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Welcome to My Baja Coast Blog for Mexico. Here you will find the latest news and information on Baja Real Estate, articles and information on living in Baja, and market condition in Rosarito, Ensenada and other parts of Baja,California.
Sales in Northern Baja Picking up

Developers in Coastal areas, Rosarito and Ensenada, see Mexicans and Americans picking up bargains 

In the middle of 2009, Northern Baja real estate was at a standstill, nothing was selling; no one was here, hotels where at fewer than 20% occupancy. Rosarito Beach and Ensenada hotels are expecting to finish this summer with over 60% occupancy. 

Now, in the middle of 2011, hoteliers, developers and realtors are optimistic.

The average sales per month in the first quarter of 2011 stood at fifteen, with an average price of $ 205,000 dollars vs. 1 sale per month in the same period a year before, says RE/MAX’ s  Blanca Guerrero, one of Baja’s most prominent realtors.

In the second quarter we see this number increasing to 20 sales and just a bit higher on the average price. 

However, third quarter of 2011 is seeing more activity and many more Americans and Baja California residents investing in the area.

Thus, the average estimated sales per month on the third quarter are estimated at 25 per month; likewise, buyers are moving a little bit up representing a $ 215,000 average price.

Just like in Southern California, where according to the National Association of Realtors, San Diego’s homes sales price average increased 21% from its low, reached in March of 2009 ($327,000 and now stands at $398,000), here in northern Baja California, oceanfront prices have also increased just about 15% from their lows.

San Diego’s peak was in May 2006 at $622,000 and northern Baja was in early 2007 at $ 329,000, and now stands at $ 205,000. It went down as low as $180,000 in early 2009. Of course, if we compare oceanfront prices in San Diego, the average there is $1.8 million!

40% of  buyers are from southern California, Nevada and Arizona and they are between 40 and 65 years of age, and are looking for: future retirement (35%), investment (25%), second home (30%), and a few other reasons (10%). 

As a big surprise, we see that over 60% of buyers are from state residents. Northern Baja California residents are taking advantage of great value in the area and are snatching up oceanfront and ocean view property all over. (Take a look at one of our bargains here)

We are seeing not a sense of urgency as much, but mostly a realization of the great price and value opportunity, says Ms. Guerrero. As an example, an oceanfront luxury condominium, 2bed/2bath with approximately 1,400 sq ft that was selling for $280,000 three years ago; same unit was selling in the $180k’s to 190k’s 12 and 6 months ago, and is now selling for around $220,000 dollars… still at a fraction of an identical property just north of the border… and still low in comparison of the high of 2005 here in Baja California. Many are looking for -and finding- amazing opportunities.

Prices dropped an average of 33% from the high of 2006, says Ms. Guerrero, However, since the bottom -which was hit on the first quarter of 2009, prices have increased around 20%, says Victor Loza, Baja real estate agent, and now sales director of the Rancho del Mar Lots and Homes; 

Many Americans love living in northern Baja, for many reasons, but the main ones are comprised of closeness to the US border, top of the line medical services and hospitals, low cost of living, friendly and helpful neighbors. 

Property taxes run an average of $200.00 dollars per year, while a similar property in California would be around $ 5,000 dls.

Baby Boomers are retiring in record numbers and are looking into Mexico to retire, mostly to enjoy a great lifestyle but still be close to the border.

Our buyers are very analytical, says Mrs. Guerrero. They do their homework before they come and buy or invest in Mexico. 

In previous years, people just came down and snatched properties left and right, without looking at paperwork, bank trust information, title insurance, closing costs, etc.

Now buyers are informed and agents’ and developers’ responsibility is to inform them even more and disclose all that is pertinent to the sale. 

If 2011 is looking very good, we can expect a great 2012 and a superb 2013 and beyond.

We have new developers coming into the area and some that where here before, are restarting their projects. 

Amazing developments like “La Jolla del Mar” in northern Rosarito have completed construction.

Other Mexican and world destinations only dream to be as close to California and the US as Baja California is!

Price Reduced on Baja del Mar # 117-118 in Baja Del Mar

Baja Del Mar, Playas de Rosarito  -  Announcing a price reduction on Baja del Mar # 117-118, a 445 sq. m., 2 bath, 2 bdrm single story "Garage on lower level". Now $275,000 USD - Investment Opportunity.

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THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC REALITY

First: A reality check on Mexico

Mexico is in a unique position to reap many of the benefits of the decline ofthe US economy. In order to not violate NAFTA and other agreements the U.S.A. cannot use direct protectionism, so it is content toallow the media to play this protectionist role. The U.S. media - overthe last year - has portrayed Mexico as being on the brink of economic collapseand civil war. The Mexican people are either beheaded, kidnapped, poor,corrupt, or narco-traffickers. The American news media was particularlyaggressive in the weeks leading up to spring break. The main reason for this ismoney. During that two-week period, over 120,000 young American citizens pouredinto Mexico and left behind hundreds of millions of dollars.

Let's look at the reality of the massive drug and corruption problem,kidnappings, murders and money. The U.S. Secretary of State Clinton was clearin her honest assessment of the problem. "Our insatiable demand forillegal drugs fuels the drug trade. Our inability to prevent the weapons frombeing illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes thedeaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians," Clinton said. Theother large illegal business that is smuggled into the U.S.A. that no one likesto talk about is Human Traffic for prostitution. This "business" isglobally now competing with drugs in terms of profits.

 Is there corruption in Mexico? YES !!! Is there an equal amount of corruptionrelated to this business in the U.S.A.? YES !!!. When you have a pair ofillegal businesses that generate over $300,000,000,000 in sales you will findmassive corruption. Make no mistake about the Mexican Drug Cartel; these"businessmen" are 100 times more sophisticated than the bumblingbootleggers during Prohibition. They form profitable alliances all over theU.S.A. They do cost benefit analysis of their business much better than the USautomobile industry. They have found over the years that the cost of bribingU.S. and Mexican Border Guards and the transportation costs of moving marijuanafrom Sinaloa to California have cut significantly into profits. That is whyover the past 5-7 years they have been growing marijuana in State and FederalParks and BLM land all across America. From a business standpoint, this is atremendous cost savings on several levels. Let's look at California as anexample as one of the largest consumers. When you have $14.2 billion ofMarijuana grown and consumed in one state, there is savings on transportation,less loss of product due to confiscation and an overall reduction cost ofbribery with law enforcement and parks service people. Another great savings isthe benefit to their employees. The penalties in Mexico for growing range from5-15 years. The penalties in California, on average are 18 months, and out in 8months. The same economic principles are now being applied to themethamphetamine factories.

