Cost of Living in Cancun

Summary about cost of living in Cancun, Mexico:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 160.00 MXN 120.00-200.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 700.00 MXN 380.00-1,200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 110.00 MXN 90.25-140.38
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 40.11 MXN 16.00-50.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 60.00 MXN 40.00-75.00
Cappuccino (regular) 42.00 MXN 20.05-55.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 22.01 MXN 15.04-40.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 13.00 MXN 12.00-15.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 78.63 MXN 56.78-94.64
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 26.80 MXN 18.14-36.29
Rice (white), (1 lb) 13.79 MXN 9.07-18.19
Eggs (regular) (12) 31.33 MXN 21.40-42.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 68.04 MXN 45.48-90.72
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 43.08 MXN 24.49-95.25
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 68.95 MXN 56.70-113.40
Apples (1 lb) 20.03 MXN 15.42-23.59
Banana (1 lb) 9.30 MXN 5.90-15.42
Oranges (1 lb) 10.70 MXN 7.71-18.14
Tomato (1 lb) 12.22 MXN 6.80-13.61
Potato (1 lb) 11.77 MXN 5.44-15.42
Onion (1 lb) 10.51 MXN 5.44-15.88
Lettuce (1 head) 16.00 MXN 10.00-20.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 13.50 MXN 10.00-18.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 150.00 MXN 120.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 28.48 MXN 15.04-42.86
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 47.01 MXN 22.00-70.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 61.50 MXN 50.00-68.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 12.00 MXN 10.00-12.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 300.00 MXN
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 55.00 MXN 50.00-60.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 96.56 MXN 48.28-112.65
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 200.00 MXN 150.00-300.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 81.51 MXN 75.29-87.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 240,000.00 MXN 235,000.00-280,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 340,150.00 MXN 320,000.00-335,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,917.71 MXN 1,000.00-3,500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.44 MXN 0.35-5.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 508.39 MXN 400.00-700.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 558.33 MXN 450.00-700.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 200.00 MXN 200.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 67.50 MXN 50.00-75.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,962.50 MXN 1,850.00-6,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 79,200.00 MXN 27,600.00-150,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 900.00 MXN 600.00-1,100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 675.00 MXN 350.00-800.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,800.00 MXN 1,000.00-2,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,900.00 MXN 1,200.00-2,500.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 10,833.33 MXN 6,000.00-18,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 7,432.87 MXN 4,000.00-11,030.08
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 17,459.58 MXN 14,038.29-24,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 13,714.29 MXN 10,000.00-19,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,881.70 MXN 999.99-2,787.07
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,486.44 MXN 1,114.83-2,043.85
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 12,456.20 MXN
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.60 9.00-12.00

Prices in Cancun

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Last update: September 2021
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3 Comments so far
Dutch on Jun 08, 2018:
All these Americans yapping about safety issues in Cancun are watching too much mainstream media. Use common sense and you have little to worry about. I live in the city center and I go for a walk during nighttime pretty often. Don't flash expensive jewelry, phone or your cash. And above all: don't behave like an idiot and show respect. And start thinking: Who is the biggest thief? The government or a local cartel?
Steven on Mar 23, 2018:
Richard, your comments are right on the money. I live in Cancun centro off and on. I was last there Feb., 2018. People are executed in public on a daily basis. The local mafia as well as the Cartels laugh at the police. Run into the wrong person can easily get you threatened and extorted, assaulted and even shot. Prices are not so cheap unless you want to live without security. It’s possible to rent a nice 3 bedroom casa in a gated community with 24 hour security min. $8-900 a month if you can find one. But even that only stops the small time thieves. The condo prices have been bid way too high and I expect to drop like a rock as Cancun morphs into an Acapulco.
Richard on Feb 10, 2018:
I have been living in Mexico for 4 years. Personally, I would stay well away from Cancun and the Playa del Carmen areas. The cartels and organized crime pretty much own the plaza and the police are either on the take or are forced to co-operate with them. It is almost impossible to be an honest cop in Cancun and remain alive. Corruption is at an extreme level with most businesses having to pay a 'tax' to the cartels, which drives prices and the cost of living higher than it should be. All levels of government either turn a blind eye to the problems, they don't know what to do or they are simply indifferent to them. Petty crime is also a problem there, you must never let your guard down in Mexico, and particularly in Cancun. On my last trip to Cancun a year ago, I personally witnessed a gunfight between criminals and some State police, and the criminals actually shot their way into a police station and freed an arrested cartel leader. You can live in Cancun successfully so long as you choose your friends carefully, stay away from drugs and trouble and are street wise.