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Choosing Mexico has distilled the Mexico living experience into SIX categories that are part of the Move-to-Mexico matrix. Choosing Mexico further ranks places based on a 1-5 scale (1 being lowest). Take a minute to learn these six criteria and what a “1” or a “5” means.

Mexico Living criteria

Mexico Living


CLIMATE is Choosing Mexico’s number one criterion. Mexico is about outdoor living. Most of us look to places like Mexico as an escape from extremes of heat or cold. So, moving to the tropics makes sense for many. Mexico coastal living takes advantage of six thousand miles of shore, four oceans, and hundreds of islands. And most of Mexico’s 40 million annual “overnight” (as opposed to “day-only”) visitors experience Mexico by way of its beach assets.

Mexico also offers highland/interior options (remember, half of Mexico is over 4,000 feet altitude or higher). One rule of Mexican climate is that as ALTITUDE increases, humidity falls. So, coastal living (with one exception) implies 5-7 months of medium to high temperatures and high humidity. Some say, “we’ve got the beach to cool off”. Others accept that air-conditioning is a required accommodation and live just fine. The choice is yours. Mexico’s “Temporada de Lluvia” (rainy season) is generally June through October. There is also the hurricane season (July to November), on both western and eastern shores to consider.

Higher altitudes can be downright cold from Dec-February, as is also the case for northern Mexico’s high desert destinations. Higher elevations present pleasant temperatures and low humidity the rest of the year.

Here are some articles highlighting seasonal Mexican weather: (search for ‘climate’).

Ask yourself where you are on the climate continuum. Would you consider living in two locations: summers in the highland and winters at the beach? This is a viable lifestyle for thousands of ex-pats.


Now let’s look at CONNECTIVITY, one of the key factors in choosing Mexico over other international destinations.

For me, connectivity is one of Mexico’s key advantages when it comes to quickly and affordably get back home. I love Thailand and love Ecuador and also love Portugal. But crossing oceans to get home comes with some drawbacks.

You can drive home from Mexico to the States, and many of us do. Mexico also has over 50 international airports, affording nonstop or single connection trips north. Flights are short and generally affordable.

Connectivity also implies getting around your newly adopted country. Here too Mexico excels. Domestic air travel is frequent and astonishingly affordable (generally under $125 USD for round-trip flights). If you find yourself picking a place near Guadalajara or Mexico City, you’ll have dozens of destinations at your immediate disposal.

For intercity transit, Mexico’s private bus network is extensive and affordable. Luxury coaches link larger cities and resorts, and first-class/second-class buses access literally thousands of small towns. Intercity bus transit is also extensive; however, it varies greatly in quality from city to city.

Schedule an appointment today and start expanding your Mexico living horizons.