FOX News continues to scare people with its focus on kidnapping. There arekidnappings in Mexico. The concentration of kidnappings has been in MexicoCity, among the very rich and tCiudad Juarez by the Texas border. With theexception of Mexico City, the number one city for kidnappings among NAFTAcountries is Phoenix, Arizona with over 359 in 2008. The Phoenix Policeestimate that twice that number of kidnappings goes unreported, because likeMexico 99% of these crimes were directly related to drug and human traffic.Phoenix, unfortunately, is geographically profitable transshipping location.Mexicans, just like 99% of U.S. Citizens during prohibition, go about theirdaily lives all over the country. They get up, go to school or work and livetheir lives untouched by the border town violence.

These same protectionist news sources have misled the public as to the realdanger from the swine flu in Mexico and temporary devastated the tourismbusiness. As of May 27 2009 there have been 87 deaths in Mexico from the swineflu. During those same five months there have been 36 murdered school childrenin Chicago. By their logic, if 87 deaths from the swine flu in Mexico warrantscanceling flights and cruise ships to Mexico, then close all roads and highwaysin the USA because of record 43,359 automobile related deaths in the USA in2008.

What is just getting underway is what many are calling the "Largestsouthern migration to Mexico of people and real estate assets since the CivilWar" A significant percentage of the Baby Boomers have been doing theresearch and are making the life changing decision to move out of the U.S.A.The number one retirement destination in the world is Mexico. There are alreadyover 2,000,000 US and Canadian property owners in Mexico. The most conservativenumber of American and Canadian Baby Boomers who are on their way to owningproperty in Mexico for full or part time living in the next 15 years is over6,000,000. Do the math on 6,000,000 people buying a $300,000 house or condo andyou will understand why the U.S. Government is trying to tax this massive shiftof money to Mexico through H.R. 3056. The U.S. government calls this "TheTax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007". Those who will have to pay itare calling this the EXIT TAX.

Mexico: A better economic choice than China

Another large exodus from the U.S.A is high paying skilled jobs. The job shiftin automobile sector, both car and parts manufacturing, is already known bymost investors. In the last few months as John Deere and Caterpillar have beenlaying off thousands of workers in the U.S.A., and hiring equal numbers inMexico. The most recent industry that is making the shift is the aerospacemanufacturers. In the city of Zacatecas there is currently a $210 millionaerospace facility being built. With the 11 U.S. companies moving there, it isestimated to provide over 200,000 new high paying jobs in the coming years. Oneof the main factors for the shift in job south to Mexico instead of China isrealistic analysis of total production, labor and delivery costs. While thelabor costs in China are 40% less on average, the overall transportation costsand inherent risks of a long distance supply chain, and quality control issues,gives Mexico a distinct financial advantage.

Mexico's real economic future

Mexico has avoided completely the subprime problem that has devastated the U.S.banking industry. The Mexican banks are healthy and profitable. Mexico has agrowing and very healthy middle and upper middle class. The very recentintroduction of residential financing has Mexico in a unique position of havingover 90% of current homeowners owning their house outright. U.S. banks arecompeting for the Mexican, Canadian and American cross border loan business. Itis and will continue to be a very safe and very profitable business. These samebanks that were loaning in a reckless manner have learned their lesson and areloaning here the old fashioned way. They require a minimum of a 680 creditscore, 30% down payment, and verifiable income that can support the loan. Inmost areas of Mexico where Baby Boomers are moving to, with the exception ofPuerto Penasco (which did not have a national and international base ofbuyers), there is no real estate bubble.. The higher end markets ($2-20million) in many of these destinations are going through a modest correction.The Baby Boomers market here is between $200,000 and $600,000. With thecontinuing demand inside the Bay of Banderas, that price point, in the comingyears, will disappear. This is the reason the Mexican government is spendingbillions of dollars on more infrastructure north along the coast all the way upto Mazatlan.

The other major area where America has become overpriced is in the field ofhealth care. This massive shift of revenues is estimated to add 5-7% toMexico's GDP. The name for this "business" is Medical Tourism. Thetwo biggest competitors for Mexico were Thailand and India. Thailand andIndia's biggest drawback is geography. Also recent events, Thailand's inabilityto keep a government in place and the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai, havehelped Mexico capture close to half of this growth industry. In Mexico todaythere are over 56 world class hospitals being built to keep up with thisbusiness.

Mexico is currently sitting on a cash surplus and an almost balanced budget.Most Americans have never heard of Carlos Slim until he loaned the New YorkTimes $250 million. After that it became clear to many investors around theworld what Mexicans already knew: that Mexico had been able to avoid the worstof the U.S. economic devastation. Mexico's resilience is to be admired. Whenthe U.S. Federal Reserve granted a $30 billion loan to each of Mexico,Singapore, South Korea, and Brazil, Mexico reinvested the money in Treasurybonds in an account in New York City.

According to oil traders, Mexico's Pemex wisely as the price of oil shot to$147 a barrel put in place an investment strategy that hinged on oil trading inthe range of $38-$60 a barrel. Since the beginning of 2009 Mexico has beencollecting revenues on hedged positions that give them $90-$110 per barreltoday. Mexico's recent and under reported oil discovery in the Palaeo Channelsof Chicontepec has placed it third in the world for oil reserves, right behindCanada and Saudi Arabia.

The following is a quote from Rosalind Wilson, President of the CanadianChamber of Commerce on March 19, 2009. "The strength of the Mexicaneconomic system makes the country a favorite destination for Canadianinvestment".

In BAJA CALIFORNIA: Rosarito Beach and Ensenada are inhigh demand again

Whys is this? So many regions and countries would liketo be where northen Baja is located!

Northen Baja is located at only a 45 minute drive fromSan Diego, ca, and less than 5 hours from anyhere in Las Vegas, southerArizona, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, etc.

Not only can you find top-of-the linehospitals, clinics and dental care in Baja california, and most USinsurance plans are accepted there, but you are only minutes away from SanDiego.

Beautiful people, beautiful beaches, amazing prices at a fraction of what youwould expect in these above mentioned cities.

The cost of living in Baja is at least 35% less thanin the USA...

