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6 Things I Love About Living in Mexico (Cancun 2021)

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I just couldn’t stand it anymore.

My life, I mean.

After living in China for 4 and a half years, I flew back to Vancouver, Canada, and spent nearly 2 years living with my parents, more lost than ever.

However, I eventually managed to get the ball rolling in the right direction. In the summer of 2020, I started a home services business.

I finally felt like I could breathe again, regarding my finances. Later on, though, due to the scamdemic, and the fact that my work was seasonal, I decided that I’d have to leave. In fact, I timed my flight to be right before the United States election.

Turns out, it was definitely the right move. Not even just a week or so after flying out, the crooks in the Canadian government started implementing increased restrictions on people – all in the name of ‘safety’ and ‘flattening the curve’, of course.

In a way, I was in a great position. In 2019, I applied for my first Mexican passport. As I mentioned earlier, I worked all summer, and so managed to save up a decent chunk of cash. On top of that, I had been steadily investing in a program that was paying me a nice return on a weekly basis.

I figured I’d treat myself to a beach getaway, so I chose to fly straight to Cancun, on the Atlantic coast. The only shitty thing, was that it was hurricane season – it rained off and on for 2 weeks straight after I arrived. But hey, I was just happy to have gotten out of Canada before the country turned completely into a communist dictatorship.

Now, about 3 months later, I’m sitting here in my two bedroom home, in a highly secure, gated community, with the sun shining out my window, and not a care in the world.

Without further ado, let’s go over what I love about living in Mexico now, in 2021.

 

Mexican Food

 

I will just say right off the bat that, when compared with the rest of the country, Cancun’s food scene is just alright. 

But even then, the food here is good enough for me. 

Sure, you have the regular dishes – tacos, tortas, burritos, ceviche, and so on, but you can definitely also find decent pizza and burgers, if you’re desperate for something more western.

Something interesting I found here that was also apparent when I was living in China, is that higher prices do not necessarily translate to better quality. 

I’ve visited hole-in-the-wall restaurants with great service and delicious food. I’ve also dined in fine establishments where I felt cheated after receiving poor service and miniscule portion sizes of bland food.

Weather in Cancun

 

As a Canadian, going anywhere south is already an improvement for me. Here, in the Caribbean, there is virtually no winter.

 I can count on one hand how many times I felt chilly enough to put on a sweater. 

In terms of weather, the only real downside is that sometimes the heat is just unbearable, and that it can start raining out of nowhere some days.

Prices in Mexico

 

I knew Mexico could be fairly cheap, but holy shit was I surprised at how affordable it was! This is the two bedroom townhome I’m staying in. Not exactly luxurious, but it’s definitely enough for me at the moment.

The total price is $7000 Mexican pesos a month, with maintenance included.

That’s about $350 USD.

After tallying everything up, I found that I spent less than $100 USD on taxis and getting around. I also spent about $200 USD on food – which includes eating both in and out.

Maybe add in another $50 for internet, phone, water, and electricity…

and I’m living on about $700 USD a month. And that’s a pretty comfortable living.

One of the best parts about everything being so much more affordable, is that I can confidently pick up the tab more often when I’m out with friends, whereas back in Canada, I’d avoid going out too often altogether, because I didn’t want to spent so much money.

Fun in Mexico

It’s just been so surreal to see reports from all over the world of escalating unrest. 

People are pissed off. 

People want their lives back. 

Many are also tied down to where they’ve been living, and can’t imagine living somewhere else, even temporarily.

That’s fine. I realize I’m an outlier, and that I worked to put myself in this advantageous position.

Unlike most people in the world at this time, I can meet friends in a bar and hang out. I can go to a beach club. Hell, I have the freedom to walk out of my place, pop into a taxi, and walk down the street – without a mask, and without having to worry about the cops pulling me aside and ticketing me for not wearing a piece of fucking cloth on my face.

Convenience in Mexico

 

I have to say, I was impressed with how convenient life can be here in Mexico, when you implement systems to run your life on ‘auto-pilot’. 

What I mean here, is that almost everything can be delivered straight to your door, rather than having to spend time going out to the store and lollygagging around. I can pay my bills online, I can pay my rent online, and I can even order things I want off of Amazon. 

Yes, Amazon actually works here. The only caveat, is that I need to be at home to make sure that the order arrives, otherwise, they’ll reschedule the delivery.

Women in Mexico

 

What kind of list would this be without mentioning my lovely Mexicanas? It was a bit of a slow start for me, but after a few weeks here, I started meeting some nice girls here and there. I’ve found Mexican women to be very passionate, submissive, and also pretty grabby in public. 

But hey, if you’re not into mexicanas, or even latinas, you can meet girls from the states, Canada, and Europe, especially in touristy spots, like the hotel zone in Cancun. 

One spot I can definitely recommend, is the Mayan Monkey hostel.

Before you turn your nose up, hear me out – when I first heard the word ‘hostel’, I immediately pictured the worst – a bunch of flea-infested, smelly mattresses, with limited facilities, and a bunch of weird people.

Well, you will find weird people here and there, but for the most part, the Mayan Monkey blew me away. 

There were plenty of attractive women staying there, and the place was very clean and modern. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Mexico, and you’re open to meeting new people, definitely give the Mayan Monkey a try (I’m not affiliated with them).

 

Conclusion

 

Overall, Cancun is a great place to be. I’m not saying it’s the best, but there’s certainly a lot more to it than just the hotel zone where all the tourists hang out.

 And by the way – if you’re going to spend some time in Mexico, it would help a lot if you learned some Spanish. Actually, it’s essential if you want to get around. Outside of the tourist spot, there aren’t a lot of people who can keep up a conversation in English.

If you want to accelerate your language learning, and if you’re planning on staying for a while, Expert Cancun can help you get a closer, more in-depth look at everything you’ll need to know about living here. How to find a deal on an apartment (or even a house!), where the best places to eat are, common tourist traps to avoid, and much much more.

In any case, happy travels, y espero que lo disfrutas!

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