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An Expat Talks about Living in San Carlos, Mexico

Feb 19, 2018
Submitted by SeaWitch

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Marina in San Carlos, Mexico

According to an expat in San Carlos, Mexico, this expat-friendly area has lots of English speakers and plenty to do. From ample activities to opportunities to help charitable organizations, San Carlos has a lot to offer... unless you're looking for cultural immersion!

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

San Carlos

How long have you lived there?

Several Months

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

There are lots of activities in San Carlos. In the winter, Club Deportivo hosts an Educational series along with the usual bingo and such. There are several non-profit organizations to join, The Rescate (EMS) thrift store collects and sells items to support ambulance service. The Castaway Kids supports the local orphanage. The Rotary - and more. If you want to be involved there are many avenues. Most of the support groups are run by English speaking people, so there should be no hesitation if you haven't entirely grasped the language.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

This town is the perfect blend of the local community and expats. Although one would recommend learning the language of any country where you live, English speakers can get by very well in San Carlos without it. So many expats have made San Carlos their home, that it is a well known "English" community. If you are looking for total immersion in the Mexican culture this may not be the place.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Most of the industry here is service oriented. Industry thrives just a 20 minute drive away in Guaymas. Along with the big US stores like Walmart and Sam's.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

People here love kayaking, fishing, scuba and off-roading. There is a large, modern marina. There are rocky beaches, sandy beaches, public and isolated. There are also many restaurants with excellent food - Italian, Mexican, American, Greek, and even Texas Style BBQ.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Living costs are about 2/3 of those in the states. This is a relatively new area. 60 years ago there was nothing here but a fishing village. Not as cheap as in other parts of Mexico, but still a savings. Bring a good sturdy vehicle. The weather and the waters are sublime (although hot and humid in the summer months). Very low crime area, but petty theft is here as it is everywhere. You feel welcome wherever you go. Relax. Sometimes you have water and electricity...sometimes you don't. Bring butter.

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