5 Reasons Why North American Retirees Are Flocking To Mexico

08/27/2016 The Huffington Post

AcapulcoDCurrent estimates put the number of U.S. and Canadian citizens living in various places in Mexico at well over one million. Not all are retired, but hundreds of thousands of them are. This easily makes Mexico the world’s most popular overseas retirement destination for U.S. and Canadian citizens. Remember, this is the country that one U.S. presidential candidate thinks is so bad that it should be walled off from the rest of North America.

What makes so many North Americans disagree? What makes Mexico the world’s biggest draw for U.S. and Canadian citizens looking outside their own countries for a quality retirement? We can think of five reasons off the top of our heads.

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Mexico City Tops “52 Places to Go in 2016”

angel de la independencia1/7/2016 The New York Times

It’s a big world out there, so we’ve narrowed it down for you. From ancient temples to crystalline waters, here are our top destinations to visit this year.

1. Mexico City, Mexico

When Pope Francis visits Mexico City in the spring, he will draw the faithful from around the country. The Mexican capital, though, is attracting pilgrims of another kind: travelers seeking some of the world’s best cuisine, museums and forward-thinking design. With young people from around Latin America and Spain streaming into the city, and the Mexican peso hitting record lows against the dollar, the city — daunting and endless as it is — radiates energy.

Certainly, there is no more exciting place to eat. Enrique Olvera, who reinvented Mexican cuisine at Pujol, has inspired a generation of restaurants in his wake, including Fonda Fina in La Roma and Fonda Mayora in nearby Condesa.

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Mexico Seeks Bids for Bullet Train

08/15/14 The Wall Street Journal

Photo by Heraldicos
Photo by Heraldicos

The Mexican government on Friday launched a bidding process for the construction of a passenger railway to connect Mexico City with the central city of Querétaro, as it seeks to return interstate rail travel to the country for the first time in decades.

The bullet train, which is expected to require investment in excess of $3 billion and go into operation in late 2017, is one of several passenger railways proposed by the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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Drug War Continues But Most Of Mexico Is Safe For Travel And Business, Experts Say

Tourists still heading to Tulum and other destinations in Mexico

Fox News Latino, 11/25/2013

Tucked into a protected bay on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Acapulco has in recent years become the poster child for how the country’s vicious drug war has turned a once idyllic tourist destination into a killing field.

Headless bodies, gang rapes of tourists and hours-long shootouts have driven even the hardiest of visitors away from the city’s famed beaches and high-rise hotels. Foreign visitors flying in have decreased from over 350,000 in 2006 to fewer than 61,000 in 2012 and the once popular spring break destination saw the number of U.S. college students visiting drop by 92 percent in the last three years.

While Acapulco – and border cities like Ciudad Juárez and Reynosa – have dominated the headlines for the gruesome drug violence, much of Mexico’s 761,606 square miles remain relatively safe for both tourists and business interests. Analysts and travel experts tend to agree that Mexico is both as dangerous and as safe as it ever has been; it just depends on where one travels.

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Good reasons to visit Mexico’s less-traveled destinations

Claudia-Ruiz-Massieu-2San Francisco Chronicle, 5/21/2013

To anyone who was wondering whether President Enrique Peña Nieto would be as staunch an advocate of Mexico’s tourism industry as his predecessor had been didn’t have to wait long for an answer. Presenting his national tourism policy in February, he said he intended to turn Mexico into a world-class destination, and his new Secretary of Tourism, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, said tourism will be the “engine to drive development for all Mexicans.”

Though the presentation was laced through with government-speak and obviously aimed less at tourists than at economic policy-makers concerned with an industry that generates nearly 9 percent of Mexico’s gross domestic product, tourists could already see some of the results by the time Mexico’s annual Tianguis Turistico, Latin America’s biggest tourism trade event, took place in March. Mexico Mix previously covered some of the announcements  affecting visitors to some of the country’s most popular destinations in March.

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Texans put aside fears of violence, flock back to Mexico for spring break

spring breakThe Dallas Morning News, 3/15/2013

The popular Mayan Riviera is seeing a resurgence of spring break tourism, underscored by the heavy presence of Texans frolicking on white, sandy beaches, after a period when warnings of violence kept many away. For the first time in three years, the Texas Department of Public Safety didn’t widely publicize a travel warning for Mexico, although it continues to warn on its website of “continued violence throughout the country,” including some resort towns.

The move has contributed to an easing of tensions between Texas and Mexico and to more Texans traveling to Mexico now and in the weeks ahead, residents and hotel officials say. About 100,000 visitors are expected for spring break this season, including the Discher family of Plano.

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Passengers on Mexican domestic flights have tripled since 1989 – #MexFacts

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