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Cancun and surrounding areas are popular destinations for both tourists and expatriates. Cancun is the largest city in the Mayan Riviera, a jungle coastline of tropical beaches and peaceful communities. Other major destinations in the Mayan Riviera include Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Cozumel.

Labour market

Cancun is, above all, known to be one of Mexico's prime tourist destinations. The tourism industry is the region's main job creator, attracting a large number of young professionals every year. Jobs are also available in the teaching field, mainly for foreign languages like English or French. You can apply if you have the required qualifications and strong language skills.


Candidates having multiple language skills have better chances of being recruited in Cancun due to the city's tourism. Thus, foreigners who speak English, French, and other languages may be preferred in some specific fields, especially hospitality. But if you wish to apply for a job in a big firm, you must have a strong knowledge of Spanish.

In order to be hired, it is essential to bring original copies of your birth certificate and all documents from higher education, such as university degrees and transcripts.

Apply for a job in Cancun

As for elsewhere in Mexico, it is much easier to get hired in person than by email. Searching for jobs online is a good way to find opportunities in Cancun, but don’t expect your queries to be answered. It is better to print your CV in Spanish, put on a suit, and visit the company yourself.

Formal and informal jobs in Cancun

A working visa is required to work legally in Mexico. The first step is to receive a job offer, and then you can apply for permission to work. Here is more information about the work visa for Mexico.

Many hospitality jobs in hotels and restaurants in the Mayan Riviera will not provide a formal job offer, however. Instead, they hire foreigners for “informal” jobs, which means they will be paid in cash and will have no legal rights. Be aware that working these types of jobs, although common, is not only illegal but also can put you in danger of deportation.

Cost of living in Cancun

Because of tourism, the cost of living is higher in Cancun and the Mayan Riviera than in other parts of Mexico. In general, the closer you are to the beach, the more expensive accommodation, restaurants, and other services will be. The cost of living is much cheaper in a modest apartment in downtown Cancun on the mainland, or ten blocks from the beach in Playa del Carmen.

Before moving to Cancun, it’s a good idea to do some travelling there and nearby communities beforehand. You can get an idea of the different regions, costs of living, and job opportunities.

 Useful links:

Visit Mexico, Cancun
The Riviera Maya Times

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