Despite insecurity, San Miguel de Allende still Mexico’s Expat haven


San Miguel de Allende, in Guanajuato province, is a colorful colonial gem and a vibrant arts colony. The city of 140,000 is walkable, easy to navigate and family-friendly.

San Miguel de Allende is an expat retirement hot spot, so English is widely spoken. If you’re looking for an easy entry into Mexico’s interior, San Miguel is your place. However, it will likely be more expensive than other Mexican destinations.

(San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Photo by ferrantraite/Getty Images)
San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. (Photo by ferrantraite/Getty Images)

Getting to San Miguel de Allende

Querétaro Intercontinental Airport (QRO) is easy to get to from Mexico City or directly from many American cities.

From Querétaro it’s about a 60-minute drive to San Miguel de Allende. The easiest and most-frequent option would be via Aeroméxico and Delta using Delta SkyMiles and routing through Mexico City, Atlanta, Detroit or Chicago. Delta doesn’t publish an award chart, but it does have wide-open availability in economy from Atlanta for 34,000 SkyMiles and in first class for as low as 54,000 SkyMiles, round-trip + $85 in taxes. Other options are American Airlines through Dallas or United connecting in Houston.

Where to stay in San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende lacks points hotels but has a surplus of adorable, independently owned properties. A good luxury option for families is the Rosewood Hotel. Rosewood offers not only a kids club and in-room kids amenities but also in-room, kid-sized paint sets and easels for your mini-Matisse. Rooms are from $375. You could book Rosewood Hotel through the Ultimate Rewards portal or use Citi Prestige® Card’s fourth-night-free benefit to help offset costs.

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