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Moving to Zihuatanejo, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 07, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Zihuatanejo?

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

"Zihuatanejo, is a beautiful coastal town known for its relaxed atmosphere, stunning beaches, and friendly locals. Before moving there, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, it's essential to have a basic understanding of Spanish as English is not widely spoken outside of the tourist areas. Even though many locals can communicate in English, learning Spanish will help you integrate into the local community and culture. Secondly, the cost of living in Zihuatanejo is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it's still important to budget carefully. While some goods and services are cheaper, imported goods can be more expensive. Thirdly, healthcare in Zihuatanejo is of a good standard, with several hospitals and clinics in the area. However, it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance as medical costs can be high, especially for more serious conditions or emergencies. Fourthly, the climate in Zihuatanejo is tropical, meaning it's hot and humid year-round with a rainy season from May to October. It's important to be prepared for this type of weather, especially if you're not used to it. Fifthly, while Zihuatanejo is generally safe, like any place, it has its share of crime. It's important to take basic safety precautions, such as not displaying valuable items in public and avoiding certain areas at night. Lastly, it's important to understand the local customs and traditions. Mexicans are known for their hospitality and friendliness, but they also value respect and good manners. Learning about the local culture will help you fit in and make your experience in Zihuatanejo more enjoyable," remarked one expat in Zihuatanejo, 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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