Very touristy region in general but convenient and safe. Here are the 20 best places to live in Mexico. about 400 pesos per month. This is an amazing beach for swimming but you have to take a boat to get there. Other than the kitchen, it had everything else you would expect in a studio—full-size bed, counter with stools (where I worked from), closet, and a bathroom (a tour is shown in the video above). Very informative! For costs, a cheap quesadilla runs 15 pesos (just over $1) at one of the stands, a nicer taco costs about 40 pesos (about $3.25), and a veggie meal at one of the handful of restaurants in town runs up to $10 or $15 USD. I share a heap of Mexico resources at the end. The community is different than what you find in San Miguel or PV, it seems there are more opportunities to integrate into Mexican life. How do you handle the heat? Dear Shannon: I remember reading about your travels. Merida is as safe as Thailand, and has a small expat scene, enough to enjoy but you can also immerse. San Pancho has a truly great vibe if you like small towns. Are there any apartments with pools in Sayulita or San Pancho that are also close to the beach? A mere 10 minutes doesn’t seem like much, but in the scorching heat I was happy to have use of a bicycle from the family compound. Then there is the question of how clean the local water supply is. If you’re looking for a calm lifestyle, the sleepy surf town of Sayulita offers a slow-paced way of life. I also drink a lot of coffee; so although I made my own pot each day, the food budget included many espressos each week. Americans can easily obtain a retiree visa for Mexico, and digital nomads often take advantage of the automatic six months on-arrival that Americans enjoy when entering Mexico. IT is best described as a cosmopolitan area that focuses on cultural events and activities, such as galleries, theaters, and festivals. The city was founded around 500 years ago and sits at an altitude of 6,200 feet. Mexico also has a very generous visa policy—six months on arrival for Americans, which helps keep total living costs low. Hmm, that is an interesting question. This post is updated annually with new information. Puerto Morelos is another option. You could start out living in an expat hub like San Miguel de Allende, where there is a massive community of retirees and expats, you could even take language lessons (they have a lot of options), and then use that to get familiarized and attuned to Mexico, then look at some of the smaller towns. The city is exceptionally clean with an outstanding infrastructure and a thriving central market. I had Thai friends, and some of them good friends, but there’s a insular nature to the community that is under the surface that I found insurmountable in many ways. to Rincon de Guayabitos – laughed at her living in Asia without a stove – living economically and enjoying the important things in life and off the treadmill many are addicted to – it’s definitely an education to enjoy those experiences – though I’d love to visit with her and share stories – amazing experiences. Located about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is the perfect spot for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. You may be able to spend half that much if you live back in the neighborhood a short distance. Right next to the Microdyn they also sell family-size packs of deworming/de-parasiting medicine. If you aren’t at retirement age, actual residency is a tad more complicated. One of the perks of living in a one-street town is that you don’t need a whole lot of transportation! Alamos is colonial and has lot of events, the music festival being the largest. Hi Shannon! What part do you live in? And one town over, in Sayulita (which is bigger and more touristy has a great beach, a lot more food, bars, etc), the apartment prices are actually pretty comparable—ideal if you like the idea of Mexico but think my town was a bit too small! There is a growing expat community thanks to the modern condo developments in the area, and the population is gradually growing. Living in Mexico is ideal for budget-conscious expats, retirees, and travelers. Both Tulum and Puerto Morelos are medium-sized beach towns, not too small and you can find good food and drink options — go further down the coast to Mahahual for a much smaller town that is more similar to San Pancho — nice local feel, a few good restaurants, and a slow pace of life near the beach. This is ideal for those who want to live in an established expat community while still enjoying the Mexican culture and lifestyle. In fact I was welcomed to a rooftop party down on the Melacon, and I was treated like they have known me forever. My wife and I are planning on becoming snow birds next winter. And then I include a couple other towns and thoughts in case you’re looking at other Mexican towns: Bucerias: Sprawling, no defined downtown area, neighborhoods stacked behind a big road and a beach. Mexico cost of living, internet speed, weather and other metrics as a place to work remotely for digital nomads. I wish I had some better recommendations for you, but I don’t the country as well as some other expats. But suffice to say it’s not going to be like Chapala. Look forward to reading more of your posts. Puerto Vallarta and surrounding communities are generally pricier than spots in Oaxaca, and perhaps on par with places like San Miguel de Allende. Although the beach is one of the big attractions of the area, it is also known as being a fantastic place for shopping and dining out as there are over 20 blocks of shops and restaurants. Best. Your first solo trip is a biggie, and