FAQ Index

The following topics are derived from commonly received questions in facebook groups in which we participate.
This is a work in progress, so not all topics are linked to articles just yet. Each item in this index will be linked to specific questions and best answers once we have been able to sort and publish that content.
Please click on topic headings for a summary or on bullet points to see the FAQ’s for that individual topic.

communications

crime and safety

cultural differences

electricity

entertainment

environment

  • regional climates

  • weather

  • natural disasters

  • topography

  • flora and fauna

  • bugs, snakes, etc

finances

  • bank accounts

  • money transfers

  • currency exchange

  • mortgages

  • investing
  • income tax

  • pensions

  • paying and tipping

  • budgets and expenses

  • seniors discounts

food and drink

  • sanitizing

  • restaurants

  • BBQs: gas vs carbon

  • wines and liquors

health

  • diseases and ailments

  • viruses

  • water safety

healthcare

  • govt programs

  • private insurance

  • medevac

  • assisted living

  • drugs

  • natural medicine

  • medical tourism

  • quality of healthcare

holidays

  • statutory holidays

  • religious holidays

  • workers rights

  • closures

  • effects on travel

homes

  • buy vs rent

  • requirements: residency

  • ownership: fideicomiso vs fee simple

  • ejido land

  • realtors: qualifications

  • notarios vs lawyers

  • building and renovating

  • insurance

immigration

  • types of visas

  • comparing RP vs RT

  • eligibility

  • where to start

  • DIY vs assisted

  • costs

  • restrictions

  • citizenship

language

  • necessity

  • online learning

  • classes and tutors

  • teaching

  • translators: certified vs apps

  • regional slang

moving

  • what is allowed

  • menaje de casa

  • what to bring or leave

  • travel tips

  • movers vs self-move

  • bringing pets

pets

  • adaptation to climate

  • homeless animals

  • veterinarians

  • volunteer opportunities​

  • travel with pets

places

  • best place to live

  • population comparison

  • coastal differences

schools

  • private vs public

  • spanish immersion

shipping

  • postal services

  • couriers​​

taxes

  • property taxes

  • income taxes

  • sales taxes

  • border taxes

vehicles

  • importation

  • oversize and RVs

  • drivers licenses

  • purchasing

  • stolen vehicles

  • ULSD (diesel)

visas

  • types

  • process

  • special cases

water

  • bottled vs filtration

  • city water

  • tinacos, cisterns, pilas

working

  • visa requirements

  • legal requirements

  • employment

  • starting a business

  • having employees

  • licensing and cedulas

  • taxes

  • working online