Xalapa, Mexico Travel Blog

Last updated: 2021
All prices are listed in US dollars
Cost of living metrics are based on minimum living expenses for one person

The capital city of the Mexican state of Veracruz. It’s known for being a university city. Fun fact: Xalapa is the place of origin of the Jalapeño pepper!

POPULATION: 500,000

 

WEATHER IN XALAPA

Yearly temperatures range from 8°C to 28°C. It’s a comfortable climate. The wet season runs from June – October. May is typically its hottest month.

 

SAFETY IN XALAPA

In recent years, drug violence has increased in Xalapa. Although worrisome, this particular type of crime shouldn’t effect you too much. Xalapa is generally safe to walk around during the day, but you must be careful at night. When out and about, it’s best you travel in a group. And if you’re heading out alone, always take a taxi to your destination.

 

MUST DO

Visit the Archaeology Museum to learn about the history and various cultures of Veracruz. It’s an impressive museum.

 

RENT AN APARTMENT IN XALAPA

Considering its size, Xalapa is a very affordable city. You can find a basic apartment to rent here for about $300/month.

If you want to rent an apartment for a short period of time — just to make sure the city is right for you before committing to a longterm apartment contract — we suggest using Airbnb.

 

COST OF LIVING IN XALAPA

This is one of those destinations where you could live on less than $1000/month, assuming you don’t have expensive tastes. We recommend $1100/month as a minimum.

 

DATING IN XALAPA

Mexican Cupid allows you to talk with singles in Xalapa and set up dates before you even arrive in the country. For this reason, we recommend it.

 

LEARNING SPANISH IN XALAPA

If you want to meet women in Latin America, you will need to know a bit of Spanish. PickUp Spanish is an entertaining and informative course that teaches Latin American Spanish in a way that is geared toward meeting and dating latinas!

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN XALAPA

There are not many job opportunities here for foreigners.

 

IS THERE UBER IN XALAPA

No. Uber does not operate in Xalapa.

 

IS XALAPA A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE?

Yes. We consider Xalapa somewhat of an underrated expat destination. The cost of living is low, the weather is favorable and the food is excellent. However, the increasing insecurity in the city is cause for concern. Xalapa is not the safest choice for expats looking to relocate to Mexico. Keep an eye on this destination in the coming years. It may very well become popular.