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Moving to Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 08, 2024

Summary: Many expats and digital nomads move to Mexico for its low cost of living, warm climate, and vibrant culture. Mexico also offers a wide range of activities and attractions, making it an attractive destination for those looking to explore a new country. People looking for a place to live in Mexico can search online for rental properties, or contact a real estate agent for assistance. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Mexico are Mexico City, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum. These cities offer a variety of amenities, activities, and attractions, making them ideal for those looking to experience the best of Mexico.

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What do I need to know before moving to Mexico?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Mexico, they said:

"There are many expats living in Northern Baja. Playas Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada areas. Some bought their property, some rent while they are looking for the right place. If people are new to the area, I usually mention that renting for the 1st year is best. This of course is to make sure that living in this area would be a good idea. Most end up with positive views on this and either buy or rent," replied a member in Rosarito.

"Barking dogs and the occasional loud party--often complete with Mariachi band--does make it difficult to find a completely quiet place to live. However, if your goal is TOTAL peace, might I suggest heading for the hills? There are plenty of houses located in isolated areas of Mexico. But you might give up security for the quietness. Personally, I have adjusted to the barking dogs by using a "white noise" machine at night. Otherwise they are now just background noise. The parties? Well...I just stay up until they over, generally around 2 a.m," commented one expat who made the move to Rosarito.

"Expats should research the city they plan to move to in order to get an idea of the cost of living, local customs, and the employment opportunities in the area. It is important to make sure all necessary paperwork is in order before moving. Expats may need visas, residence permits and insurance to stay in Mexico. It is wise to research the healthcare system as well, and learn about any necessary inoculations. Learning some Spanish can make for an easier transition as English is not widely spoken outside of highly touristy areas. Additionally, understanding the climate of the area can be helpful in deciding what to bring in terms of clothing and other possessions," remarked one expat in Mexico.

"Rent your first house for a 2-3 month period while you look over the entire area and decide where you really want to rent, then go for a long term lease at a reduced rate. Use every resource available to you in your new area. Don't think you can learn it on your own. We thought we could and suffered for it. Take the help that others want to give," said one expat in Lake Chapala.

"I am a realtor and very happy to show new people around the city I love. I also make sure they settle in and meet other people. I think of that as part of my job," remarked one expat who made the move to Manzanillo.

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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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