I would offer a word of caution for investors in Mexico. Do not be seduced bythe endless natural beauty that is everywhere, both inland in colonial townsand along thousands of miles of beach. Apply conservative medium and long terminvestment strategies without emotion. The demand for full and part time livingby American and Canadian Baby Boomers is evident throughout the country. Thetop two choice locations are ocean front, and ocean view. The third overallchoice, which is less expensive, is inland in one of the many beautifulcolonial towns or small cities.

Mexico, with the world's 13th largest GDP, is no longer a "Third WorldCountry", but rather a fast growing, economically secure state, as themost recent five-year history of its financial markets when compared to theU.S.A.'s financial markets suggests.

DOW JONES AVERAGES MAY 2004 10,200 - MAY 2009 8,200 20% LOSS IN 5 YEARS

in March 2011: 12,000

MEXICAN BOLSA MAY 2004 10,000 - MAY 2009 23,000 130% GAIN IN 5 YEARS
In March 2011: 37,500 !!

Single Story For Sale in La Jolla del Mar / Real

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• 2 bath, 3 bdrm single story - $375,000 USD

 -  This exquisite completely upgraded Junior Penthouse condominium is an excellent investment opportunity as the value of this property is sure to go up in the years to come. It features many upgrades, such as travertine marble floors. It is completely furnished and turnkey ready.

La Jolla de Mar is located just one mile south of downtown Rosarito and is close to all the fine dining, shopping areas and points of interest. It is a private community with round the clock security. The grounds feature several pools and Jacuzzis, green areas and barbecue areas, which are immaculately groomed and maintained. The clubhouse is beautiful and you can enjoy the ocean waves breaking over the rocks as you sip on your favorite beverage. A fully equipped gym is available to ensure that you maintain your health and fitness levels at their peak.

Just south of La Jolla del Mar is the famous lobster village of Puerto Nuevo, where you can dine on seafood at the many fine restaurants. Only 20 minutes south is Bajamar, the place where golfers like to tee up. If you are a wine connoisseur, then a short trip away is the Valley of Guadalupe, featuring many local wineries and specialty shops. With Ensenada only 30 minutes away and the U.S. only 20 minutes away, this location is ideal for those wanting to enjoy all the comforts and benefits of living in Baja, while staying relatively close to the U.S.

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1 1/2 Story For Sale in Rancho Del Mar

•  1 1/2 story - $180,001 USD - JUST REDUCED $ 35,000

 -  3 Bedrooms - Recamaras
(One master bedroom with walking closet and bathroom)

2 Bathrooms -Baños
1 Room - Cuarto
1 Dining - Sala
1 Kitchen - Cocina
1 Terrace -Terraza
2 Car Garage - Estacionamiento (With laundry area - Con área de llavar)

The Rancho house is conditioned with: water pump, mine gas and heating installed.
Wrought Iron Gate in front yard, wood terrace details and Iron railing on staircase leading to terrace. The brick grill looks amazing with the tile detail on the terrace. It also counts with Ceramic tile in the staircase, living room, kitchen, inner hallway and master bedroom.

How could we forget, the elegant wooden closet in all bedrooms. And finally, the wooden furniture with granite countertop it’s a touch of luxury in the bathroom.
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Cuenta con bomba, mina de gas y calentador instalado. Reja de herrería en patio frontal y alrededor de la bomba de agua. Detalles de madera en pasamanos de la terraza. Asador de ladrillo con detalles de azulejo en terraza. Loseta de cerámica en acceso, escalera interior, sala, comedor, cocina, pasillo interior y recamara principal.

Barandal de herrería en escalera interior que conduce a terraza.

Cocina integral color madera natural con cubierta de granito tipo gallo veneciano.

Muebles de madera con cubierta de granito

con lavamanos cerámico y wc en baños color beige.

Lámparas en cocina, baños, recamaras, en fachado frontal y posterior.

Apagadores con dimer en recamaras.

Detalle de molduras entre plafón y muro en sala, comedor pasillo y recamaras.

Zoclo de madera en las dos recamaras que cuenta con alfombra.

Closet de madera en recamaras

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Single Story For Sale in Rancho Del Mar

• 176 sq. m., 3 bath, 3 bdrm single story - $180,000 USD - JUST REDUCED $ 35,000!!!

 -  HOUSE SPECIFICATIONS:
ESPECIFICACIONES DE LA VIVIENDA:

3 Bedrooms - Recamaras
(One master bedroom with walking closet and bathroom)

2 Bathrooms -Baños
1 Room - Cuarto
1 Dining - Sala
1 Kitchen - Cocina
1 Terrace -Terraza
2 Car Garage - Estacionamiento (With laundry area - Con área de llavar)

The Rancho house is conditioned with: water pump, mine gas and heating installed.
Wrought Iron Gate in front yard, wood terrace details and Iron railing on staircase leading to terrace. The brick grill looks amazing with the tile detail on the terrace. It also counts with Ceramic tile in the staircase, living room, kitchen, inner hallway and master bedroom.

How could we forget, the elegant wooden closet in all bedrooms. And finally, the wooden furniture with granite countertop it’s a touch of luxury in the bathroom.
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Cuenta con bomba,mina de gas y calentador instalado. Reja de herrería en patio frontal y alrededor de la bomba de agua. Detalles de madera en pasamanos de la terraza. Asador de ladrillo con detalles de azulejo en terraza. Loseta de cerámica en acceso,escalera interior, sala, comedor, cocina, pasillo interior y recamara principal.

Barandal de herrería en escalera interior que conduce a terraza.

Cocina integral color madera natural con cubierta de granito tipo gallo veneciano.

Muebles de madera con cubierta de granito

con lavamanos cerámico y wc en baños color beige.

Lámparas en cocina, baños, recamaras, en fachado frontal y posterior.

Apagadores con dimer en recamaras.

Detalle de molduras entre plafón y muro en sala, comedor pasillo y recamaras.

Zoclo de madera en las dos recamaras que cuenta con alfombra.

Closet de madera en recamaras.

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1 1/2 Story For Sale in La Jolla del Mar / Real

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Furnished and Turn Key Ready!!!

• 2 bath, 3 bdrm 1 1/2 story - $375,000 USD - Incredible Jr. Penthouse

 -  This exquisite completely upgraded Junior Penthouse condominium is an excellent investment opportunity as the value of this property is sure to go up in the years to come. It features many upgrades, such as travertine marble floors. It is completely furnished and turnkey ready.

La Jolla de Mar is located just one mile south of downtown Rosarito and is close to all the fine dining, shopping areas and points of interest. It is a private community with round the clock security. The grounds feature several pools and Jacuzzis, green areas and barbecue areas, which are immaculately groomed and maintained. The clubhouse is beautiful and you can enjoy the ocean waves breaking over the rocks as you sip on your favorite beverage. A fully equipped gym is available to ensure that you maintain your health and fitness levels at their peak.

