Move to Mexico Tips (2023 Update)

Can you believe that 2023 is already here? Time is flying faster than ever and many people are re-evaluating their priorities. Have you been pondering a move to Mexico? If so, you aren’t alone. More and more Americans and Canadians have decided to move to Mexico and buy beachfront real estate. When compared with similar properties in the US or Canada, beachfront properties are great quality and better priced, too. It makes sense to invest in real estate whether you want a vacation home or full time abode. For example, beachfront real estate in Mexico is still affordable when compared to beachfront homes in the US or Canada. At Villa La Estancia, we have luxury beachfront residences in two of Mexico’s top destinations, Cabo San Lucas and the Riviera Nayarit. If you want to enjoy a higher quality of life, keep reading below for more move to Mexico tips.

Move to Mexico Tips (2023 Update):

Tip #1: Prepare Immigration Documents

Many people move to Mexico because they love the relaxed lifestyle. Plus, Mexican culture is unique and exciting. However, before you begin your adventure, make you properly prepare your immgration documents ahead of time. To start with, there is residency paperwork that must be completed ahead of time before you leave your home country. To start, make an appointment with the Mexican consulate in your area. They can help guide you on how to proceed. Based on your income level, you can either apply for the standard tourist visa or a permanent resident visa if you qualify. Remember, it is required to have your residency paperwork in order before you arrive in Mexico. Once you have been issued a residency visa, you are able to finish the process when you arrive in Mexico. It’s the first step to a smooth transition to your new life.

Mexican Flag, with passport and plane

Tip # 2: Don’t Bring Too Much

Next, some people that move to Mexico really overdo it and bring way too much stuff with them. Theseday, the majority of modern conveniences are now available in Mexico, especially in tourist destinations such as Cabo and Riviera Nayarit. Similarly, many people end up discovering they don’t want or need many of the items that they were used to having in the States or Canada. Moving to Mexico also entails adapting to their culture and relaxed lifestyle. There is less of a focus on material goods and a good quality of life takes precedence. As a result, you will find that quality time spent with friends and family is way more important than any material goods. As a result, it’s best to pack lightly and you can begin living a more simple and carefree existence. Plus, you can always help the local economy and buy any missing items you need to complete your home in Mexico.

Tip #3: Invest in Real Estate

Paper house with umbrella on the beach

In Cabo and the Riviera Nayarit, Villa La Estancia is a top choice for expats who want a vacation home or second home in paradise. Our modern hotel-condo concept property is super luxurious. Also, our homeowners love that they have VIP access to world class resort amenities, concierge services, and onsite restaurants, too. That way, everyday at your vacation home or second home in Mexico feels like a dream. Also, if you buy a standalone property, you’ll have to deal with upkeep and repairs. On the contrary, if you buy Villa La Estancia residences, our hard working maintenance team and housekeeping staff handles it all for you. That way, you can plan your day around what you want to do instead of having to deal with repairs and other mundane tasks. Right now, a limited number of private beachfront residences are still available for sale.

Do you want to move to Mexico? It really is a great place to live whether you want to vacation on a regular basis or move there full-time. In both Cabo and the Riviera Nayarit, there is so much to do. Both locations have excellent climates and there are tons of outdoor activities, too. The beaches are beautiful, and there are lots of great restaurants, shopping, art galleries and more. Plus, if you end up wanting to live full time in Mexico, quality healthcare is affordable. Remember, plan ahead and have your immigration paperwork ready before you leave. Also, if you want to invest in beachfront real estate, Villa La Estancia beachfront residences are solidly constructed and elegant. Are you ready to live your best life? If you are, contact us at Villa La Estancia today and make your dreams a reality!

Traveler at a farmers market in Puerto Vallarta

Visit the Best Banderas Bay Farmers Markets

Winter has arrived in Banderas Bay, and the weather is simply perfect. Daily highs average 80F, and lows are only 60F. There is very little precipitation during the winter so most days are sunny and bright. During the high season, there are several wonderful Farmers Markets to explore. Top markets include the Old Town Farmers Market, the La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Market, and the Marina Market. From late November through the end of May, the Farmers Markets are open and full of interesting souvenirs, handmade articrafts, food, clothing, jewelry and more. If you want to enjoy a vacation to Banderas Bay this winter, check out the Villa La Estancia. Our high-end property is located in the exclusive neighborhood of Nuevo Vallarta in Riviera Nayarit. During your stay, visit the best Farmers markets in the area. Meanwhile, read more below about the 2022 Farmers Market season in Banderas Bay.

Old Town Puerto Vallarta

For starters, the Old Town Puerto Vallarta Farmers Market is the oldest and most popular of the farmers markets in the area. Every Saturday morning from 9am to 2pm, the market is held in the Zona Romantica Old Town neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta in the Lazzaro Cardenas park. There, more than 80 talented vendors set up to sell their goods that include unique and handmade products, delicious foods, handmade jewelry, clothes, and so much more. Need to destress or want an adjustment? You can even get a professional massage or an adjustment from a certified chiropractor, too. This Farmers Market is located just off the iconic Malecon boardwalk and receives more than 100,000 visitors each year. They often have live music entertainment during the market as well.

