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7 Tips for Living in Zihuatanejo

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Zihuatanejo or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Zihuatanejo or thinking about moving there.

As an expat or digital nomad, living in Zihuatanejo can be an exciting adventure. This charming fishing village turned tourist hotspot offers a unique blend of traditional Mexican culture and modern amenities. However, to make the most of your time in Zihuatanejo, it's important to keep a few key tips in mind.

1. Learn the Language

While many locals in Zihuatanejo speak English, especially in the tourist areas, learning Spanish can greatly enhance your experience. Not only will it make day-to-day tasks easier, but it will also allow you to connect with the local community on a deeper level. Plus, locals appreciate when foreigners make an effort to learn their language.

2. Embrace the Local Cuisine

Zihuatanejo is a food lover's paradise. From fresh seafood to traditional Mexican dishes, there's something for everyone. Some of the best local restaurants include El Arrayán, known for its authentic Mexican cuisine, and La Sirena Gorda, a popular spot for seafood. Don't be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone and try new dishes - you might just discover a new favorite!

3. Understand the Cost of Living

While Zihuatanejo is more affordable than many U.S. cities, it's important to understand the cost of living before you move. This includes rent, utilities, groceries, and entertainment. Keep in mind that prices can vary greatly depending on the neighborhood. For example, the cost of living in the upscale neighborhood of La Ropa is significantly higher than in the more residential area of El Centro.

4. Get to Know the Neighborhoods

Zihuatanejo is made up of several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. La Ropa is known for its beautiful beach and luxury resorts, while El Centro is the bustling heart of the city with its markets and local shops. Madera, on the other hand, offers a quieter, more laid-back vibe. Spend some time exploring each neighborhood to find the one that feels like home to you.

5. Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Zihuatanejo is a nature lover's dream. From the beautiful beaches to the lush hills surrounding the city, there's no shortage of outdoor activities. Take a hike in the Sierra Madre mountains, go snorkeling in the clear waters of Playa Las Gatas, or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Paseo del Pescador. Don't forget to visit the Parque Aventura, a popular spot for zip-lining and bird watching.

6. Stay Connected

As a digital nomad, staying connected is crucial. Fortunately, Zihuatanejo has reliable internet service, with many cafes and restaurants offering free Wi-Fi. However, it's a good idea to have a backup plan in case of outages. Consider investing in a portable Wi-Fi device or a local SIM card for your phone.

7. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in Zihuatanejo is to get involved in the local community. This could be as simple as attending local events or joining a local club. Volunteering is another great way to meet people and give back to the community. There are numerous opportunities available, so do some research to find a cause that aligns with your interests.

In conclusion, living in Zihuatanejo as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding experience. By learning the language, embracing the local cuisine, understanding the cost of living, getting to know the neighborhoods, enjoying the great outdoors, staying connected, and getting involved in the community, you can truly make the most of your time in this beautiful Mexican city.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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