After nearly 2 months in Mexico, it is time to pack and prepare for the next leg of our journey. Next week we fly to Panama and begin the next chapter of “Further on up the Road”.
Since our last blog post, we have spent several days in and around Tulum, Cobá, Akumal, Muyil, and Chemuyil. These communities all lie within the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, on the eastern edge of the Yucatan peninsula. The big draw here aside from the weather, are the beaches, Mayan history and for some the adventure of scuba diving.
Could 2 Canadians live here? Well, there are several nice options for living here.
Vacant lots to build a house on are readily available. A nice waterfront lot in Akumal is currently listed at $450,000 US. Away from the beach, in one of Tulum’s new residential areas, a building lot with 2,200 square feet can be found for about $30,000 US.
Detached, move-in ready houses near Chemuyil range from $100,000 US to $300,000 US. You’ll pay way more for anything that’s waterfront.
Condos are plentiful, both pre-owned, fully furnished and brand new, still under construction. They vary in size from studio, one bedroom, two bedrooms, and three bedrooms. Prices vary too, starting at $150,000 US and up. We looked at several new condo projects in Tulum and found a couple of nice ones in the range of $215,000 US to $285,000 US.
Most of this information is available online so I won’t bore you further. Suffice to say this is definitely a liveable area. It may sound pricey, but all indications are this location will get more costly in the next few years. We’ve learned a new airport is proposed for the area, likely situated between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. As well, some say a rail link will be built between Tulum and Cancún to take some of the heat off the growing traffic arriving daily in Cancún. The taxis and shuttles running between Tulum and Cancún won’t be pleased. There is also a new hospital proposed for construction in Tulum.
We’ve found other aspects of living here to be similar to Canada. Food stores are plentiful, health care, (which we really haven’t had to try) by all accounts seems fine and from what we’ve heard substantially cheaper. Other living costs vary with some things being cheaper (internet, water, taxes) and other things about the same (gasoline, clothing, anything imported).
So, lets see what Panama has to offer as we continue Further On Up The Road.