Mexico lifestyle is all about sunshine, rich cultural traditions, historical heritage, a slower pace of life and lower living costs. Mexico has been an expat magnet for decades.
Mexico’s lifestyle combination appeals to the 1 million expats living in the country today, including the largest group of American expats in any country in the world, over 750,000 strong.
The real secret behind Mexico’s charm, though, is its people. Friendly, caring, helpful and fun loving, they will welcome and warm the heart of anyone they meet.
The London-based Legatum Institute ranked Mexico sixty-seventh out of 142 countries on its latest Prosperity Index, which considers economy, governance, opportunity, health, safety and security, personal freedom and social capital.
Mexico offers a vast range of things to do and places to see. In the large cities, cultural activities like opera, symphony, world-class museums, art galleries and top-rated restaurants are plentiful. Professional sports, horse racing and other spectator events are also part of the urban offering.
Away from the big cities, the towns and villages of Mexico offer folk festivals, plays, street musicians, fiestas and perfect evenings in the central plaza to enjoy with friends and family.
On Mexico’s coasts, you can fish, dive, snorkel and toast your body at the beach. In resort cities, such as Puerto Vallarta, you can happily eat your way across the city in some of the best restaurants Mexico has to offer.
The cuisine in Mexico is a mixture of Mesoamerican indigenous dishes with Spanish and African influences, largely as a result of slavery. Beans and chili peppers are staples of the daily diet. Regional cooking developed over the centuries, with Oaxaca, Veracruz and the Yucatan Peninsula noted for exceptional local cuisine. Mole is a signature dish of Mexico, originating in both Puebla and Oaxaca. Made with a variety of ingredients, including chili peppers, the classic mole poblano is served over meat.
Another classic from Mexico is the country’s national drink, Tequila, which is made from the blue agave plant and is the key ingredient in margaritas. Its birthplace is the town of Tequila, located about 40 miles north of Guadalajara.
Mexico also produces some of the best beer in the world, thanks to the short-lived empire of Maximilian of Austria, who ruled Mexico for a few years in the mid-19th century. German immigrants during that period opened many breweries throughout Mexico.
The country also has a flourishing wine industry centered in the Guadalupe Valley of the northern state of Baja Norte that dates back about 450 years, making it the oldest wine-growing region in the Americas. About 80 percent of the wine is for export since Mexicans do not consume that much wine.