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An Expat Talks about Living in Manzanillo, Mexico

Submitted by CandyKing

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

Manzanillo

How long have you lived there?

14 years

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

We have two groups to meet other ex-pats. One is for couples, they meet weekly and go to dinner. Their name is Thirsty Thursdays.

The other is a ladies lunch group. we meet once a month at the restaurant El Tablau, at 1 pm. Everyone is welcome and we generally have a speaker.

From these two groups you can learn about the charities and opportunities in Manzanillo.

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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.

The town is mainly Catholic, with some other Christian thrown in. There are a couple of English services of the non denominational Christian belief.

The Mexicans are very accepting of us foreigners and very patient with us.

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

The main industry in the city is the port. We are the largest port in Mexico. We also have tourism with several cruise ships now calling here.

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

Generally the expats are retired and their lives revolve around golf, tennis, bridge, socializing, walking or swimming in the ocean, reading, and whatever else they feel like.

We have quite a few artists and others willing to share their knowledge.

There are charities and animal welfare groups always looking for help.

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

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guest
Mar 13, 2012 10:07

IT SOUNDS GREAT BUT CAN A SINGLE SENIOR MALE HAVE A CONFORTABLE LIFE STYLE ON $ 1500.00 PER MONTH SS

MiCasita
Jun 28, 2012 20:49

I am moving down but need to know about internet and cable cost for services . Where does one pay light bills etc. Any information is appreciated.

kittvincent
Jul 5, 2012 14:00

I live in the Lake Chapala area. Cable is very limited in our area and rumored not to be very good. Most people have their internet through telmex, the phone company and satelite TV. CFE (electric) can be paid on line, at an OXXO (like 7-11 if you actually receive your bill) or at the office. It depends on how much power you use but I would think about $800 pesos every 2 months. Telmex runs us $599 pesos per month and you can pay that at OXXO or the office. We have the middle tier on the internet and unlimited long distance within Mexico. Gas(propane for stove, clothes dryer and water heater) is paid to the delivery truck when they fill you large tank or change out your cylinders. There are not many water meters in our area although Chapala is putting them in. We live on the west end and since we own our house we pay our water annually and it is $1000 pesos with the discount. If you pay your property taxes and water in January you get a discount. There is an office on the square in Joco where you pay these 2. I would think that it is similar throughout Mexico but just ask when you get where you are going. Expats are very friendly and will help you out. Kitt

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