Why We Moved to Guadalajara

Guadalajara Cathedral
Guadalajara Cathedral

Mexico has blossomed into something that we didn’t expect…. After living a year in Merida (1/2 of which was quarantined in our home due to the pandemic) we made a decision to explore more of Mexico. Merida was an oasis of beauty, friendly people and a skyline that was gorgeous to behold. For us it was not home though. The heat and the small town feel did not appeal to our tastes. We set out to find a relatively safe and vibrant city. Neither of us quite remember how Guadalajara made it on our radar but we jumped in head first researching, examining and learning all we could about it. After one trip to the Pearl (La Perla) we knew we had found our next new home!

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Cost of Living In Guadalajara, Mexico – 2021

It is costing us, a family of two, $1,558 to live in an upscale 2bdr/ 2bathrm apartment in a suburb of Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico!

We lived in the Yucatan for a little over a year. It was a wonderful place to save money and experience the culture of the Maya. When we left we had no intentions to lower our cost of living. Our move from Merida, Yucatan to Guadalajara, Jalisco was for a perceived higher quality of life. One filled with a diverse variety of things to do, places to go, foods to eat and cultures to experience. We found that and much more in Guadalajara along with the opportunity to explore more of Mexico! Below is the Cost of Living in Guadalajara!

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Staying In Mexico: Covid-19 Chronicles

Yes, there was a broad call of repatriation. Mass amounts of expats flew back to the United States and the United States helped a ton of people get out of some very sticky situations. Me and my house were blessed enough not to need the assistance. We have been living in Merida, MX for the past 8 months and we did not feel the need to leave. In fact we were quite relieved when the US announced that they were shutting down the US – Mexico border for all non-essential travel. Read more

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 πŸ’΅!

Our top three largest expenses (currently) are:
π‘πžπ§π­: $450 for a 2,000sq.ft. space with 2bed/1.5bath
π“π«πšπ§π¬π©π¨π«π­πšπ­π’π¨π§: $250 a la Uber
π†π«π¨πœπžπ«π’πžπ¬: $200 mainly at Costco Read more