Spent one month living and discovering Guad and area. Walked, bussed and Uber when necessary. NEVER felt unsafe. My Spanish is very basic and yet was able to communicate. Friendly and helpful people! Amazing for such a large city!🌺❤️
🎒 Nomad Score3.34/5 207 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet good😀 Fun okay👮 Safety badTap to Open🌧Feels 26°79°24°75°🥵AQI66😷4$1,168 / mo19Mbps×
Spent three months living in Playa in spring 2019. Weather is beautiful, though on the hotter side. One huge piece of the city, 5th Avenue, runs from the bus stop for a mile or two and is pretty much nothing but tourist junk. Bad restaurants, bars, and people trying to hawk you on garbage. Once the touristy stuff dies out, there is a small but growing area that's much nicer for living - quieter, greener, few-to-no sales vendors fighting for your attention, and some really nice little restaurants and apartments. The beach is nice (although EXTREMELY thin, sometimes 1-2 feet wide at high tide), but sargasso (seaweed washing up) is a continuous issue and makes the beach pretty much unusable in parts. English is pretty good, but a little Spanish can go a long way. The scuba diving is excellent.
Recommendations: Get a bike to ride around. Eat at Primo (restaurant). Try to find an apartment with a pool or rooftop so the sargasso problems don't mess up your ability to enjoy the outdoors. Rent a car and take a trip to Chichen Itza and Ik-kil. Avoid Cozumel.
All in all, mostly pleasant, decent cost of living, but wouldn't be in a rush to come back.
🎒 Nomad Score3.34/5 202 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet bad😀 Fun great👮 Safety badTap to Open🌧Feels 39°102°30°86°🥵AQI35$1,439 / mo9Mbps×
Guanajuato is not LGBTQ unfriendly except for rural areas few nomads would be interested in going to. Women who are bi or lesbian openly hold hands and show affection; not so for gay or bi men, but no harassment. In fact, in a nearby city, they are about to have a major fet life type of party. As for rentals, we tried to find a decent property there, and many low priced options are available, but most are a hella long walk to get to anything. So, it’s walkable in the sense you can walk to _________, it’s just going to be around 20 to 40 minutes to get there. Rentals: Few decent rentals, none up to European or North American standards. In Guanajuato itself, the super affordable properties you see hawked on YouTube by Vloggers are usually in less desirable areas (hella long walks) and are of poor quality. If you want long term rentals, you will probably be subject to the Aval/Fiador/Polizia Juridical scam. Supposedly, this is to protect both landlord and tenant like an insurance policy. In reality, it is a scam against landlords, and tenants alike: the tenant pays for lawyers to write up the rental contract (because no one can figure out how to fill in blanks?) and part of the payment is to “secure” the annual rental amount by a pre-paid legal mechanism to sue the tenant for unpaid rent. Since the number one reason for tenant default is change in circumstances leading to inability to pay, this is a worthless remedy. This scam has existed so long, with realtors being a part of the problem, that most the Mexican people are so used to the scam that they think it is necessary to rent property on an annual, non-AirBnB basis. As a lawyer, I have studied this scam extensively and suggest you avoid the Fiador scam at all costs. Put a pin in the map with Guanajuato in the center and draw a 30 mile radius around it and you will find LOTS of properties for sale or rent. The Fiador scam is responsible for much of this. It is a ridiculous barrier to rental property considering it is a worthless scam in the first place. TIP: if you have a rental dispute, it will cost you less than $200 to file suit in the US, they have twenty (20) days to answer in most jurisdictions, and while they are screaming their heads off at each other about how “there is no jurisdiction”, your response is “tell it to the judge”: most civil defense lawyers will charge a deposit of around $10,000.00 USD to even fight your case. If they fail to respond, you move for a default judgment and take it across the border. The bank will then take the money out of the defendant’s account and you win big time. Considering that Digital Nomads are often targets for scams, manufactured fees not disclosed up front and gringo pricing ripoffs involving property rentals worldwide, remember this technique. Safety: use normal precautions and don’t walk alone at night in dark alleys or bad neighborhoods like any city.
🎒 Nomad Score2.99/5 164 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet okay😀 Fun okay👮 Safety badTap to Open🌥Feels 19°66°19°66°AQI3715$1,436 / mo13Mbps×
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