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The Mexican Experience


Below we list a number of reasons why Mexico is a great place to reside and to retire.  But one of the top reasons you should consider it is because living in a different culture awakens you.  You will learn and see different things every day that will surprise you, make you laugh and interest you.  The best way to stay young is to engage into a different culture.  The Mexican culture is all about life and living and having fun and relaxing.  You will have countless new friends within days of living in Mexico from the other expats who live at AcaCondos to all the friendly and amazing Mexicans who live and work here.

Just ask any of the countless retirees here.  They all love it.

Truly, Mexico today is like the U.S. was in the 1950s and 60s...but with today's modern amenities, of course. You'll find a strong sense of community and a family-focused life—that makes every day a genuine pleasure.

Plus, Mexico offers a cultural vibrancy that you simply won't find anywhere else. And while the pace is civilized and the environment welcoming and friendly, you can enjoy the comforts you've grown accustomed to—like Internet access, cable TV, well-stocked grocery stores, and first-run movies. That's all here, too.

In Mexico, you will have more free time to do the things you enjoy, but you'll enjoy your free time even more than ever before.

Want more reasons?  Here are plenty more:

  • Mexico is the closest retirement haven to the U.S.  This may not seem like a big deal, but the convenience of a short plane ride makes all the difference in the world when you want to get back home to family and friends or attend to business matters. Flights to and from Mexico are plentiful and inexpensive and most take less time than a coast-to-coast U.S. flight.
  • It's easier to get a resident visa in Mexico than in any other country. You might think Panama, Belize, and Costa Rica have easy resident requirements. Well, forget everything you might think you know about obtaining a visa anywhere else. The Mexican government has made it very easy for foreigners to live here. In fact, the visa process, hands down, is easier in Mexico. The requirements are less restrictive than any other country in Latin America or Europe.
  • Mexico has a first-class retiree benefits program. You may know about Panama's excellent pensionado program, but to be eligible for it, you have to get a visa. And in Panama, getting a visa can be tough. But see the point above: not only is it easy to get a visa in Mexico, but foreigners who are age 60 or older, with a valid Mexico resident visa, are eligible for Mexico's Personas Adultas Mayores benefits program.
  • The cost of living in Mexico is low, low, low. With rapidly rising fuel, health care, food, taxes, and travel costs, it's nice to know there are still places where you can live well without burning through your savings. Mexico is one of those special places. Here, you can enjoy a lifestyle that's all but unaffordable for most Americans and Canadians. The cost of real estate is far, far lower than it is in the U.S. and Canada. Could you find a beachfront condo in the U.S. for less than $100,000? And you can live very well here on just $1,500 per month or less
  • You can get full-coverage health insurance in Mexico for less than $1 per day. Hospitals and health care providers in Mexico are of excellent quality. Many doctors were trained in the U.S. or Europe and they speak English. Private health insurance, (through a major global provider) costs one-fourth to one-half what you might be paying in the U.S. Doctors' visits and common medical procedures in Mexico, too, cost about one-fourth of what they do in the U.S., so many expats just pay out of pocket. But get this: if you have a resident visa, you can get health coverage through IMSS (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social). There's no age limit for signing up. This full-coverage health insurance runs from about $100 a year for children and adolescents, up to almost $300 for those over 60—and it includes prescription medications.
  • Taxes are ridiculously low Mexico levies a value-added tax on goods and services. But other taxes are practically non-existent. The annual property tax on condos at AcaCondos range from $150 for studio suites to $300 for penthouse suites! Unless you're working here, you probably won't pay income taxes. But if you are working...and you're self employed or working for a Mexican or other foreign corporation...you and your spouse can each legally exempt up to $91,500 in income on your U.S. taxes for 2010!
  • It's safe - The US & Canadian media jump on any negative Mexican story - often it isn't even verified or correct.  And if it is they will always bias it towards the negative.  The fact of the matter is that crime rates in Mexico are far below most American and Canadian major cities.  Yes, there are a few spots that have some big troubles, mostly along the border of the US.  But the great majority of Mexico is far removed from any of these problems.  And even if there is some violent activity nearby it almost never involved foreigners.  This is because everyone in Mexico understands that tourism is a major part of the economy and it is simply not allowed to hurt foreigners - especially in special tourist zones, complete with their own tourist police, like it is surrounding the AcaCondos building.