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How much does it cost to live in Tulum?

By SIMCA Desarrollos


Tulum has become digital nomads’ preferred destination. This piece of heaven in the Mayan Riviera, in southeast Mexico, offers great advantages for professionals who have committed to a remote job that allows them to freely enjoy a new lifestyle. One of these advantages is, undoubtedly, the cost of living. Stay on this page and discover how much it costs to live in Tulum.

Cost of living in Tulum


Tulum is one of the most affordable beach destinations in Mexico. In general, living in Tulum is 15% cheaper than living in Mexico City, 10% cheaper than living in Puerto Vallarta, and is priced similarly to Los Cabos. However, one huge advantage is that the price of housing in the most exclusive areas of Tulum is 20% cheaper than renting or buying an apartment in the best areas of Los Cabos, and 27% cheaper than in Puerto Vallarta1. Here are some facts about the cost of life in Tulum:

  • The cost of services such as electricity, water, gas, garbage collection, landline phone, and internet is around 170 USD per month.
  • On average, the cost of cell phone services is 35 USD per month.
  • In Mexico, you can have a good private health insurance by paying about 75 USD per month.2

As for transportation, the prices are also affordable; plus, you don't have to use your car all the time, but get around by bicycle instead: going to the village of Tulum, do your shopping, or visit nearby tourist destinations, such as the cenotes or the Archaeological Zone of Tulum.

Food is not a concern, as Tulum has a very wide range of dining options. You can find a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients to prepare your own food at local markets and supermarkets. You will also find a myriad of restaurants, going from home-style to gourmet food, at different price ranges.


Other advantages for digital nomads


White sandy beaches, turquoise-blue sea, the warm climate of the Mexican Caribbean, great vegetation, fascinating cenotes, nature reserves, and much more. If the beauty of Tulum is not enough to convince you, other advantages of living in Tulum are:

  • If you are a foreigner, you can apply for a temporary residence visa to live in Mexico between 180 days and 4 years.
  • Tulum has easy access to the Cancun International Airport. 
  • Tulum's coastal infrastructure is improving by the day.
  • There's an unbeatable housing offer, ranging from villas near the beach to luxury apartments in exclusive developments with every amenity included. 
  • The number of coworking spaces available keeps growing, so you can work comfortably and meet other professionals from different parts of the world.
  • Tulum boasts a bohemian lifestyle where the main values are health, well-being, sustainability, and spirituality.

If you decide to move and live in Tulum, we recommend you explore the SIMCA real estate catalog. We have a wide range of apartments in areas near the beach, with amenities such as coworking spaces, yoga rooms, gyms, and everything you need for the best personal and professional life, with unbeatable comfort.

  1. Source: https://www.expatistan.com/
  2. Source: https://www.taomexico.com/espblog/cuanto-cuesta-vivir-en-la-riviera-maya-en-2022


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