Living & Lifestyle

Mexico Newsletter —
November 2023

This month: Day of the Dead; Long-weekend holiday; Autumn tours; Rain season ends; Cool & cold places in Mexico; Caring for your house & 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.

November highlights

November highlights for lifestyle and leisure in Mexico.

Day of the Dead —that is a celebration of the continuity of life— is one of Mexico’s most important religious holidays on November 1st and 2nd. November 2nd is a public holiday.  Traditions include ofrendas, artistic Catrina skulls, delicious pan de muerto, cemeteries dressed in Cempaxochitl flowers, and a Mexican version of Trick or Treat.

Clock Changes: Europe moves its clocks back again by one hour on Sunday, October 29, and the US & Canada move its clocks back by one hour on Sunday November 5, 2023. Mexico abandoned clock changes in 2022, except along the US border. Mexico offers long daylight hours all year, and outstanding light.

Revolution Day holiday: Mexico’s three long-weekend holidays —introduced over a decade ago— are well-received. The one that falls in November marks Mexico’s revolution and also forms part of “El Buen Fin,” Mexico’s equivalent of ‘Black Friday’ in the US.

Rainy season closes: Mexico’s rain season, that affects much of the mainland (but not the Baja peninsula) typically begins in May/June and ends in Oct/Nov. Discover Mexico’s rainy season and dry season, and how to live well with and without the rains.

The butterflies arrive in November: The Monarch Butterflies return 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.

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

Living & Lifestyle highlights

Our continually updated guides and articles accompany you at every stage of your lifestyle journey: from planning, making the move, settling-in and adapting, and living here day-to-day.

Overwintering in Mexico: Most of the people who live in Mexico for part of the year arrive between mid-October and mid-December.  Our guide about preparing to overwinter in Mexico shares local insights and practical tips.

Cool and cold places: Most of Mexico enjoys agreeable climates year-round, but some areas can get cool or cold, particularly after sundown, during the fall and winter months.  We also have advice about keeping your home warm.

Express yourself in Spanish: Discover why Spanish is important, connect to Spanish language courses online, and in Mexico.  Our PinPoint Spanish series shares insights and nuances into everyday Spanish usage in Mexico.

Home sweet home: Our Home Stewardship section shares practical advice to help to manage your house, home, and dwelling spaces in Mexico.  It includes an entire series of guides about home maintenance.

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.

At Lake Chapala: Nov 5th – November 10th 

Residency and immigration

Keeping you briefed on matters related to residency and immigration. If you want to apply for residency, see: how to apply for residency in Mexico.

Consulate appointments: Some Mexican consulates are experiencing a very high demand for residency application appointments so we recommend you plan ahead. Our associate can assist you with appointment scheduling in accordance with the policy and process in place at the consulate you apply at.

Immigration office appointments: There are no online appointments at immigration offices in Mexico.  Instead, you show up in person and are given a service token for that day, or an appointment date to return another day.  Our associate can help with visa-to-residency-card exchanges in Mexico.

Managing your residency card: Learn about the renewal rules and process for temporary residency cards (and permanent residency cards for minors).  If your residency card has expired, read this. If your card is lost or damaged, read this.

Immigration Assistance

When you need assistance with an initial residency permit application, or residency card renewals, regularization procedures, expired permits, or troubleshooting, consider using our associate’s Mexico Immigration Assistance Service.

If you already have your residency visa in your passport and need help exchanging that for a card in Mexico, our associate offers a visa-to-card exchange assistance service.

Learn more about the services and make a request here

Autumn leisure time in Mexico

Autumn is the ideal season to step outdoors and enjoy the outstanding experiences Mexico offers for your leisure and cultural enjoyment.

The butterflies arrive in November: The Monarch Butterflies return 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.

Walking tour of Mexico City: It’s the perfect time of year to take a walking tour of Mexico City, and our associate David Lida can create a customized tour for you or your small group.

Other tours: Our associates can also help with custom tours to experience Mexico’s Copper Canyon on what is one of the world’s most extraordinary train journeys; if you like wine, consider a custom tour of the Baja wine region.

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.

Driving in Mexico: helpful updates

Whether you bring your foreign-plated car to Mexico, or drive a Mexican-plated car, the extensive guides and articles we publish can help you to plan your journey and prepare for the road ahead.

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

Cultivate a fruitful lifestyle in 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.

Planning or redefining your lifestyle: As you begin to consider whether Mexico is right for you, our guides to living & lifestyles in Mexico offer valuable insights that begin by helping you (and your partner and family if relevant) to consider important aspects about a potential move to Mexico.

Practical insights, local knowledge: Our guides and articles cover every key practical matter you need to consider including living costs, obtaining residency permits, keeping in touch, managing your money & finances, importing and living with pets in Mexico—and much more.

Discovering choices: Our detailed articles help you to Discover Mexico and share insights that help you consider your lifestyle choices.

Locations and accommodations: We publish detailed information that helps you to choose a location to live in Mexico, along with comprehensive guides to buying a home and renting property.

Making the move: Our guides also help you to: move your belongings, settle-in and adapt to Mexico, learn about the local customs & culture, and learn or improve your Spanish.  You’ll also find detailed information about cultivating your lifestyle, finding purpose and balance, and developing key skills that expats need to adapt to a new country.

Cultivating your lifestyle everyday: When you’re living in Mexico, Mexperience continues to support you with local knowledge and guides that help you cultivate a fruitful home life, and we also share practical insights to managing your home and dwelling spaces.

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, as well as third-party liability coverage.

Learn about insurance policies to protect your home in Mexico.

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

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