Hot springs, spas, un-touristed hideaways. "Mexico" Mike will lead you to the safe ones, I drive all Mexico to update my popular tourist driving routes: Laredo / Reynosa / Matamoros to Yucatan, Laredo / Reynosa
to San Miguel de Allende, Laredo to Pto. Vallarta, Nogales to Mazatlan, Xilitla, a surrealistic testament to creativity, Oaxaca, Chiapas and a
trail or two, looking for new treasures. I'll help you plan a rewarding, safe trip.
As an expat, you can bring a whole houseful of computers into Mexico when you use the exemption afforded you when you get your resident visa. Until then, you are treated
tourist. And please don't try to argue with the customs inspectors by telling them that you live in Mexico on your tourist permit. No, no, no.
You can bring your laptop computer into Mexico with no problems. For some reason, a desktop computer will raise a custom's inspectors
However, this is not the problem it used to be, so if that is all you have, you can try to take it, but be ready to pay an import fee, generally about 16% of the value
to aduana's book. Cost basis is equivalent item on eBay.
OK all that said, I know lots of tourists living in Mexico illegally who brought lots of computers down with them by not declaring them and not paying a duty. I, of
recommend you do that. I can just tell you what I have observed and let you make your own decision.
If you are a tourist, just get Skype and call / video chat with that.
If you live in Mexico, you may still be happy with Skype. You will find high-speed Internet these days. If you want good call quality, you can get a VOIP
phone. I have met people who are happy with MagicJack. I use an unlocked cell phone and buy a Telcel chip for it. When in a hotel room, I use Skype and am very happy
with it. There are always new and improved services, so these are just suggestions.
A hunched back from using a low hotel desk (or your lap) for your laptop can be avoided by thinking outside the box. You are not flying. A couple of extra
in your vehicle won't cost you a thing. Get a real,
desk for your
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You'll find WiFi Internet connections at hotels throughout Mexico-even at budget hotels.
Remind the front desk cat forget to give you the codigos or codes needed to access the network. They get distracted.
WiFi (pronounced Wee fee) means wireless Internet. But you are more likely to hear Internet Inalambrico. You will soon learn to cherish and hate those words.
You can cast your Internet from your phone to a certain extent if you have an unlimited plan in Mexico.
I've used 7 different brands. Be sure to read the reviews to make sure you get one that will work in a hotel without access to the router. Antennas are worthwhile. I've used several:
Netgear, TP-Link, Techkey and Panda. Each have had their good and bad points..
Most all will connect with the old-style USB connector so if you've only got "C", get an adapter. And most extenders dropped support for Apple products, so verify that what you get
work for you.. Each
few months a new one comes out, supposedly better than the last. So just read the reviews and buy two.
Just like in the States or Canada, you will get a codigo or code for the wifi connection when you buy a coffee or sandwich. Sometimes these expire after 15 minutes or half an hour,
sometimes not. Be sure to ask the waiter to write the code down. You know, of course, that the connection is not secure, so be careful. I use a VPN private network, just in case. I
lifetime subscription to Keep
Solid and they do a good job. But there are many others these days, so just look around.
Even hotels that have strong routers and a series of
repeaters can be compromised by employees who share the code with their primos in the neighborhood.
If you prefer, there are Internet cafes everywhere, even in many small towns that you would hardly expect -- even in Real de Catorce, which is about as
remote as most
people will get. High-speed Internet connections (well, medium-speed as in 2-3 Mbits) are the norm in Mexico today. I did get 10 Mbits in Jalapa and Orizaba, but that will be very
Internet cafes will let you connect your laptop computer at Internet cafes in Mexico. Internet cafes are dwindling because so many people have computers at home, or through their
days. I suspect they will go the way of the larga distancia or long-distance telephone offices.