“Let’s Eat!” El Cheapo Mexico
Daily Life in Mexico
Domestic help who: cooks, cleans, washes and irons clothes is paid
sixty five dollars a week. It is affordable help and greatly enhances
the enjoyment of additional free time.
You live in Mexico because the quality of life is better. However, a
major contribution to that quality of life is that you can afford a
little decadence and are able to avoid household chores Viva Mexico and
Viva the good life!
Housing and medical costs in Mexico, are a third of those in the
United States. Recently, this economic advantage translates into quality
of life benefits.
If you were living in the U. S., on Social Security benefits alone,
you would be eating dog food like so many older American. Here in
Mexico, you have a darn decent life style on $700.00 a month.
A 2,000 square foot house with a great view of the city and bay,
would cost approximately $150.00 a year for property taxes. The same
home in the States would cost thousands of dollars a year. Property
taxes force many seniors in the U. S. to be uprooted from a home they
have enjoyed for decades before retirement.
A burgeoning market of U. S. citizens, traveling to Mexico for
quality medical care at a savings of 50 to 70 percent of what they would
pay in the U. S.
Medical and dental specialists in Baja Norte, on average, estimate
that U. S. patients represent 30% of their total practice.
A substantial medical insurance savings. Medical Insurance premiums
in Mexico for a full coverage with a small deductible and a choice of
providers is about 1/3 the cost of an HMO, without the choice advantage
Your quality of life owes a lot to economics in addition you would
enjoy the Mexican culture.
A large tourism sector for Baja California are the thousands of U.S.
citizens who travel here every month to take advantage of elective
surgeries and or medical treatments at savings of up to 75%. U.S. and
Canadian citizens, who live in Baja California, quickly learn that they
can receive better medical and dental care from private practitioners
here compared to what they received when living in the States. House
calls, twenty four hour emergency care and a doctor who spends time
explaining treatment options often shocks foreign patients accustomed to
indifferent and "too busy to talk" practitioners at home.
Another benefit of being treated in Mexico is that some very
effective medical modalities exist here but are not approved for use in
the United States.
Some comparisons: Premium dark roasted coffee (Starbuck quality) from
the local roaster is $4.50 a pound, cigars are 65 cents a piece which
cost three to five dollars in the states. Spanish brandy is $6.00 a
fifth in the duty free store and Bohemia or Negra Modelo beer (selling
for $7.00 a six pack in the U.S.) is priced at $4.50.
Let’s Eat! El Cheapo Mexico
You can buy a kilo (2+lbs.) of fresh shrimp for $16.00 dlls. You can
eat lunch in a family restaurant, serving comida corrida (meal of the
day), for thirty five pesos or $3.50 dlls. Tortillerias sell freshly
made tortillas for 80 cents a kilo. Fresh rolls (birotes), that rival
those made in Paris or San Francisco, cost 25 cents each and can be
found in bakeries all over Mexico. Mexican dessert pastries, that will
satisfy any gourmet family's sweet tooth about $2.00 a bag. Along with
savings on your food bill you would have the added advantage of buying
affordable abalone, lobster, mussels and clams fresh from local
fishermen. In addition, door to door vendors offer wonderful selections
of home made cheeses, deserts and olives.
Mexican Border Towns Similar to U.S. Border Towns
Close to the border, Baja California has adopted much of Southern
California's culture. A frontier culture that mixes: language, styles of
dress, music and a perspective that is influenced by both Mexican and
U.S. values. Although influenced by cross border experiences, "Fronteriza"
is a distinct culture, neither Mexican nor American. This synergy of
influences is producing new and unique music, theatre, literature and
Baja California is culturally easy for U.S. folks, especially
Southern Californians whose parents brought them here as children to
fish, surf or just enjoy the "kick back" Baja, beach oriented lifestyle.
Baja California is one of the last places on earth where Abalone still
survive off her Pacific Coast. The Sea of Cortez is the only inland sea
that is surrounded by the territory of a single nation Jacques Cousteau
called the Sea of Cortez the world's aquarium. It is home to a multitude
of endangered sea life including the protected 300 pound Totuaba,
considered by game fisherman to be the most precious and exciting of
Baja's beauty is made up of mostly pristine: desert, mountains and
The Sophistication of Mexico’s Economy
In the last few years American Banks like Citbank and Bank of America
and and other international banks like HSBC and Scotia bank have been
buying the large Mexican Banks, Investments Comanies like GE Capital,
Zell group, Hines and Black Creek Capital which develops sites for
Walmart, Costco and Home Depot are all investing heavily in the Mexican
Real Estate market, private investors like Warren Buffet are also
investing in Mexican Real Estate.
Telmex has pored a substantial percentage of its capital reserves
into improving technological infrastructure.
Telmex equipment capabilities have been steadily improving, most
impressively over the last five years. Within the last 2 to 3 years we
have begun to enjoy truly modern telephone service: fiber optics,
reasonably quick installation of service (days instead of years), and a
multitude of service options: call holding, voice mail and the fast
Less than a year before long distance competition entered the market,
Telmex dramatically cut long distance rates.
Nothing is less notable than the seemingly overnight success and
sophistication of the Mexican entertainment industry which is now a
worldwide media and talent colossus. The demand for Mexican produced
media products has been greatly enhanced by a thousand fold growth of
Spanish Radio and Television in the United States over the last ten
years. This 30 million plus, Spanish speaking audience want to hear news
and entertainment from Mexico.
Televisa, the one time TV monopoly, now has real competition for
viewers. Mexican Tele Novelas, for example always popular in other
markets, are now enjoying their highest demand throughout the world.
The sophistication of the music industry in Mexico is particularly
reflected in the recent boom of Rock en Espanol. Rhythm and Blues,
Caribbean, local Mexican folk music, hip hop, and even rap can be found
in the Rock en Espanol. Rock music in Mexico is no longer the corny
plastic imitation of rockabilly and blue eyed soul it was a decade ago.
The quality of musicianship and creativity of Rock en Espanol has
attracted international record producers who see the size and interest
for this product internationally.