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An Expat Talks about Living in Huatulco, Mexico

Oct 23, 2019


Huatulco, Mexico

An expat in Huatulco talks about living in this remote part of Mexico, which is a 7 hour drive from the nearest city. He cautions anyone considering a move to be realistic about whether or not they can handle the isolation and remoteness.

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

Huatulco

How long have you lived there?

3 years

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

Sea turtles, local farmers market.

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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 locals are almost entirely 'mestizo' - a mixed background of both indigenous and Spanish heritage. Although there are many foreign vacationers, the expat community is very small, perhaps 100-200? Local folks are very friendly and welcoming.

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

Very difficult for non-Mexicans to find work. The university employs perhaps a dozen or so foreign teachers for English and French classes. This is limited to certified and experienced teachers. There are a few other foreigners working in tourism or medicine, but these opportunities are rare. Most ex-pats are retired and living on pension, investments, etc.

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

Most locals work in tourism or in the service industry. Many people are also involved with fishing and boating. Locals are very family-oriented and really enjoy sports, especially soccer - but also baseball and basketball.

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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.

It is beautiful but very remote (nearest large city is Oaxaca - about a 7-hour drive away. You need to be able to handle the sense of isolation and remoteness. It really feels like you are living on the edge of the world, far from anywhere else.

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