Oaxaca City, Mexico
Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Oaxaca City, Mexico: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Oaxaca City?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Oaxaca City, they said:
"Expats considering retiring in Oaxaca City, should be aware of several factors to ensure a smooth transition and enjoyable retirement. Firstly, it is essential to research the cost of living, which is generally lower than in the United States or Canada, but can vary depending on lifestyle choices and housing options. Healthcare is another important consideration, as Oaxaca City has several hospitals and clinics, but the quality of care may not be on par with what expats are accustomed to in their home countries. It is crucial to secure health insurance that covers medical expenses in Mexico. Language can be a barrier for some expats, as Spanish is the primary language spoken in Oaxaca City. Learning basic Spanish or taking language classes can help with daily interactions and make it easier to integrate into the local community. Oaxaca City has a rich cultural heritage, and expats should take the time to explore and appreciate the local customs, traditions, and festivals. This will not only enhance the retirement experience but also help build connections with locals. Safety is a concern for many expats, and while Oaxaca City is generally considered safe, it is essential to stay informed about local news and take necessary precautions to avoid potential risks. The climate in Oaxaca City is mild, with warm temperatures throughout the year and a rainy season from June to September. Expats should be prepared for this weather pattern and consider how it may affect their daily activities and housing choices. Transportation options in Oaxaca City include buses, taxis, and colectivos (shared vans). Owning a car may not be necessary, but expats should familiarize themselves with local transportation options and costs. Finally, it is essential to understand the legal requirements for retiring in Mexico, such as obtaining a temporary or permanent resident visa, opening a bank account, and paying taxes. Consulting with a local attorney or immigration specialist can help ensure a smooth transition to life in Oaxaca City," said one expat who made the move to Oaxaca City.
What do I need to know before moving to Oaxaca City?
About the Author
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.
- What should I pack when moving to Oaxaca City?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Oaxaca City?
- Will I be able to find a job in Oaxaca City?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Oaxaca City appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Oaxaca City?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Oaxaca City accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Oaxaca City like?
- How are healthcare services in Oaxaca City?
- What are medical services in Oaxaca City like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Oaxaca City?
- What are emergency services like in Oaxaca City?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Oaxaca City?
- How are local medical facilities in Oaxaca City?
- As a foreigner living in Oaxaca City, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
- What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?