Living on $1400 USD A Month in Ensenada, Mexico

Kathy moved to Ensenada, Baja California, from the U.S. for many reasons. One of them is the lower cost of living. But now she loves Mexico for the people, the community, and the healthcare she has received.

In this video, she shares how she would not have been able to retire in California on her current social security income and why she encourages others to consider Mexico as their retirement.

Kathy lives in Ensenada like a local and wants to share with you what her life in is like and what you can expect if your income is around $1400 USD (what she takes from Social Security monthly).

YouTube video
  • Kathy shares with us
  • How she found her 3 bed 2 bath rental (she rents it for $480 USD A Month!)
  • What her neighborhood in Ensenada looks like
  • Her advice for renting in Mexico – and what you should look out for
  • What her monthly cost of living in Ensenada is
  • What she does for fun
  • How she manages homesickness
  • Healthcare in Ensenada
  • Her advice for others moving to Mexico
  • And so much more!

I hope you like this video! Personally, it is one of my favorites. You can tell in various scenes that Kathy has built an awesome community of people who love her. And that she truly loves living in Mexico. 

Hopefully, this inspires you to see that you can do it, too, without fearing running out of money. 

Even with the current drop in the peso to dollar exchange rate, it is possible to retire and live comfortably on social security in Mexico. 

Kathy’s biggest advice: “learn to live like a local.” And our recommended tour guides can help you do just that- learn to live like a local. Check out our Mexico Relocation Tours to find out more.

Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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  1. Robet Kunferman says

    Looking for a nice apartment, cheap maybe outside of Ensenada, for my wife and myself. Will bring my own car/van. Ocean views are a big plus

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