Dear Editor

San Miguel de Allende: Mexico’s Best Kept Secret?

I am the publisher and author of the New 2017 edition of “The Insider’s Guide to San Miguel.”

It is exciting to see that San Miguel is getting the widespread attention that it justly deserves. This is a result of a lot of effort by the city fathers, business leaders, and citizens who work tirelessly to create an atmosphere that maintains the integrity of the town’s colonial heritage and its adaptability to accommodate today’s rapid changes. Here is what the travel experts say about San Miguel: Travel & Leisure has recently proclaimed that San Miguel is “The World’s Best City” to visit! They call it a Colonial treasure. Reader’s Digest, on July 21 of this year, rated San Miguel at 92 points out of 100, with many beautiful photos of the pueblo, under the heading “World’s Best City.” Again, on July 24, it was referred to as “The Best City in the World.” Lastly, Travel & Leisure reported that they have experienced a 270 percent increase in clients requesting information about visiting and/or retiring in San Miguel.

This will certainly alarm some of our citizens who are concerned about a rapid change in our town’s unique character, but I am afraid the genie is now out of the bottle. Look at what we have to share: perfect climate in all seasons, natural thermal springs, and a continuous flow of quality music: classical, jazz, folk, strolling mariachis, Mexican classics, and avant-garde. Fireworks, parades, and celebratory fiestas fill the streets with color and sound. International restaurants offer a diversity of menus: Mexican, Peruvian, American, French, Chinese, Japanese, Lebanese, Spanish, and Argentinian, as well as organic food shops, simple outdoor barbecue, and many others. Last but not least, there are ranches that offer horseback riding with trailside lunches prepared by the Mexican host family. There are hotels of every size and description, priced for every budget, from comfortable and intimate bed and breakfast suites to five star, high-end hotels.

Let us continue. Over 200 sophisticated art galleries offer original works of art by some of the world’s outstanding international artists and artisan and crafts fairs display local and native Indian creations.

For the fishing enthusiast, San Miguel is lacking. You can easily fly to either coast and enjoy some of the world’s best fishing. The best part is that all of this is very affordable compared to other international destinations. So yes, come for a visit, either for a few days, a few weeks, or permanently. San Miguel welcomes you, and you will never be sorry you did. For more information, feel free to contact me.

 

Ricardo Simeone

 

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