Living & Lifestyle

Mexico Newsletter —
February 2024

Residency qualification; Solar eclipse; Long-weekend holiday; House prices; Agreeable winters; Dealing with the dry days; Learning Spanish, 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.

Lifestyle & Living insights for February

Insights and tips for better living & lifestyle in Mexico.

Solar eclipse in Mexico — Some places in Mexico will experience total darkness during this year’s solar eclipse —on April 8th— and almost all of Mexico will experience the eclipse to some degree.

Constitution Day, February 5th — The first long-weekend holiday of the year happens in February. The first Monday of the month marks Día de la Constitución that this year happens to fall on the precise date of the original holiday.

Residency qualification — As anticipated, Mexican Consulates have not adopted UMA for 2024 and so qualifying for residency using your income or savings has become more difficult.  This article describes why and outlines potential alternatives if your income or pension no longer meets the requirements to qualify for residency in Mexico.

Immigration Assistance

When you need assistance and practical support with a Mexico residency permit application, renewal, exchange, or troubleshooting—our associates can help.  The service saves you time and helps avoid common mistakes made by applicants.

Our associates offer tele-assistance nationwide and accompanied assistance at selected locations.  Learn more about the services and make a request.

Voting in and from Mexico — Some readers have been emailing us to ask about how to vote this year: from Mexico in the US November elections, and in Mexico for the presidential election this summer. Naturalized Mexican citizens may vote in Mexican elections; legal residents cannot. US citizens living in Mexico who want to cast votes in US elections should visit this page on the US embassy website for guidance.

Guides updated — Mexperience is continually updated throughout the year, and we make additional important updates during January and February when new pricing and other official data emerge. Enjoy our extensive and continuously-updated guides to Living & Lifestyles in Mexico.

Winter’s dry days — Mexico offers agreeable climates in winter, and this time of year the dry season begins to take hold and make itself readily apparent. The dust & dander can be challenging, so too keeping garden plants properly hydrated. We have tips and local knowledge for living well in the absence of rain and managing your home’s water supply.

House prices — Discover what drives the price of residential property in Mexico, and learn about how property sellers typically value their homes for sale. (Smart buyers will read that one, too.)  If you’re planning to buy, rent, or sell property, our continuously-updated guide to real estate in Mexico is the most comprehensive you’ll find anywhere online.

Discover essential insights into lifestyles around Lake Chapala

Join a program carefully designed and customized for people thinking about moving or retiring to the Lake Chapala area. The program material provides essential knowledge as you make your transition, regardless of where in Mexico you eventually decide to live.

Learn more: Lakeside event starting in February 2024

Language is an important key — If you plan to live in Mexico —or are living here already— we recommend you make time to learn or improve your Spanish language skills.  Being able to converse with others in Spanish will enhance every encounter and enrich your experience of being here.  Reasons for learning Spanish are numerous; our PinPoint Spanish series helps you delve into the nuances of Mexican Spanish, and our associates offer courses, online and in-classroom.

Moving parts — What’s motivating your move to Mexico, and what types of things influence how long foreign residents stay here?

Dwelling spaces — Discover some tips for keeping your home secure, protect your property from burglars, and for helpful articles about keeping your house & home in good shape, visit our section about Home Stewardship.

Hitting the road — Learn about the typical costs of running a car in Mexico, and consider whether you can you live without a car here.

Get an online quote for Mexico Auto Insurance

Insurance provided by our partners MexPro Insurance offer coverages using only A-rated insurers for vehicles, motorcycles, RVs, ATV/UTV, and towed units.

Quote for Auto Insurance

Winter Leisure Time in Mexico

The winter months offer an ideal opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy Mexico’s outstanding natural habitats.

Whale Watching Season — Many dream of meeting a whale and feeling its majestic presence nearby, and this tour opens an opportunity for you and your family and friends to realize that encounter in a way that respects nature and the whales themselves as they frolic in the natural habitat where they arrived to give birth to their progeny.  The Whale Watching season is short, January to March each year and advance planning is essential.

Experience the Monarch Butterflies — The Monarch Butterflies have returned to the Oyamel fir tree forests situated in the mountains west of Mexico City, and if you’ve been intending to witness this extraordinary natural phenomenon (or return to see it again!) our travel associate can help you plan your visit.

Benefits of a custom made leisure 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.

Mexico Living Essentials

Guides and updates for everyday living & lifestyle in Mexico.

Roadcraft — Browse our extensive insights about driving & road trips in Mexico. Learn about being properly insured for the journey.

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.

Immigration & Residency — Mexperience publishes detailed and regularly updated information about residency in Mexico.  Learn about how to apply, and how to manage your residency card and status. Obtain tele-assistance or accompanied assistance to help with the procedures and filing.

House & Home — Our guide to Mexico real estate is the most comprehensive you’ll find. When you buy or rent a home here, learn about how to keep it well cared for with our articles about Home Stewardship.  Also learn how to keep your dwelling spaces adequately secured and properly insured.

Health & Wellbeing — Read tips & insights for health and wellness in Mexico.  Learn about health insurance options.  Get a quote for private health insurance.

Money & Banking — Our complete and regularly updated guide to money and banking in Mexico helps you to learn about Mexico’s peso, open and manage a local bank account, make money transfers, use bank cards, and deal with everyday financial matters in Mexico.

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

The Monarch Butterfly season is here

The Monarch Butterflies overwinter in the Oyamel fir tree forests situated in the mountains west of Mexico City. Our travel associate can help you plan your visit.

Discover More of Mexico

Mexperience accompanies you throughout your journey.

When you’re looking for a new lifestyle in Mexico, Mexperience is with you at every step—from those first key decisions about moving, to settling-in and cultivating a fruitful lifestyle everyday.  And when you need time away for leisure and recreation, we help you to discover & arrange meaningful leisure experiences.

Topic Mexperience Sections
Mexico Lifestyles Living & Lifestyles Guide | Lifestyle Planning

Living in Mexico | Retirement in Mexico

Cost of Living | Money & Finances

Health & Wellbeing

Residency Routes to Residency | How to Apply

Managing Your Card & Status

Get Assistance

House & Home Mexico Real Estate Guide—Buying, Renting, Owning, Selling

Home Stewardship | Home Life

Home Maintenance & Security | Home Insurance

Transport & Communications Driving | Auto Insurance

Flying | Buses | Taxis | Getting Around

Wifi & Internet | Telephones

Leisure & Recreation Travel Inspiration | Travel Destinations

Custom Tours

Driving & Road Trips | Car Rental

Learning Spanish Why Spanish? | Spanish in Mexico

PinPoint Spanish Series

Language Courses

Assistance Connect to Helpful Assistance Services
Lexica Explore Mexico A-to-Z

Drive properly insured in 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

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.

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