San Miguel Mexico is an up and coming town with tons of history and a booming tourist industry. If you are lucky enough to be traveling or moving there for business, you won’t be disappointed.

Where is it and how do you get there? How about, how do I get there from Mexico City? From the history of this vibrant location to how to get around, there’s a lot you want to know.

San Miguel de Allende Mexico

San Miguel de Allende Mexico is a colonial city in the Bajio region of Mexico. The weather is amazing with year-round spring-like weather and interesting history dating back hundreds of years. In 2016 it was named the number one city in Mexico and South America by Travel + Leisure magazine. It has a population of almost 170,000 people and is seen as a haven for young couples. In fact, 54 percent of the population is between 15 and 64 years old. Another 40 percent of the population is under the age of 15. It has a large percentage of people who have moved there from other countries as well. All of these factors make San Miguel a great place to visit or start a business.

History

A large old church in San Miguel Mexico

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There is a very interesting story about how San Miguel Mexico was established. Franciscan friar, Juan de San Miguel had a mission a few miles from the present town in 1542. His mission was in an area that was very dry. One day Juan de San Miguel realized that his beloved hounds were missing. He finally found them relaxing at a spring now called El Chorro. Upon realizing that this spring would be a better location for his mission, he moved everyone to the city that is now called San Miguel.

San Miguel Mexico became the most northern settlement established by the Spanish. In 1555 a new road was built from Mexico City to Zacatecas, which passed right through San Miguel. This caused a huge population boom to the area as ranchers and silver barons turned San Miguel into a thriving city.

San Miguel is also the birthplace of Ignacio Allende. Born in 1779 he became a leader in the Mexican war for independence. His mission was short lived when he was captured in 1811 after leading an armed uprising. Mexico finally gained its independence in 1821. Just a few years later in 1826, Ignacio Allende was officially recognized for his efforts in the war and the town was renamed San Miguel de Allende.

Culture

A few years ago San Miguel Mexico was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The reason for this is because of the city’s architecture, cultural significance, and the role it played in Mexican’s independence. San Miguel’s rich cultural history helped shape its current cultural mix. It has become a haven for artists from all around the world, who find inspiration in the city’s architecture and history.

After World War II the town became a haven for foreign veterans. The GI Bill covered art classes that were offered at many of the local schools. You can now find a thriving arts community which offers live theater, music performances, and art galleries.

San Miguel Mexico Map

A map of San Miguel Mexico

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Located at 20.9144 N and 100.7452 W, San Miguel is in central Mexico. It is about a three-hour drive from Mexico City and does not have any beaches or large bodies of water like most popular tourist destinations in Mexico.

How to get to San Miguel Mexico

When traveling to San Miguel Mexico you several options. Choose between flying, driving, using a car service, or taking a bus. Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on your situation.

If you are going to San Miguel for a business trip, flying is definitely your best bet. There are two airports in the area that you can fly into. Del Bajio International Airport is about one and a half hours away from San Miguel Mexico. Queretaro International Airport is three and a half hours away in Mexico City. Both airports have bus transportation to San Miguel.

If you are moving to San Miguel Mexico for work then you might want to consider driving. While a car isn’t really needed to get around San Miguel, it will be needed for anyone having to travel to Mexico City for business. 

Taking a bus to San Miguel is a convenient option if you live close to a border town such as Laredo, TX. The trips generally take about 12 hours and offer one departure each day.

Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende

People walking the streets in downtown Mexico City which is close to San Miguel Mexico

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Chances are you will find yourself traveling from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende at some point while you are in the area. Not only is one of the major airports located there, but many offices have headquarters there as well. You can take a first class bus to Mexico City from San Miguel, which is a four-hour ride. While driving yourself will take almost the same amount of time, it will allow you the freedom of leaving and arriving whenever you wish.

Getting around San Miguel Mexico

San Miguel is a haven for people who enjoy walking. Many of the main establishments are located in and around the town plaza. There are also taxis and local buses if you are in need of a ride. Having your own car isn’t really necessary to get around town. If you do choose to have a car many of the homes, hotels, and apartments in the area provide places for safe parking.

Finding a place to stay

Whether you are visiting or moving to San Miguel Mexico for business, you won’t find a shortage of places to stay. Not only is the area ready for business trips due to its high tourism rate, it is a great place to move. Since the 1950s Americans have been relocating to the area for various reasons. There are some things you should watch out for in your hunt for the perfect hotel or home.

San Miguel de Allende Mexico hotels

San Miguel has many different types of hotels available depending on what you are looking for. If you are planning to combine business with pleasure, a resort would be a great idea. Although there are no seaside resorts in San Miguel, you can find plenty that offers amazing amenities. Pools, spas, and 5-star restaurants can come all-inclusive. If you are planning a short trip, then there are hotels all over the city that offer comfortable rooms at a great price. If you need to stay for an extended business trip, call around. Some of the smaller hotels may have monthly rates. Let them know you are staying for business and they may be able to provide you with a room that has a small kitchenette.

San Miguel de Allende Mexico homes

An urban area similar to San Miguel Mexico

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If you are moving from the United States to San Miguel Mexico, things should be fairly easy for you. About three-quarters of all homes sold in San Miguel are to people from the U.S. and Canada. Purchasing a house in San Miguel pretty much follows the same path as purchasing a home in the states.

Before you start the process of purchasing a home in San Miguel there are important steps to take. First, make sure that you have been approved for a work/living visa in Mexico. If you have pets that will be moving with you, you will also need to apply for permission for them to join you. If your employer pays for your moving costs you should ask about a relocation consultant. Relocation consultants can take care of all the details for you, all you have to do is arrive.

Opening a Business in San Miguel

Opening a business in San Miguel Mexico can be a great idea if you have a service or talent that is popular in that area. Before opening any kind of business make sure that you have the proper visa and approval from immigration. In Mexico, you will need approval for every different economic activity that you participate in. Just because you have the approval to work at one place does not mean you automatically have the approval to work for yourself.

You will also want to make sure you are providing a good/service that locals can not easily provide. The Mexican government wants foreigners to bring new things to the country that don’t exist in abundance.

Resturants and hotels

Resturants are a booming business in San Miguel. There is a high population of foreigners who live and visit the area. This means many different types of cuisines are popular. If you are hoping to move to Mexico to start your own taco business, you probably won’t get approved. If you want to open up an Irish pub or romantic Italian place, you will have a bit more luck.

Hotels are the second biggest business in San Miguel. While opening a large hotel might take some time, many retirees have started moving to the area to open bed and breakfasts.

Artists

San Miguel is a huge haven for artists. If you plan on moving to the area in pursuit of sharing your art or music, you won’t find a shortage of places to display your talents.

This gorgeous location, and wonderful thriving arts community, may just be the perfect place to begin your business in Mexico adventure. With the large population of ex-pats and resort local, you can’t go wrong.

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