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Mexico Travel Books and Retirement / Living Guides

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People's Guide to Mexico: Wherever you go... There You Are
Carl Franz, Lorena Havens, Steve Rogers

A different type of guidebook — anecdotal, instructive, personal and very informative/educational. It is written from a narrative or story telling point of view. All the factual information about places, people and events are there, however. It is a good read and gives a good feel to what it is like to travel in Mexico.


A Review by David Eidell


Another review by Alan Cogan


And another review (13th ed) by James Tipton

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Lonely Planet's "Mexico"
John Noble, Tom Brosnahan, Scott Doggett, 2000 6th Edition
A favorite of budget travelers
Mexican Camping CoverTraveler's Guide to Mexican Camping

Mike Church, Terri Church, 1997
A definitive Guide to RVing throughout Mexico

2001 edition reviewed by Richard Ferguson

2005 edition reviewed by James Tipton


Head for Mexico: The Renegade Guide
Don Adams shows wonderful insight into Mexico's people and culture as he gives solid nuts-and-bolts advice.





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Fodor's Mexico 2002
(Gold Series)
Fodor, 2002
The complete guide to the colonial cities, Maya ruins, resorts, reefs, fiestas, and places of Mexico
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Frommer's Mexico 1999
Arthur Frommer, David Baird, Lynne Bairstow, Lynne Perez, 1998
Full coverage of all the beach resorts and sightseeing guide to the highlands of Colonial Mexico as well as the major archeological sites and museums

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Access Mexico

Harper Collins, 1996
Complete and annotated guide with detailed maps and graphics
Ron Mader CoverMexico: Adventures In Nature Ron Mader, 1998
Being the first definitive guide to Mexican ecotourism, this guide covers a wide range of interests and activites for travelers and features a complete overview of the country's many protected natural areas
Mexico & Central America Handbook
Mexico & Central America Handbook
Sarah Cameron, Ben Box, 1998
Quality handbook to Mexico and 6 other countries in Central America
Travelers' Guide to Mexico
Travelers' Guide to Mexico
Travelers Guide To Mexico is available in a special hard cover edition, as well as a soft cover book. Either one can be ordered through the Internet or by writing directly to: Travelers Guide To Mexico, Apdo. (Box) 6-1007 Mexico, D.F. 06600, Mexico
Rough Guide to Mexico
The Rough Guide to Mexico

John Fisher, 1998
Classic guide to "all things Mexican," detailed and entertaining
Blue Guide to Mexico
Blue Guide to Mexico
John Collis, David Jones, 1996
Not a 'where to eat and stay' guide, but rather a descriptive and detailed about the sites, archeology, museums and exhibitions of Mexico

Books and Guides About the Baja


Lonely Planet's Baja
Wayne Bernhardson, 1998
Reveals all the delights of Baja from the popular border towns of Tijuana and Ensenada to the resorts of Los Cabos and all the off-beat attractions in between
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Into A Desert Place
Graham MacKintosh, 1995
An intrepid Brit’s account of A 3000 Mile Walk Around the Coast of Baja California
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Baja Handbook: Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas
Joe Cummings, 2000
Detailed maps and travel information for those who come to the Baja in a vehicle. Advice on the urban and rural areas, culture and opportunities
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Cabo Handbook:La Paz to Cabo San Lucas
Joe Cummings, 2000
Contains detailed descriptions of virtually all the hotel, motel, campground, dining and resort opportunities including opinionated reviews
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The Baja Catch: A Fishing & Camping Manual for Mexico's Baja
Neil Kelly, Gene Kira, 1997
The fisherman's bible to fishing and camping the Baja Penninsula
Books and Guides About the Yucatan & the Maya
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Guatemala, Belize & Yucatan: La Ruta Maya
Tom Brosnahan, Nancy Keller, 1997
This all-purpose guide offers thorough coverage of the "lands of the Maya"
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Cancun Handbook: Mexico's Caribbean Coast
Chicki Mallan, Oz Mallan, 1998
Covers the highlights and hideaways of Cancun, the #1 tourist destination in Mexico
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Yucatan Peninsula Handbook
Chicki Mallan, 1998
Practical information, cultural over views and keen-eyed descriptions of all aspects of the Yucatan, the historical past to the nightlife present
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Frommer's Cancun, Cozumel & the Yucatan 1999
Arthur Frommer, David Baird, Lynne Bairstow Lynne Perez, 1998
Reviews all the best hotels in every price range, plus beaches, sports, shops, restaurants and nightlife. Includes excursions throughout the Yucatan Peninsula
Hidden Faces of the Maya

Hidden Faces of the Maya
Linda Schele & Jorge Perez de Lara, 1998
195 color photographs of Maya figurines with scholarly text

