Understanding the differences now, will save you a lot of time and money later. Being close to the U.S. but not in the U.S. has its advantages!
DISTANCE TO THE NEAREST U.S. BORDER
Mexico is a big country and you have a lot of options when it comes to where to live in Mexico. One of the main things to consider is the distance to the U.S. border. If this is your first time purchasing property in Mexico you might want to consider that living close to the U.S. will allow you to take advantage of both countries.
Places like Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Cancún or San Miguel de Allende will most likely require plane flights, whereas destinations that are closer to the border with only require a very short car ride.
Places like Rosarito Beach, Tijuana and Ensenada are anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour’s drive to San Diego.
This means that you can live at a discount in Baja but still enjoy all of the great things San Diego has to offer.
OCEANFRONT PROPERTIES THAT YOU CAN AFFORD!
It is true that compared to the U.S. you can buy oceanfront and ocean view properties at a discount in Mexico but it is important that you understand the cost differences.
In places like Puerto Vallarta, Cabo and Cancún, oceanfront properties are in the millions of dollars compared to Rosarito Beach, Tijuana and Ensenada which are in the hundreds of thousands.
The fact is you can buy a Luxury Oceanfront Condo with all the amenities in Rosarito Beach starting at around $150,000. If you head a short distance north to San Diego or a little further to Cabo or Cancún, the same property will be in the millions.
For most people, areas like Puerto Vallarta, Cabo and Cancún have priced themselves out of the market. Although there are million dollar condos and homes in Rosarito Beach, Tijuana and Ensenada, they are the exception. In northern Baja most of the oceanfront properties are still extremely affordable.
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED MEDICAL CARE?
Now Mexico has great medical care but what if you already have Medical insurance in the U.S.?
Why pay out of pocket in Mexico when you can easily access your U.S. doctors and Hospitals if you live in Rosarito Beach, Tijuana and Ensenada?
The answer to that is obvious...for small medical issues you can’t beat Mexico for the cost, but if you have to deal with any major medical issues or any ongoing long term treatment you are going to want to see your U.S. doctor.
A lot of people don't take this in consideration when they are picking a place to live in Mexico and what happens is they end up having to sell their property and move back to the U.S. Imagine if you lived in Cancún and needed to have a procedure that requires you to use your U.S. medical insurance? This would mean you would have to pay for AIRFARE, RENTAL CAR AND A HOTEL if you wanted your spouse to accompany you. As we all know, you will need to have consultation visits with your primary care doctor who will then schedule you to have lab work, and then it is back to the primary care doctor who will then refer you to a specialist for care and treatment!!! This could take weeks if not months of doctor visits! Imagine if you had to jump on a plane, rent a car and a hotel many times to complete your treatment. This would get very costly as well as time consuming.
By living closer to the U.S. border this problem is solved. Rosarito Beach, Tijuana and Ensenada is a short car ride to San Diego. Scheduling doctor visits, Lab Work or any other ongoing treatment is hassle free. If your appointment was in the morning you could be home by lunch time.
WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER? (HURRICANE ZONES)
Understanding the weather is vital if you plan on living, investing or vacationing in your new Mexico Home.
Most of the top destinations like Cancún, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo are all seasonal. Which means they have an off season and an on season. Most people only travel to these destinations in the high seasons so they don't know what they are like at the other times of the year. But the “off seasons” are off for a reason. Not only are the temperatures extremely hot, but the weather is extreme also.
Cancún, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo are all in Hurricane Zones. Hurricanes are common in these areas at certain times of the year. I don’t know about you but if you have ever been in a hurricane or seen the effects of one... they can be scary!
Rosarito Beach, Tijuana and Ensenada are fortunate to share one of the world's best weather conditions with SAN DIEGO. San Diego is world famous for its weather and for its abundance of SUNNY DAYS. This area is not in a hurricane zone so there is no need to be concerned with storm shelters or hurricane insurance. You won't be without power, streets washed away, homes flooded or damaged because of a hurricane. This should be a big factor in choosing your location to purchase and live.
CAN YOUR FAMILY AFFORD TO VISIT YOU?
Consider if you live in Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Cancún or San Miguel de Allende and you want your children, grandchildren or both to visit you. This could get costly! Airfare and Rooms alone will be in the $1,000’s... and this would probably be a once a year visit at best.
Now consider living in Rosarito Beach, Tijuana and Ensenada. Most families can drive down to see you. The cost of hotels here are extremely affordable compared to the resort destinations allowing you and your family to save $1,000’s on airfare and rooms. With these savings you will be able to have multiple family visits a year.
WHAT ABOUT U.S. MAIL AND PACKAGES?
Have you ever considered how you would get your mail if you lived in Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Cancún or San Miguel de Allende?
If you keep your U.S. address this will not be a problem as you will be traveling back and forth... but, what if you plan on living full time in Mexico... What happens to all your U.S. mail?
If you plan on living in Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Cancún or San Miguel de Allende there are services that will forward mail to you but it is costly and a challenge especially if you have packages.
For those of us that live in Rosarito Beach, Tijuana and Ensenada there are many services that will cross daily to pick up our mail and packages for us. If you like to shop online at places like Amazon (like most of us) you will not have a problem. For a very small fee you can still enjoy all the online shopping that you would have in the U.S. Our website recommends a few different mail service providers.