I understand your hesitation to dive in when there are so many sites and so much information. Any insights or connections? These all come recommended, and if you plan to move to the area they are a good base. Upcoming Conferences. There is also a bus that runs toward Puerto Vallarta where there are big grocery stores and everything you could possibly need (that is about an 40 minutes to one hour away). In terms of Mexico I was planning on flying into Mexico City, then venturing up to Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende. Keep in mind: Tourists or expats are treasured in Mexico and get excellent protection especially in the resorts – they don’t want bad publicity and they want tourists to enjoy their visits – some places a major part of the economy is tourism and they protect that business with some locations actually having special police to assist tourists – they are amazingly accommodating if you have any incident and will assist you if any vendor cheats you, too, so you should feel very comfortable in Mexico, but avoid any cities or towns with higher crime rates. That’s the sort of place where you could perhaps find work. This wonderful place closed before I finally retired in 2012, and I’ve been looking for a similar Mexico destination ever since. We love it here but the lack of gay marriage recognition is a major pain for Visa arrangements. This city has a wonderful climate and it is a safe place to live. How are beaches in Sayulita for swiimming? But, I always mention this to travelers when I run across good content, check out Steemit.com. I live in Puerto Vallarta. 4. It is also a safe place to live as the crime rates are low, and there are plenty of leisure activities for residents and visitors to enjoy. I am in Oaxaca right now living and it’s intriguing how some of the quality of life is different in the various areas of Mexico. I know that local real estate agents have a few more roles in the community, in that they also negotiate rentals and such. It was once part of an important trade route, but it is now home to one of the biggest communities of foreigners in the country. Thanks for sharing your experiences. If you don’t speak Spanish, or you came in high season, pop into the real estate agencies. Good questions. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. View More. So, the apartment was 4,500 pesos per month ( $375 at the time) which is on the high-end for a studio in my town but the price included all utilities and really strong internet, which is essential for my online work. It was really a wonderful experience and I know I would have equally enjoyed that route solo. Many farmers and people on the outskirts of the city own horses, and you could surely find a way to stable a horse with a local family if your house/apartment wasn’t ideal. It is also a clean city with good air quality, and it doesn’t get too overcrowded. I’m not looking for fancy, just a good relaxing atmosphere. He knows everyone in town and could help you understand the town, the people, and how to rent a place longer-term. or less and living in P.V. San Miguel de Allende is popular amongst retirees who want to enjoy the rich history and the relaxed vibe of this city. It could be 2 different places in the same country. I live on a very limited buget yet have much to offer(martial arts, guitar, writing, story telling). I suppose the best fit and comfort level with cost of living intertwined are huge considerations and I would appreciate your insight between the two countries? This town dates back more than a thousand years, and many who live there say they can still feel the ancient Mayan roots. I really loved the access to affordable healthcare (a bonus Thailand had as well), like-minded expats who I now call close friends, and a pace of life that encouraged me to slow down and enjoy the little moments. Liz loves the process of researching information, learning new things, and putting into words what others who share her interests might like to read. There is lush rainforest throughout, but also amazing quiet beach towns too. I’ll get my house sold and be moving to P.V. Our perceptions and reality of the world are often skewed; that is true of Mexico. I know your not an expert on disability issues but id figured id ask you anyway about the accessibilty of Mexico and the places you lived while there. I don’t have a CR guide, but I think you could plan a great trip using the information on these two sites, Nomadic Matt and Two Weeks in Costa Rica. It is estimated that there are approximately 56,000 residents and 1,000 of these are expats who own property. Some of these places can be economical, but they are very primitive places to live. Hi Tom! San Pancho and Sayulita are more well known, but just south of them are even tinier surfing towns where I know friends have enjoyed months near the water. – Mexico is more complicated and has a far wider range of expat spots, communities, and lifestyles. HI, For your little ones, I would recommend that you use the disinfectant at least for the first few months and watch your consumption of tap water. My daughter (33, ESL teacher) and I (67, retired USA prof) are thinking about residing in Mexico. Despite having all the shops, restaurants and amenities of a large city, Cancun has maintained the small-town vibe. As for using your Medicare in the US, do you also continue to pay the Part B then since you do seem to use it? Sayulita: Very small, beach is very crowded with surfers because the water is good for swimming, entirely walkable within the town. But all the baseline costs are all included in my totals, and really unlike the