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Moving to Playa del Carmen, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 06, 2023

Summary: Expatriates are drawn to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and year-round warm climate. The city offers a wide range of activities, from snorkeling and scuba diving to exploring the nearby Mayan ruins. With its low cost of living, excellent healthcare, and friendly locals, Playa del Carmen is an attractive destination for those looking to experience a different way of life. Additionally, the city is conveniently located close to the United States, making it an ideal spot for those who want to stay connected to their home country.

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What do I need to know before moving to Playa del Carmen?

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

"Expatriates considering moving to Playa del Carmen should be aware that the city is in Mexico's Central Time Zone and observes Daylight Savings Time. It is important to learn at least basic Spanish before arrival, since it is the predominant language spoken in the city. Knowing common phrases and cultural etiquette will be beneficial. It is also advisable to research the cost of living in the area, as well as to familiarize oneself with the city's transportation system. Additionally, expats should be aware that a valid visa is required and that they may need to procure Mexican health insurance," remarked one expat in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

"My advice would be to list your priorities of what you are really looking for in order of importance to you. Determine what would be a deal breaker and make the realtor aware of this information. Keep looking and don't stop until you find what you want because it is here in Playa! My 1st trip, I looked for 2 days. A month later when I returned, I found my dream home and signed a year's lease within 24 hours. I am very happy," said one expat in Playa del Carmen.

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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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