Expat Living in Mexico celebrates anniversary with “I Love Mexico” video contest

Expat Living in Mexico celebrates anniversary with “I Love Mexico” video contest

Sep 16, 2017

The Expat Guide to Living in Mexico Invites Readers to Show Why They Love Mexico in 3-Minutes or Less to Win Prizes MORGAN HILL, CA (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 Expats In Mexico – The Expat Guide to Living in Mexico – is celebrating its first anniversary by launching an “I Love Mexico” video contest today, Mexico’s Independence Day. Expats living in Mexico, aspiring expats who want to make Mexico their home or people who love visiting Mexico are invited to register at the online magazine’s http://www.expatsinmexico.com/love-mexico-video-contest/ Website, and then produce a 3-minute or less video showing why they love Mexico. The winner of the “I Love Mexico” video contest will win a $300 Amazon gift certificate. The second place winner will receive an Amazon $200 gift certificate and third place will receive a $100 Amazon gift certificate. “Mexico is home to over 1 million expats and is the #1 destination for Americans moving to another country,” said Robert Nelson, the online magazine’s co-owner. “There seems to be increasing interest in moving to Mexico lately, often spurred by political turmoil in the U.S. A recent survey conducted by online expat community InterNations ranked Mexico as the third best place in the world for expats, while the U.S. was ranked just 43rd out of 65 countries overall, 17 places lower than 2016. The contest begins September 16, 2017 and ends at 11:59 p.m. October 15, 2017. Winners will be announced on expatsinmexico.com and through Expats In Mexico social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Created for expats living in Mexico and aspiring expats who are considering or planning a move to Mexico, The Expat Guide to Living in Mexico provides information, resources and tools that expats can use to help them get the most out of living in Mexico at expatsinmexico.com For more information go...

Baja Blues Festival kicks off Friday August 18!

Baja Blues Festival kicks off Friday August 18!

Aug 17, 2017

ROSARITO, Mexico – The Baja Blues Festival is a 3-day event full of blues music. Its mission, however, isn’t just to provide entertainment, it’s also to help the local community. This year the proceeds from the festival will be helping four different charities in the area of Ensenada and Rosarito, all related to education and helping children from these communities. The Rosarito Beach Hotel has been the venue hosting this event for the past six years, and they say this festival has become a tradition in Baja California. Many big name artists will be performing at this year’s Baja Blues Fest. This year the festival is expected to be the biggest by far with really good music, great drinks, and a fantastic atmosphere all while enjoying the beach. Organizers of the event say part of their mission statement is to promote tourism and bring people back to Rosarito to show them what a warm safe place it can be. This year the Baja Blues Festival will take place August 18th through the 20th. If you do not have your ticket already, you can purchase it at Bajabluesfest.org...

Forget Trump’s wall! This brewery wants a beer bar on the U.S.-Mexico border

Forget Trump’s wall! This brewery wants a beer bar on the U.S.-Mexico border

Aug 4, 2017

Instead of a wall between Mexico and the United States, a brewery is setting up a craft beer bar on the border. “The Bar on the Edge” was announced Thursday August 3, but no specifics were released on when or where exactly the Scottish brewer BrewDog would open the bar on the border between Texas and Chihuahua, Mexico. On the American side — marked by a dotted line across the center of the bar — you’ll find Mexican beers, and vice versa for the other half. The company said it’s all about collaboration and inclusivity, and what better way to make that clear than with a physical structure right on the line. The bar will be made from old shipping containers. Co-founder James Watt said in a release about the border bar, “Beer has always been a unifying factor between cultures – and our business was born from collaboration and an inclusive approach – so we thought it would be fun to place the bar a few feet further to actually cross the US-Mexico border too.” He said he’ll worry about “red tape stuff” later and will set up shop “until someone tells us to move it.” The secret spot where the mobile building will sit isn’t an area that is regularly visited, but the beer company hopes people will come for the brews and accepting atmosphere. To celebrate the border bar, the brewery’s Columbus, Ohio, taproom is having a party this weekend with Texan-based breweries and mezcal and tequila cocktails. Best part? Mexico doesn’t have to pay for it....