Thailand post, this total includes toiletries and any expenses inside Mexico that cropped up—I never withdrew more than USD $750 from the ATM each month. This area is famous for music, and it is the home of the oldest music conservatory in the Americas. And for leaving San Pancho, Puerto Vallarta is about 45 minutes away and costs just a few dollars each way on the bus—this is the closest big city. Located in the Quintana Roo region, Cancun is known for its beaches and amazing weather. The bus makes a number of stops, but it’s not so bad. I like active places like Puerto Vallarta where there’s modern conveniences and more choices. The area is particularly well known for its cuisine, which is different from cuisine elsewhere in Mexico. My baseline (and total) costs to live in Mexico came in under $745 every month. Note that when you move to Mexico, you will still have costs in the place you left, I.e. house rent, food, transportation and entertainment) as compared to other states in USA. Huatulco has several beautiful bays and is a very pleasant resort that’s never overcrowded. The rents are still very affordable and I found something in that range in Oaxaca just last year. The great thing is, many of them are affordable. Finding Accommodation: I recommend arriving in San Pancho before trying to find a place to stay, otherwise you will only find vacation rentals listed. The options are so broad for seaside living that you can actually specify a price point, a convenience factor, and a lifestyle, and still have plenty of options. Learn how your comment data is processed. I’m planning on retiring in Mexico early the year after next. How Do You Even Pronounce Patek Philippe? Some expats also start their own tour companies — find a house with a small stable, run horse treks and such for tourists in an area with pretty locations but not a lot of English-language tourism yet. Those living in nearby Costa Rica or Panama tend to have higher monthly averages, so I found my Mexico living situation ideal. So, if you are willing to pay a chunk more than most locals will pay, then you can easily get fast speeds. We would absolutely have to have it! The water in many places isn’t clean, and the way they treat produce is also very, very different from back home. Whe is there a “$0” in the budget for electricity / water.? I rent a basic apartment. 2. There are many other beaches driveable, some ruins, old stuff to look at, etc if you’re keen to explore. I have a 3 year old and 1 year old, so i am worried about their health and want to make sure i take the right precautions. I am lost on the Web (too many web sites) . Hi Shannon, with the tap water being what it is in Mexico, did showering cause any problems with skin or hair ? I know this post was made a while ago but I was wondering if you might comment on the speed of the internet where you are? From the few things I just read about it, it hits on all the things I love in an expat spot — small and walkable downtown, opportunities to engage with and volunteer in the local community, and good local food! With miles of coastline and gentrified streets, Mazatlán is an ideal place for snowbirds during the winter months. Any insights? Transport. Durango City is full of retail markets, which include many shops and boutiques. There are no “curb your dog” rules, so I was always dodging dog poo, trucks pull up onto sidewalks and leak oil. Best of luck. Luckily, there are still some cities in New Mexico that qualify as affordable. 20. They handle rentals too and are fantastic resources on any city mentioned. 6. It will be my first time solo, so I am scared to start but I need to break the ice. This is about 1200 per month. I am Canadian but live in Switzerland and I travel about once per year. 1300 per month. Expats, retirees, and digital nomads often love living in Mexico because of proximity to t… If you have an ocean view, it is nice, but you can do better moving several blocks back from the beach and maybe something just outside of the tourist area. The architecture in this city is stunning, and there is a low cost of living. All three would have similar costs of living. taxes etc. I’ll have to go check it out. I’m definitely going to follow you here. Right now, the peso is roughly 19 or 20 pesos to 1 US dollar. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, co-working spaces, many bars and nightclubs, theaters, and a good number of contemporary Mexican artists and designers have found here a showcase. There is an abundance of leisure activities to enjoy in this area, including horseback riding, yoga, golf, tennis, and hiking. If you are considering living in this country, you will need to find the best location possible to suit your needs and offer you the type of lifestyle you desire. Yucatan: Hugely popular with expats (and spring breakers), a bit pricier than the west coast, gorgeous beaches and diving. One of the high points of Mexico, a clear advantage over living in Asia, is the visa situation. I have some questions, is there a way we could possibly exchange emails? This is such a wonderful post. So glad you’ve found it helpful and I wish you all the luck making the transition next winter—Mexico is a beautiful (warm) place to spend part of the year. No defined personality. They can give you tons of information on staying there. Most people get around on foot or by bicycle, so it is a good place to live for those who do not drive. To get these gigs you will definitely need to be in town and getting to know the people, places, and other expats. These guides include thorough breakdowns of the culture, quality of life, vibe, and—importantly—budget