Moving to Manzanillo, Mexico
Last updated on Sep 17, 2022
Summary: Moving to Manzanillo, Mexico: DATASENTENCE Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Manzanillo.
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:
"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," commented one expat who made the move to 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," remarked another expat in Manzanillo, Mexico.
How do I find a place to live in Manzanillo?
We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:
"Neighborhood --- I had visited at a hotel at the bottom of the peninsula in front of the port so I knew that the Las Brisas area was safe, moderated by nearly daily breezes in summer. To my everlasting joy, I discovered that there are no scorpions in Las Brisas, a pest we had dealt with at Lake Chapala. As to a specific home here, all we needed was a 2B2B and there is a hotel with rentals for long term, including electricity in the rent. It has worked out very well," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Manzanillo.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Manzanillo?
"The rental I enjoy is not typical for most expats. Expats prefer being across the street, right on the sand where storms batter the walls and often break in. I chose across the main drag where I can cross the street any time but don't often need to since the hotel offers a swimming pool and laundry services, more of a concern for me than the splashy homes that cost a fortune to maintain if a storm breaks through," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Manzanillo.
"We live in a house on the beach. Ex-pats live in condos, houses, on the beach, in the hills, we are spread out depending on our tastes," commented one expat who made the move to Manzanillo.
What is the average cost of housing in Manzanillo?
If you are thinking about moving to Manzanillo, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:
"Coming from Vancouver, BC, Canada, I was paying high rentals and when I owned, it was even higher for common facilities. Add utilities to that and Mexico seems very reasonable, indeed. My rent here is just over $6000 pesos and includes utilities. My only additional expense is for telecommunications with cable TV included, which is very reasonable since there is NO long distance charge anywhere in North America. Average costs vary widely, but most are significantly more than what I pay although there are some of us here on limited budgets who manage quite well with Mexican rental fees. I could not begin to live in either Canada or the USA on my pension, but here I have enough to save for "extraordinary expenses". And Mexican medical services cost zero, and the doctors and technical people are trained just like those in expensive hospitals. I've been quite well cared for," remarked another expat in Manzanillo, Mexico.
"Right now a condo on the beach with 2-3 bedrooms can be purchsed for as low as about 150,000.00 US dollars. This is a buying opportunity. We also have a beautiful house on the beach with 4 bedrooms for 869,000.00 US dollars. It is the perfect time to take advantage of our low prices," said another expat in Manzanillo.
Should I buy or rent a home in Manzanillo?
If you have not spent a lot of time in Manzanillo, you should rent before even thinking about buying. We asked expats there about the buy vs. rent decision:
"We bought a condo that we lived in for 9 years, then sold it and built our house. I is a very easy process, as long as you have a good realtor," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Manzanillo.
What should I pack when moving to Manzanillo?
We asked people living in Manzanillo to list three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They responded:
"Cranberry sauce, other food stuffs that are common north of the border, but not common in a Mexican diet --- bring some; leave the coats and blankets, except one light jacket in good condition and one light blanket for winter. If you travel to San Miguel de Allende, Mazamitla or Tapalpa, the high elevations there will require more warmth so you might take one extra for travel --- these you will not need and in Manzanillo, mildew will ruin them," remarked another expat who made the move to Manzanillo.
"We brought a lot. 9000 lbs. I would bring the things that make me feel good about my home. (personal things, art) In Manzanillo the sea air is hard on good art and metals. So I would think twice about bringing things of huge value that you want to leave in your family. If you love them and just want to enjoy them, bring them. Electronics, like computers, that you want in English you should bring. If you are a gourmet, bring your pots and pans, bring what it is that you love. Everything else leave," explained one expat living in Manzanillo, Mexico.
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 do I need to know before retiring in Manzanillo?
- What do I need to know before moving to Manzanillo?
- How do I find a place to live in Manzanillo?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Manzanillo?
- What is the average cost of housing in Manzanillo?
- How do I meet people in Manzanillo?
- 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 people like (and dislike) about Manzanillo?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Manzanillo?
- What is the social scene like in Manzanillo?
- What advice to expats in Manzanillo have about housing?
- What are medical services in Manzanillo like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Manzanillo?
- Is the cost of living in Manzanillo high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Manzanillo?
- Why do people move to Manzanillo?