The Cost of Living in Merida Mexico

We just did a visa run to Cuba and we have successfully ‘renewed’ our tourist status in Mexico for another 180 days (6 months).

After looking back at the last 6 months we decided to put together a ”The Real Cost of living In Merida, Mexico” video (scroll down). Having no major financial ties to the US made it easy for us to pick and go in 2017. We’ve found it SO AFFORDABLE to live on US dollars in places where the cost of living is lower than America’s . i. e. the dollar STRETCHES 💵!

Our top three largest expenses (currently) are:
𝐑𝐞𝐧𝐭: $450 for a 2,000sq.ft. space with 2bed/1.5bath
𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: $250 a la Uber
𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬: $200 mainly at Costco

Our utilities, smaller expenses and overall total cost of living is on our latest ⇓ youtube video.
Please like the video and follow our YouTube account (The Yarbros) for more down-to-earth travel content about our life abroad. Let us know if you have any questions about living abroad or our expenses while in Mexico.

Our ultimate goal is to find that place that feels like home and to make it our home. Mexico isn’t it 😂 but it’s helping us to narrow down what we’re looking for.
Would you consider making the leap abroad? ✈️ Hit us in the comments and let us know.

4 thoughts on “The Cost of Living in Merida Mexico

  • Hello Yarbros. Thanks for all the valuable information you provide. It is very much appreciated. Your blog says you’re looking for that place that feels like home and Mexico isn’t it. May I ask what it is that makes it not it for you? I’m only asking because I’ve been thinking of relocating there as an expat but lately I’m having second thoughts and I’m not quite sure why I stopped feeling at peace about it. Maybe I’ve joined too many expat groups on FB. It’s starting to be a turn off. I know everyone is different but you two seem down to earth and real so I’d appreciate a little insight from you. Are expats taking over Merida? thanks in advance.

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    • Hey!! Don’t get us wrong Merida, Mexico is AWESOME! It is just too dang on hot and humid for us. In regards to permanent residency we want a place where the climate (political, social and environmental) are temperate. We have lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Medellin, Colombia both of which we liked slightly better than here. We also have so many more places to explore (including cities here in MX) before we could make a well educated decision. Please do not be deterred this place has a lot to offer and I hear Guadalajara is a really nice city too. That is more than likely our next destination. Expats are not taking over here, it all depends on where you live. There are expat concentrations in certain areas but by and large the natives run this city.

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  • Greetings Yarbros! Thanks so much for the amazing content you have been creating, especially on Merida, Mexico. Your videos have helped me a lot as I am gearing up to make the move to Mexico. I was wondering if you would be so kind to recommend a Real Estate agent I could work with. In one of your videos you named a few neighborhoods to look into which was super helpful, thanks again! it’s been a little tough finding someone to trust during this process. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks so much and stay safe!

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    • Hi Teara! I’m not sure if you’ve already made the move to Mexico but here are our 2 cents of realtors:

      We used several realtors during our search for a home is Merida. Here are a few that we really liked and some that have a great reputation.
      Lourdes with Proper House https://www.properhousebr.com/
      To be honest, we actually can’t remember if her name is Lourdes but we took the time to drive us to several properties in and outside of the periferico. She listened to our preferences and provided homes to those specifications. Her whatsapp number is +52 55 2271 4808

      Barbara Blanco with Merida Moves. They offer a few services: pre-move visit (neighborhood tour), house hunting assistance, and transition mentor (utility/banking/etc set-up assistance). They have raving reviews from several expats who now call Merida home. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Meridamoves/services/?ref=page_internal

      Lilian with Casa Merida. We ended up going with one of the properties that had listed https://casamerida.mx/rent. Their website is easy to navigate and they had a good group of listings. 

      Also check out Yucatan Transitional Services. Similar to Merida Moves they offer a variety of services for those moving to Merida: https://www.facebook.com/YucatanTransitionalServices

      Aside from specific realtors, we found it helpful to search through facebook groups to connect with other realtors or properties that we wanted more information about.
      Groups with homes/apts for rent or sale
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/916177501762692/  
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/239447816637627/  
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1562482253990540/  
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1370509769633377/  
      Another website good for apartment hunting: https://www.vivanuncios.com.mx/

      I hope this helps. Good luck with your move!

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