Guanajuato, Mexico – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

Located in the geographic centre of Mexico in the state of Guanajuato.

One of my all-time favourite cities, and considered to be one of the most beautiful in Mexico. The colonial architecture here is next level. It was once a rich silver mining town built up by the Spanish. The weather is near-perfect and the city center is very pedestrian friendly, with plenty of plazas, restaurants and cafes. Guanajuato is Mexico’s most beautiful large city.


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Guanajuato is one of the best cities in Mexico for expatsretirees. The perfect weather, the safety, and the low cost of living are all important factors. The type of expat best suited to Guanajuato is the expat with a family or the retiree.



There are some really cool hotels in Guanajuato located in historic buildings. An interesting example is Casa del Rector. The colonial vibes in the historic center are unmatched. 



Guanajuato rentals can be cheap on the long term market. A few years ago, it be done for $250 as long as you don’t rent from gringos. I knew a waiter from San Diego who was sharing a room a short cab ride from Centro for about $60. The best way to do it is to meet some students, which there are plenty of here. They will know of cheap housing in Guanajuato. 




Nightlife in Guanajuato is surprisingly good. Extremely fun, and all bars in Guanajuato are within walking distance, so ideal for venue changes. Logistically, it does not get much better than Guanajuato nightlife. If you live alone in a house or apartment walking distance from Teatro Juarez you’ll never want to leave.

I recommend: Start the night at Barfly. Then, if you’re having no luck (or if you’re over 35), do a venue change to Los Lobos where the crowd is a bit older. Finally, when either Barfly or Lobos closes, take your catch and head to La Dama, which closes at 5:00 am. You can go out every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night by sticking to this template. But be wary if you’re planning a longtime stay because word can get out fast. The good thing about small cities is that you can figure them out quickly. The bad thing about them is that they can figure you out quickly. Be wary of the fact that this is not Mexico City or Guadalajara.



Guanajuato is safe. I never felt at risk walking around the centre at night. There are, however, a number of small alleyways called callejones that would be ideal for robberies, so don’t mess around in those too much after dark.



Guanajuato is the perfect city for an extended stay if big metropolises aren’t your jam. I could easily see myself living here for a year or more under the right personal conditions. The city is truly enchanting: the people, the colours, the architecture, the plazas. Everything. However, I acknowledge the fact that for many people this city will get boring after a couple weeks.

If you’re looking for a larger city, nearby Leon might be a cozy alternative, although the city itself isn’t as pretty as Guanajuato is!


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