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Moving to Manzanillo, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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.

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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:

"Contact me or someone here about what to bring or not. Choosing a neighborhood and finding a home I would suggest a qualified real estate professional. We have an MLS group in the city. Preferably chose one of those realtors," replied a member in Manzanillo.

"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," commented one expat who made the move to 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," remarked one expat in Manzanillo, Mexico.

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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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