Top 7 Living Destinations in Mexico

Despite it’s economic problems, and overhyped news coverage of violence along the border region Mexico remains the top spot for Americans and Canadians to live outside the United States.


Most Mexicans are friendly but very private and even secretive, but not trustful. Many Americans live here in comfort and with low cost. Although the expatriate lifestyle can include a nice house and a maid in a modest income, do not come here for the low prices alone. Many find a relaxed, peaceful existence, however, there are frustrations, like having to wait in line to pay bills and not rely on the mail … and then there’s the drinking water.

Living Destinations For Expats in Mexico

1. Lake Chapala
Lake Chapala is the largest natural freshwater lake in Mexico. It is roughly 30 miles south of Guadalajara in Jalisco. In recent years many American and Canadian retirees have claimed the lake side of Chapala as home in the town of Ajijic, Jalisco, located just west of the city of Chapala. It has one of the best climates in the world.

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2. Guadalajara
Guadalajara is the capital city of the Mexican state of Jalisco it is located in the western-Pacific area of Mexico. It has a population of 1,579,174 and is Mexico’s second biggest metro area after Mexico City. It is home to many expats who find it’s diversity, and location ideal.

3. Mazatlan
Mazatlan, also known as the Pearl of the Sea is one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations. It has a population of 450k it is the second-largest city in the state after Culiacan and Mexico’s largest commercial port.

4. San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende is a historic town founded in 1542. It is located in Guanajuato and has become an attractive tourist destination for wealthy Mexico City residents and has a large American and Canadian expatriate community composed primarily of retirees.

5. Acapulco
Acapulco is a city, and major sea port in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It is very popular with tourists, and expats alike. It is roughly populated by 720,000 people.

6. Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas. It has a population of roughly 200,000 people. It is home to many expats who seek out a touristy retirement.

7. Zihuatanejo
It is on the Pacific Coast, about 145 miles northwest of Acapulco, and belongs to a section of the Mexican Pacific Coast known as the Costa Grande. This town has been developed as a tourist attraction along with the modern tourist resort of Ixtapa about 30 minutes away. However, Zihuatanejo has a more traditional town feel. The town is located on a well-protected bay which is popular with private boat owners during the winter months. Very popular to Canadian expats who enjoy boating, and a more traditional Mexican vibe.

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