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Moving to Mexico's Lake Chapala: Checklists, How-To's, and Practical Information and Advice for Expats and Retirees Reviewed by James Tipton

Moving to Mexico's Lake Chapala
This book really does tell you about everything you need to know if you are planning to move to Lake Chapala, one of the most popular retirement sites in the world for North Americans.

Alejandro Grattan-Dominguez, Editor-in-Chief of El Ojo del Lago, has this to say: "I found it highly readable, most comprehensive, and flawlessly organized. I think it's the best book of its kind that I have read, and I have been down here for 25 years."

Is the information current? You bet! Why? Because Lisa Jorgensen only moved here this past spring. read more

The Best How-To Book on Moving to Mexico Reviewed by James Tipton

The Best How-To Book on Moving to Mexico is written by three people who have made the move. Carol Schmidt and Norma Hair moved to San Miguel de Allende in May of 2002. The third editor, Rollins "Rolly" Brook, "after visiting all 50 states in the USA and many countries around the world… found himself most at home in Mexico." In 2000 Rolly retired to Lerdo, Durango. Clearly this is no trio on extended vacation. They actually live here… permanently. These authors are bold and direct and the book is divided into four parts. Hats off to Carol, Norma, and Rolly! This just might be that best book. read more

Moving to Mexico? It's different. Do your homework. J. Brad Grieve

I have determined a list of the best recommendations for any buyer purchasing in a foreign country. What has struck me a few times this past year have been some of the minor last minute conflicts that... read more

Moving Here Permanently? Alvin Starkman

Transporting your worldly possessions into Mexico is both an art and a science, even more so if you intend to do so on your own… truck and all. Then the task also becomes a challenge and an adventure... read more

Moving To Mexico Checklist & Countdown Linzi Eisemann

MOVING TO MEXICO CHECKLIST & COUNTDOWN   By Linzi Eisemann of Directmoving.com Her Email MOVING MINUS 90 DAYS MOVING DAY MINUS 60... read more

How to move abroad (to Mexico) - and stay sane! Linzi Eisemann

Moving is always a rather upsetting experience and meticulous planning and organization are essential if all concerned want to retain their sanity! Moving to a foreign country only adds to the difficul... read more

What can I take into Mexico?

You are entitled to bring/take/send the following items, depending upon your immigration status. 1.  (Tourist) Under the FMT you can bring in: -Articles for your personal use, such as clothing, foo... read more

Getting Used To Things In Mexico Teresa Kendrick

Traveling to Mexico is like having a fling, a stunning romance, a love affair so intense that everything becomes a romantic vision. Senses are heightened, feelings revive, and travelers find themselves... read more

Getting here - paperwork for people, animals, cars and things Karen Blue

FM-T Tourist The basic entrance immigration status for tourists is the FM-T. It is valid for a maximum of 180 days and is issued at your point of entry into Mexico-either at a border crossing or an ai... read more

A Woman's Perspective On Living In Mexico Karen Blue

This column is designed to offer Mexican living experiences from a woman's point of view. I've been in Ajijic for more than four years, living as a single woman. In this time I've purchased, rebuilt an... read more

Bringing your dogs to Mexico Maggie Van Ostrand

Moving to Mexico was the easy decision; bringing my dogs with me was harder. First, how would I get them there? I didn't trust airplanes transporting animals. I thought they might lose my two big dogs... read more

Head for Mexico: The Renegade Guide by Don Adams Reviewed by Allan Cogan

Don Adams and his collaborators have produced a guide that's aimed directly at those people up north who are contemplating coming here, either permanently or for lengthy annual visits. The resulting volume is, in my opinion, a real winner. The various chapters are divided into topics such as putting your financial affairs in order and arranging for transfers of money.... read more

Retire in Mexico: Live Better for Less by Dru Pearson Reviewed by Allan Cogan

Author Dru Pearson has done an excellent job of researching and compiling almost everything anyone needs to know about adopting this country as a place to spend one's leisure years, either part-time or full-time. I can't think of any important topic that isn't covered here. Also, while it isn't the first book of this type to become available, I think it's the first - to my knowledge, at least, to be strictly computer accessible. read more

Moving stuff to Mexico Melville King

All foreigners to Mexico who apply for and receive an FM3 permanent residence document are carefully instructed by the Mexican officials that the newly documented resident has the one-time right to imp... read more

Mexico Magico: Everything You Wanted to Know by German Estrada Navarro Reviewed by Allan Cogan

This is a well-organized and clearly presented compilation of data about this country that any newcomers - and some old-timers, too - could use. read more

The Wonder Of Living In Mexico Janet Stanley

By Janet Stanley © 2001 "At the moment you are most in awe of all there is about life that you don't understand, you are closer to understanding it all than at any o... read more

Midlife Mavericks - Women Reinventing their Lives in Mexico Reviewed by Allan Cogan

Here's an interesting collection of stories of nineteen women who came on their own to Mexico in recent years to settle in the Lake Chapala area. The book consists of eighteen interviews plus the story of the author herself. The women range in age from their 40's to their 80's. Their backgrounds and experiences and approaches to life are as varied as you can imagine. read more

Living the retired life in Ensenada Discussion Thread Forum

Wanting to be reasonably close to San Diego for my family in California and Kaiser HMO, I am probably moving to the Ensenada area later this year and hope to connect with people via e-mail who will be willing to answer some questions for me. I lived in San Jose Costa Rica for most of 1999 and I'm familiar with living in a 3rd world country but need input on living in Baja Norte. 1st question is availability and cost of apartment rentals-furnished or not, etc.

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Moving to Monterrey Discussion Thread Forum

I am moving to Monterey, and would like to know what it is like to live there. I already have a job there, but will I be accepted among the people? Are there any good places to rent? Is it safe for me and my girlfriend? Please respond, I leave very soon and need this info.....

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Live Well in Mexico Reviewed by Allan Cogan

What Luboff has set out here is all the basic information one needs on a host of topics relevant to moving to Mexico. You'll find details on acquiring residency documents, whether or not to buy or rent a house, working in Mexico, how to bring your car here, how to move your furniture here and so on. You’ll also find hints and tips on staying healthy, dining out, hiring help, what to bring on your first trip, road safety, the best ways to get from one place to another and much, much more. Indeed, there is hardly a page that doesn’t have some useful hint or tip on living here successfully. read more
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