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Thinking of Coming to Mexico? 5 Good Reasons You Should Stay Home!

I recently added a Frequently Asked Questions Section  to our blog here and FAQ #1 of “Do you feel safe?” is for sure a hot topic! With his permission, I share with you all another answer and perspective to this all-important question by our friend Earl Miller who lives in San Pancho to the north of us. 

“I moved to Mexico five years ago against the advice of many people from the area where I lived in the United States. I have had five wonderful years down here and will spend the rest of my life here. I am part owner of a hotel (Roberto’s Bungalows) in a little village called San Pancho about 30 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. We get visitors from all over the world come and stay with us and I can’t believe the stuff I hear sometimes from a small percentage of them when they are booking their time to come stay. Usually 99 percent of them are from the United States and are asking about how safe it is.

I came from a town in the Bay area in California and I loved it and it was a safe and wonderful community. The next town and the cities within about 20 miles were not so safe. Now living in the Bay area if you never read the news or watched TV you would think you lived in the safest place on the planet.

Well here is where the difference is. If you did read the paper or watched TV you would realize that within a few miles people are being killed and the cities are going to hell in a handbasket. They are trying everything that is possible, but they just don’t have the manpower or the funding to keep the cities under control.

Now for the good news…I have lived here for five years and traveled here by car from California and all around the area and never had a problem. The Cartel has yet to make me a drug runner or chopped off my head. When people start up with how dangerous it is down here I just ask for them to Google the crime rate in the town in which they live and the surrounding 30 miles or so.

It is just folks who really just watch the TV and read the news about the stories about the border problems. Remember that the reason for the crime and deaths at the border towns in Mexico is the fact that America has a drug problem. If everyone in the United States didn’t need drugs we wouldn’t have a problem with crime at the border.

Well take the border towns out of your vacation plans and come on down to the Riviera Nayarit coast and enjoy the weather and mostly the grace of the wonderful people of this country. They are pleasant and warm and wanting to help you in every way. Stop the crazy thoughts and get down here and see for yourself. This is paradise and we don’t have the crime that exists in the United States.

Oh I know some of you will read this and be saying oh yeah well I just heard that someone got killed in Mexico. For those of you who are always looking for the bad in everything please do us a favor down here, stay home.

1. If you don’t know the facts about the crime in Mexico, stay home!

2. If you believe everything you read or see on TV, stay home.

3. If you are not a loving adventure seeking person with a love of a beautiful people and beauty, stay home.

4. If you don’t want to explore and get to know the awesome people of this different culture of the world, stay home.

5. If you don’t want to feel the love and make lifetime friendships and surround yourself with the love of the Nationals and can’t step out of your comfort zone, PLEASE STAY HOME!

I really don’t want to sound like I think everyone from the United States and Canada shouldn’t come to Mexico. We welcome you all! The area in which We live was just chosen as the 6th best place in the world to retire and in Men’s Journal Magazine last month the second best kept secret world best beach.

This is just for the few of you that make all of Mexico sound like a dangerous place. I want you all to come and see the world with different eyes and an open heart. The people of Mexico are the most gracious people I have ever encountered. They want you to come and feel the love and share the beauty of their beautiful country.

Come and relax on the beaches, travel the country and see some of the most beautiful sites in the world. They welcome you with open arms.

I welcome you with an open heart and open arms.”

~Earl Miller

Many thanks to our Gentle Giant of a friend, Earl Miller, for allowing us to share this today on Los O’Gradys in Mexico.


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  • Eric Bennett March 21, 2017, 5:57 am

    Katie,
    Why would a brilliant writer ever “share” this guys comments or thoughts when he makes ignorant comments like “if everyone in The United States didn’t need drugs, we wouldn’t have crime at the border”. Really? Mexico hasn’t had a non cartel president since Vincent’s Fox, and won’t anytime in the near future. The reason for the crime down there is because it’s the easiest way for people to make money. And if they pay off the right people there will be no consequences.
    I am someone who loves both Mexico and The United States. I am also planning on retiring to Mexico in the next 5 years. But for anyone to blame the crime on The U.S. is ignorant.
    I hope you are doing well, you of course look amazing.

    • Katie O'Grady March 21, 2017, 9:14 am

      Hi Eric,

      Thank you for your taking the time to share your thoughts and I appreciate the compliment regarding my writing.

      My publishing of Earl’s piece was not to make a political statement nor war on drugs commentary, but rather to share another person’s perspective and response to one of the most frequently asked questions we residents of Mexico receive—“Do you feel safe?”.

      It is not my desire nor intention to engage in the various and conflicting political ideologies on my platform here.

      At the same time, I felt that Earl’s message was important enough to share and that is my liberty as the author of this blog. You as a reader are certainly welcome to share your response as well and I am happy to publish it as long as it stays within the realms of respectful discourse.

      Bottom line for me and my take away from this piece is the following:

      “I want you all to come and see the world with different eyes and an open heart. The people of Mexico are the most gracious people I have ever encountered. They want you to come and feel the love and share the beauty of their beautiful country. Come and relax on the beaches, travel the country and see some of the most beautiful sites in the world. They welcome you with open arms.” ~Earl Miller

      Best Regards,
      Katie O’Grady
      Los O’Gradys in Mexico

  • Earl Miller March 21, 2017, 2:28 pm

    Eric…… Would love to meet you down here in San Pancho. When someone calls me ignorant I take that to heart. A little harsh, but ok with me, as we all have a right of freedom of speech. I have gotten over a thousand positive hits on this letter and only one like yours. You must be one of a kind, so please come to the village, as I have been told that I am one of a kind. We will either get along or I will tell you to get along!
    Earl

  • Alan April 12, 2017, 6:24 pm

    Hola.

    My wife and I will be transitioning to San Pancho and are trying to make some friends and contacts in advance. She was born and raised in Venezuela and we both love the culture of Mexico.

    We will be buying the Casa Ladera and plan to rename it to “The Pancho Villa I & II” We plan a facelift and then steady upgrades as budget allows.

    The idea is to rent out both homes for a few years until I can retire there. We hope to steadily increase our time in San Pancho and look forward to participating in the community. I’m an architectural photographer and my wife was a teacher. This is a giant leap of faith for me but at this point in life I better take the shot now or never.

    • Katie O'Grady May 3, 2017, 7:52 pm

      Hola Alan!
      Very happy for your and your wife’s upcoming adventure.
      As you may know from my publications here on Los O’Gradys in Mexico, we lived in San Pancho for nearly two years starting in 2012 and are still very connected with the awesome people and community there.
      Congratulations on your home purchase and I love the rename! By chance did Shannon Hughes sell it to you? He is a personal friend of ours and an awesome human being!
      I am all for giant leaps of faith!
      Feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you would like to stay in touch.
      Best,
      Katie

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