More than 6000 feet up in the hills of the antiplano, San Miguel is one of the most charming towns in México.
It is a favorite of Méxicans and expatriates alike, due to its clean cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, fresh air, beautiful light, lush parks, gorgeous churches, constant fiestas and festivals, and gracious people.
It boasts a zócolo, called the Jardín, that is the center of an extensive World Heritage Site historic district dating to the 17th and 18th centuries.
A mecca for artists and writers, San Miguel de Allende has bilingual art schools, eclectic restaurants, sheer beauty, world-class galleries and art, amazing shopping, hot springs, low crime, and peaceful invigorating life.
In addition to its many schools for learning to speak Spanish, San Miguel boasts the second-largest English-language library in México, plus English-language newspapers, theaters, concerts, and lectures.
AllSanMiguel.com is dedicated to being a one-stop resource where you can find everything you need to live life in San Miguel de Allende to the fullest.
A motivated seller is the reason this house, fantastically located just a few blocks from the Jardín in the Historic District, is so affordable.
It has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath in 753 square feet, was built in 1980, and is ready to remodel to your taste. More…
This beautiful, eclectic-style home is tucked into a narrow cobblestone alley in upper Centro in San Miguel de Allende, next to an historic chapel.
Surrounded by colorful bougainvilleas hanging from stone walls, you enter via an iron gate into a terraced outdoor living area with beautiful views.
Modern appliances, good storage space… More…
A delicious Thanksgiving Day meal at the Monet Café.
A friend and I had a great Thanksgiving meal at the Monet Café this evening.
Every single item on the menu was very good — bread, wine, turkey, gravy, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cranberries, pecan pie, pumpkin pie.
It must have been quite an undertaking to prepare two shifts of Thanksgiving Day meals for multitudes, but the ambiance was relaxed, the food was all as fresh and lucscious as if the staff had been thinking of no one but us, and the service was prompt, attentive, and very pleasant.
Servings were large, meaning some made it home with us for midnight snack or breakfast. All for 200 pesos a meal!
We first ate at the Monet a couple of days ago, drawn inside by the signboard offering amazingly inexpensive breakfast deals.
We’re glad we found it and plan to try it regularly.
The Café Monet is located at Zacateros #83, in el Centro just north of Pila Seca and Ancha de San Antonio.
Here’s a link to check out their menu.
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- Coyote Canyon Adventures is the highest-rated tour in San Miguel de Allende, featuring:
Horseback Riding Adventures, Cañada de la Virgen Pyramid Tours, Balloon Flights, and Adventure Tours.
- Rancho Xotolar offers horseback riding excursions into the countryside of Mexico. Visitors say it’s an “awesome ranch”and describe it as a journey back in time.”
- Sense, a Rosewood Spa is a world-class sanctuary offering respite and rejuvenation for body, mind and spirit. An exceptional experience.
- Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel is the neo-Gothic center of San Miguel built by an indigenous stonemason. The pastel architectural icon dates from the late 19th century.
- Folk Art Gallery and Mask Museum with its surprising entrance is beautiful and very interesting.
- Laja Spa pays tribute to the abundant Laja River using the concept of water as a cleanser, a purifier. Amazing, clean, professional, and lovely.
- Sazon is San Miguel’s premier tabletop store and cooking school, housed in a magnificent 18th century cassia. Called a “wonderful experience” and a “great way to spend a day and learn.”
- Canada de la Virgen is a wonderful slow paced, huge natural wildlife reservation.
- Fabrica La Aurora is a former fabric factory converted into artists’ studios, galleries and boutiques.
- 3 Senores is the original horseback riding company in San Miguel de Allende. It is a small family owned and operated business, serving the community for over 14 years.
- Juarez Park is an attractive park with a popular basket ball court, early morning exercise classes, and young lads honing their bullfighting skills.
- Jardin Botanico El Charco del Ingenio is 200-acre nature reserve with a wide variety of native vegetation and cacti, offering guided walks every Tuesday and Thursday.
- El Jardin, at the heart of San Miguel’s historic center, is the town’s main plaza, busy day and night.
