Today I want to demonstrate something very important. Let’s compare 2 “Top 10” style lists.
First of all, here’s one from MunKnee (pronounced “Money”):
“In the process of putting together this comprehensive report I have consulted with highly experienced ex-pats who have lived and/or live in the places that I rate here so, without further wait, here’s the top 10 places to live and retire in Mexico and the reasons why:
- Lake Chapala, Jalisco
- Ensenada, Baja California
- San Miguel de Allende, Guanajato
- Guadalajara, Jalisco
- Merida, Yucatan
- Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo
- Mazatlan, Sinaloa
- Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
- La Paz, Baja California
- San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas”
Notice that he consulted with “highly experienced expats” from each area. And the list looks pretty solid. Most lists of this kind would probably include many of the locations listed here.
Now compare this to a list from International Living, the top 16 places to live well on little money:
“First, unless I had my heart set on beach living, I’d go inland…to Mexico’s mountain areas where the climate is temperate and no air-conditioning or heating is required. I’d also seek a smaller town where I wouldn’t need a car. But I’d also want to be near quality Mexican medical care. I’d choose a town without a large foreign population where rentals wouldn’t be “gringo priced.” This means, of course, a commitment to learning Spanish and to doing without north-of-the-border products and customs.
- Tequisquiapan, near Queretaro
- San Luis Potosi
- San Cristobal de las Casas
- Tapalpa in Jalisco
- Pozos de Mineral in Guanajuato
- Tepic near the Pacific coast
- Jalapa near the Gulf Coast
- Yucatan coast (Progreso)
- San Blas
- Rincon de Guayabitos in the state of Nayarit
- Cuyutlan or one of the many small villages that dot the coast of Colima”
There’s one thing I want you to notice; the two lists do NOT overlap – not for one single place; the closest they come is the Yucatan Coast which begins about 30 minutes from the city of Merida.
But how can that be? There must be some mistake, right?
Well, no. Mexico has many, many excellent places to live in. If you found people of varying tastes and experiences in Mexico, you could probably make 5 such lists with almost no overlap.
So, where start, then?
Start by thinking about what it is that you want and need, then start telling people who live here.