Reader Question: We are considering moving to Playa del Carmen from Missouri and wondered if you could inform me of the average cost of sending our preschool and kindergarten children to a private school in Playa ?
If possible could you also tell me how the cost of living would compare to rural Midwest living in the states ?
I would very much appreciate any info you could give me . We will be in Playa in a couple days to start house hunting . Thank You!
Manny's Answer: Hi! The cost of private schools is about $200-400 per month (on average). A lot cheaper than the US, but still a but costly for some. The average cost varies wildly throughout Mexico, and currently the peso is at 20:1 so everything is a huge bargain (currently).
As for housing, Playa Del Carmen has a lot of good options that are very affordable, as long as you stay away from beachfront property. You can easily find a nice 2-3 bedroom for $500 dollars, as long as you are away from the beach. (Check Vivanuncios, Spanish classifieds, I've had good luck with them, but you will have to know some Spanish to use them.) The classified ads in Spanish give you a much greater likelihood of dealing with locals, rather than scammers.
Beachfront is what everyone wants, and the winter is the most expensive time of year down there, so just plan accordingly. Hope this helps!
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