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Mexico Newsletter —
August 2023

This month: Enjoying high summer in Mexico; Banks & banking; Residency cards for minors; Bakeries past & present; Buy, build, or renovate a home?; and more...

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Your monthly Mexico newsletter is filled with inspiration, meaningful knowledge, helpful connections, and tips for better living, lifestyle, and leisure in Mexico.

High summer season across Mexico

The month of August marks the peak of the summer season in Mexico.  Across the country’s mainland, late afternoon and overnight rain storms drench the landscapes causing the flora to burst out with color and fragrance, in contrast to the Baja California peninsula that remains mostly dry throughout the summer months.

Schools are taking their summer recess, and foreign residents living here with young families often spend this month traveling to see their relatives abroad, or receive family visits at their homes in Mexico.

Summer is an ideal time of year to discover the unique refreshment offered by authentic Mexican craft beers, and explore the varied and interesting range of flavors offered by purveyors of Mexican ice-cream.

We’re often asked about banking services in Mexico, and this month’s newsletter highlights a series of articles about opening and running a bank account.

If you’re planning a road trip in Mexico this month, our extensive information about driving here helps you to plan ahead and travel safely on Mexico’s roads.

In this month’s immigration update, we highlight the matter of residency cards for minor children.  Many people are unaware that special rules exist for minors under 18 years of age, and that parents of minors under the age of three years need to renew their children’s cards annually.

These late summer weeks tend to encourage us to slow down and relax, and can also be a time to reflect on the year unfolding and consider our plans for the months ahead. Next month’s newsletter will share insights about opportunities in Mexico as the season turns again and summer yields to fall.

In the meantime, we wish you and those close to you a pleasant and agreeable month of August, wherever your plans and activities may find you.

Matthew Harrup is founder and editor of Mexperience.

Insurance coverages for your lifestyle in Mexico

Connect to our insurance associates and get quotes online for essential insurance services that can mitigate the economic effects of unforeseen events and provide practical support through what are often difficult situations.

What to look for in an auto insurance policy for Mexico

Tips for arranging home insurance coverage in Mexico

Health cover: review your options for healthcare in Mexico

Visiting or living here part-time? Medical evacuation may help

Mexico Lifestyle & Leisure Notebook – August 2023

Enjoy highlights of hand-picked articles that have been recently added or updated, and gems from our archives.

Residency cards for minors: Recent correspondence with some readers revealed that there is some confusion about the rules for residency cards for minors. The rules are described in detail in this article, although essentially:

  • children under 3 years of age are given temporary or permanent residency cards for one year at a time, and these must be renewed in Mexico annually; and
  • children between the ages of 3 and 17 years are issued with temporary or permanent residency cards for a maximum of 4 years at a time and must renew them in Mexico; and further note that
  • children under 18 years of age holding permanent residency cards need to renew these as above. When they turn 18, their permanent residency will become indefinite and the card will no longer expire or need to be renewed.

Managing your residency card: Learn more about the differences between Temporary and Permanent residency, and learn about the renewal rules and process for temporary residency cards.  If your residency card has expired, read this. If your card is lost or damaged, read this.

Immigration Assistance

When you need assistance with your residency permit application or renewals, regularization procedures, expired permits, or troubleshooting, consider using our Mexico Immigration Assistance Service.

If you already have your residency visa in your passport and need help exchanging that for a card in Mexico, we offer a visa-to-card exchange assistance option in partnership with our associates.

The aromas of Mexico’s fine coffees: Mexico grows and produces remarkable fine coffees making it unnecessary to pay a premium for the popular imported brands. The country has four principal regions where fine coffees and grown.  Discover Mexico’s coffee-growing regions and read more about enjoying coffee in Mexico.

Banks and banking services: When you’re living in Mexico, holding a local bank account can help you to manage your day-to-day financial transactions.

Rainy season pleasures and challenges: August and September tend to bring the heaviest rains across Mexico’s mainland, and hurricanes can make landfall anytime until around late October.  Our guide about living well through Mexico’s rainy season offers practical advice for dealing with the rains, including how to deal effectively with mosquitoes that are prevalent this time of year.

Summer drinks: The next time you visit a local supermarket or restaurant, be on the lookout for authentic Mexican craft beers, which offer a genuine alternative to the mass-produced beer brands.  Tequila, mezcal and pulque continue to be popular spirit drinks enjoyed year-round in Mexico.

