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How Much Does it Cost to Live in Cancun?

By Carmen Pino

This is a question Iím often asked by people thinking of moving to paradise, but one that is difficult to answer due to so many life style factors. This is a resort town, so many things do cost more, but others are considerably less expensive (depending also on where you are moving from, of course). Maid service, movies, haircuts, massages can be a real deal for the average American or Canadian!

To help you figure out how much it would cost you, I have assembled the following tables of prices and sample budgets with some help from Anita Brown. All prices are in US dollars at 9.3 to the peso, the rate of exchange as of October 12, 2000.

Interesting fact: you only need to prove an income of $1,500 month per couple to get retired immigration status here.

[Editor's Note: Carmen Pino is one of Cancun's leading real estate brokers and a long-time personal friend. You can reach her at REALCORP Tel. (52-98) 85 18 11 Exts. 5077 & 5079 Fax (52-98) 85 18 11 Ext. 5006 E-mail realcorp@infosel.net.mx http://www.cancunrealestate.com]

Food Low High Budget #1 Low High
Apples kg $1.29 $2.15 Cable TV $16.13 $43.01
Bananas kg $0.43 $0.65 Car Insurance $43.01 $86.02
Beef kg $3.87 $12.90 Clothing $107.53 $215.05
Bread, commercial loaf $1.08 $1.40 Electricity $32.26 $134.41
Bread, rolls each $0.06 $0.32 Entertainment $107.53 $215.05
Butter 250 gr $0.43 $0.54 Food $215.05 $430.11
Canteloupe kg $0.75 $1.29 Gas $10.75 $21.51
Cereal imported lb. $2.69 $3.44 Gasoline $161.29 $322.58
Cereal (generic) .5 kg $0.97 $1.29 Maid $107.53 $172.04
Cereal (name brand) .5 kg $1.94 $2.37 Maintenance $53.76 $86.02
Chicken breasts boned kg $2.37 $3.76 Medical $26.88 $86.02
Chicken kg $1.51 $2.37 Phone $43.01 $129.03
Eggs dozen $0.91 $1.08 School $161.29 $268.82
Fish filleted kg $5.38 $10.75 Water $2.15 $16.13
Milk liter $0.81 $0.91 Total $1,088.17 $2,225.81
Oranges kg $0.43 $0.86
Example above is for a well-to-do family of two adults, one child, with live-in maid-nanny, own home in decent downtown area, two cars, active lifestyle.
Pork kg $3.23 $4.84
Potatoes $0.65 $1.29
Tuna can 170 gr $0.48 $0.65
Vegetables frozen kg $1.08 $1.61
Water bottled 20 liter $0.97 $1.51
Entertainment Budget #2
Movie $2.69 $3.76 Clothing $107.53 $215.05
Newspaper local $0.54 $0.54 Electricity $43.01 $322.58
Newspaper foreign $1.08 $2.15 Entertainment $107.53 $268.82
Magazine foreign $6.45 $10.75 Food $161.29 $268.82
Paperback foreign $12.90 $21.51 Maid $107.53 $161.29
Video rental 2 days $2.69 $0.00 Medical $75.27 $161.29
Education private (Monthly) Phone $53.76 $322.58
Day care $53.76 $86.02 Rent $645.16 $1,612.90
Kindergarden $86.02 $129.03 Taxis & Buses $21.51 $161.29
Primary $129.03 $161.29 Total $1,322.58 $3,494.62
Secondary $161.29 $215.05


The example above is for a retired couple, renting a 1-2 bedroom condominium in the Hotel Zone. It includes a maid three times a week week, no car
High School $215.05 $268.82
Personal Low High
Massage (Therapeutic) $16.13 $26.88
Maid $8.60 $16.13
Doctor $16.13 $32.26
Dental Cleaning $16.13 $32.26
Chiropractic $21.51 $26.88
Haircut $8.60 $21.51
Facial $10.75 $32.26
Manicure $5.38 $12.90
Pedicure $5.38 $16.13
Leg Wax $21.51 $32.26
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