Boutique hotel in Cabo offers design store, food carts and mezcal bar

Boutique hotel in Cabo offers design store, food carts and mezcal bar

Aug 2, 2017

Guests staying in the minimal rooms at this small hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico, can also dine from on-site food carts, sample local booze and shop products by Mexican designers. Photograph by Rafael Gamo The Drift San Jose hotel sits in the historic centre of San José del Cabo, a resort town at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Photograph by Rafael Gamo Once a yellow block of six one-bedroom apartments, the building was acquired by new owner Stu Waddell in 2012 with the aim of creating an option between an upscale hostel and a budget boutique hotel. It is marketed as “for independent travellers who value adventure and culture over all-inclusive package holidays and expensive luxury resorts”. Waddell worked with architect Pablo Torrestrueba to renovate the 600-square-metre property, in phases and on a tight budget. First to complete were its eight guest rooms, followed by a concrete plunge pool, an outdoor bar and a courtyard for food carts, each in consecutive years. The building was painted white, windows were enlarged, and brown aluminium frames were replaced with industrial-style rolling panels. Split over two storeys, the rooms are minimally decorated and furnished. Concrete is used for flooring, bed platforms and bathtubs, while steel forms frames for glass doors, mirrors, shelving and furniture. Walls and ceilings are painted white. “Inspired by modern Baja ranch life, guest rooms are utilitarian with rustic poured concrete, and custom handmade steel finishes,” said Waddell. The rooms open onto a series of outdoor spaces on both levels. The main palm-filled courtyard features seating around the pool and a fire pit, around the corner from the bar serving artisanal varieties of mezcal – a local alcohol produced from the agave plant. Also on the patio, food carts serve Mexican snacks twice a week for both guests and the public, while the indoors Cowboy Grill prepares meals with seasonal ingredients and offers cooking classes. For relaxing in more privacy, a roof terrace has space for yoga and boasts vistas across the town and surrounding landscape. A recently added hammock tower offers an even better view for languid guests. Gifts and souvenirs can be purchased from the hotel’s store, which stocks contemporary products by...

Americans retire to Mexico in search of affordable golden years

Americans retire to Mexico in search of affordable golden years

Jul 29, 2017

Approximately 2 million American expatriates are currently living south of the border according to The Guardian and several other international publications. This number is increasing every year. This results from one of America’s largest demographic populations that are starting to come of age. Even the political strain between Mexico and the United States doesn’t seem to be stopping retirees from crossing the border seeking a more affordable retirement. According to topmexicorealestate.com, Baby Boomers are in search of a place where they can stretch their dollars, get the biggest bang for their buck, and be able to afford healthcare. The ever increasing cost of living, the current healthcare debacle, and uncertain economic indicators are forcing one of the largest generations to seek shelter elsewhere. America is retiring to Mexico for all the reasons mentioned. After making a good living but watching their retirement funds falter to inflation, trying to maintain their current lifestyle is a major concern to the boomers. Mexico offers many opportunities to live out your golden years with minimal worries regarding financial stability. Mexico has made incredible advancements in Western Medicine and operable technology. This being proven with Medical Tourism’s rapidly increasing popularity not only with Americans, but Canadians as well. More and more private hospitals are showing up throughout Mexico. The care given practically mirrors the United States at a third or less of the cost. The travel site, “You, Me and The Doc” wrote about a personal experience that spoke about having emergency surgery in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The real estate market in Mexico is on sale. With Mexico still recovering from America’s 2007 housing crisis and the exchange rate being very favorable against the peso, it is a perfect time to invest in your future. A home or condo, depending on location and proximity to the water and desired amenities, can start at under $100,000 USD. You could also select an ideal location and build your dream home for approximately half of what it would cost in the US. Combine that with extremely low property taxes and insurance, your housing expenses would amount to almost nothing. Click here for full article...

Highway 1 in Baja: From San Ignacio to the perfect beach south of Mulegé

Highway 1 in Baja: From San Ignacio to the perfect beach south of Mulegé

Jul 26, 2017

Follow Chuck Bolotin, from Best Places in the World to Retire, as he, his wife, and two dogs drive through Mexico in a large, white van.  This is the most recent story and describes their near death experiences on the road, an evening in a yurt, and gorgeous beaches. Driving south on Highway 1 from after it intersects Highway 5 is fairly uneventful, if by “uneventful” you mean the hundreds of times when you’re confronted with the fact that even a slight miscalculation on your steering wheel will result in certain death.  A half inch to the left, and you’ll crash head-on into a semi barreling towards you at 60 miles per hour.  A half inch to the right, and you’ll go over the roughly 12-inch shoulder to plunge either into a ditch, or down a canyon. (I recommend relaxed concentration, razor sharp reflexes, and hands at 10 and 2, just like your driver’s education instructor told you.) For most of the trip, Highway 1 is just two lanes; the one going your way, and the one with possible death hurtling towards you. Both lanes look to be narrow, and the shoulder varies from what seems like about a foot in width maybe a few inches. Don’t let anyone tell you that Mexicans don’t know how to drive; they’re excellent drivers in general and, given the width of the trucks, their speed, and their very small margin for error, Baja truck drivers are first rate athletes. You cross from Baja Norte into Baja Sur at… Click here for full...