The Copper Canyon is bursting into life: Summer is peak season in the canyons, as the rains bring growth, color, fragrance, and vibrancy to this most remarkable natural landscape. Take an extraordinary train journey through Mexico’s Copper Canyon to experience dramatic landscapes and absorb breath-taking natural scenery.

Benefits of a custom made tour

Whether you’re visiting Mexico for a short vacation or living here and seeking to discover more of the the country you’ve adopted as your home, a custom tour enables you to make the most of your leisure time and absorb the experience of the activity instead of grappling with the details and logistics.

We work with travel partners who know Mexico intimately and craft custom tours that offer a distinctive alternative to the banalities of mass tourism. Our section about Custom Tours of Mexico helps you to discover choices and connect with travel specialists who can help you to craft your customized trip.

Sensational summer road trips: Summer is one of the busiest times of year on Mexico’s roads and interstate highways, and Mexico’s vast and scenic landscapes provide exhilarating backdrops for you to enjoy exceptional road travel experiences.

Insights and advice for safe and enjoyable road trips across Mexico

Learn about being properly insured when you drive in Mexico to cover liabilities, breakdowns, and medical incidents while you’re on the road.

Get a quote now and arrange coverage online

Wind storms and power cuts: The peak period of the rainy season can bring sudden wind storms which can appear from nowhere and they, coupled with torrential rainstorms, can cause local power cuts.  Our article about dealing with electrical power cuts in Mexico shares insights and practical advice.

Choosing a location for your lifestyle in Mexico: Place is personal, subjective, and important—and as you consider places to live in Mexico, Mexperience helps you to consider your choices and shortlist locations that may suit your lifestyle needs.

Summer storms and other events that can shake your home life: Home insurance isn’t usually on anyone’s mind as they take a summer break, but it’s worth considering coverages for your residential property in Mexico, especially when you’re away.  Flash summer storms can cause flooding; strong winds can cause trees to fall onto your neighbor’s property; if your home is near the coast, hurricane-force storms can cause major damage.  Earthquakes can happen anytime, and burglaries are a risk when there’s no one at home.  The expense and hassle of these and other risks can be mitigated with an adequate home insurance policy.

Home and property insurance

Whether you own or rent a house in Mexico, a home insurance policy can provide essential support in the event of troublesome circumstances including structural damage, floods, burglary, and events that affect third parties.

Learn about insurance policies to protect your home in Mexico.

Home insurance: Get an online quote and arrange instant coverage.

Thinking about a move to Mexico? Regardless of what stage you’re at in your thinking and planning about a move to Mexico, Mexperience helps you to make considered choices and informed decisions about moving here, settling-in, and cultivating a fruitful and wholesome lifestyle.  Start here, with an introduction to our relocation guides and discover our extensive articles that help you explore options and make considered choices.

Your House in Mexico: buy, build, or renovate? Most buyers opt for a prebuilt house in Mexico, but opportunities exist for building on land and renovating old properties. Mexico offers a wide range of options and choices when you want to establish a residential home here.

Getting well, staying well: Health care and medical insurance is one of the most common concerns people have when thinking about moving to Mexico.  There are choices for those seeking health and medical coverages for long term stays in Mexico, including a state-run program, private health insurance, and medical evacuation insurance.

Insurance coverages for your lifestyle in Mexico

Connect to our insurance associates and get quotes online for essential insurance services that can mitigate the economic effects of unforeseen events and provide practical support through what are often difficult situations.

What to look for in an auto insurance policy for Mexico

Tips for arranging home insurance coverage in Mexico

Health cover: review your options for healthcare in Mexico

Visiting or living here part-time? Medical evacuation may help

Wafting scents of fresh bread and reflections on an era now passed: When you’re hungry, there’s nothing quite as enticing as the smell of fresh baked bread wafting out from the local panaderíaIt’s not unusual in the evenings to see people hanging around inside the shop, tray and tongs in hand, waiting for the next batch of hot rolls —oval-shaped bolillos or flat teleras— to be wheeled out from the ovens.  Learn more about Mexico’s local bakeries.

No car, no car problems: Some foreign residents living in Mexico discover that it’s possible to live well here without being dependent on car ownership.  Whether you can live in Mexico without owning a car depends on your lifestyle, your location, and your priorities.

A, E, I O, You: One thing that makes Spanish conversation quite easy for the beginner is that there are basically only five vowel sounds.  This article is part of our PinPoint Spanish series that introduces you to Mexican Spanish and its nuances in very practical ways.

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