Considered one of the prettiest small towns in Mexico, San Miguel is a Spanish-colonial jewel aglow in pastel colors.
With a rich arts-and-crafts tradition, San Miguel has small shops aplenty where you can spend hours admiring (and buying) pottery, painting, sculptures, hammered-tin mirrors, and lamps … the list is endless. You can also enjoy its many art galleries, restaurants, and scenic plazas.
Like Puerto Vallarta, San Miguel is home to thousands of expats from all over the world. Here you can get by in English if you want, or speak Spanish if you prefer. (In my experience here, if you greet folks in Spanish when you enter a shop, they continue in that language unless you decide otherwise.)
And people love its high-desert climate, with warm days and cool nights most of the year, so it’s not surprising that, of the 140,000 people in the metropolitan area, an estimated 10,000 are expats.
There’s no international airport right in San Miguel, so choose from two in the region: León, which is about two hours away by car, and Querétaro, about an hour. Or if you prefer, fly into Mexico City, three hours away, and take a bus to San Miguel.