San Miguel de Allende is a perfect place to live deep within the art and the culture which are abundant throughout its streets and squares. In this picturesque town in the State of Guanajuato, colonial Mexico is still alive, and there is a bohemian and artistic environment unparalleled in very few places in the country. The natural surroundings, the tranquility and the safety it provides its inhabitants is one of the main attractions for those who are not looking for a sun and ocean destination, but rather a true retirement community.
Just three hours from Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende is one of Mexico’s most beautiful treasures, and was nominated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its cultural and architectonic wealth, which is representative of the Mexican Baroque, in addition to its historical importance during the Mexican struggle for Independence. The local cuisine, just as everywhere else throughout Mexico, is rich and varied and almost every imaginable product can be found. If your diet is strictly for health reasons, or you follow a healthy lifestyle, there are organic food and groceries suppliers for products such as juices and coffee, as well as an organic farm promoting this type of food and agriculture.
How easy is it to settle down?
Currently, around one million retirees from the United States already live in Mexico, of whom 15 percent have purchased a residence somewhere in the country in search of tranquility, good food, tours and health care. Over the last three years, San Miguel de Allende has become the destination of choice for American retirees. Around 12,000 already live here and currently mini housing developments and mini cities are being built with prices according to the property’s size and amenities, however, luxury properties are also beginning to be built.
Federico, who is 63 years old and fourth generation Texan, sold his property in Galveston and bought a house in San Miguel de Allende, and he has no plans of leaving this place. "I am beginning to feel comfortable,” he says in his Texan accent while he relaxes in the main square on a Sunday morning. “I am not here to invest. I am here for the people, the culture, and the quality of life”. - Federico Salinas, thestar.com
What recreational activities are offered?
The pleasant climate this city enjoys year round is between 60 º F and 68 º F and with rain during the summer, which is one of its attractions, as well as its lakes and ecological reserves, home to a great variety of bird’s species that crisscross the blue sky. The city is full of exciting activities and tourist destinations such as pre-Hispanic sites, museum, restaurants and nightclubs. It is also a friendly place for those who wish to live a quiet retirement, and a secure future through a Complete Assisted Life Service, where they will have specialized health care, even if they have a degenerative or terminal disease.
For older retirees, there are, in San Miguel Allende, developments with green spaces equipped with sports and fitness facilities, health care, swimming pool, library, play rooms, movie theaters, restaurant, religious services, beauty parlor and even a spa. There also are communities specifically designed for retirees, with housing units where health care services are provided 24 hours a day, according to each resident’s needs. Built under the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) standard, its members practice activities such as golf, tennis or swimming, and, when their physical capabilities decline, they are transferred to a villa where they receive medical and assistance services. These facilities care for residents with some type of degenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s, terminal patients or patients with special needs. Here, each resident is offered the quality of life he deserves and requires depending on his stage in life or disease, always in contact with people from all over the world.
“My mom has always been very sociable, she likes people and social activities, but as her Alzheimer’s disease was progressing, I no longer was able to provide the kind of environment she needed. As a result of all the care and attention se receives… she now is enjoying the company of new friends, participates in weekly activities, in outings and parties, and now hardly needs any medication.” - Arie Raysor, Dallas, Texas. www.cielitolindoassistedliving.com