San Miguel Allende is, first of all, beautiful. It is welcoming, filled with art galleries and art schools, chocolate shops, cobble-stone streets, colorful buildings, lovely churches and warm and friendly people. Its eclectic mix of beauty and European charm coupled with its affordability, safety, nice people and Latin culture make it an especially attraction option for retirement. What a lovely place to just stroll and lose yourself for a little while.
Head to the Instituto Allende, an art school with beautiful architecture and painted murals inside the building on the walls. Check out the Parroquia de San Miguel Allende and Jardin Allende and the surrounding shops, restaurants, and street artists. Also head to the Templo de San Francisco & nearby Mercado. There are beautiful churches, art galleries and artisan shops on every corner. I always loved the Mente Cacao shops because they have chocolate ice cream, hot chocolate, chocolate candies, and literally chocolate everything. I got high on their chocolate; it’s strong and it’s amazing and you won’t be disappointed.
While I was in SMA there were art gallery openings and local artists working in clothing shops decorating and painting the clothing themselves. One night in front of the Parroquia was a celebration of dancing and singing around a fire of life, love and peace and I participated and had a great time. SMA is really a beautiful place with peace and serenity built into its atmosphere and I highly recommend going there.