Living & Lifestyle

Mexico Newsletter —
July 2023

This month: Summertime lifestyle & leisure; Rain season refreshment; Cost of retirement in Mexico, Buying books; Importing your personal goods; 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.

Summertime arrives in Mexico

The feel of summer is taking hold across Mexico. It’s the season of high temperatures accompanied by a slower pace of life as schools break for summer recess, and the seasonal rainstorms bring welcome refreshment and color to Mexico’s vast and varied landscapes.

After some initial heavy rains fell in late May, many places experienced a hot and dry spell during June.  This can happen in some regions some years—and July often ushers in the torrential downpours which are typical during the rainy season.  The heaviest rainstorms are often preceded by local windstorms.

Summer brings heavier traffic flows to Mexico’s roads and highways as families take time away to travel for leisure and recreation.  Whether you have your own car or are renting a vehicle for a road trip in Mexico this summer, our extensive information about driving here helps you to plan ahead and travel safely on Mexico’s roads.

Mexico’s Copper Canyon is popular with visitors at this time of year, as the heavy rains cause the canyon’s rivers to swell, and their flora to burst into life.  For those planning ahead for tours this coming fall, summer is a good time to book a visit to experience the monarch butterflies that arrive to overwinter in Mexico.

The longest daylight of the year happens around June 21st in Mexico. As summer continues to unfold the daylight will gradually decrease as we head into the fall, but as we often mention on these pages, Mexico offers you long daylight all year long, accompanied by extraordinary light.

This month’s newsletter shares ideas and insights for planning and enjoying a warm and agreeable summer season in Mexico. Whatever your plans are —whether you’re visiting Mexico on vacation, enjoying the long slow summer days living here, or traveling this season— we wish you and your loved ones a pleasant and reposeful summer.

Matthew Harrup is founder and editor of Mexperience.

Insurance coverages for your lifestyle in Mexico

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Tips for arranging home insurance coverage in Mexico

Health cover: review your options for healthcare in Mexico

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Mexico Lifestyle & Leisure Notebook – July 2023

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

On the road again: Summer is one of the busiest times of year on Mexico’s roads and interstate highways.  Our articles and insights about driving in Mexico share key things you need to know before you hit the road, and our guide to auto insurance will help you to get the coverage you need for peace of mind when you’re driving.

Insights and advice for safe and enjoyable road trips across Mexico

Latest updates about Driving and Road Trips 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

Dressing against the mosquitoes: The rain season brings a proliferation of mosquitoes as the heat and moisture propels the females to breed. This article shares practical advice and tips for dealing effectively with mosquitoes when you’re visiting or living in Mexico.

Lost and not found: If you lose or severely damage your Mexico residency card, you will need to enter into a special procedure to get a replacement.  The procedure varies depending on whether you are in Mexico or abroad when your card becomes lost or unusable.

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 visa and need help exchanging that for a card in Mexico, we offer a visa-to-card exchange assistance option in partnership with our associates.

Taking it with you when you go: Most people who come to Mexico to live want to bring a shipment of their personal goods with them. This article describes the Menaje de Casa and the procedures for importing your personal goods.

Mexico’s Súper Peso keeping its cool in the summer heat: Mexico’s currency continues to appreciate against the US dollar. Its gains are partly a reflection of the US dollar’s weakness against a basket of currencies. Our article about the history of Mexico’s currency shares some perspective.

Skies deliver summer refreshment: Mexico’s rainy season brings refreshment and color to the landscape and welcome respite from the dry season.  The rains start (generally) in May/June and run through to October each year—sometimes spilling over into November. Learn more about the refreshment offered by Mexico’s summer rains and how to live well during the rain season here.

Means for a Mexico retirement: There are two calculations you will need to make to determine the financial means you will need to have at your disposal to retire in Mexico: the first is related to how much you need to qualify for residency, the second is how much money you need to live in retirement 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.

How to approach a lifestyle change: How you approach a potential move to Mexico, or approach changes to your lifestyle if you’re already here, will usually depend on your personality and the evolving priorities of your life situation.

When sorry seems to be the hardest word: Apologizing in Spanish can be complicated if you get into the semantics of the verb disculparwhich means to excuse or exonerate, and its noun form, disculpa.

The longevity of the humble telephone number: Telephone directory books were pulped years ago, but telephone numbers live on, and readers continue to ask about how to dial telephone numbers to and from Mexico including cell phones, landlines and toll-free service numbers.

That faint scent of vanilla: Kindles can house an entire library of books, but the tactile touch and distinctive scent of an old paperback novel is worth the extra weight for many avid readers. In the space of a few years, much has changed regarding access to books in Mexico, thanks largely to the proliferation of eBooks, portable reading devices, and online shopping—although Mexican bookshop chains continue to flourish here.

Short on atmosphere, long on flavor: Discover Mexico’s simple, often family-run, diners that are woven into the fabric of local neighborhoods and offer authentic Mexican flavors amidst an informal and friendly atmosphere.

Adjusting your timescale expectations: Whether you are buying or selling land or property in Mexico, you need to manage your expectations regarding the time scales involved in finding a buyer if you’re selling, and then exercise patience as you move in the procedural phase to close the transaction after you have agreed a price and signed a contract.  Learn about time scales for home transactions in Mexico.

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.

Summer nostalgia, revisited: There’s nothing quite like the enjoyment of an ice-cream on a slow, hot, summer’s afternoon. Mexican ice cream and popsicle choices are varied, flavorsome, and widely available from local stores, fancy-brand parlors, and street vendors.  Try a new flavor this summer!

Not just vacation weather: The weather and local climate affect us in many ways, everyday. If you’re thinking about living in Mexico, it’s worth considering how the climate varies by region and by season, and choosing a location in Mexico where you’ll feel comfortable all year round.

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

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