Why Mexico? Why Now?

David Simmonds I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the United States has changed a lot in the past 30 years, and I’m not talking about the ubiquitous presence of everyman computers and super-sized cheeseburgers. I make no apologies for my feelings…I’m a boomer who grew up in a better time, and I don’t like what has happened. Quite simply, […]

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Passport Rules For Mexico

David Simmonds  In one of the least surprising news stories of the day, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the State Department announced that it will be another year (June 2009) before the new ID requirement takes affect for border crossers. They must be a little backed up working on that border fence that will […]

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Next Cruise Stop…Mazatlan

Mazatlan (Land of Monuments and Chicken Feet) by Richard Kiser This is the second of a three-part series on a cruise to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.  Welcome to Mazatlan. Step out to the veranda and take a deep breath -pure Mexico fills the lungs. Your eyes are greeted by an industrial marina and […]

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Dealing With The Hawkers

We’ve all been there, right?. You have just spent a day and a half dealing with airports, unplanned layovers and flight delays, knee-destroying plane seats, humorless flight personnel, lost luggage, a view-room that overlooks a parking lot…but it’s OK, because now you’re on the beach, settling into a bright-blue wooden beach chair with a cold Pacifico […]

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Coastal Real Estate Prices

There is a genuine land rush going on anywhere near the beach in Mexico. Prices are rising very fast, with village after village near the major tourist areas experiencing price escalations that are sometimes hard to believe. The coast line north of Puerto Vallarta, mostly in the state of Nayarit, has been designated as the […]

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Cruising to Cabo

                                                         Cabo San Lucas                                  (You too can be a proportional owner of the arch) by Richard Kiser This is the first of a three-part series on a cruise to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. It’s about 6AM and we are approaching our first port –Cabo San Lucas. I was sleepless and found myself […]

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Health Care In Mexico

Mexican Doctors and Dentists Many Americans who live near the border get their medical and dental needs by crossing into Mexico. If it wasn’t a good idea they would try it once and never go back. But go back they do, and not just because the prices are right…they also receive excellent care. The same […]

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Fresco Painting Workshops In Alamos, Mexico

Fresco is a technique used for mural painting. Most of the murals painted by Diego Rivera, for example, were done in fresco. The Maya Indians did fresco paintings in the Pre-Columbian era, as did the inhabitants of  Pompeii. Now you can learn this ancient technique in a simple, introductory five-day workshop in the beautiful colonial […]

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There Is No Medicare In Mexico…Yet

One of the most misunderstood considerations that puzzle many gringos as they ponder a life south-of-the-border is the health-care options. What happens if I break my ankle on one of those damn charming cobblestones? Or a coconut drops on my head (you’re probably dead) while swinging in my hammock, or my gastrointestinal tract slips its track? Do […]

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Real Estate Blowback

The 3rd annual Mexico Resort Development Conference has just concluded in La Costa, near San Diego, with some new, but not surprising, revelations. For many years these type of affairs have been very upbeat cheerleading sessions designed to synergize the attendees into prolific deal-making. Many of the industry’s heavy-hitters were in attendance, including Jack Nicklaus, […]

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