Just south of La Jolla del Mar is the famous lobster village of Puerto Nuevo, where you can dine on seafood at the many fine restaurants. Only 20 minutes south is Bajamar, the place where golfers like to tee up. If you are a wine connoisseur, then a short trip away is the Valley of Guadalupe, featuring many local wineries and specialty shops. With Ensenada only 30 minutes away and the U.S. only 20 minutes away, this location is ideal for those wanting to enjoy all the comforts and benefits of living in Baja, while staying relatively close to the U.S.

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Price Reduced on 10-Las Ventanas in Las Ventanas

Las Ventanas, Playas de Rosarito  -  Announcing a price reduction on 10-Las Ventanas, a 220 sq. m., 2 bath, 2 bdrm townhouse. Now $280,000 USD - JUST REDUCED GREAT DEAL.

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Start a New Life in Mexico

Here's why there will neverbe a better time in your lifetime to start a new life in Mexico…

Baja Real EstateHave you entertained the thought of living the good life in Baja California?Heed my words: There has never been an easier... more lucrative...or a moreexciting time to be here.

In fact, there's never been a better time in your lifetime to start anew life in Mexico.

Despite of what you think you might know about this huge and diverse country(keep reading, I'm going to dispel some of the most common myths), there hasnever been a better time to consider a move here.

That's because, right now, three critical factors have come together in a way they rarely do.

My name is Victor Loza. My wife, Alma, and I have been living in Mexico for over seven years now. And I can say, with confidence: I've never seen the vast opportunities to purchase amazing deals...to live so well for so little...to enjoy a gracious a lifestyle...and a perpetual vacation........ 

You probably know by now that Mexico earned the #1 spot on International Living's Global Retirement Index in 2007 and 2008 and came second in 2009.

It's proximity to the U.S. and easy to get to... it offers great benefits for retirees, from medical services to airfares...taxes are low, low, low...and so is the cost of living. You can own a home on the beach for less than $250,000...property taxes are practically non-existent...health care costs are very low and full-coverage health insurance can be had for less than $1 per day...

I'll give you tons of reasons why choose Baja, Mexico and why it ranks so high on International Living list of best retirement havens year after year....

But first let me tell you a little more about why right now, in 2009, thetiming is so perfect for anybody looking to own a second home... movefull-time... or live well here on $2,000 a month or less...

Why is this the best time in your lifetime to start a newlife in Mexico?

Here are threecompelling reasons for you to investigate Mexico right now:

The peso to dollar value is at a high—your dollar goes farther than ever.The peso has lost around 30% of its value against the dollar since August of2008. Your dollar buys more in Mexico today than it has in more than 15years...since 1994, after an economic crisis in which Mexico's government cutthree zeros off the end of peso denominations to create a "new peso".

Just from my personal experience: the bottle of wine that cost us $5.80 lastyear costs us $4.60 today. The bill for our phone and high-speed Internetservice was $42 last year and is $33 today. A housekeeper, at 200 pesos perday, cost us $18 last year and $14 today. We're benefiting from even biggersavings on big-ticket items, of course. We recently bought a headboard for ourking-size bed. At 6,400 pesos, it would have cost us $610 last year. But withthe exchange rate, we paid just $457 for it.

As you might imagine, some expats who live here are taking advantage of theweakened peso to buy larger goods and appliances they've been putting off untilnow. They're getting a price break and stimulating the economy at the sametime.

The recession has created a buyer's market for you. With fewer peopleshopping for second homes, sellers are willing to negotiate more on price andtoss in enticing incentives.

And, of course, wherethe currency exchange really makes a difference is on property prices.
I should clarify something here: Overall, real estate in Mexico has held itsvalue. That's because Mexico is still basically a cash society. (Yes, you canget mortgage financing in Mexico and we can tell you how...but most peopledon't. They buy with cash.) Developers, for the most part, have been wellcapitalized and there hasn't been a "lending crisis" in Mexico.

Prior to the recession there was a real estate boom here, especially amongforeign buyers of vacation homes. Property prices rose during that time,although they were never super inflated as they were in the U.S. Since mostproperties aren't leveraged, there is no reason for prices to fall asdrastically as we've seen in the U.S. and elsewhere...although certain markethave seen some big price "corrections."

But...while in most parts of Mexico prices aren't falling much, neither arethey rising right now. Some owners (particularly those from the U.S.) whooverextended themselves are now willing to sell at a discount. In resortcommunities like Puerto Vallarta and along the Riviera Maya, you'll findparticularly good bargains. And because, thanks to the recession, there arefewer buyers, sellers are throwing in lots of extraordinary incentives...likecovering association fees for up to five years, throwing in appliance andfurniture packages, offering lucrative lease-back options, etc.

I can't stress that enough: Now is the time to buy  real estate in Mexico. This recession won'tlast forever. "This is a good time to buy real estate." And there'sno better place than Mexico right now...where properties have held their valueand the bargaining chip is firmly in the hand of the buyer.

It's a real estate buyer's market in Mexico. Don't miss out on thisopportunity...it won't last long.

YES! You CAN legally own property, including beachfront, in Mexico!

Foreigners can legally own property in Mexico, and the Mexican legal system protects the rights of foreign property owners.

"When Mexico recently firmed up laws for foreigners to own land through bank trusts, the floodgates opened. A beachfront lot 30 miles up the coast in southern California would cost you several million dollars. South of the border, a spot on the beach can cost you less than $100,000."

CBS Evening News

You can thank the U.S.news media for keeping them away.

TheU.S. news media has created a big opportunity for you...

The mainstream media haspainted an unfair picture of Mexico. Media coverage of isolated violence and virus outbreaks in Mexicohas kept some tourists and potential retirees at home. It's not a fair picture.

Yes, the drug war is real (in my opinion, the Mexican government is winning)and there are areas like anywhere else that should be avoided...As for therecent flu outbreak, Mexico has received heaps of international praise aboutthe immediate steps taken throughout the country to stop its spread. Alma and Ifeel safer walking to and from our midtown home in Rosarito to restaurants, andevening events than we did in Los Angeles, California. Rest assured, collegestudents on Spring break, families with children, European backpackers, singlewomen, elderly couples...they're all safe visiting Mexico.