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Market

Next,if you stay at Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, you’ll be just 15 minutes away from the La Cruz de Huanacaxtle market. The La Cruz market first opened in 2010 where local artists display their unique goods. In 2022, the La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Market will be open on Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 2:00pm. From November through April, visitors and locals enjoy exploring the La Cruz market on Sundays. The popular market can become quite busy and COVID protocols are in place to help keep visitors at a safe distance. As a result, it is recommended to arrive early to avoid the crowds and the midday heat. The wonderful selection of food and handicrafts for sale is impressive. Plus, the stunning views of Banderas Bay and the La Cruz marina make the experience extra special.

The Marina Farmers Market

Last but not least,the Marina Farmers Market in Puerto Vallarta is another amazing Farmers Market to visit. Open every Thursday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, the Farmers Market is held from late November through mid-May. It’s fun to stroll through the charming marina while checking out the market along with the docked yachts and boats. Vendors are selling handmade clothing, jewelry, art, and delicious food and drinks, too. A few popular foods to try at the market include authentic Mexican tacos, empanadas, burritos, and tamales. Have a sweet tooth? There are also tons of delicious baked goods and desserts to choose from such as homemade chocolate, pies, cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, and gelato, too. Plan to arrive early to the Marina Farmers Market to avoid the peak hours where it can get quite crowded.

Villa La Estancia Vacation Home

Villa La Estancia is proud to offer a unique hotel-condo concept property. Located in the tranquil neighborhood of Nuevo Vallarta in the Riviera Nayarit, we have direct access to one of the best beaches in Banderas Bay. Our homeowners love the spacious and finely furnished beachfront residences available for purchase. Both, full and fractional ownership options are available for qualified homebuyers. Also, Villa La Estancia homeowners enjoy exclusive access to resort quality amenities including incredible pools, a spa, fitness center, lush landscaping, and excellent onsite restaurants. Also, homeowners have access to the concierge, room service, and onsite staff, too. As an added bonus, the charming coastal village of Bucerias is within walking distance. There, you can find lovely art galleries, restaurants, shops, bars and more. If you want every vacation to feel like you are coming home, buy one of our beachfront residences.

Although winter has arrived, the climate is just perfect in Banderas Bay.The days are filled with sunshine and there’s hardly a cloud in the sky. Why not book a vacation and check out Villa La Estancia? You may be eligible to participate in our Try and Buy Program so you can test out owning a vacation home at the beach before you invest. Expats especially love our hotel-condo concept property with luxurious resort amenities so that every day at your vacation home feels like a dream. Remember, during your stay you should visit the top Farmers Markets in the area. In addition to our Nuevo Vallarta property, we also have luxury beachfront residences for sale in Cabo San Lucas, too. Give us at Villa La Estancia a call today to learn more. We only have a limited number of beachfront residences left for purchase so don’t wait too long!

Family Beach Vacation

Winter Blues? Visit Sunny Mexico

Spring, summer, fall, and winter are four seasons that most areas around the world experience. Now that January has arrived, many areas are now dealing with cold and snowy winters. However, did you know that in Mexico most coastal towns have mild and warm weather during winter? It’s true! Many people that are experiencing cold and snowy winters are taking vacations and some people even end up moving to Mexico. The cost of living is low in Mexico and real estate on the beach is very affordable, too. If you want a vacation home, contact us at Villa La Estancia. We have a limited number of beachfront residences for sale in Nuevo Vallarta and Cabo that expats adore. Do you have winter blues? If you do, why not try to cure them by visiting sunny Mexico? Read below to learn the top 3 places to visit in Mexico.

  • Puerto Vallarta

One of the top places to visit sunny Mexico is Puerto Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful beach town that is located in Banderas Bay on the Pacific Coast. Banderas Bay just happens to be the largest bay in this country and is the 7th largest bay in the world. PV is a popular destination for vacationers due to its many miles of lovely beaches and welcoming locals. You can enjoy plenty of water activities all year long because the temperatures are always warm in Puerto Vallarta. Even in winter, the average high is 80F and the average lows are 62F. Puerto Vallarta also has the iconic Malecon boardwalk where you can see local contemporary art sculptures, a variety of restaurants, and trendy bars. During the winter in Puerto Vallarta it hardly ever rains, so are you ready to visit sunny Mexico?

  • Cabo San Lucas 

The second top place to visit sunny Mexico to escape the winter blues is in Cabo San Lucas. Cabo San Lucas is located on the southern edge of the Baja California Sur peninsula. The desert landscapes are stunning and the dry climate during winter is wonderful! January is the coldest month in Cabo, but the highs average 80F and the lows average 60F, which is quite pleasant. Also, it rarely rains in Cabo, so you can expect sunny days. As a result, you can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities such as going hiking, biking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and riding ATVs on the beach. If you want to go exploring other towns nearby, then check out Los Barriles and El Triunfo.

