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Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Zihuatanejo, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Zihuatanejo, Mexico: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Zihuatanejo?

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

"Zihuatanejo, is a popular retirement destination for expats due to its warm climate, beautiful beaches, and affordable cost of living. Before retiring in Zihuatanejo, it's important to understand the local culture, language, and customs. Spanish is the primary language spoken in Zihuatanejo, so learning the language will make daily life easier and more enjoyable. Healthcare in Zihuatanejo is generally good, with several hospitals and clinics in the area. However, it's recommended to have health insurance that covers medical treatment in Mexico. It's also important to note that while many doctors and medical staff speak English, not all do, so some Spanish knowledge can be beneficial. The cost of living in Zihuatanejo is lower than in many parts of the U.S. and Canada, but it's still important to budget carefully. Housing can be quite affordable, especially if you're willing to live a bit outside of the city center. Groceries, dining out, and other daily expenses are also generally cheaper than in North America. Safety is a concern for many expats considering a move to Mexico. While Zihuatanejo is generally safe, like any city, it has areas that are best avoided, especially at night. It's recommended to stay informed about local news and to take common-sense precautions, such as not displaying wealth and avoiding isolated areas. The climate in Zihuatanejo is tropical, with hot and humid weather year-round. The city does have a rainy season, which typically runs from May to October. It's important to be prepared for this, especially if you plan to buy a home in the area. Finally, it's important to understand the visa requirements for living in Mexico. Most expats enter the country on a tourist visa, which allows them to stay for up to 180 days. To stay longer, you'll need to apply for a temporary resident visa, which can be renewed annually for up to four years. After four years, you can apply for permanent residency," wrote a member in Zihuatanejo.

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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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