Monterrey, Mexico – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

An important business and industrial city in Mexico.

Probably the richest city in the country (Mexico City would be a close second) It’s very much an American-style city with a lot of fast food joints and hotel chains. Very modern, and many people are well-off and sexy.

POPULATION: 1,131,000


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN MONTERREY, MEXICO

Over $500 for a basic apartment near the city centre.

*N.B. City centre apparently is now undesirable to live, look for a place near the neighbourhood of San Pedro Garza Garcia.

 

NIGHTLIFE IN MONTERREY, MEXICO

8.5/10

A smashing good time, but not as good as Guadalajara. Most of the nightlife in Monterrey used to be around Barrio Antiguo but it has since moved to San Pedro, an affluent suburb of the city, but it hasn’t missed a beat. 

I recommend: Lobby

 

IS MONTERREY, MEXICO SAFE?

Not that bad. Based on the news reports, you’d expect that bodies hanging from bridges are a part of daily life in Monterrey, but it’s simply not true. Yes, there are murders here and some businesses are getting extorted, but unless you plan on skullin’ yeyo with the cartel’s closest confidants, you’re not going to notice anything out of the ordinary. If I were you, I’d be more concerned over impregnating an 18 year old.

 

 COST OF LIVING IN MONTERREY, MEXICO

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $1305 USD/month to live in Monterrey, Mexico

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Monterrey offers phenomenal nightlife, stunningly beautiful girls and not much culture shock. It’s worth noting, though, that it is not cheap to live here. The GDP per capita here is above $40,000, so things like restaurants and accommodation are going to run you a bit more.

I’d say Monterrey is an ideal city for either a weekend or weeklong stay. Digital nomads can easily find Airbnbs, fast wifi, and taco stands. That being said, I’m not sure I could hack living here for too long…reminds me too much of where I came from. So, if you’re looking to go to Latin America to escape the lifestyle and culture from whence you came, there are better cities.


OVERALL RATING: 8/10


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