San Miguel de Allende Lifestyle

A travel writer recently called San Miguel “The Florence of Mexico” — an apt description, given the town’s extraordinary beauty, charm, and dedication to the arts. In addition to San Miguel’s obvious physical appeal – its cobblestone streets, graceful arches and soaring church domes – this magical, 17th Century Spanish Colonial hill town is home to artists, musicians, and writers from all over the world.

Living in San Miguel can be either laid-back or exhilarating, depending on whether you crave solitude or full immersion in the countless exciting activities the town has to offer: in other words, you can watch burros loaded with firewood amble down the street while you quietly work on your memoirs – or you can join the crowds in the town’s many lively fiestas and cultural events, everything from Chamber Music and Film Festivals, Opera Nights, to its world-renown Writer’s Conference.

All of this – and probably the best climate anywhere, perfect for outdoor living: sunny, comfortable “winters,” refreshing summers, colorful springs and autumns.

San Miguel de Allende in the News

Mexico’s stabilizing economy has prompted more locals to buy second homes — and many are flocking to San Miguel de Allende.

“It’s a beautiful place and it’s become a more secure and stable place, said Dan Conn, CEO Christie´s International Real Estate.”

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CNN Money

“#4 San Miguel de Allende has been luring foreign retirees for decades thanks to its art scene, colonial charm, and affordable living. It now boasts an established, English-speaking community that thrives on the arts and ideal weather (the average is 78 degrees with sunny skies).”

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Art, History, Fine Cuisine And Matilda

A three-hour drive from Mexico City, in the central highlands – the Bajio region of Mexico, and the state of Guanajuato — SMA offers year-round spring-like climate, colorful cultural celebrations, creative gastronomy and a deeply romantic setting. The city took top honors at Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards 2016, where it was named “No. 1 City in Mexico and Central and South America” and No. 3 in the overall category of “World´s Best City.”

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Condé Nast Traveler

“Thousands of Americans visit Mexico each year for medical treatment and dental care. It’s no wonder. The care is high quality and the cost is a fraction of what you might pay in the U.S.”
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International Living

“In-the-know travelers have long cherished this snug city for its incomparable mix of colonial architecture, intriguing cobblestone streets, lively cafés and one-of-a-kind works of artists and artisans. Renowned interior designer Anne-Marie Midy leads us to everything worth seeing and tasting.”
Insider´s Guide to San Miguel de Allende
MORE, March 2016

“With a temperate climate, vibrant art scene, and moderate cost-of-living, San Miguel de Allende is not only rich in Mexican culture but also attracts many foreign retirees, artists and writers, predominantly from the U.S. and Canada.”

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The Huffington Post

“The spiritual home of the country’s independence movement, San Miguel de Allende is fast becoming a chic gourmet getaway.”

San Miguel de Allende, the New Gourmet Capital of Mexico
The Independent

San Miguel — a Unesco World Heritage site — feels fresh again, with rebooted energy from an influx of sophisticates far younger than the expatriate retirees traditionally associated with the town. Stores focus on regional designers and artists, and restaurants specialize in the locally grown — organic produce and livestock from surrounding farms that thrive year-round in the eternal spring climate…

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New York Times

One of Mexico’s loveliest—and liveliest—colonial towns and discovers why this long-time favorite of North American expats is now luring the hip Mexico City set.

Destination of the Month, San Miguel de Allende