  • Riviera Maya 

The third top place to visit sunny Mexico to escape winter blues is in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The Riviera Maya is located on the Northeastern Yucatan Peninsula. The beaches have white sands and clear turquoise waters. The weather is wonderful during the winter in Riviera Maya as the highs average 82F and the lows average 68F. Can you see yourself laying on the soft warm sands drinking a tropical cocktail instead of trying to stay warm all bundled up? Many people love spending time during the winter months when they have winter blues. A few popular towns close to Riviera Maya are Cancun, Tulum, Isla Mujeres, and Playa del Carmen. Plus, ancient Mayan ruins are found in the area which are wonderful places to visit to appreciate the rich history and culture of the country.

Do you have the winter blues? If so, wisit sunny Mexico where you can leave the cold weather behind you and you can lay on the warm sandy beaches. The winter weather in Mexico is wonderful! What are you waiting for? Book your Mexico vacation, so you can escape the winter blues and cold weather! If you want to invest in a second home in Mexico, check out Villa La Estancia. The hotel-condo concept property is perfect for people who want a comfortable and luxurious vacation home in paradise. Right now, we have two properties located in the best locations in Mexico including Cabo and Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay. We also have resort quality amenities and exclusive services that homeowners really appreciate. That way, every day spent at your second home feels like a dream. Contact us today to learn which luxury beachfront residences are still available for purchase.

Luxury real estate in Villa La Estancia

Vacation Home in Cabo: Is 2023 the Year to Invest?

It goes without saying that the world has changed so much in recent years. Everyone was taken by surprise by the COVID pandemic. It consequently prompted many changes in various sectors including family life, businesses, schools, and more. One notable change because of COVID has been a shift to working remotely. Since more people are now able to work from home than ever before, they also have additional flexibility in terms of where they can live. As a result, people are traveling more and buying second homes in other locations, too. Do you want to buy a second home in Mexico? If so, Baja California Sur is a top choice. Coastal real estate is still affordable in Baja when compared with similar properties in other locations. Is 2023 the year to invest in a vacation home in Cabo? Read more below to find out.

Top Destination in Mexico

Cabo San Lucas

The Cabo San Lucas Real Estate market is expected to grow even more in 2023 as more flights from countries are being added each month. Cabo’s excellent climate, natural beauty and modern conveniences make it an ideal place for a second home. Cabo San Lucas has a lot of features that make it a desirable location to buy a retirement home or vacation home. To start with, the area has spectacular natural beauty including miles of beautiful Sea of Cortez beaches. Plus, there is world class shopping and international cuisine. As far as outdoor activities, popular activities such as water skiing, paddleboarding, hiking, mountain biking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and ATV-riding can be enjoyed all year long. The weather is great so it’s easy to find fun and active things to do in Cabo. Today’s active and modern homebuyers are expected to continue to invest in Cabo real estate in 2023.

Market Trends for Cabo Real Estate

Recent market trends in Cabo have shown that home and condo sales volumes slowed slightly after an especially strong second quarter in 2021. While Q3 showed a slight decline in Sales and Dollar Volumes, the numbers are still ahead of previous years Q3 sales. In fact, the Q3 dollar volume is approximately 75% of a normal year’s sales. Some experts believe that real estate sales may have slowed slightly as Covid restrictions are being lifted or relaxed in many people’s home countries. However, real estate sales in Cabo are expected to rise in 2023. Buyers now realize that they can work from home, and they would like that home to be in Cabo. Plus, many buyers are simply ready to leave the US altogether and move to Mexico full time. The laid back atmosphere in Cabo and family-centric vibes are very attractive for people wanting a slower paced lifestyle.

Vacation Home in Cabo: Villa La Estancia

Cabo San Lucas Dream Home real estate villa la estancia

If you want a dream vacation home in Baja, check out Villa La Estancia Los Cabos. Located on Medano Beach which is considered the best beach in Cabo, Villa La Estancia is a hotel-condo concept property. This means that homeowners have their private residence and exclusive access to the resort amenities and services. Right now, Villa La Estancia has a limited number of vacation homes for sale, too. The luxurious beachfront residences are spacious, solidly constructed and elegantly furnished. Plus, homeowners enjoy premiere access to the resort’s amazing amenities such as multiple pools, a gym, a spa, fitness center, delicious onsite restaurants, and more. In addition, COVID safety measures have been added to make sure guests and homeowners are safe. Also, homeowners have access to the front desk concierge to help arrange transportation, book tours, and make dinner reservations, too.

Seize the moment! 2023 is nearly here and it’s a great time to invest in a vacation home in Cabo. You simply can’t beat Baja’s amazing climate, natural beauty, and modern conveniences. If you want to see what living in paradise can be like, contact us at Villa La Estancia. Right now, we still have a limited number of beachfront residences available for sale. Our homeowners really enjoy having a vacation home on the best beach in Cabo. We have COVID safety protocols in place to make sure visitors, homeowners, and staff members are safe. Plus, our residences are spacious, comfortable and elegant. The large terraces and balconies offer amazing Sea of Cortez views that make a perfect place to enjoy your morning cup of coffee or glass of wine at sunset. Contact us today to see if you are eligible to participate in our Try and Buy Program.