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Moving to Cancun, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 05, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Cancun?

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

"Before moving to Cancun, expats should know that the city is a popular tourist destination, so it can get crowded during peak travel seasons. The official language is Spanish, so learning the language will make daily life easier. The cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it can be higher in tourist areas. Healthcare in Cancun is generally good with several high-quality hospitals and clinics, but it's recommended to have health insurance. The city is generally safe, but like any other place, it has areas that are best avoided, especially at night. Cancun has a tropical climate, with hot and humid weather most of the year, and hurricane season from June to November. The city's infrastructure is modern, with reliable electricity and internet services. Public transportation is widely available, but many expats choose to rent or buy a car for convenience. The local cuisine is a mix of traditional Mexican food and international dishes, with plenty of fresh seafood. Expats should also be aware of the local customs and traditions, as Mexicans are generally warm and friendly, but also value respect and courtesy. It's also important to understand the immigration laws and ensure you have the correct visa to live and work in Mexico. Finally, Cancun offers a wide range of recreational activities, from beautiful beaches and water sports to Mayan ruins and eco-parks, so there's always something to do," remarked one expat who made the move to Cancun.

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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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