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San Miguel American Retirement
Ana Lilia Buendia

Top 5 American retirement communities in Mexico

If you are thinking about retiring in Mexico, you probably must be wondering: what if I don’t speak Spanish? Fortunately, American communities in Mexico are quite common. This gives you an opportunity to meet new people, make friends and build a new life among other expats speaking just English.

According to recently data obtained by the Mexican government, there are more than 1.2 million U.S. citizens living in Mexico. Now-a-days, American retirement communities in Mexico are growing fast. In fact, Mexicans use to joke about some “gringo” towns in Mexico where English is more commonly spoken than Spanish.

Biggest American retirement communities in Mexico

  1. Ajijic – Lake Chapala

Ajijic American Retirement
Ajijic American Retirement

This place holds the biggest American retirement community in Mexico. For over the past 60 years, expats have come to Ajijic to become part of full-time residents. Lifestyle is very active for retired people here, full of things to see and do. Surely, it won’t be hard to meet other expats and English-speakers.

  1. San Miguel Allende

San Miguel American Retirement
Casa Ana San Miguel de Allende

Guanajuato state has become one of the most visited places by American citizens over the past few years due to cultural events. This has set up great opportunities for investing and retiring. The American community is growing in San Miguel Allende, so it is a great place to start a new life without saying goodbye to your fellow compatriots.

  1. Puerto Peñasco

Also known as “Rocky Point”, it is a small beach town located at only 100 km. from the U.S. border. The use of English as a language has been extending here for over the past few years due to the settlement of U.S. retired citizens. It’s true: life is not as affordable here as in other places in Mexico, but it is still quite cheaper than in the U.S.A. or Canada.


  1. Puerto Vallarta

For over many decades, this has been a very traditional retirement destiny for people from all over the world. More than 35,000 American and Canadian citizens live in or near the beachfront. In spite of being a relaxing beach town, this is also a city full of night life, sports, leisure and group activities. It is ideal for those who want to mix the many options of a regular city and the peacefulness of the seaside living.

Puerto Vallarta American Retirement Community
Puerto Vallarta American Retirement Community
  1. Mexico City

Although the Mexico’s capital city is known for being too big, crowded and noisy, it is also the home of one of the biggest American communities in the world. Yes, we know what you must be probably thinking: many people wouldn’t consider this as their ideal place to retire. Nevertheless, if you are counting on a high budget, you can settle in a nice and peaceful residential neighborhood keeping close to all the services and stuff a mega-city can offer.

CDMX American Retirement
CDMX American Retirement

If you decide to retire in any of this places, we are sure language and socializing will be no-problem for you. And, who knows? Maybe you’ll become a Spanish master-speaker at last!

By Ana Lilia Buendia

Ana Lilia Buendía, Real Estate advisor with more than 20 years of experience in Mexican and International Real Estate, and promoter partner of the famous real estate firm, Agave Sotheby's International Realty, offers her experience and knowledge to advise you on the purchase of Real Estate in San Miguel de Allende.

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