Because of the cost of food and travel, we have found it just as expensive as living in
low cost states in the US. Like Florida or Delaware. Key exceptions would be the low
price of fruit and vegetables at the markets, taxi rides; and utilities. Regular food at the supermarkets
and specialty stores are the same price as the US. VAT makes household items more expensive
than the US, especially the furniture.
We are renting a two bedroom two bathroom in the Centro with a lovely garden for the dogs,
no parking for $1,200. But it is so noisy with fireworks and barking dogs, we are moving
The travel costs to the US have been a real problem to us. Flights to Washington or NY
are between $700-900 roundtrip plus shuttle costs. If you want to travel to beach towns in
Mexico, because of the narco violence, you have to fly. Gone are the days we used to
drive to Ixtapa, Zijuat, or Mazatlan.This adds a considerable amount to our quarterly budget.
If you are living on a fixed income, pls make sure you factor in these costs before you decide