How does one move to San Miguel or Guanajuato?

I'm planning a trip to SMDA and Guanajuato in August for 2 weeks and don't know where to begin. I'm a retired librarian with a limited income and I want to see, first, if I can afford housing to rent long-term. Also, I have 3 cats who are dear to me and I want to bring them. I also want to know about how to arrange my banking (SS and pension self-deposits, and moving IRAs, savings).

In short, how can I spend two weeks in August finding out if I can live there? It'd be great to speak to or correspond with any ex-pats (especially seniors) who've done it. I've a limited time there and I want to find out essential details about living in the area. Please help.

Of your question, this is of what I can inform you. SS and other retirement income can be directed to a US bank account and then you can withdraw the necessary living funds from ATM's which are everywhere. Mostly at banks and supermarkets. You can make arrangement with Mexican banks later, if you wish after you are settled in.

I hope others will chime in regarding living arrangements. I do know that there are a number of reality agencies in SMA.

I spent a month last summer in Gto. Fell in love. Decided to send 4 months there this summer. Prebooked the same place imwas in last year. Long story short - it was much more difficult there this year. I am 60 and a wee bit out of shape, but i had no problems last year. This year was awful. I just bit the bullet and moved to SMA. Much flatter and seems to me to be much friendlier.
Hope this helps some.
Just use your debit card - tell them where you will be.

Did you go through a realtor to find your places? I would be wanting an unfurnished house or apartment. I want to permanently relocate and I have a one-bedroom household. Many books and shelves. I want to move my stuff. Any suggestions you can give would be greatly appreciated. I'm coming down for the last half of August.

I would suggest booking a hotel or aibnb for a week or so. I found my spot because i saw the Renta sign in a store window. Walk everywhere abpnd talk to everyone when you get here.

Hi Claire,

My name is Melanie and I have lived in San Miguel de Allende for 6 years now.

The best advice I can give you is to come and spend some time here. Connect with Mexicans and Expats while you are here and become informed as much as you can first hand.

Beware that not everyone who gives advice or offers an opinion is well informed, regardless of how long they have lived in Mexico. Try to connect with people who are bilingual / bicultural. They are your best source for well-informed answers. 

Where to meet people? Check out the San Miguel Newcomers´Group --
San Miguel de Allende Newcomers´ Group

Best of luck!

Thanks Melanie. I'd be looking for a long term unfurnished place to settle into and check out the possibilities of buying a small house somewhere in Guanajuato. I have a lot of stuff I want to bring and three cats who live indoors. Any advice about this will be appreciated.


Hi Clare,

Do you plan on coming down anytime soon?

When I moved down, I sold everything and flew down. There are a lot of people in town who have moved down with furniture & pets. My friend, Yvon Marier, from Canada has a FB group about pets in Mexico. You might find some answers here: Travel Pets North America

There is another FB group page called Expats Living in Mexico. I suggest you post a question and see what advice you get. The more specific your question, the better. Here is the link: Expats Living in Mexico

Hope this information helps, Clare!

All my best,

Thanks Melaine, but those links you sent were Facebook pages that I can't access because I don't have a FB account. But to know that what I want to do is doable helps. Best, Clare

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