The window of opportunity won't last forever. Mexican tourism officialsare launching an international public relations campaign to boost Mexico'simage as a tourist destination. Tourists become real estate buyers, especiallyonce they learn all that you've just learned about Mexico.

Do your shopping before tourism hits Mexico and while recession bargains canbe had.

The easiest, mostaffordable way to find out if Mexico is right for you

If you've followed myblog  any time at all, you would knowthat Alma and I; We weren't sure about finding our perfect place. We did a lotof research and homework before deciding on Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.

We didn't have a team of experts all in one place to help us, nor did we havethem to answer all of our questions. We learned the hard way when we decided tomove to Mexico. But you will.

We’ll make sure You’ll get all the details you need to know on owning property,retiring, living, working, and starting a new business here...straight fromour team of well-connected Mexico insiders in a relaxing beachfrontsetting.

You'll can hear fromexpats living and running businesses in Mexico... buying beachfront property inBaja, or on the Valle de Guadalupe (Wine Route) or in Ensenada, San Quintin or  The Baja Riviera and of course, you can have ourMexico investment and tax experts, real estate agents, legal advisers, and manymore who are familiar with relocating overseas because We have done itfirsthand as well.

Hearing from these experts will help you determine what's best for you, and ifyou wish you can start living the good life in Mexico in as little as sixmonths.

If you're looking for a lifestyle for less than half what it would cost you up north... retire in Mexico, it makes a lot moresense

As I mentioned before, in2007, Mexico won for the first time. It won again in 2008. Here's why:

Mexico is the closest retirement haven to the U.S. This may not seemlike a big deal, but believe me, the convenience of a short plane ride makesall the difference in the world when you want to get back home to family andfriends or attend to business matters. Flights to and from Mexico are plentifuland inexpensive and most take less time than a coast-to-coast U.S. flight. Youcan be in Miami or Houston in about two hours. If you want to, you can easilyand safely drive here. (Alma and I have made the drive several times and lookforward to our next Mexico road trip.)

It is easier to get a resident visa in Mexico than in any other country.You might think Panama, Belize, and Costa Rica have easy resident requirement.Well, forget everything you might think you know about obtaining a visaanywhere else. The Mexican government has made it very easy for foreigners tolive here. The requirements are less restrictive than any country that I knowof.

Mexico has a first-class retiree benefits program. You may know aboutPanama's excellent pensionado progam, but to be eligible for it, youhave to get a visa. And in Panama, getting a visa can be tough. But see mypoint above: not only is it easy to get a visa in Mexico, but foreigners whoare age 60 or older, with a valid Mexico resident visa are eligible forMexico's Personas Adultas Mayores benefits program.

The program offers discounts on a wide range of services, including health-relatedones (hospitals, doctors' visits, lab tests, medical devices, pharmacies, anddental work); cultural activities like theater tickets and entrance fees tomuseums and archaeological sites; transportation and accommodation, includingairline tickets, buses, car rentals and purchase; and at hotels and manystores. Discounts can range from 5% to 50% off the full price of the good orservice.

Cost of living in Mexico is low. With rapidly rising fuel, health care,food, taxes, and travel costs, it's nice to know there are still places whereyou can live well without burning through your savings. Mexico is one of thosespecial places. Here, you can enjoy a lifestyle that's all but unaffordable formost Americans and Canadians. The cost of real estate is far lower than it isin the U.S. and Canada. Could you find a beachfront condo in the U.S. for lessthan $150,000? You can in Mexico. And you can live very well here on just $2,000per month or less. Alma and I do...

Sample monthly budget for a couple living well in Mexico:

Utilities (electricity, gas, water)

$150

Household help (housekeeper and gardener once a week)

$200

Groceries

$400

Maintenance and fuel for one car

$150

Entertainment (dining out and other activities)

$250

Health care (two people at $240 per year for IMSS insurance, plus $70 per month for private-care incidentals)

$110

Incidentals (clothes, household items, etc.)

$300

Communication: phone, internet, cable TV

$100

Monthly Total:

$1,660

These expenses will vary,of course. You may not use as much electricity or want household help, forexample. If you don't own a home, you'll have rental expenses (add $500-$1,000/month.Homeowners will want to include an annual property tax—but that rarely comes to more than $200 per year).

Think of all the money you will save, simply by moving a few hours south!

You can get full-coverage health insurance in Mexico for less than $1 perday. Hospitals and health care providers in Mexico are of excellentquality. (I know...I live here.) Many doctors were trained in the U.S. orEurope and they speak English. Private health insurance, (through a majorglobal provider) costs one-fourth to one half what you might be paying in theU.S. Doctors' visits and common medical procedures in Mexico, too, cost aboutone-fourth of what they do in the U.S., so many expats just pay out of pocket.But get this: if you have a resident visa, you can get health coverage throughIMSS (Instituto Mexicano de Seguro Social). There's no age limit forsigning up. This full-coverage health insurance runs from about $100 a year forchildren and adolescents, up to almost $300 for those over 60—and itincludes prescription medications.

Taxes are ridiculously low—need I say more? Taxes are a fact of life.And like all countries, Mexico levies a value-added tax on goods and services.But other taxes are practically non-existent. At the beginning of this year,for instance, we paid the annual property taxes on our 5,400-square-foot homein Rosarito. It was a laughably $ 139! The annual tax bill on the ocean view lotwe own on the pacific ocean ...$ 35.

Unless you're workinghere, you probably won't pay income taxes. But if you are working...andyou're self employed or working for a Mexican or other foreigncorporation...you can legally exempt up to $91,400 in income on your U.S. taxesfor 2009...for the two of!

Two more reasons toconsider Mexico: full-time household help and the warm and welcomingMexican people

As I said, Alma and Ilive a better life here in Mexico than we've ever lived anywhere else. Thequality of our lives has vastly improved since we left the U.S. (A big part ofthat is the better weather—it makes a big impact on your attitude!)

Another reason we're so happy here is because, for the first time in our lives,we can afford household help. We both like to cook, but we don't necessarilylike cleaning up afterwards. And we don't care much for mopping floors orscrubbing toilets either. But for about $ 20 per day you cannot afford not tohave someone clean after you!  Make nomistake, these are good wages for dignified work...if your experience is likeours, your housekeeper and gardener will be endearingly cheerful and helpfuland become like members of your family.

That's the other extraordinary aspect to life in Mexico: the Mexican peoplethemselves. Sociologists who have studied these things say that Mexicans areamong the happiest people on earth. It shows in the generous ways they treatpeople and in the genteel ways they conduct their business and go about theirlives.

