Moving to Manzanillo, Mexico
Last updated on Jun 20, 2023
Summary: Expatriates are drawn to Manzanillo, Mexico for its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and affordable cost of living. The city offers a relaxed atmosphere and a laid-back lifestyle, making it an ideal destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Manzanillo also boasts a wide variety of outdoor activities, from fishing and snorkeling to hiking and bird watching. With its warm climate and friendly locals, Manzanillo is an attractive destination for expats looking to enjoy a new culture and experience a different way of life.
What do I need to know before moving to Manzanillo?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Manzanillo, they said:
"Manzanillo is a lively city located on the coast of the Mexican state of Colima. It offers a unique blend of traditional Mexican culture and beach resort amenities. Before moving to Manzanillo, it is important to get familiar with the local customs and laws. Expats should also make sure to learn the language, especially if they plan to stay for an extended period of time. Additionally, finding appropriate accommodations in Manzanillo can be challenging and it is a good idea to research properly before making any decisions. Finally, it is important to stay informed about the political and social situation in the area in order to stay safe," said one expat in Manzanillo.
"Choosing a neighborhood depends on vehicular freedom. The bus services are excellent but let's face it, we expats prefer to come and go when it pleases us. Needing a car isn't really the issue, however. Maintaining it is. Choose a vehicle that offers dealerships in Manzanillo unless you happen to know a skilled mechanic or your neighbor does. As to the "actual move", including a neighborhood and a specific home, finding a good realtor is probably the best of alternatives. Ask other expats who they trust and talk to a couple of them before jumping in. A good realtor lives across the street from me, but I'm not buying, am I? So if you want a rental, go into the neighborhood and see whether there is a good mix of Mexicans and expats. If it appears to be 99% Mexican with many children, is that where you would feel safe? I live with Mexicans all around me, but as I said about expats buying property on the water side of this peninsula, there are also lots of expats and we help each other find sources for government requirements and services, for locating offices and public services, e.g. supermarkets and other good shopping or movies. We have a very good life here and the expat community extends a helping hand without batting an eye," said one expat who made the move to Manzanillo.
How do I find a place to live in Manzanillo?
About the Author
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.
- What should I pack when moving to Manzanillo?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Manzanillo?
- Will I be able to find a job in Manzanillo?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Manzanillo appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Manzanillo?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Manzanillo accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Manzanillo like?
- How are healthcare services in Manzanillo?
- What are medical services in Manzanillo like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Manzanillo?
- What are emergency services like in Manzanillo?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Manzanillo?
- How are local medical facilities in Manzanillo?
- As a foreigner living in Manzanillo, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
- What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?