Originally Posted by ndairian
I don't quite see Mexico in the same doom-and-gloom light as you Dave, there are over a 100,000, if not more, retired Americans living south of the border. Based on my research so far most of them seem sane and fairly reasonable in their choice of making Mexico their home.
Yes, there are quite a few, as I mentioned. I certainly am not saying that moving to Mexico should not be considered. I have worked with Maquilidora operations since moving to CA 20 years ago. If you visit American plants in Tijuana often you do develop a bit of doom and gloom, mostly because of the fact that the border towns are probably one of the worst examples of life in Mexico in the eyes of Americans. The Mexican people on the whole are great, hard working people. Unfortunately, their government does not match that outlook on life. If the Mexican government had even a modicum of respect for the people we would not have so many trying to "escape" north. That is what makes the border areas so unappetizing, the hordes who have made it that far and are stuck trying to survive until they can get across. A great number of them are not even Mexican, but Guatamelan, Peruvian, etc., and have even less respect for "law" since they are already illegal aliens in Mexico.
There ARE nice areas in Mexico, once you get far enough south. The Monterey area is quite nice, as is Baja once you get far enough south to be out of the migratory path.
Advise: Don't even think of driving across the border without buying Mexican insurance! Not even for a day visit. A little fender bender there with no Mexican insurance can have you in for a real stressful battle, and little hope for a good outcome.
My insurance company includes Mexican coverage for the car, but it is only affective if you call and tell them when you will be in Mexico, and if you have also purchased Mexican insurance in addition!
Go, inspect, and yes, enjoy. Just be very aware of the risks.