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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Moving to Playa del Carmen, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Moving to Playa del Carmen, Mexico: DATASENTENCE Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Playa del Carmen.

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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:

"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 another expat in Playa del Carmen.

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How do I find a place to live in Playa del Carmen?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"I hired a taxi/guide/realtor service to show me around the various neighborhoods. I was given the history and current makeup of the communities. I was able to determine which were popular for families, pets and parties. I kept hunting until I found the perfect place for me," said another expat in Playa del Carmen.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Playa del Carmen?

"I am in a 2 bedroom/1 bath apartment. it's perfect for me as a single retiree in a quiet neighborhood. This is typical for those willing to pay a little bit more for a tranquil community," added another expat who made the move to Playa del Carmen.

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What is the average cost of housing in Playa del Carmen?

If you are thinking about moving to Playa del Carmen, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"The housing costs [in Playa del Carmen] are definitely lower than in my home country. I am 3 blocks from the beach and I would be paying 3 times as much in my home country. The average cost where I am is about $1,000.00 USD per month. for a furnished 2 bedroom apartment with utilities included. I pay a little less because the furniture is antique...which some call old," added another expat who made the move to Playa del Carmen.

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What should I pack when moving to Playa del Carmen?

We asked people living in Playa del Carmen to list three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They responded:

"I wish I had brought: 1. A year's supply of my favorite hair oil. My hair is a different texture than most Spanish people. 2. Old Bay seasoning to go with the great seafood dishes here in Mexico. 3. The international telephone numbers of my account holders Should have left at home: 1. Heavy clothes that weighed too much on the flight 2. The last five year's business records 3. Any clothes not made of cotton," said another expat in Playa del Carmen.

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Why do people move to Playa del Carmen?

When we asked people why foreigners move to Playa del Carmen, they responded:

"This is a very popular expat community for a number of reasons. The first and foremost...the sun and the beaches! We have white sand and turquoise water. It is an amazing sight. Of course another reason is the cost of living is much less than in the US, Canada, or Europe. We are only about an 1.5 plan ride from Miami, so many expats like the fact that it is easy to get back if necessary," commented one expat who moved to Playa Del Carmen.

"Playa Del Carmen, is just about an 1 and half hour plane ride from Miami. The community is filled with expats and each year that passes, the assimilation process gets easier and easier. This is due to the high US investment in the area. We now have Home Depot, Starbucks, Old Navy, Forever 21, Sephora. So many of the products and services that expats are accustomed to using can now be found in town. This was not the case 11 years ago when we moved there. ," said another expat.

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How are healthcare services Playa del Carmen?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Playa del Carmen, they replied:

"Medical care is readily available in our area and we have a very nice private hospital called Hospitan. Another private hospital - not as well equipped - CostaMed. The doctors all speak English and as we have Global Health insurance, we have the option to choose any hospital or doctor we wish. Private hospitals are really the only way to go if you expect the type of facilities and services that you would receive in the United States. As Playa Del Carmen is a smaller community, many times you will need to go to Cancun for specific needs. They have several private hospitals - Galenia, a larger Hospitan. If you have a chronic medical condition you might want to check with either hospital to make sure that the resources you will need are available," added one expat living 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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