Truly, Mexico today is like the U.S. was in the 1950s and 60s...but withtoday's modern amenities, of course. You'll find a strong sense of communityand a family-focused life—which makes every day a genuine pleasure.

Plus, Mexico offers an astounding cultural vibrancy that we simply haven'tfound anywhere else. And while the pace is civilized and the environmentwelcoming and friendly, you can enjoy the comforts you've grown accustomedto—like Internet access, cable TV, well-stocked grocery stores, and first-runmovies. That's all here, too.

In Mexico, you will have more free time to do the things you enjoy, but Idaresay you'll enjoy your free time even more than ever before.

Youropportunity to triumph over the recession...

I'm certain you'veexperienced the backlash of the rotten global economy. Everyone has. Chancesare, your dollars aren't going as far as they used to. Maybe your investmentnest egg has lost some value (or a lot). You've worked hard all your life andhaven't been able to save much at all...and now you're more worried than everabout how to pay for your retirement...maybe you're worried that you'll neverbe able to retire.

According to a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Economic andPolicy Research, most baby boomers haven't saved much and will be forced towork longer and/or move to a place where the cost of living is less. Accordingto the experts, "Property taxes, health care and cost of living will forceboomers to strongly consider moving to other countries, especially if they planon living at the same level of comfort as they do now."

If you've been considering a move oversees...whether to retire or live moreeconomically full-time or part-time...or if you're looking for a laidback,gentler place to live or own a vacation home...you should strongly consider BajaCalifornia in Mexico. Do the research. Get the facts.

We are the Mexico experts who've "beenthere" and "done that"

Doing the research aboutwhere to live can be time consuming. (Alma and I have been at this for sevenyears now and we still learn something new every day.)

Our agents will show youhow to save money, avoid pitfalls, and much, much more.

We'll tell you how to:

  • Open a bank account...
  • Ship your household goods from home to Mexico...
  • Find a bargain dream home...
  • Renovate a home...
  • Educate your children in Mexico...
  • Shop appliances, and groceries...
  • Arrange for broadband Internet and cable TV...
  • Qualify for the IMSS government-sponsored full-coverage health insurance...
  • Pay your bills...
  • Manage your finances...
  • Give back to the community...
  • Learn Spanish the easy way...
  • Open a new business...
  • ...and much, much more.

FabulousRosarito Beach—here you will enjoy beaches, shopping, outdoor dining, livelyentertainment, and more...

Mexico has a tremendousamount to recommend it when it comes to comfortable, easy living—in communitiesfrom the Pacific coast to the central highlands to the Yucatan and theCaribbean.

Rosarito Beach has a fishing village famous all over the world for its lobster, we had some of the most gross earning movies of all times film here “Titanic”, “Pirates of the Caribean” to name a few. (Read “Rosarito the Hollywood Connection” here). 

Although you'll find chrome and glass high-rise condo towers by famed contemporary designers, you won't find the high prices you might expect. And you needn't live in a modern tower to enjoy wonderful views and breezes.

In fact, right now there's a home on offer in the popular “Baja del Mar” area. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It has a one car garage and a big back patio overlooking thePacific Ocean. It's listed for just $ 245,000.

In the elite “Club Marena”, just south of downtown, you can own a two, two bathroomcondo overlooking the Pacific Ocean, fully furnished and nicely decorated. The price? Just $ 582,800.

Or get a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo downtown, just 5 minutes from Wallmart, home depot and other major stores in La Jolla del Mar. With a nice ocean view and its own private beach, this, too, is being offered fully furnished,you could move right in. The price is just $195,000.

When I first wrote this report, I was a little hesitant

Why? Because I love the fact that there are places in Mexico that remain a world apart from the crowded, overdeveloped Mexico you see in tacky brochures.

You know... tourist traps like Cancun... Acapulco... Cabo San Lucas...

People who want that kind of experience can go to those"super-resorts."

The Mexico we introduce you to is easygoing, laid-back, and almost entirely undiscovered.

Of course, we'd like things to stay this way, but we are willing to share with privileged few that are serious enough to make the commitment to retire in Mexico and about its undiscovered secrets.

You have nothing to lose: You can call us at any time in the future--next month...next year...or next decade—and tell us this information didn't help you. We assure this will have the time of your life….. or don’t tell us anything and miss out on this wonderful country.

Real Estate Agents: My Baja Coast specializes on Valle de Guadalupe  Real Estate ("Ruta del Vino"). My Baja Coast can make your transaction smooth by providing excellent service and the best team of Baja Real Estate agents.

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In Vino Vendimia

Adobe GuadalupeThis year marks the 20thanniversary of Fiestas de la Vendimia. You know, the two-and-a-half-weekharvest festival held between the first Friday and the third Sunday in Augustthat combines visits to state-of-the-art wineries, Italian tenors, alternative-stylecircuses, Kafkaesque plays, mime, modern dance and performance art?

Not ringing a bell? Vallede Guadalupe—the 14-mile region about 90 minutes south of San Diego and fourhours from Los Angeles—is arguably Mexico’s premier artisanal wine–growingregion. The valley and the nearby city of Ensenada are where the majority ofthe fiestas take place, bookended by the Muestra del Vino—showcase of wines—andthe Concurso de Paellas, an über-paella contest featuring more than 80 equipos,or teams, making every conceivable incarnation of the dish. Gargantuan pansfilled with seafood, rabbit, sausage and cordonices—valley gamehens—fill the air with heavenly aromas. But don’t get too excited. Paellatickets are long gone at this point. We’ll get to that later.

Good wine in Mexico, you’rethinking? Tequila-laced margaritas, for sure. Tall glasses of icy cerveza—ofcourse. But good Mexican wine seems like an oxymoron. Not so, says SteveWallace, owner of Wally’s Wines & Spirits in Los Angeles. “Mexico is makingsome impressive wines. We have plans to carry a number of them.”

We’ll give you a moment toreconcile Baja California with the idea of what’s being called a nascent Napa.Because the quiet valley, with its rusty-hued boulders—large as bulldozers—thatsit among vineyards and groves of olive trees, is a revelation light-years fromthe margarita ambience of the touristy coast.

So how come there’s such anabsence of good Mexican wines in California—a mere five labels at the Wine Bankin San Diego and zero bottles at Silver Lake Wine, both shops specializing inwine from around the globe? “The big distributors don’t want to invest inmarketing until they have a proven product,” says Wallace. Throw in the smallwineries’ limited production and the Mexican government’s hefty 25-plus percentIEPS tax on special products and services, and you get two more reasons for thedearth of Mexican vino stateside.

