Hi everyone! I'm planning to relocate to Cancun this fall and have been making preparations for a while now. I've been doing a lot of research, but have come across a bit of a conundrum. In several forum posts (here and elsewhere) I've seen responses that indicate the cost of living isn't that much different in Cancun than in the US. In a lot of these responses I've seen $1800 USD as the typical monthly living expense. This is largely at odds with what I've found through personal research and is actually more than I spend on living here in the US (Midwest). I'd like to iron out the details around this, as I plan on living off of savings for at least one year. Admittedly, I live a fairly minimalistic lifestyle and hope to continue such in Cancun. So, here are my living costs in the US -- if any of you would care to illustrate the rough equivalent in Cancun, I'd be very appreciative! My US living costs: Rent: $900 (2 bed/2 bath house in a medium sized Midwestern city) Electricity: $75 (I don't use AC here in the summer (highs around 90) but this goes up to about $120 in the winter for heat) Water/Trash/Sewer: $30 Cell phone: $60 Broadband: $50 Food: $250 ($60 worth of groceries a week) Gas: $100 Car Insurance: $60 Cigarettes: $60 (I know, it's horrible) So my total living costs here are only: $1600 I've found lots of decent [looking] places in SM 31/32 (which is where I'd like to end up) for < $500 a month... so I'm failing to see how the cost of living is so high. I'd like to get a 2 bedroom house or apartment, but I'd take a one bedroom if it was a good deal. I know it's hot in Cancun, but it's my initial plan to go without A/C. I do that here, but we only have 3 months of 90 weather, so it might be a different story once I arrive in Cancun Also, I won't have a car in Cancun, but I'm guessing it might safe to estimate I'd spend the same amount on bus fare/taxis there as I do on gasoline here. Anyway, all insight would be greatly appreciated!