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Welcome to My View on Mexico

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Robert Nelson Co-Founder of Expats In Mexico
Robert Nelson

A warm welcome to Mi Vista, or My View, my weekly commentary for Expats In Mexico on all things Mexico, from the state of the nation to your state of mind.

We’re celebrating Mexico’s Independence Day by introducing our brand new online magazine: The Expat Guide to Living in Mexico.

The Expat Guide to Living in Mexico was designed specifically to provide the 1 million strong expat community with information, resources and tools to help you get the most out of living the expat life in Mexico. For those who are considering making this beautiful country your new home, we’ll let you know about moving to Mexico and finding work in the country or starting a business.

Before we go further, let me introduce myself. I’m Robert Nelson and I lived in beautiful Puerto Vallarta for 7 years. While there, I wrote “Boomers in Paradise: Living in Puerto Vallarta” to provide aspiring expats with a personal look at life in Vallarta. In 2009 I returned to the Bay Area to teach advertising at San Jose State University, launch MyInternationalAdventure – a similar online guide, but for the world, not just Mexico – and write “Adventurers Abroad: The New American Expat Generation.”

As I began work on my new book, “Expats in Mexico: The Entrepreneurs,” it became very clear to me that my heart remains in Mexico, which led to the creation of our new website.

The Expat Guide to Living in Mexico has something for everyone. Take our articles, for example. They’re not only on topics of great interest for expats but also primarily based on interviews with expats living in Mexico. I learned from my first book that information from the “horses mouth” is always the most compelling for readers.

Speaking of the “horses mouth,” my fellow bloggers are the real deal. Harriet Murray has managed her own real estate firm in PV for nearly 20 years and is an expert on Mexico real estate. Another Vallartan, Maria O’Connor has lived half her life in Mexico and is fluent in both Spanish and living the good life. You won’t want to miss her lifestyle blog. Spencer McMullen is a Guadalajara and Chapala-based attorney who knows just about everything there is about the legal system in Mexico.

Have a question that needs a thoughtful answer? Look no further than our Q&A section. If you have a question or would like to add to an answer, be our guest.

Image credit: Volina | Shutterstock
Image credit: Volina | Shutterstock

We also provide a comprehensive overview of Mexico, breaking the country down into 15 separate topics that provide most of the information you’ll need to know about your adopted country. For those of you thinking about moving to another location within Mexico, we profile the cities with the largest expat populations. Like the Mexico overview, we break each city down into separate topics of interest.

If you’re crazy about taking pictures or videos with your smartphone or camera/video recorder, we would love to include whatever you would like to send us for our photo and video galleries. We’ll also include your videos on our YouTube channel. Click on Photo Gallery and Video Gallery in the navigation bar to find out details.

Most importantly, we hope Expats In Mexico – The Expat Guide to Living in Mexico – will bring together all of our favorite people: you. We want you to share your ideas, concerns and suggestions with us, and your fellow expats. We want to be your online home for information, resources, tools and sharing that will help you lead an even better life in the land we love, Mexico.

Hasta la próxima semana, amigos.


  1. I have been living in Mexico now for almost 5 years. I would like to see Queretaro added to the cities you mention.. It is an up and coming expat area. I would say that this blog is long overdue and I look forward to your info.

  2. Looking forward to some helpful and interesting articles. I have been living in San Miguel de Allende for over ten years and consider it home. Had to go to L.A. for expensive surgery to utilize Medicare and couldn’t wait to return ‘home’. What a difference!!

    • Hi, Maxine…welcome to Expats In Mexico! Btw, I am looking for someone from SMA to interview for an article on SMA…interested?

  3. I am an expat that is excited about your new magazine. My husband and I retired to Manzanillo 7 years ago and live here year round. I shared this site on FaceBook with my other Manzanillan expats. We enjoyed these articles and look forward to future editions.

  4. I’ve been looking for a year and a half for a website like yours. I want to be an expat but I want the real story–good and bad. Gracias.

    • Hi, Lynda, glad to have you with us! Yes, you’ll get timely, truthful and trustworthy information and news from us. Let us know if you have any topics of interest that aren’t being covered.

  5. Robert, I just discovered this site this morning. It seems as it will be good reading but I am a re-located American living in Isla Mujeres, Q-roo and everything I read this morning was from the west coast of Mexico. Come on give us some love, there are a lot of us!

  6. Great information is always wellcome , like to read them thing change fast and often on the same subject , I am a Quebeker living in Los Barriles for about 10 years ,I prefer dusting over shoveling snow, we are living here year-round , most people says should done this long time ago , look forward to read from this website thanks.

  7. I’m an artist living in San Miguel de Allende forthe past ten years. I have a studio/gallery and teach art workshops in the Fabrica La Aurora. I see visitors from all over Mexico and the world.

    Things have changed quickly, with our pueblo’s popularity soaring after being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and selected by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the top travel destinations in the world. The expat community is growing, and traffic and prices are rising, too. I’m looking forward to reading about other expats and their experiences in various locations in Mexico.

  8. Good luck on the publication. I have lived in Mexico for 11 years, visited every Mexican state but two, and live in Ajijic. I am glad we are NOT a tourist destination and the small size of our little “fishing village” is just fine.

  9. My hubby and I have been living in Mexico for the last 11 years the last 6 of those in La Paz, B.C.S. We love it here. We just returned from a trip to Texas and Washington State to visit kids and grandkids, we are really glad to be home. Thanks for this venue.

  10. Best of luck in your new creation !! Thanks for putting it together, more information is helpful.

    I enjoy snowbird status spending winters in Teacapan, Sinaloa; a small town on the Pacific 1 1/2 hours south of Mazatlan. There is a group of over 50 households of expats there, some seasonal and some permanent.

    Teacapan was originally a fishing village located where a large estuary meets the ocean. The fish in the Pacific has become extremely difficult to find, and many natives no longer can afford the gasoline to go out just to bring back small amounts of fish. My hope is that it was an effect of El Nino and not something more permanent.

    That’s a perspective from an area I know a little about.

  11. I retired at age 65 and moved from Denver to Oaxaca de Juarez, which has been my home ever since. There is a large expat community here — both U.S. and Canadian citizens. We have a wonderful English language library — http://www.OaxLibrary.org — which also serves as a community center and information clearinghouse for gringos. I manage a couple of web sites which I hope help both foreign visitors and natives find their way around Oaxaca state — http://www.OaxacaMTB.org & http://www.HoofingItInOaxaca.com. I applaud your efforts to provide useful information about Mexico to anyone interested. Good luck with your endeavor! I look forward to reading more on your site.

  12. Look forward to seeing what will be written here. I have been living in Mexico since 2004. Currently I am living in SLP, but it is due to work. I was in Saltillo for two years before moving here this month. I am building in Cuyutlan Colima and it is where I plan on settling once the construction is done and a little money in the bank so I can live on my pension.

  13. Where can a senior woman enjoy a new life that is in a safe, friendly town (or city) on social security and small pension? I do not speak Spanish now but am planning on taking classes. I would love to have some suggestions. I’m coming to Los Algodones in Nov and may spend extra time “looking” around for an area I feel comfortable in. Thanks for any ideas.

  14. Lynda, Lake Chapala is a great choice…many expats exactly like you are enjoying the beautiful climate, low cost of living and a very large expat retirement community. I’m sure others will have advice, also.


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