Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Living in Guatemala

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Dec 02, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Guatemala: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Guatemala?

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

"Be prepared to travel by boat as it is only accessible by boat, Understand that it is not a city that offers a great social life but a great community of expats," said another expat in Santa Cruz La Laguna.

"Be prepared to live a different life style. Life is affordable, help is affordable. Slower pace," added another expat who made the move to Panajachel.

"If you are thinking about living in Antigua remember the prices there are ridiculously expensive in everything. Cuidad Vieja is very close to Antigua (10-15 min.) and everything here is very inexpensive. Example I have big 5 Br. house 3Br. Garage and a killer view of the volcanoes all for $187.00 per month, not even possible in Antigua. Cuidad Vieja is a very quite city and very low crime. A Great Place to retire to," explained one expat living in Cuidad Vieja, Guatemala.

"Come visit, first! Then decide. Only you know what you are looking for, check out what is offered here," mentioned another in Esquipulas.

"It is a great country to live in provided you have a certain income and are willing to accept the restrictions the insecurity imposes," explained one expat who made the move to Guatemala-City.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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