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Old 09-23-2010, 02:38 PM
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Good Grief! I just realized that this thread started three years ago. The OP may not even be around anymore.
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by markg91359 View Post
Everyone knows there are drug wars going on in Mexico.
Crimes in border towns in northern Mexico no more represent the rest of Mexico than the riots in Watts represent the whole of the US.
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:11 PM
Location: Texas
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Originally Posted by Steve Bagu View Post
This above poster has apparently NEVER spent any quality time in Mexico and is speaking from either a bad experience or vastly uniformed.

The person needs to speak with some who are living here for a accurate evaluation of Mexico.

I lived in Mexico City for three yrs and DROVE all over Mexico and now reside in Baja for 14 yrs.

Thousands of Americans are living here and NO...we do not have servants...cheap or otherwise. That is a BAD missapply piece of garbage.
Exactly correct, someone with little or no experience but knows all about living in mexico. As I stated in post #27.
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Old 09-23-2010, 04:23 PM
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Personally with the lack of law contol i mexico and the risk :i would veen visit personally. Even the news papers have satrt to collapse tot eh cartels because the government can not protect them. My sister-in -law was from mexico and would go tehre to visit her parents several times a year. Now that they are both dead she says she will never go back because of the corruption and safety issues.
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:42 PM
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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I wouldn't even visit Mexico let alone want to live there! What with all the murders going on...no Thanks. I've lived in another country for 6 months and kissed the ground once I got back on American soil! We don't realize what we have here untll we leave.
American through and through!
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:16 PM
Location: At the Lake (in Texas)
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Originally Posted by 20yrsinBranson View Post
You can google lots of information about this. Believe me there are lots and lots of "expat" communities in Mexico for the gringo looking to spend his pension money. In fact, these communities are so Americanized that you can't even tell you are in Mexico, except for the cheap housekeepers, gardeners and year-around produce. If that is the kind of lifestyle you would want, I'm sure you'd be pleased.


I have been told that one cannot collect Social Security if retired to another country...is that true?
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:21 PM
Location: SW Missouri
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Originally Posted by AksarbeN View Post
The Mexico forum seems to have little traffic on this topic of retirement and this seems to be a well traveled retiree location.

Iíve always find it interesting to think about retirement in Mexico. Iíve seen newspaper articles from time to time, but never can find more detailed info on this opportunity for elders. It appears that there are luxury resorts for Americans but Iím not looking for condos or resorts like those Iíve seen advertised.

Are there any American retirees in this forum that have experienced some living in Mexico and perhaps retired there for a while before returning back to the states? Iím interested in some of the pros and cons from those who have tried it out.
I have thought about it quite seriously lately. The only thing that concerns me is the political climate. You are, after all, in another country and you have no rights per se. You are at the mercy of whomever is in charge of things and if the current leader du jour is not fond of Americans you can be in serious trouble with no one to help you.

Granted there is a HUGE American population of retirees living in Mexico, but even so, I would not be comfortable taking the chance. Even though it seems like paradise.

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Old 09-24-2010, 10:51 PM
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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Originally Posted by MagnoliaThunder View Post
I have been told that one cannot collect Social Security if retired to another country...is that true?
You were told false information. There is nothing in SS laws that restricts where you live in order to receive SS after you have fulfilled all the age and earning requirements. Of course, you will still have to pay federal taxes on your SS and other retirement income to the IRS even if you live outside the US.
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:14 AM
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My wife and i are planning on moving to mexico , we live in Washington state and are really
tired of high prices and clouds 10 months of the year
i have a friend that lives in Sayulitia and says we should like it but if it is to busy San poncho would probably be better plus it has a better beach ?
we plan on living all year and i am coming down in April for a month to see but would like to hear how you think of it
I have two bad shoulders so the most i can do is fish , walk or ride

What is your opinion to help us decide , we like some people but NOT to crowded but if it is in the busy season we can probably handle it as long as the place we stay provides privacey

we can afford $1000 per month at most

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Old 01-06-2011, 12:41 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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Originally Posted by ConeyIsBabe View Post
No one has mentioned "crime" ! It's bad enough in the good old USA, but imagine being the victim of a crime in Mexico ? Or being accused of a crime in Mexico ? No thanks !!
Most of the problems you hear about are in border communities and related to drug trafficking. The real Mexico is peaceful and very family oriented.
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