Last updated on Jul 14, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Acapulco, Mexico: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Acapulco?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Acapulco, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Acapulco 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 Acapulco is of a high standard, with many doctors and dentists trained in the US or Europe. However, it's recommended to have a comprehensive health insurance plan, as public healthcare may not provide the level of care expats are accustomed to. Safety is a concern in Acapulco, as it has a higher crime rate compared to other parts of Mexico. Expats should research and choose their neighborhoods carefully, and take precautions to protect their personal safety. The climate in Acapulco is tropical, with hot and humid weather throughout the year. This can be a significant adjustment for those used to cooler climates. Spanish is the official language in Mexico, and while English is spoken in tourist areas and by some locals, learning Spanish can greatly enhance your experience and ease day-to-day interactions. Understanding the immigration process is crucial. To retire in Mexico, you will need to apply for a temporary or permanent resident visa, which requires proof of financial self-sufficiency. Finally, it's important to understand the cultural differences and customs in Mexico. Mexicans are generally warm and friendly, but there may be differences in attitudes towards time, personal space, and social norms. It's recommended to learn about these cultural nuances to integrate more smoothly into the local community," remarked one expat living in Acapulco, Mexico.
What do I need to know before moving to Acapulco?
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.
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