Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Anyone who has found themselves saying, "I'm outta here" if their preferred candidate doesn't win the 2016 U.S. presidential election should know that there are many excellent-value, warm-weather, close-to-home places where you can live better for less!
But finding the right location among the myriad options available can be daunting. Lucky for us, the editors of International Living recently released their picks for the top five places to escape to when looking beyond America's borders makes good sense - and it comes as no surprise that Mexico tops the list!
Aside from the fact that Mexico is extremely convenient to the U.S. and Canada, that Mexico's Senior Citizens' Benefits Program offers up to 50% discounts on many services to retirees over the age of 60, that the Mexican government has enacted many new laws encouraging foreign investment, Mexico has become an incredible place to enjoy retirement, offering the quality of life that North Americans are accustomed to with numerous extra benefits.
Here's what International Living said about Mexico, and Puerto Vallarta in particular:
There is only one place in the world where you can enjoy an affordable overseas retirement, live right on the beach at affordable prices, yet remain within minutes of the U.S. by car...
Plus, right now with the current exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the deflated peso, Mexico is a huge bargain.
With rapidly rising fuel, health care, food, and travel costs back home, it's nice to know that there are still places where you can live well without burning through your retirement nest-egg. Mexico is one such place.
A move to Mexico means you can still enjoy the amenities you were accustomed to north of the border, including cable TV, high-speed Internet, and modern home appliances. And if you prefer, you can even bring all of your favorite things with you without paying import taxes.
"I absolutely love my new life here in Puerto Vallarta," says expat Jack Bramy who moved to the popular beach town last year. "In fact, I think it's perfect."
Jack lives in a nice two-bedroom apartment with a large balcony overlooking the pool. He's half a block from the beach and only pays $575 a month, including cable and internet. "A place like mine back in San Francisco would run about $3,000 a month or more," says Jack. "My only utility bill is electricity, and itís about $30 monthly without using the air conditioning."
This eclectic coastal city has been popular with international travelers for years. Hollywood first discovered Puerto Vallarta in 1964, when "Night of the Iguana," starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner, was filmed here. Tourists and expats have been flocking to the beaches, narrow cobblestone streets, and towering hills overlooking Banderas Bay ever since.
Puerto Vallarta is just one of the many expat havens on offer in Mexico. In towns and cities all over the country, you'll enjoy easy living, glorious landscapes, extraordinary value on real estate, and an affordable cost of living... These are just some of the reasons why droves of Americans are moving south of the border.Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Columbia also made "The 5 Best Places to Move to if You Don't Like the Election Results" list. To find out why, read the full article on InternationalLiving.com.