Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Ensenada, Mexico: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Ensenada?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Ensenada, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Ensenada should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, it's important to understand the cost of living, which is generally lower than in many Western countries, but can vary depending on lifestyle choices. Healthcare in Mexico is of a high standard, with many doctors and dentists trained in the US or Europe. However, it's recommended to have a good health insurance plan, as public healthcare can be slow and crowded. The official language is Spanish, so learning the language will make daily life easier, although many locals and businesses do speak English. The climate in Ensenada is Mediterranean, with warm summers and mild winters, which can be a draw for many retirees. Safety can be a concern in some parts of Mexico, but Ensenada is generally considered safe, although it's always wise to take precautions and stay informed about local news. The process of obtaining a visa to live in Mexico permanently can be complex, so it's advisable to seek legal advice. Property laws in Mexico differ from those in the US and other countries, so it's important to understand these before buying property. Finally, it's important to understand that while Ensenada offers many amenities and a comfortable lifestyle, it is different from living in the US or Europe, and it may take time to adjust to the cultural differences," said one expat in Ensenada.
What do I need to know before moving to Ensenada?
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 Ensenada?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Ensenada?
- Will I be able to find a job in Ensenada?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Ensenada appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Ensenada?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Ensenada accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Ensenada like?
- How are healthcare services in Ensenada?
- What are medical services in Ensenada like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Ensenada?
- What are emergency services like in Ensenada?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Ensenada?
- How are local medical facilities in Ensenada?
- As a foreigner living in Ensenada, 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?