A lot of people around the world know Riviera Maya, especially for its awesome vacation experience. However, if you go down south, you would discover another amazing vacation spot called Playa del Carmen which is one of the most amazing spots in Mexico and it is also an amazing area to live in.
Playa Del Carmen has an all year round warm weather, amazing sugar-white and golden sand beaches, and sparkling blue Caribbean waters. You get the real Caribbean experience mixed with authentic Mexican lifestyles such as mouthwatering cuisine, snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving, you definitely get the best of both worlds.
Due to the influence on tourism, you do not necessarily have to speak Spanish to live in the city, however, it would be a plus if you do learn Spanish to make your life a lot easier while living in Mexico. There are other great amenities that would make your stay more comfortable, such as healthcare, healthcare in Mexico is very affordable and excellent. Even serious medical procedure cost only a fraction of what they would cost in the US.
As a plus, the Cancun International Airport is a short drive from Playa del Carmen so you do not need to worry about having any struggles with traveling out of the country. You can also easily have your friends and family come visit you without a hassle.
Living in playa has a sort of sophisticated European feel with smart boutiques, outposts of luxury brands, French bakeries and beach clubs that remind you of those in Miami or Ibiza. Yet, you still get the flip-flops and shorts beach experience, amazing taco joints and local drinks not found out of Mexico.
Being a foreigner lets you enjoy greatly due to the dollar to peso exchange rate, especially during recent times. As far as spending and what value you can get for your money, it really depends on your life choices, dinners can range from 70 cents to $20 platters. If you are willing to live about 15 minutes from the beach, you can get as much as a $50,000 price reduction for the same condo you would get 5 minutes away from the beach.
There is no doubt Playa del Carmen check almost all the boxes you would consider for a ‘perfect home.’ The locals are very welcoming and everything in and around Playa makes you want to stay for longer.