Books and Guides About Specific Cities

Teresa Kendricks, 2000
This full-color, high-quality guide to the Northshore of Lake Chapala gives travelers and newcomers alike an in-depth view into this region. Deeply researched and highly detailed, it provides plenty of cultural advise, vocabulary for numerous practical situations, and everything you need to know about travel, money, shopping, repairs, health care, entertainment, shipping, and the area's native ecology
Chapala CoverPast Times in Chapala J. Jesús González G., 1994
Evocative, bilingual (Spanish-English) description of the delights of the popular resort community of Chapala, on the shores of Mexico's largest natural lake. Includes 75 sepia-tone photos dating from the early decades of this century
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Cancun User's Guide
Jules Siegel, 1998
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Cancun Handbook: Mexico's Caribbean Coast
Chicki Mallan, Oz Mallan, 1998
Covers the highlights and hideaways of Cancun, the Number 1 tourist destination in Mexico
Travelers Guide to Mexico City
Travelers' Guide to Mexico City
Travelers Guide To Mexico City is available in a special hard cover edition, as well as a soft cover book. Either one can be ordered by writing directly to: Travelers Guide To Mexico, Apdo. (Box) 6-1007 Mexico, D.F. 06600, Mexico
Lonely Plant's Mexico City
Lonely Planet's Mexico City
John Noble, 1998
Provides all the essential details on how to navigate around and discover the secrets of this, the world's largest city
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Frommer's Cancun, Cozumel & the Yucatan 1999
Arthur Frommer, David Baird, Lynne Bairstow Lynne Perez, 1998
Reviews all the best hotels in every price range, plus beaches, sports, shops, restaurants and nightlife. Includes excursions throughout the Yucatan Peninsula

Books and Guides About Specific Areas & Aspects

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Western Mexico, A Traveler's Treasury
Tony Burton, 3rd edition, Perception Press, 2001
This delightful, well-written book contains dozens of suggestions for daytrips and longer excursions in western Mexico. Burton avoids destinations on the beaten tourist track such as Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta or Morelia, to concentrate on lesser-known places
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Paricutín, 50 Years After its Birth 3rd edition
, Editorial Agata, 2001
Simón Lázaro Jiménez, 1993
On February 20th, 1943, Paricutín Volcano emerged in a farmer's cornfield in Michoacán. Simón Lázaro Jiménez, a carpenter by trade, was just a boy. In 1993 on the fiftieth anniversary of this event, he tells us in vivid, colourful language, about that fateful day and the events that followed
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Colonial Mexico: A Traveler's Guide
Chicki Mallan, Oz Mallan, 1998
A Guide to distinctive lodging, dining, shopping & discovery in historic districts and artisans' communities throughout the Colonial area of Mexico
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Pacific Mexico Handbook:

Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta Oaxaca, Guadalajara, Mazatlan (5th Ed)
Bruce Whipperman, 2001
An encyclopedic guide to the Mexican coast from Mazatlan to Oaxaca, this guide includes Guadalajara, Acapulco, Colima, Patzcuaro, Urapan, and Taxco
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Including 300 Miles of Coastal Coverage and Sidetrips to Guadelajara and Lake Chapala (4th Ed)
Bruce Whipperman, 2001
Archeological Mexico CoverArcheological Mexico: A travelers' guide to ancient cities and monuments Andrew Cole, 1998
From Cancun's hidden temples to Maya ruins in the heart of the rainforest. Detailed descriptions of 52 archeological sites in Mexico
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Ancient West Mexico: Art & Archeology of the unknown past
Richard Townsend, 1998
Between 200 B.C. and 800 A.D. a significant culture developed and vanished, encompassing the modern States of Jalisco, Colima and Nayarit. This book explores the rich remains in both text and photographs

Spas & Hot Springs of Mexico
Mike Nelson, 1997
A thorough review of the "hot spots" of Mexico
A review of this book by jennifer rose

Mexico Blue Ribbon Fly Fishing Guide
Ken Haley, John Shewey, 1999
Especially for the fly fisherman, a guide to the best in Mexico

Loney Planet's Mexique
1997

Books and Guides About Living or Retiring in Mexico


The Best How-To Book on Moving to Mexico
Carol Schmidt, Norma Hair and Rolly Brook, 2009
The Best How-To Book on Moving to Mexico just might be that best book
A review by James Tipton

Mexico, The Trick is Liiiving Here
Julia Taylor, 2007
A detailed guidebook that offers solid, down-to-earth information on how to go about living in Mexico with the fewest surprises and glitches possible
A review by Rita Pomade

Gringos in Paradise
Barry Golson, 2006
A Year in Provence meets Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House in this lively and entertaining account of a couple's year building their dream house in Mexico
A review by James Tipton

Inside Mexico: Living, Travelling and Doing Business in a Changing Society

Paula Heusinkveld, 1994
An excellent readable summary of the differences and similarities between close neighbors who should know each other better
A review by Allan Cogan

Live Well In Mexico: How to Relocate, Retire, and Increase Your Standard of Living
Ken Luboff, 1999
Entertaining and useful guide for relocating or retiring to Mexico. Well written and a good basic overview (with necessary details)
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Live Better South of the Border
Mike Nelson, 1997
An honest book with the pros and cons of living and/or working in Mexico. Includes many suggestions for people of all lifestyles and interests
A review of this book by jennifer rose
A review of this book by Alan Cogan
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Choose Mexico: Live Well on $600 USD a Month.
John Howells, Don Merwin, Noni Mendoza, 1997
Detailed information for choosing Mexico as a place to live, including reviews of selected communities
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Your Guide to Retiring to Mexico, Costa Rica and Beyond
Shelly Emiling, 1996
A good reference to compare Mexico and other countries for retirement living. Focuses on Mexico City
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Living In Mexico: A Complete Guide
Michael J. Zamba
A quality review of retiring in Mexico, including the bureaucracy to get there and stay there
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Midlife Mavericks: Women reinventing their lives in Mexico
Karen Blue, 2000
Midlife Mavericks chronicles a new trend — unmarried American and Canadian women building better lives for themselves in the beautiful colonial villages of Mexico
A review by Theresa Kendrick
A review by Alan Cogan
Mexico By The Book: Reviews of Mexico Travel Books by D. Schecter
All Booked Up! by D. Schecter
To more books about Mexico
Published or Updated on: May 27, 2007
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