Why Choose Mexico
You do not need a Mexican Visa to visit Mexico as a tourist if you are from the U.S. or Canada and travel to the northern part of Baja California is even easier. To travel to Mexico all you need is a Mexican tourist card or FMM (also called an FMT). Travel from Tijuana to Ensenada is possible with nothing more than a U.S. or Canadian ID. Once you travel south of Ensenada you will need your Mexican travel card. Many Expats have been living in Rosarito Beach for years and have never applied for any paperwork at all, but you will need your FMM to open the bank account needed for your online poker accounts. The fee for this card is $25. Coming and going into Baja is so easy that Rosarito Beach is now the top destination for online poker players.
In Mexico you can expect to find:
- Very active Poker community
- Fast and reliable Internet connections
- Easy Visa requirements
- Affordable high end real estate
- Great weather year round
- Beautiful beaches and attractive locals
- English is spoken by many locals
- Lots of Clubs, Restaurants, Shopping and Partying
Most Mexican banks offer foreign bank accounts in both dollars and pesos and monies from these accounts can be transferred to other accounts worldwide. To open a Mexican bank account you will need the following:
- A valid passport from your home country
- Proof of address in Mexico
- Your FMM/FMT with paid receipt attached
Mexico is the best location for many online poker players because of its proximity to the U.S. and its low cost of living. Rosarito Beach is only 20 minutes away from San Diego and has been the top destination for American and Canadian retirees for 20 years and medical tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in Northern Baja. As a result there are many options for medical and dental care that are not available in other countries.
There are more than 1,000,000 Americans and 500,000 Canadians living full time in Mexico and over 15,000 living in the Rosarito – Ensenada corridor so American style Condo developments are everywhere. Prices for Ocean front homes and condos are about 1/5th of what they would be in Southern California and rental rates are about 1/3rd of a comparable property in the U.S.
The greatest concern for Players moving to Mexico is safety and the American media has done such a good job of convincing everyone that it is dangerous traveling there that tourism from the U.S. is down 90%. The funny thing is that in cities like Rosarito Beach there are old white people everywhere you look and all of them will tell you that they feel safer living in Mexico than they did living in the U.S. The stories about murders are all very true, and just like in major cities in the U.S., the murders happen in Ghetto’s where drug dealers are killing other drug dealers. So if you are coming down to score bales of marijuana then there is a good chance you might find trouble, but if you are just living your life like the rest of the retired Expats you will have nothing to worry about.