Life in Mexico – What to Expect


Do you currently live in the United States, but you are seriously thinking about moving to Mexico, just across the southern border? Maybe, you have researched this area and even vacationed here and thought this could possibly be your new home town? If you have, then you may be wondering what living and working in Mexico would really be like. Would you need to start thinking like a local resident? Below are a few things you may not have thought about until you have made Mexico your home.

Life in Mexico – What to Expect

Life in Mexico means enjoying a slower pace of life  

It can be a blessing and a curse, but in Mexico you can expect a slower pace of life, particularly in tourist destinations like Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Playa del Carmen. This is why Mexico is an attractive reason for those people who are wanting to live a life that is much simpler and who want to leave the hustle and bustle that occurs in the United States. Before choosing a life in Mexico, you need to think about the kind of lifestyle you are looking for.


The punctuality isn’t the same in Mexico as it is in the United States. For example, if you plan on meeting friends for dinner at eight, it isn’t uncommon for your friends to arrive at the restaurant at nine. Perhaps you need something repaired and the handyman is coming, then you should expect the handyman to arrive late. It’s the same mentality. If you are having construction work being done at your home, then be prepared for the construction work to be completed in twice the time as they have quoted you. That is how the punctuality is in Mexico. It just the facts of life when you reside in this care free country. There is one exception to the rule, if you work here or you have a doctor’s appointment, then you should definitely arrive promptly on time as you were scheduled.


It may surprise you if you live in the United States that the typical workweek is six days long in Mexico. Many people living in Mexico work six days a week and only have one day off. It may sound harsh that the people in Mexico work six days a week, but they always still have plenty of time to enjoy the things that they love such as eating a feast with family and friends, going to the beach, and just having a drink with a friend. Personal time is treasured and never taken for granted and the people in Mexico don’t let work get in the way of their priorities.

Getting around

In Mexico, getting around is not the same as it is in the United States, so be prepared for a wild ride. There is good public transportation in most of the cities in Mexico and during rush hours the public transportation is very crowded and who knows who you will see while on board. Expect to see musicians, clowns, magicians and mystics to entertain you while you ride the bus. Driving in Mexico comes with excitement too. The laws for drivers in Mexico are more lenient and the Mexican drivers seem to make up their own driving rules. Just remember to always wear your seatbelt for added safety and follow caution.

If you think these are good tips to help you acclimatize to a life in Mexico. Add you comments of support. Or better still, add you own tips.

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