Huatulco for Expats

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Huatulco Guide for Expats: Everything you need to know

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Huatulco Guide for Expats

Huatulco is a picturesque coastal city in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, and is becoming an increasingly popular destination for expats. From the white-sand beaches to the lush green mountain ranges, Huatulco offers something for everyone.

Things to do in Huatulco

When it comes to things to do in Huatulco, there are plenty of activities and attractions that will keep you entertained. For those looking to relax, Huatulco boasts some of the best beaches in Mexico. Playa El Organo stretches along Huatulco’s western coast and features crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches.

If you’re feeling adventurous, Huatulco is home to several adventure parks where you can zip line through the jungle canopy or raft down Huatulco’s rushing rivers. Foodies will find plenty of delicious regional cuisine at Huatulco’s many restaurants and street food stands. And with Huatulco being home to nine bays and 36 small coves, boating enthusiasts have plenty of opportunities for sailing or fishing trips around this beautiful city.

Best neighborhoods for Expats in Huatulco

For expats looking for a place to call home in Huatulco, Santa Cruz Huatalpa is one of the best neighborhoods in town. This vibrant community offers stunning views of the mountains as well as convenient access to downtown Huatulco and its many shops and restaurants. Santa Cruz has grown quite a bit in recent years and there are now several gated communities with luxury homes available for purchase or rent. Other great neighborhoods for expats include La Crucecita – Huatalca’s colonial center – as well as Puerto Escondio – a beachfront neighborhood with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

Cost of Living in Huatulco

The average monthly rent for an unfurnished 1 bedroom apartment starts around $500 USD while 3 bedroom houses will typically rent starting at around $1,000 USD per month in more affluent neighborhoods like Santa Cruz Huatalpa or La Crucecita. Groceries tend to be very affordable with basic staples such as eggs often costing less than $1 USD per dozen and fresh produce usually ranging from $2 – 5 USD per kilogram depending on seasonality/location/etc.

Everyday items such as toiletries are also inexpensive with most products costing between $1 – 5 USD each assuming you shop at one of the larger supermarkets near town (versus smaller convenience stores where items may be slightly pricier). Gas prices tend to fluctuate but you can expect them to start somewhere around $3 USD per gallon when prices are low (usually during non-holiday periods) while prices may peak around $4 – 5 USD per gallon during holiday seasons/busy months etc.

Bottom Line

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retirement, a new business venture, or just want to explore this incredible part of Mexico, Huatulco is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.

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