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

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What do I need to know about living in Ajijic?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Ajijic, 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 is another crucial consideration. While Mexico has a public healthcare system, many expats choose to use private healthcare, which is still affordable compared to the U.S. Language can be a barrier for some, as Spanish is the primary language spoken in Ajijic. However, due to the large expat community, English is also widely spoken. Safety is a common concern for those considering a move to Mexico. Ajijic is generally considered safe, but like anywhere, crime does exist, so it's important to take standard precautions. The climate in Ajijic is mild and pleasant, often described as eternal spring, but it's still important to visit first to ensure you enjoy the weather. Understanding immigration laws is also crucial. Mexico has specific requirements for those wishing to retire in the country, including proof of income. Finally, it's important to understand that while Ajijic has a large expat community, it is still a Mexican town with its own culture and traditions. Integrating into the local community and respecting these traditions can greatly enhance your experience," wrote one member in 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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