4. Locate Your Local Healthcare and Wellness Providers
If you don't already have your healthcare providers in place, this would be a good time to do so. And if you have pets, be sure to locate a trusty local veterinarian. If you need referrals, we can help you find quality medical care in Mexico.
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5. Be Your Own Welcoming Committee
Be sure to connect and network with the people that live in your immediate area. You don't need to be best friends, but a warm smile and kind spirit can open doors of support. We can't tell you how many times a friendly relationship with our neighbours has help us out of some sticky situations. We have a Huatulco community Facebook page that is very useful, a list of restaurants that we can recommend you and our local and best mechanic in town.
A good place to start is to get involved in charity work. Attend a fundraiser to meet some people, or invest some time and energy in a volunteer activity. Let us know if you're interested in this option, as we can match you up with some legitimate options here in the Huatulco area.
6. Explore Like a Tourist
Chances are you've already explored all that your area has to offer. Or have you?! New businesses, services and entertainment venues are always popping up in Mexico (which is one of the many things we love about this country). Check out what's new in your immediate and surrounding areas. Experience your home as a tourist, which will help when you have out-of-town guests who want some touristy options.
7. Take Care of You
The most important how to of your first 7 days in Mexico is to take care of yourself so that you're refreshed enough to think straight, settle in, and help others. It's kind of like the airplane emergency advice – to put your mask on first before assisting others. Taking care of yourself could mean heading to the beach to soak up some rays and play in the water. It could mean going for a massage, eating a good meal, or enjoying the night life. Taking care of yourself as a new expat in Mexico could also be as simple as getting in a long siesta (nap) or hanging out on the deck of a boat with your favourite people (and a drink in hand). Whatever helps you to relax should be a regular part of your schedule.
If you have some tips as an expat in Mexico, we'd love to hear from you. Comments welcome below.
To learn more or ask questions, contact us today. We're here to help you with recommendations – from real estate and restaurants to schools and hideaway beaches – for Huatulco and its surrounding areas.
Written by Erin Staley