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July 18, 2024

12 Best Places to Live in Mexico

Mexico has been a popular destination among snowbirds, digital nomads, retirees and expats for years. Post pandemic, Mexico's popularity is on the rise. The low cost of living, quality healthcare (varies by city and region), good schools, blue seas, white sandy beaches and beautiful weather are among the laundry list of reasons why people love living in Mexico. Safety is one issue that causes concern among people thinking about moving to Mexico. We've taken that into account when putting together our list of the 12 Best Places to Live in Mexico, but we recommend that you do your own due diligence. Tips: Visit before you move, rent before you buy and enjoy the process of finding your dream destination in Mexico.


Ensenada, Mexico is a beachfront city with a population of over 500,000 that lies about 2 hours south of San Diego in Baja Norte. "Ensenada is just 3-5 degrees warmer at most than San Diego. Nice in winter and not even noticeable in summer as we always have a very strong breeze coming off the Pacific in the afternoons. You can rent a small home for less than 500 USD per month. There is a large expat community just south of town at Punta Banda," said one expat in Baja. Another expat described Ensenada saying, "But as soon as I arrived I loved it. It has lots of culture, great restaurants many Americans & Canadians, Germans etc."

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Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is an extremely popular destination for expats. What many people describe as "Cabo San Lucas" is actually Los Cabos, which is at the southern end of the Baja California peninsula. The two towns of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas and the 20 mile "resort corridor" that links the two. One expat shared: "We live in the town of San Jose Del Cabo and enjoy its many benefits excluding the hot spell (July to October) although tempered with the ocean breezes most of the time.. It is a family oriented town away from the hubbub of Cabo San Lucas. Great world class restaurants, sporting events, international shows, great art galleries, not to forget the wonderful beaches everywhere, and the list goes on."

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen (many simply say, "Playa") is a popular destination for expats, retirees and digital nomads. Playa is 40 minutes south of Cancun and on the coast across from the island of Cozumel. "This is a very popular expat community for a number of reasons. The first and foremost...the sun and the beaches! We have white sand and turquoise water. It is an amazing sight. Of course another reason is the cost of living is much less than in the US, Canada, or Europe. We are only about an 1.5 plane ride from Miami, so many expats like the fact that it is easy to get back if necessary," wrote one expat living in Playa Del Carmen.