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.
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," said one expat who made the move to Ajijic.
What do I need to know before moving to Ajijic?
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 Ajijic?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Ajijic?
- Will I be able to find a job in Ajijic?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Ajijic appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Ajijic?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Ajijic accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Ajijic like?
- How are healthcare services in Ajijic?
- What are medical services in Ajijic like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Ajijic?
- What are emergency services like in Ajijic?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Ajijic?
- How are local medical facilities in Ajijic?
- As a foreigner living in Ajijic, 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?