breakdowns so you can better plan which spot in the world best meets your needs. I have a small two bedroom apartment and have to walk up the steps to the third floor. living full time in PV, so you are at 3,500/mo. Some of the best places for US expats to live in Mexico - … The cost of living in Mexico City is at the higher end of the scale, but it is far from the most expensive place to live in Mexico. I did not establish residency, I never need to stay for longer than the six months, so I always enter on a tourist visa and then leave for months or years. I don’t know anyone that I can put you in touch with, but this post does link to some expat groups on Facebook, and there are Mexico expat forums too — perhaps you can ask around in there and see if members of the Alamos expat community are there, ask questions, etc before you go there for an exploratory trip. Thank you for that. Thanks. This video shares the costs, style of living, quality of life, and other details about living as an expat in Mexico, with a tour of my studio in a trendy beach town north of Puerto Vallarta: This entire post outlines the baseline costs—my fixed monthly expenses for one person living in a beach town on the west coast of Mexico. I am not a partier. And Lo De Marcos is a bit further even than my town, and it’s the distance from Puerto Vallarta that also helps keep the costs low. I will be taking an early retirement package in the next few months and plan on moving to a beach destination in Mexico for retirement. I disinfected veggies the entire time and always do in Mexico, but after the first month I usually go lax and brush my teeth with the tap water if I am in a city that has decent water supplies. It is an excellent option for expats who are retiring in Mexico. What’s your rent? If you’re looking for a beach lifestyle, Mexico will have you spoiled for choice. Although it wasn’t as cheap, I have continued to make Mexico a regular stop on my travels in the years since I lived in San Pancho and Oaxaca. These are my expenses that I banged up to plan my New Year’s budget. places overseas with a lower cost of living, Average Cost of Living Across Mexico: $600 – $2,000, Cost of a Month of Living in San Pancho, Mexico, Relevant Links & Resources for Moving to Mexico, I’ve honestly discussed the question of safety and danger in travel, Getting Out: Your Guide to Leaving America, A Little Photoessay… Slice of Life Snapshots of Mexico, A Little Confession… Yes, Sometimes Travel is Lonely, https://kathleeniscookinginmexico.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/how-to-clean-and-disinfect-fruits-and-vegetables-in-mexico/, And dig through the two solid Mexico expat forums. I often bought organic veggies (expensive) at the Friday market in Sayulita, so the food budget is generous for a range of eating styles. “It is cheap to live here if you buy local or national goods. Give them time to get used to the local bacteria. The visa situation in Southeast Asia is a lot trickier, and although I didn’t include the visa runs into my baseline costs in SEA, it was absolutely a big part of living there for six months and it could add up a lot if you were there years on end. I’m sure prices have increased since then, but I think it should be quite doable. I especially like Yelapa, because it is a very beautify bay within a larger protective bay (Banderas Bay). The great thing about Chapala was it never got really hot or cold. It has become a popular spot for expats, although it remains an authentic Mexican location. Actually, I’d expect to pay about 2500/mo. I’ve only traveled through Guanajuato and SMA, but I know several expats who split their winters between SMA and Oaxaca (Oaxaca is where I wintered last year for six months). Hi Shannon, I dont have to live exactly on the beach but living close to one would be ideal. You will read about attractions, shopping, international air travel, hospitals and medical care and the cultural distinctions that are unique to that safe city in Mexico. Use that figure as a guide to the food and transport costs I mention (check that exchange rate here). It is the capital of Michoacan, which is a central Mexican state. This attractive port city can offer an amazing lifestyle as residents can enjoy shopping, dining out, theater, ballet, and lively nightlife. Ideal would be apartment with swimming pool. However, this is not the only appealing feature of this historical and cultural city. The locals are friendly with foreigners, and there are some good employment opportunities. There are also growing retirement communities from Australia, the United States and South Africa. I enjoy being in a resort setting having lots of nice people around and I know a lot of people in P.V.. Maybe in 6 mos. Tulum is a coastal resort town that has a Bohemian vibe. Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,198 (Mex$ 44,145) Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,063 (Mex$ 21,342) Cost of living in Mexico is cheaper than in 67% of countries in Latin America (10 out of 15) Cost of living in Mexico is cheaper than in 78% of countries in the World (58 out of 74) RETIRING on $300 a month CHEAP Living : Lo de Marcos Jalisco Mexico - Duration: 8:03. Hope that helps generate some ideas! It’s the capital and largest city in the Mexican state of Durango. Can you comment? I had a friend who luckily was able to pick me up my first day, but after that I frequently made the trek into Puerta Vallarta via bus. You can get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy resorts and bustling cities as this is off the beaten track. 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