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Old 04-25-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Where can I meet expats?

My wife and I are going to be in Playa on the 12 of May until the 20th of May 2010. We are going to retire in Nov. 2010 and are seriously thinking Playa Del Carmen area. I dive and we both love the water there. We would like to meet people that live there, we naturally have questions. I would like to look at rentals, we plan to rent first. We will have an income of about 2500.00 to 3000.00 dollars a month to live on. Would like to know if that is enough top live comfortably on



Would be grateful for information!!! MONTANA MUCHOMAS Vernon and Kathi Muchmore Missoula Montana GRACIAS
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Hi

Stop by Bar Ranita on Calle 10 between 5th and 10th Avenue.

Your budget could work as long as you don't spend everyday in the bar (I know from experience). No regrets though, it was a great 2 and half years.

Have fun.

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Lots of expats at Mom's Bar, corner of Calle 4 and Ave 30. Open at 4, close at 10 PM I think. Closed on Sundays. Also go to a dog wash on Saturday morning. Bad Boys on the beach end of Calle 4 on Thurs and Sat about 5 PM.

And I would think that income is plenty to live on unless you are really high rollers.
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Lots of expats at Mom's Bar, corner of Calle 4 and Ave 30. Open at 4, close at 10 PM I think. Closed on Sundays. Also go to a dog wash on Saturday morning. Bad Boys on the beach end of Calle 4 on Thurs and Sat about 5 PM.

And I would think that income is plenty to live on unless you are really high rollers.
Mom's bar is a great suggestion. I think you should contact Michele or Rob Kinnon. They are both ex pats (on this forum) and he knows a lot about real estate and can help you with your rental expense question. Michele writes a great blog about living in Mexico.
Here's a link: "Life's a Beach"
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Welcome !!

There are lots of places where expats gather, some suggestions would be
Mondays Movies at the beach at zenzi
Tuesdays live music at the Luna Blue bar
Wednesdays Momīs dinner and sometimes pocker night
Thursdays Bad Boys at the Beach and wine tasting at off the vine
Fridays La Ranita or Dirty Mariny
Satudays there is a diverīs alliance every second friday an all you can eat buffet and mingle with the dive comunity or wash puppies at the pps
Sunday All you can eat bbq buffet at Zenzi

I have lived here for 10 years and although Iīm mexican, I know a lot of expats that love it here, and Iīm sure you will too!

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I'd strongly suggest that you visit Paamul, if you haven't already. Definitely a way to expand your horizons and lots of permanent expats to speak with there!
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Moving to Playa del Carmen

There are quite a few opportunities to meet the expat community in Playa del Carmen and the surrounding areas most of which are posted regularly here. If you are comfortable with a bar scene, Luna Blue Hotel has a nice swing bar and live music, El Bar is Mexican owned but a popular favorite with long time expats, don't miss The Dirty Martini on 1st Ave as well. Bad Boys Beach Bar is the place to be every Thursday and Saturday from 4pm to 9pm.

The budget you have stated should be plenty to afford you a nice lifestyle here as long as you are not eating fancy meals out everyday. Long term renals can be found quite affordably as well. Let me know if you would like any help finding a place to stay!
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There are quite a few opportunities to meet the expat community in Playa del Carmen and the surrounding areas most of which are posted regularly here. If you are comfortable with a bar scene, Luna Blue Hotel has a nice swing bar and live music, El Bar is Mexican owned but a popular favorite with long time expats, don't miss The Dirty Martini on 1st Ave as well. Bad Boys Beach Bar is the place to be every Thursday and Saturday from 4pm to 9pm.

The budget you have stated should be plenty to afford you a nice lifestyle here as long as you are not eating fancy meals out everyday. Long term renals can be found quite affordably as well. Let me know if you would like any help finding a place to stay!
Great website resource Michele,- thanks!
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Welcome !!

There are lots of places where expats gather, some suggestions would be
Mondays Movies at the beach at zenzi
Tuesdays live music at the Luna Blue bar
Wednesdays Momīs dinner and sometimes pocker night
Thursdays Bad Boys at the Beach and wine tasting at off the vine
Fridays La Ranita or Dirty Mariny
Satudays there is a diverīs alliance every second friday an all you can eat buffet and mingle with the dive comunity or wash puppies at the pps
Sunday All you can eat bbq buffet at Zenzi
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Also:
El Bar
Beer Bucket
La Ranita any night of the week.
Saturday is also Bad Boys.

Bad Boys, when the going is good is probably the best place to mingle with other people like yourself. It's a nice place with some great people. And the music's not bad either


Costs. Depends where you live, but you can get a decent apartment with shared pool for about $900 if it's long term > 3months

After that if you're eating out every night you're looking at minimum 200 pesos but a good average of about 400 pesos depending where you eat.

Gas/water are cheap at about 100 a month. electricity is cheap at about 100 a month IF YOU DON'T USE THE AIRCON!

Then you have food. We do a Mega/Wallmart shop and it comes to about $1700 pesos and that'll last us about 10 days.

So

you're looking at an average of (in pesos):
10,000 rent
100 water/gas
100 elect
5600 - eating out 50% of the time
1700 - food shop.

Give or take this is about 17,500 pesos.

About $1500 US

Then there's booze and other things on top like toiletries, taxis, days out etc...

Of course this is only a rough example.. YMMV!

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You will be living my dream.... I'm so jealous! LOL. That's awesome.... congrats to both you and your wife. I'm sure it will be the beginning of a whole new life together in paradise.
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Also:
El Bar
Beer Bucket
La Ranita any night of the week.
Saturday is also Bad Boys.

Bad Boys, when the going is good is probably the best place to mingle with other people like yourself. It's a nice place with some great people. And the music's not bad either


Costs. Depends where you live, but you can get a decent apartment with shared pool for about $900 if it's long term > 3months

After that if you're eating out every night you're looking at minimum 200 pesos but a good average of about 400 pesos depending where you eat.

Gas/water are cheap at about 100 a month. electricity is cheap at about 100 a month IF YOU DON'T USE THE AIRCON!

Then you have food. We do a Mega/Wallmart shop and it comes to about $1700 pesos and that'll last us about 10 days.

So

you're looking at an average of (in pesos):
10,000 rent
100 water/gas
100 elect
5600 - eating out 50% of the time
1700 - food shop.

Give or take this is about 17,500 pesos.

About $1500 US

Then there's booze and other things on top like toiletries, taxis, days out etc...

Of course this is only a rough example.. YMMV!
Fuzzy math, but I like it.

I am moving down next month and this is how I am figuring my budget:

Rent and utilities
11,000 pesos
Eating Out
3,300 pesos
Drinking Out
15,000 pesos
Groceries
4,000 pesos
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33,300 pesos or around 2,600 dollars
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Old 04-28-2010   #12 (permalink)
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Hey,

Nice and Happy Bon Voyage to you both. Enjoy in a Paradise place.
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Old 05-06-2010   #13 (permalink)
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you can love comfortable here for that money. about rent there is a lot on the market now, it all depends what you are looking for! try to stay away from the real estate pro's and the really tourist areas and you can rent well.
Good luck
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try to stay away from the real estate pro's and the really tourist areas and you can rent well.
Good luck
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We are not all so bad and in a pinch can get you out of a bad situation with a dodgy landlord. Lots more of those out there than bad agents.
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michele is a very good reason not to stay away from agents
i am one of her many happy clients on both sides of the table
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