Today, we received an email from a reader who is looking for a nice furnished rental in Guanajuato.
Reader Question: Hi - do you have any good sources for finding inexpensive rental apartments in Mexico, especially in the colonial areas such as Guanajuato or Queretaro? I'm looking for something for a few months, for a single person (me). Thank you!
Answer: We are currently in Guanajuato exploring the San Miguel de Allende region, and we found our apartment on Airbnb. That's the best option if you only plan to stay a few months. Airbnb allows you to pay with a credit card, which gives you purchase protection, and it's the best way to get a place to stay in Mexico that ISN'T a hotel.
Use a credit card, not a debit card to reserve, that way you can reverse the charges if there's a problem. Stay away from Craigslist there are tons of scammers that prey on Americans and Canadians looking for places to stay.
That's my advice. The peso is at 20 (glorious!) so we are currently paying about $700 for a fully furnished 3-bedroom home in a gated, secure community with all utilities paid as well as internet (which is 100% required for us so we can work). It's luxurious and quiet with 24-hour security, (and we would never be able to afford something like this for anywhere NEAR this price in California).
If you are a single person, there are plenty of furnished rooms that are an option, too, for much less (like, say $300 a month). Celaya, Leon, and San Miguel de Allede are all full of expats and have plenty of modern amenities will make your stay enjoyable.
The only hassle I've had so far is difficulty finding my favorite brand of medicated shampoo. Things like that you should bring with you.
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