Oscar Escobedo, secretaryof tourism for Baja California, says Baja wines, which make up 90 percent ofMexico’s production, have garnered more than 230 awards worldwide in the lastfour years. L.A. Cetto, one of the largest valley wineries, won the covetedgold medal for its petite syrah last March at Paris’ Vinalies Internationales.“We’re starting to make some great wines and get the wordout,” says Escobedo.

“If you come down, you’llget to see the birth of a region,” says leading valley wine enologist HugoD’Acosta, whose wine school Estacíon de Oficios del Porvenir—aka La Escuelita,or little school—has both educated and assisted in the production of wine for acrush of would-be vintners.

The destination is worththe drive. After exiting the new four-lane Carretera 3 that goes through thevalley, you take washboard dirt roads peppered with sleeping Mexican dogs, andat the end of that bone-jarring trip, you’re rewarded with such wineries asParalelo, designed by Ensenada architect Alejandro D’Acosta. It’s a modern-dayMayan temple, rammed-earth walls imprinted with nopal cactus, olive branchesand rubber tires found on the site, with function following form in the guiseof a ramp to the roof, enabling trucks to ascend to offload grapes into waitingstainless-steel vats below.

Although big commercialwineries such as Domecq and L.A. Cetto have been around since the 1970s, andSanto Tomás since 1888—not to mention the Spanish friars who planted vines inthe 16th century—the Guadalupe Valley’s boutique wineries have largely evolvedsince the late 1980s. “At last count there were 38,” says D’Acosta, “and if youlook under that rock over there, you’ll probably find another one.”

One of the first boutiquewineries making quality wine in the valley was Monte Xanic. Tomás Fernandez,director general of Baja Naval marina and boatyard in Ensenada, started thewinery in 1987 with four others, including renowned enologist Dr. HansBackhoff. “My friends at the time said to me, ‘You’re doing what?’ Mexicanwines had a very bad reputation.”

Fernandez was one of themembers of the Ensenada wine society Cofradía del Vino de Baja California thatsprang up in 1986. The common denominator: a passion for food and wine amongwell-educated, well-traveled Mexicans. “The idea of the fiestas started in thewine society,” says Dr. Fidel Cantú, who led the popular paella contest for thefirst five years of the festival and has watched the event grow from a singleday into a weeks-long maridaje—harmonious union—of wine, food andcultural events.

“We are working to protectthe valley long term,” says D’Acosta, who headed up the first harvest-festivalevents two decades ago. “We think a wine festival will help. People who attendbecome ambassadors for the region.”

Most of last year’s roughly20,000 attendees hail from Ensenada and other areas of Mexico, says GloriaAcosta of RCV Travel Shop, which provides some tickets for the events. “In thelast two years, the demographics have changed vis-à-vis the Americans…thebiggest problem is the economy—they have to pay for a hotel, food, tickets,”she says. Throw in last year’s swine-flu scare and the continuing concern aboutthe war on drugs, and many Americans who actually knew about the festival juststayed home.

“I would argue it is morelikely for a tourist to have some kind of incident in California—drive-byshooting, carjacking, robbery—than here in Baja,” says Escobedo. “We have 25million people a year visiting us from all over. According to U.S. HomelandSecurity, there has been a 25 percent increase in Americans coming betweenJanuary and May of this year. We are getting our message across that Baja issafe.”

The reality is that theMexicans don’t need gringos to make their festival a success. And in fact, somesee it as a celebration for Mexicans first, and if others come, well, fine. Onelongtime Guadalupe Valley resident, Natalia Badan, general coordinator atCEARTE (Ensenada’s new modern center for the arts) says, “Sometimes when manyforeigners come, all of a sudden events become more touristy. The mostimportant thing is that the fiestas stay authentic, a unique expression of eachwinery.”

Her own event—500 visitorssitting under fragrant Mediterranean pines listening to jazz at sunset atMogor-Badan winery—is a case in point. Appetizers from the winery’s organicgarden—cherry tomatoes, olives, figs and grapes—accompany its light, dry SwissChasselas, followed by homemade empanadas, all served by family and friends.“The purpose of the Vendimia is to take time out and be joyous about all thehard work and the harvest to come.”

The good news is thatVendimia events are far reaching and have something for nearly every gusto andpocketbook. The Verbena Santo Tomás, a street fair held in downtown Ensenada,and the Fiesta en el Valle, at a park in El Porvenir, feature local food,wines, games and music—free to all.

Pricier events—in the $100range—taking place at upscale wineries include sunset concerts at Monte Xanicand Château Camou, the alt-circus Zirk Ubu at La Villa del Valle and a formaldinner and wine auction at Adobe Guadalupe. Nearby Bibayoff winery, with itsRussian legacy of 20th-century Molokan pacifists turned winemakers, features afun-filled fusion evening of Russian-Mexican music, food and wine.

Tickets for smaller, moreexclusive engagements are rarely—if ever—available. Events at Casa de Piedra,one of the leading vineyards, are as progressive as the sustainable wineryfashioned of corrugated metal and local amber stone. One year, Mexico Cityactor Humberto Dupeyrón provided food for thought, performing “The Gorilla,”based on a Kafka story. Last year, the L.A.-based avant-garde music groupString Theory played a harp-like instrument whose strings stretched more than100 feet into the air. After the performance, guests donned gloves and tooktheir turns on the stage playing the harp, then descended to the courtyard forsteaming bowls of seafood pozole and music by a local rock band.

So just how do you gettickets? “It can be frustrating,” says seven-year Baja resident Carla White, anAmerican who writes for the Baja Times. “Years ago, I would callthe travel agent Viajes Damiana every week starting around March 1, to see ifthe schedule was out. When tickets came in, we’d literally run down to getthem. In those days, you had to physically stand in line—it was like buyingtickets to a rock concert.”

Things have improved,although it can still be a task for out-of-towners. This year, the schedule of41 events with 22 wineries was released mid May, with tickets available to buymid June, just a month and a half before the opening event. All this puts wannabefiestagoers in a catch-22, since hotel rooms in Ensenada and the valley havebeen booked for months.

