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"A Gringo Guide to Mexican Beverages," print only available in the Biblioteca gift shop, Garrison and Garrison, La Deriva bookstores.

Garrison and Garrison bookstore, San Miguel Allende, Mexico – San Miguel de Allende is a hill-town. The streets are very narrow and made of rock or stone. It amazes me how the local women still wear super-high heels. I highly recommend lower heels and or good walking shoes.

"A Gringo Guide to: Salsas and Chilies," print only available in the Biblioteca gift shop, Garrison and Garrison, La Deriva bookstores.

"A Gringo Guide to: Mexican Desserts," print only available in the Biblioteca gift shop, Garrison and Garrison, La Deriva bookstores.

Woman in traditonal dress with a cob of corn in her bowl, – Relative to the United States, food in San Miguel de Allende costs a lot less unless you buy something that’s imported, in which case, you’re going to pay more than you would in the United States. There are some things you can’t get here that are from the United States so you do pay more, with the exception of Costco. We have a Costco an hour away, which is worth the drive.

Ivy del Posso at an opening of the Gallery Relox 46 – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living - The truth is, people here in San Miguel de Allende are as busy as they want to be. There is so much to do here. There are art openings every week. We have small pocket theaters where you can go, and eat, and watch a foreign movie. There are over 120 NGOs if you feel like you want to do something of that ilk.

Decorative secuirty bars over windows, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – We have had the odd and strange murder here in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, but it was usually not premeditated. Usually it is the result of an interrupted robbery. We have had a couple of times in the country where people get tied up and set in their bathroom while the house gets emptied but that happens in houses that are more on the outside of town and without an alarm.

Dining our with Ivy, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – I was starting to think that restaurants in San Miguel de Allende are expensive until I visited Los Angeles. When I go back to the United States, I realize that the restaurants here are much more reasonable.

Estate home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living - Historic Centro is the immediate center of the town of San Miguel de Allende. First of all, everybody thinks they want to be in the historic centro, because everything is happening there and it is fabulous.

View of the nearby mountains from a rooftop in San Miguel Allende, Mexico – San Miguel de Allende sits on a mountain at 6,266 ft. above sea level. Anyone with a lung or heart condition may want to take that into consideration before moving here. Medications should be easy to find at the many farmacias (pharmacies) around the city.