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Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, 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 Tulum, Mexico: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Tulum?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Tulum 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. It's also crucial to research the healthcare system, which includes both public and private options, with the latter often preferred by expats for its higher standard of care. Understanding the visa and residency requirements is another key step. Mexico has a straightforward process for obtaining a temporary or permanent resident visa, but it's important to ensure all paperwork is correctly completed. Expats should also be aware of the local culture and language. While many locals and businesses in Tulum speak English due to the tourism industry, learning Spanish can greatly enhance your experience and help with integration. Safety is another consideration. While Tulum is generally safe, like any place, it has its share of crime, so it's important to take standard precautions and stay informed about any local issues. Finally, it's important to understand the climate. Tulum has a tropical climate, with hot, humid summers and mild winters. It's also in a hurricane-prone region, so expats should be prepared for potential natural disasters. In terms of housing, there are a variety of options available, from renting to buying property. However, foreign ownership of land in Mexico is subject to certain restrictions, so it's important to seek legal advice before making any decisions. Lastly, it's worth noting that while Tulum offers a relaxed, beach-side lifestyle, it's also a popular tourist destination. This means that it can get crowded during peak travel seasons, which may not be to everyone's liking," said one expat in Tulum.

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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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