Part of the conundrum lieswith how the tickets are distributed. “Each winery determines its event and thenumber of tickets,” says Gerardo Alcalá, Provino events and public relationscoordinator of the arm of the Asociacíon National de Vitivinicultores thatofficially runs the fiestas. “Some give us tickets to distribute, and othersdon’t. Some tickets are given to Ensenada travel agencies but not all.” Moreintimate events—such as Pau Pijoan’s dinner and wine pairing at La Contra(formerly Restaurante Del Parque), one of the most popular eateries inEnsenada—are sold privately and never distributed at all, period.

This year for the firsttime, Vendimia tickets are available on the Internet. That’s the good news. Thebad news is a few of the wineries are not participating in online sales.Tickets are sometimes available by contacting the wineries directly and gettingon a list—speaking Spanish is always helpful. Or you can plan a visit to thevalley beforehand. That’s not too bad a choice—spend a lovely weekend touringthe wineries that are open all year and sample delicious vintages.

And if you’ve a littlemoxie like Carla White, you can just show up at a winery event at the lastminute and hope for a ticket. “It’s always challenging,” she says, “but in theend it’s so worth it.”

BARBARA THORNBURG isa freelance writer who cooks up stories—and orange marmalade—on her Baja ranch.She is the author of L.A. Lofts.

Really want tickets to XXFiestas de la Vendimia (August 6–22)? Some can be had—alas, as we said, mosthotels are booked. Here are a few tips—but if the fates don’t shine on you,there’s always next year.

Provino: Thearm of the Asociacíon National de Vitivinicultores, which runs Vendimia events,has 2,000 tickets each for the opening Muestra del Vino ($30) and closingConcurso de Paellas ($35)—but they go faster than a Mexican roadrunner. Not aprayer for this year. Call in April 2011 to get on their waiting list,646-178-3038, info@provinoac.org. Provino carries other Vendimia tickets. Stopby the downtown Ensenada office to buy them—cash only; 496 Teniente Azueta andVirgilio Uribe.

Fiestasdelavendimia.com: PressGoogle Translate if you don’t read Spanish. Click Calendario de Eventos toorder by credit card or PayPal. Note: If there is no shopping cart at the endof the description, tickets aren’t available. (But check back—they’re sometimesadded). Tickets can be mailed or picked up at Provino.

Winery: Atthe Website above, click on Vini colas Participantes for a list, then call tosee if any are selling tickets—some do, some don’t. You may have to send a wiretransfer to a Mexican bank and/or go to the Guadalupe Valley beforehand, paycash and pick up your tickets the evening of the event. Be sure to bring yourreceipt with you!

Real Estate Agents: My Baja Coast specializes on Valle de Guadalupe "Ruta del Vino" Real Estate. My Baja Coast can make your transaction smooth by providing excellent service and the best team of real estate agents in Baja. If you are looking for a home, condo or lots and land for sale we can state ourselves and are able to guide you; from the purchase of your new home to the closing, from hooking your phone line and internet and to where to eat.

Contact us for more information or call us at (619) 272-3316 or you can always visit our website for the latest listinhelp you. If you would like to rent a property in Baja before you buy we have the best rentals available in the area.

My Baja Coast Agents understand all these issues. We have gone through the process purchasing Baja Real Egs and put yourself on a listing notifier to receive on your email the property that meets your specifications.

Wing It: Likean out-of-towner who wants to get into that sold-out Broadway play—localsoccasionally stop by at the last minute to see if anyone has an extra ticket.If you don’t have a place to stay, this is probably not such a great idea.Still, tickets are sometimes available. Buena suerte!

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Worried About Rising Health Care?

"Are you worried about rising health-care costs in theUnited States? Do you know you can potentially save a fortune by crossing theborder to Mexico," the cost for health care in Mexico costs 50 to 75percent lower than what you pay in the States. These are across the boardsavings – it does include doctors' and dentists' visits, lab tests, surgeries,even some medical devices and prosthetics.

"To get these savings you don't have to cut back on quality, either.Health care in Mexico is excellent if nor remarkable. Medical Universities inGuadalajara are just as good as any others in the world -- in fact, manyforeigners come to Guadalajara to study. In addition, many Mexican doctors dopost-graduate work in the United States or in Europe.

"Medical and dental costs in Mexico are low enough that many expats chooseto pay out-of-pocket, even when they have health insurance”--it's less botherthan submitting claims.

Hereare the kinds of savings we're talking about:

"Doctors' visits, even to specialists, tend to run 350 to 500 pesos avisit. At the current exchange rate, that's about US$27 to US$38. A visit to anurse practitioner costs even less--less than US$10.

"Lab tests--for example, a blood assay for cholesterol levels--can runabout US$19. An electrocardiogram runs more--perhaps US$90 to US$100--or aslittle as US$5 if you have it done at the Red Cross.

"Women pay about US$30 for a gynecologist's visit and about US$38 to US$54for their annual pap smear.

"For dental work, expect to pay US$50 to US$75 for a cleaning, about US$50for a filling, anywhere from US$225 to about US$350 for a porcelain crown, andUS$150 and up for periodontal surgery.

"An overnight hospital stay in a private or semi-private room tends to runUS$50 to US$100.

"With these prices, it's no surprise that medical tourism is booming inMexico. Rosarito in the State ofBaja California is no exception. Rosaritois near the U.S./Mexico border merely a twenty minute drive and do activelypromote medical and dental tourism on websites, they have plenty ofEnglish-speaking staff. Tijuana,just south of San Diego, is another city specializing in Medical tourism. Otherborder cities promoting Medical tourism includes Los
Algodones, near Yuma, Arizona; Nogales, duesouth of Tucson; and Reynosa and Matamoros along the Texas/Mexico border.

"You don't have to stick near the border to get excellent, inexpensivemedical care. You can find it throughout the country. Most medium-sized andlarge cities in Mexico have modern hospital facilities (often severalhospitals), clinics, high-tech lab facilities, and well-trained medical staff.Even small towns have medical clinics with nurse practitioners and visitingdoctors.

"If you need an English-speaking doctor, you're more likely to find one inprivate practice or on staff at a large private hospital. (Mexico, like manycountries, has a national health system with its own medical staff, hospitals,and clinics. Doctors on staff at these nationalized hospitals are less likelyto speak English well.)

"The smaller the town, the harder it will be to find English-speakingdoctors--unless it's a beach town that attracts tourists, in which case no placeis too small. You may have to rely on Spanish, however, with nurses, labtechnicians, and other hospital staff.

"But you'll likely find that their caring attitude makes up for any lackof English. Again and again, expats comment that, in Mexico, they receive alevel of warm, personalized medical care that they no longer find at home.

"Personalized care and lower prices? Now that's really a bargain." 

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