May 04, 2016 by Kat Kalashian
Bienvenidos A México: Halfway House For Expats
Panama has been called a halfway house for American expats… but I disagree. Mexico is a far easier transition for gringos headed south of the border. For those who aren’t ready to launch themselves into a truly foreign culture, who want some familiar comforts, reliable services, and to be able to get by in English… Mexico is the ticket.
It’s estimated that 1 million Americans and 500,000 Canadians live in Mexico, part or full time… and with good reason. The highly Americanized culture is only one of the attractions. Mexico’s proximity to the United States and Canada is another big plus for the many retirees living there who want to make trips back home to see grandkids every now and then. Plus, the excellent infrastructure makes living easy, residency is straightforward, the county’s got many great lifestyle and climate choices, and property is affordable, as is the cost of living.
I’ve been living in Panama full time for the past five years, and I have been traveling throughout Latin America since I was toddling. It’s been a long time since I visited Mexico, though, and I had forgotten just how well appointed it is.
The roads are wide, well paved and maintained, properly painted, lit, and signed. What’s more, drivers are polite and
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