Why Did You Move to Mexico: Interview With Two Expats
Thinking about retiring in Mexico, but it’s hard to make the first move?
We have interviewed Paul, who decided to leave America behind and moved to the sunny Riviera Maya with his wife. We wanted to know what motivated them, was it hard to make the move and what kind of advice they would have to other couples.
How did you decide to move to Mexico? Was it an overnight decision, or something you were thinking about for a while?
We fell in love with the Riviera Maya over 17 years ago when we first came to Cozumel on a cruise. After that, we were hooked. We returned several times a year and explored as much of the peninsula as possible. We always dreamed of being able to make a permanent move down and in August of 2015, we did it.
The original goal was to try it for one year to see if we really liked living here. We decided after only a month that we did and we ended up buying a condo. We have never regretted our decision and we absolutely love it here.
What do you love most about living in Mexico?
That’s a difficult question to answer because there are so many things to love about living here: the cost of living, the people, the amazing food, the weather, the beaches and the laid-back lifestyle.
How did you choose the place to live? Town, state?
I’m very analytical and I actually did quite a bit of research before we narrowed down our target area to Akumal in the State of Quintana Roo. I actually wrote a post on all the reasons, you can take what you like from it.
According to you, what is so special about the Riviera Maya?
The Riviera Maya offers a Caribbean lifestyle at a price that is far below many other Caribbean destinations. The area has an impressive infrastructure that makes most Americans and Canadians feel comfortable here from the moment they arrive.
How did you choose your house? Did you buy or build it? Why?
We actually found a rental by contacting owners through short term vacation websites and then negotiating a lower rate for a longer stay. After two months in the rental, the owner offered to sell it to us. We bought the condo with all of the contents.
How about the legal papers? Was it hard to become residents?
It was not difficult at all. We began the process at the Mexican Consulate in Orlando prior to moving and then finished the process at INM once we arrived.
How do you support yourself while living in Mexico?
We both live comfortably on just my pension.
What is the biggest challenge for you as Americans who have moved to Mexico?
The biggest challenge has been learning how to get things done in a new country (e.g. where to pay taxes, how to get a license, how to get license plates etc.)
Any advice to other expats who are considering to retire in Mexico?
My advice to people thinking of making the move is to avoid trying to bring everything you own down with you (e.g. furniture, cars). The easiest thing is to obtain those things once you move down. It will make your transition much easier.
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