retire in xalapa

retire in xalapa

Retire in Xalapa Veracruz Mexico : Guide to Planning Your Retirement in Xalapa. Superb climates, first-class facilities, and affordability: your pension goes further in Xalapa, which is especially attractive to those on fixed retirement incomes. in average the Americans have a annual pension of 25,000 USD then with a rent 360 USD monthly (4,320 USD annual) for a furnished apartment, American has enough money (20,680 USD) to live, travel, have fun, relax, buy medicines, medical checkup, hospitalizations and enjoy an earthly paradise on earth.

Retire to live in  xalapa

Retire to live in xalapa

If you plan to be an expatriate and live, work, or retire in Xalapa; to take a sabbatical; if you’re planning to buy a home here; if you want to do business, start a company, or work freelance—we have the knowledge and contacts you need turn your plans into a living reality Retirement from your work, need (and arguably should) not automatically translate to a retirement from your life! Xalapa’s retirees are far from «out to pasture» and, in fact, many people who retire in Xalapa comment on how they enjoy and savor their active and enjoyable lifestyle and activities as retirees in Xalapa.

colage xalapa city

colage xalapa city

In this guide, we explore some of the key considerations that you will need to reflect upon when you are planning a retirement in Xalapa.

Capital of the Mexican state of Veracruz, Xalapa has a setting of sublime beauty on the eastern flank of the Sierra Madre, and a tropical climate, tempered by altitude, that encourages rich, jungly vegetation. From the central plaza, raucous at dusk as thousands of birds come to roost and the locals stroll and show off their children, the views are dominated by two volcanoes: the Cofre de Perote, hovering directly over the town, and, in the distance, the snow-capped cone of the Pico de Orizaba, which at nearly 18,500 ft is the tallest peak in Mexico.

Pico of Orizaba  from Xalapa

Pico of Orizaba from Xalapa

Xalapa is also known as «The City of Flowers», a nickname bestowed by the naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. Lush tropical flora thrives everywhere – nowhere more than in the Parque Los Tecajetes, right outside the festival’s official hotel.

The city of Xalapa is the term «the Athens of Veracruz», but once you walk the streets of downtown Xalapa, the imposing buildings Art Noveau, the majesty of its cathedral and its beautiful parks tinged with columns and statues of marble justify the nickname that has been given to this city.

xalapa the atens of mexico

xalapa the atens of mexico

The capital of the state of Veracruz is nestled on the edge of a mountain range with the Gulf of Mexico. The privileged geographical position of Xalapa, in addition to its abundant water sources and conducive for growing grains and vegetables lands have been exploited by man since pre-Hispanic times.

It’s a lovely place but, for all its attractions, Xalapa is far from the usual tourist trail and, with a population of more than half a million, makes quite a contrast to rural Hay-on-Wye.

In the vicinity of this valley, the Olmec and Totonac civilizations had important settlements. The best known are undoubtedly El Tajin, La Antigua and Cempoala.

Xalapa was also an important strategic settlement for the Spanish conquerors on their way to Mexico City. Very near this city is also located the remains of an old Spanish town known as La Antigua.



During the wars of independence and the different interventions Xalapa had a decisive influence on military incursions, however, from the time of the Porfiriato the city was embellished with beautiful buildings, parks and public spaces that remain to this day and that it is worth visiting.

As the capital of the state of Veracruz, Xalapa is now a national economic engine, which has triggered a population explosion that extends to the city limits, so the first meeting with the traveler could be a therefore disappointing to find malls, suburban traffic and underprivileged classes.

However, the historic center of Xalapa has much to offer the traveler will find in its streets an interesting blend of history, modernity and a delicious aroma of coffee.

As arrive to Xalapa:

British Airways (www.ba.com) flies direct from Heathrow to Mexico City four times a week. Xalapa is only about 150 miles from the capital as the crow flies, but getting out of Mexico City and then crossing the high mountains by road makes for a slow journey – about five hours by bus.

Far better to fly in, with connections from Mexico City on Aeromar (www.aeromar.com.mx). Alternatively, head to the coastal city of Veracruz, only about an hour away from Xalapa by taxi; Continental (www.continental.com) can fly you there from London via Houston, or there are frequent connections from Mexico City.

Further information:Mexican Tourist Board (www.vistmexico.com ); Latin American Travel Association (www.lata.org).

Where to stay:

The official festival hotel is the Hotel Xalapa (0052 228 818 2222; www.hotelxalapa.com.mx), an international-style place with a pool; rooms from about 50 Dollar a night.

Equally comfortable options include the Meson del Alferez (228 818 0113; www.pradodelrio.com), a lovingly converted colonial mansion, once the home of the Spanish viceroy, from 40 Dollar,

Posada La Mariquinta (228 818 1158; www.lamariquinta.xalapa.net), a slightly more modest hacienda with a tranquil garden and a vast collection of books. From 35 Dollar.

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Eating and drinking:

Good food is abundant. Xalapa is home to the jalapeño pepper; there’s also great coffee, grown in the surrounding mountains and consumed in quantity in cafés. At night, bars in alleys in the centre offer live music and occasional poetry readings – check out especially those on Callejon del Diamante and Callejon de la Perla.

La Parroquia (228 817 4436) is a venerable establishment whose unpretentious and busy dining room serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily but is best known for its traditionally served coffee.

La Fonda (228 818 7282), on the Callejon del Diamante, is a justifiably popular lunchtime spot whose copious comida corrida (set menu) will cost you less than 3 Dollar.

Café Lindo (228 841 9166) is another traditional café that attracts a younger crowd to its large, dimly lit dining and drinking area.

Cubanias (228 158 0177), a Cuban-themed restaurant and bar on the Callejon de la Perla; a great late-night spot for music and mojitos and Cuba libres.

TEL NACIONAL: 01 228-8100219
PHONE USA TO MEXICO:  52 228-8100219