Living & Lifestyle

Mexico Newsletter —
May 2024

Waiting for the arrival of the rain storms; May dates; Realty agents; Lifestyle choices; Residency support; The Beatles; Dwelling spaces; Climate & clothes...

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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 May

Insights and tips for better living & lifestyle in Mexico.

Bridge between seasons — May often serves as a bridge between the dry season and the rainy season across Mexico’s mainland.  The month tends to be hot and mostly dry, although regional rainstorms typically begin during May, tempering the heat and refreshing the parched landscape.

May’s calendar highlights — Labor Day on May 1st is a national holiday and falls midweek this year—on a Wednesday. Cinco de Mayo on the fifth is not a national holiday, but Mother’s Day on May 10th is an unofficial day-off for working mothers.

Seasonal changes — May and June are transition months that can typically be accompanied by wind storms which may appear suddenly. As we move into late spring, nightfall happens later on the clock, and June 21st is the longest daylight hours date of the year.  The Jacaranda trees are in full bloom, and will soon shed their distinctive purple flowers and redress their branches in green, ready for the summer.  Although the rainy season is on the horizon, water supplies can continue to be scarce, so careful consumption is recommended.

Residency support — If you’re planning to apply for residency in Mexico, this detailed outline of the process helps you to map out the journey. Check your existing residency cards for their renewal date to avoid having to deal with expired cards. Our article about managing your residency in Mexico is filled with helpful advice for existing residents.

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—that now also includes key cities in Baja California.  Learn more about the services and make a request.

Realty agents — As we have remarked in our guide to realty agents, a good local realty agent can do more than just help you find and close on a new home.  They also provide local knowledge to buyers and sellers, act as project managers and interpreters during the transaction, and they might also provide longer-term support after you move in.  Far Homes can connect you to real estate agents at popular locations, and our section about finding a realty agent shares additional connections.

Professional assistance for property

Learn about working with realty agents and find an agent to work with.

The Notary Public is an important contact for your property transaction.

Consider having your property transaction independently examined.

Discover other professional service providers.

Money matters — Our comprehensive guide to Money in Mexico includes helpful chapters on using ATMs in Mexico as well safety tips when using cash or bank cards here.

Measure twice, cut once — When you’re thinking about relocating to Mexico, or changing your life situation if you’re already living here, taking time to consider these key factors will help you to step back and define your intentions, identify opportunities of interest to you, weight up the compromises, consider your options, and plot a course based on the things that are important to your circumstances.

Driving places this spring — Whether you bring your foreign-plated car to Mexico, or drive a Mexican-plated car, the extensive guides and articles we publish about driving and road trips in Mexico can help you to plan your journey and prepare for the road ahead.  Read our guide to properly insuring your vehicle if you’re driving it across the border from the US or Canada.

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

Managing your dwelling spaces — When you have a home in Mexico, our section about Home Stewardship in Mexico is filled with articles and guides sharing practical advice and local knowledge to keep your house and home in good order.

To flush, or not to flush? — Should you flush toilet paper or throw it in the waste paper bin?  Learn how sewerage and waste water is typically managed at residential homes in Mexico, either via a mains sewer or a natural sewer (septic tank) system.

Far from the madding crowd — Is the Mexican countryside right for your lifestyle? Explore the practical aspects, attractions, and drawbacks of living amidst a rural idyll in Mexico.

Leisure Tours in Mexico

Walking Tours: Spring is the perfect time of year to take a walking tour. Our associates in Mexico City and Ajijic/Chapala offer tours to help you discover these places on foot.

Other tours: Our associates can provide a no-obligation quote for custom tours to experience Mexico’s Copper Canyon on what is one of the world’s most extraordinary train journeys, and to see the Whales up-close near Baja California.  Also, plan ahead to experience the Monarch Butterflies next season: they arrive in November and peak viewing season is between mid-January and late February.

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

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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