but do go, to visit anyway, lovely people and lovely colonial arch. and lots of it! fantastic food too– my favorite in all of mex.

  13. Smith

    December 22, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Each place is different so is their traditions and customs, the sooner you understand this the better it is for you or you might get into trouble. The people should try to be more accommodating and understanding. You cannot be mean just because some persons customs is different from that of yours. You have to be more accepting and tolerant.

  14. Andru

    December 26, 2012 at 6:53 am

    When you go to a new place it is always better that you do a little research about it so that you don’t fall into trouble. Its easier to move around a place if you have a little knowledge about the place and the people. The people will also be more helpful if they know you are trying your best to be friendly and gel in. Knowing a little bit of the culture goes a long way in a new country.

  15. certified pharmacy Technician Salary

    June 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    With havin so much content and articles do you ever run
    into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation?
    My blog has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know any solutions to help prevent content from being stolen? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  16. Barbie


    June 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    No – have no problem – other than a few guest articles, I write the articles my self.

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