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Moving to Ajijic, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Ajijic?

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

"Ajijic, is a popular destination for expats, particularly those from the United States and Canada, due to its mild climate, beautiful scenery, and welcoming community. Before moving to Ajijic, it's important to understand the cost of living, which is generally lower than in North America, but can vary depending on lifestyle choices. Healthcare in Ajijic is affordable and high-quality, with many doctors and dentists speaking English. However, it's recommended to have health insurance, as major medical procedures can still be costly. The official language in Ajijic is Spanish, and while many locals and expats speak English, learning some basic Spanish phrases can greatly enhance your experience. Ajijic is known for its safety, but like anywhere, it's important to take basic precautions, such as locking doors and not displaying wealth. The town has a vibrant arts scene, with numerous galleries, studios, and craft markets, and it's also home to a thriving expat community, which can be a great source of support and friendship. Public transportation in Ajijic is reliable and inexpensive, but many expats choose to own a car for convenience. The food in Ajijic is a blend of traditional Mexican cuisine and international fare, with a wide range of restaurants and markets to choose from. Finally, it's important to understand the visa requirements for living in Mexico, which can vary depending on your country of origin and the length of your stay," commented one expat who made the move to Ajijic.

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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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