- Public Library (Biblioteca Publica) is the second largest bilingual library in Mexico.
- Zocalo is one of the town’s excellent craft stores, said to have the best view in town.
- Academia Hispano Americana offers a variety of language classes.
- Instituto Habla Hispana is one of the city’s premier language schools.
- Mayan Baths is described as a “one of a kind experience” and “one of the highlights.”
- La Gruta has hot spring-fed indoor and outdoor pools including a must-do grotto, grassy verges, and small cafes.
- La Esquina Mexican Toy Museum displays traditional and modern handmade Mexican toys and is housed in an old mansion in the centre of town at Nuñez 40.
- Centro Mexicano de Lengua y Cultura is an excellent Spanish School. It is a very nice facility in a great location in San Miguel.
- Roombo: A Place for Kids is a state-of-the art child center offering learning and play opportunities for families.
- Shanti San Miguel is a spa described as “peaceful and relaxing.”
- Oratorio of San Felipe Neri is a 17th-century church built only after a protracted struggle to gain the land by Indians.
- Xote Parque Acuatic is a water park and a great place for kids.
- Iglesia de la Concepcion has a neoclassical dome that can be seen far and wide and its fine interior was supposedly modeled on Les Invalides in Paris.
- Museo de San Miguel de Allendeis the birthplace of Ignacio Allende, a hero of the Mexican Revolution.
- Casa del Mayorazgo de Canal is a mansion still owned by the family of Manuel Tomas de la Canal now open to the public.
- Instituto Allende is a famous school offering arts, writing, and language classes.
- Rancho de la Capilla is a 17th-century ranch 15 miles from San Miguel de Allende offering horseback rides from the ranch.
Find out more about any one of these in our search tool. (Upper, right-side of each page.)
San Miguel Viejo – Original settlement in 1530s, just outside of the city.
Sanctuary of Atotonilco – Experience San Miguel has a good article about El Sanctuary of Atotonilco here.
Rio Laja Trail – Map of hiking trail.
Las Cabras Trail – A moderately steep hike part way up the nearby Los Picachos volcano.
Presa San Miguel de Allende – Bicycle ride starting from San Miguel de Allende along the lake.
Sabino de la Huerta – A really big tree near San Miguel de Allende.
Mineral de Pozos – An hour out of San Miguel, a quiet, traditional Mexican town is undergoing an art-fueled transformation. De-Paseo.com has a good article about Mineral de Pozos here.
Santiago de Querétaro – Nearby historic center of Santiago de Querétaro is a World Heritage site.
Most small investors are motivated by a love of Mexíco where they have spent great vacations and want to spend more or all of their time here.
Try living for a while in the area you have selected and spend some time talking to Mexícan officials at the state and municipal levels to determine their attitude toward foreign investors.
Seek out foreign and native entrepreneurs in your area to test out business ideas and seek advice on market feasibility and potential problems.
Living and doing business in Mexíco, over an extended period of time, is quite different than vacationing here.
You may discover the area you first choose is too remote and lacking in services for your long term needs.
Most people are happy about their decision to move to San Miguel de Allende, where their first investment was a vacation home.
A “getaway” beach property, with no nearby business services, is too remote a location unless you only intend to write.
It may be great living there on holidays but not on a permanent basis – (too quiet and remote). You may be better off renting an apartment in town.
Being close to international business resources is important when doing due diligence.
For prospective foreign investors the following resources are available in Mexíco: State Economic Development and Tourism, Department of Foreign Investment (if considering a tourism related business), bankers and of course lawyers and accountants recommended by foreign entrepreneurs and government officials.
Other agencies to solicit counsel from are Mexican chambers of commerce: CANACO, for retailers; CANACINTRA, industrialists; COTUCO, tourism; and an Association called COPARMEX, a small business organization to assist small to medium sized businesses in Mexíco.
COPARMEX can help with legal, accounting, and bilingual personnel selection and training. All of these agencies have offices in major Mexícan cities.
TAKE YOUR TIME, DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND SELECT PROFESSIONALS CAREFULLY and like any business anywhere – LOTS OF LUCK!