Best Place to Live in Mexico Guide

What is your best place to live in Mexico?
–>Step 1: Write the next chapter in your book of life
–>Step 2: Make a list of your best places to live in Mexico
–>Step 3: Tour your best places to live in Mexico
–>Step 4: Take the northern tour of Mexico
–>Step 5: Take the southern tour of Mexico
–>Step 6: Take the eastern tour of Mexico
–>Step 7: Watch our video tours of Mexico to save money and time
–>Step 8: Watch our video tours of the world
–>Step 9: Make money online from anywhere in the world
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[kkstarratings] This is Dan from Vagabond Buddha. This post describes how to find your best place to live in Mexico.

What is your best place to live in Mexico?

The idea that another person could pick the best place for you to live in Mexico assumes they have the same lifestyle as you. How likely is that? What if they are more of a beach person and you are more of a mountain person? What if you are a city person and they are a nature person? What if you are into action sports and they are cultural explorers? What if they speak Spanish and you don’t? What if you are into fishing and they are into exploring museums and art galleries? What if you want to learn about ancient cultures and they want to party the night away? What if you just want to be in a small village in the mountains so you can write your first novel and they want to open a restaurant frequented by international tourists?

There is a place in Mexico for everyone. But first, you need to know what you’re looking for. You need to imagine and design your new life.

Step 1: Write the next chapter in your book of life

You need to design your life in Mexico before you take the next step. You need to write a few paragraphs about your new life. Who is this new person you are going to be in Mexico? What will they want to do each day? What sort of environment will they flourish in? Then you need to research places in Mexico that will provide the best backdrop. Is it a white sand beach? Is it a colonial city center with cobblestone streets. Is it cool year round or does it have seasons? Is it a large city with cultural possibilities or a small village next to a lake in the mountains. Here are three examples that could help you focus the next chapter in your life

Best Place to Live in Mexico for Cultural Explorers
Best Place to Live in Mexico for Active Adventures
Best Place to Live in Mexico for Rural Self Reliance

People are not all the same. They feel comfortable in different environments. You need to design the next chapter of your life based upon what you like.  A place that satisfies your vacation needs may not be enough for year round living.

Here is what I was looking for in Mexico:

  1. I want to live somewhere where there are other foreigners, preferably some that also speak English.
  2. I want to live in a place that is within 1 hours drive of decent healthcare.
  3. I want to live in a really charming place, preferably a colonial era old town with all that implies, museums, history, nearby ancient ruins to explore.
  4. I want to live somewhere that has a walkable city center with things to do where you don’t need to have a car.
  5. I want to live in a place that is cheap and fun and filled with good people.
  6. I was looking for a place that had a rich culture and history, with at least some fine dining.
  7. Not too hot in the summer months and not too cold in the winter months.
  8. A place that you could walk around at night that was safe and beautiful.
  9. Not more than 1 hour from two kinds of beaches, by bus or air, one next to a small village, and another in a international tourist hot spot.
  10. Cheap rents and utilities but great internet.
  11. Great market filled with fresh fruits and vegetables.
  12. At least one large well stocked supermarket.
  13. At least one well stocker market with international foods.
  14. International restaurants: Thai, Indian, Greek, Italian, Middle Eastern, Pizza, etc.

Imagine your ideal day and write your list of amenities that have to be present to live your ideal day. Once you have designed your new life in Mexico, you need to do research.

Step 2: Make a list of your best places to live in Mexico

The truth is, people have already done a bunch of this research. There are many web pages that describe places in Mexico that would fulfill all different kinds of dreams. Here is one resource. But you will need to Google and read to find what your interests.

Here is my list of the best places to live in Mexico for my dream lifestyle:

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Chapala-Ajijic Puerto Vallarta, Morelia, Cholula, Santiago de Queretaro, Cuernavaca, Taxco, Tepoztlán, Puebla, Cholula, Oaxaca, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Campeche, Merida, Isla de Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum.

Would you move to a foreign country without doing an exploratory mission? I don’t think so. So I decided to take a tour of the best places to live in Mexico.

Step 3: Tour your best places to live in Mexico

Before deciding the best place to live in Mexico, I want to see each of the potential places with my own eyes. Since I am going to visit each, I put them in an order that makes sense. You need to order them so you are not backtracking as you traverse Mexico.

We spent a total of about 5 months in Mexico traveling to each place and documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly. Mexico has a system of luxury buses that you can use to visit each of your potential destinations. The bus service we used to make each transfer from place to place is at the below links for each city.

Google maps has a great tool that you can use to order your travels through a country. Just click the below three links to see examples of an ordered path through each area. Just fly to Mexico city, visit every place on your list, and fly out of the last destination.

I have broken Mexico down into three regions geographically. The below maps of each region shows the cities visited on that path. Below the map is my blog post for each place visited. Click each blog post to see where to stay, things to do, walking tours and maps, favorite places to eat, and where to catch the luxury bus from one place to the next. If you click each link and watch the videos of my tour through Mexico, you might be able to narrow your search. You might be able to save time and money by reducing the number of places you need to visit before deciding your best place to live in Mexico.

Step 4: Take the northern tour of Mexico

Northern tour of best places to live in Mexico (click map):

Here are our blog posts for each stop on the northern tour of the best places to live in Mexico:

Mexico City (our blog)
Morelia (or blog)
Patzcuaro (or blog)
Santiago de Queretaro (or blog)
San Miguel de Allende (or blog)
Guanajuato (or blog)
Guadalajara (or blog)
Chapala-Ajijic (or blog)
Puerto Vallarta (or blog)

Step 5: Take the southern tour of Mexico

Southern Tour of best places to live in Mexico (click map):

Here are our blog posts for each stop on the southern tour of the best places to live in Mexico:

Tepoztlán (our blog)
Cuernavaca (our blog)
Taxco (our blog)
Puebla (our blog)
Cholula (our video)
Oaxaca (our blog)
Puerto Escondido (We will go here next time).
San Cristobal Chiapas (our blog)

Step 6: Take the eastern tour of Mexico

Eastern tour of the best places to live in Mexico (click map):

Here are our blog posts for each stop on the eastern tour of the best places to live in Mexico:

Campeche (our blog)
Merida (our blog)
Isla de Mujeres (our blog)
Playa del Carmen (our blog)
Puerto Morelos (We will go here next time)
Tulum (our blog)

Step 7: Watch our video tours of Mexico to save money and time

Click ==>here<== to watch our Youtube playlist of the best places to live in Mexico:

Step 8: Watch our video tours of the world

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Step 9: Make money online from anywhere in the world

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Watch the above video. Then grab a free copy of my Ebook to learn how to live internationally possibly with less money than you spend at home. Please use our links to flights, tours (Viator Tours, Get Your Guide Tours), accommodations, and laptop passive income stream courses. You will pay nothing extra, but we will earn a small commission. That will allow us to keep making these travel guides and videos for you. Contact us if you would like to collaborate with us on social media.

This is Dan of Vagabond Buddha. Thank you for stopping by. The world is your home. What time will you be home for dinner?

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