Living in San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is like living in a dream for a lot of retirees and digital nomads. SMA as it is also known as, is one of the most popular places in Mexico to live in. And you’ll easily see why.

YouTube video

This video will give you a walk through of

  • What it’s like to live here
  • Which neighborhoods we recommend
  • Why there are so many expats living here
  • Shopping options in SMA
  • The arts scene in San Miguel Where to do your every day shopping
  • And more!

Retire in San Miguel de Allende the right way with our COMPLETE Mexico Relocation Guide. Learn what’s included here

We cover the most up to date and accurate steps to moving to Mexico. And it includes a full directory of contacts in San Miguel de Allende- that will help make your move a lot smoother. Our directory of contacts in San Miguel de Allende include:

  • Immigration facilitators
  • Realtors Relocation tours
  • Healthcare Brokers
  • Medicare Advantage Brokers
  • Moving companies
  • Lawyers
  • And more!

Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Reader Interactions


  1. Mark Lebenthal says

    I want to vacation for the week with a another couple in San Miguel. If I like this life then I would rent an apartment for 1-2 months a year. I lived in Guadalajara for 4 years many years ago. I love Mexico, it’s culture, food and most of all the people.

  2. Derek Williams says

    My wife and I got here from Vancouver BC on Sept 1, spend a month in a Air B&B and got a place to rent for $1200 US however, paying in US cost a 37% premium right now. We love the place we are in right in the heart of the city in Centro. We got our Permanent cards last Monday. Used a facilitator, of course.
    One question Mariana: what are calling cards called here in Mexico? I need to call my sisters in the UK. I know all about What’sApp but I am old fashioned I like to dial.

    • Mariana Lange says

      I’m not sure calling cards exist anymore. Because most cellphones have apps that let you call overseas. But if you want to know the name they are called “tarjeta de telefono para llamadas internacionales”

  3. Linda says

    Any chance of seeing a video like this one but on huatulco La crucecita

    • Mariana Lange says

      COMING SOON! Stay tuned

  4. Bonnie Turano says

    Hi Mariana,

    I am reading all over the internet that the prices in SMA are rising so fast.
    My plan is to be there permanently in September. (I have everything in order)
    I was budgeting $1100 for rent close in but not in Centro, including
    utilities. Is this doable? I have my heart set on this beautiful city, but if I must I will reconsider.
    Thanks for any help.

    • Mariana Lange says

      It’s absolutely doable in your budget, but you won’t find those prices usually online. You will find them by word of mouth or by searching where the locals search and how they search (en Espanol).
      A lot of Facebook groups in Spanish are also great places to find a budget-friendly rental anywhere in Mexico. Look for
      “rental de casas en sSan Miguel de Allende”

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