The Space for Expatriates
The quality of life that we experience living in Mexico
makes up for any culture shock we may occasionally experience. The home and personal services available in Mexico are very afforda... Coming from a do-it-yourself culture, land of
self-check outs and self-service gas stations, to Playa del Carmen may be jarring for some, but you'll quickly get used to having someone bag your groceries, wash
and fold your laundry, walk your dog, guide you to parking spots and fuel your tank so you don't
even have to get out of the car.
While it's true that some products may be more expensive in
Mexico, such as electronics, most services are dramatically less expensive here
than in the US. For example; maid service
in the US has an average price per hour of $15 USD, here in Playa del Carmen
the average price for maid service for a two bedroom house is $250 MXP. In the US gardeners and pool service are also
much more expensive, but in Playa del Carmen a full time gardener/maintenance/pool service employee for
your home is only approximately $4000 MXP a month.
Likewise a full time nanny/cleaning lady is around the same price ($4000
MXP monthly) depending if room and board is offered.
Not only is Mexico more full-service oriented than the US,
many of these services present themselves right at our doorsteps. On any given day the contagious song of gas trucks can be heard announcing full tanks
to be traded for empties, a yell out the
window and a couple of hundred pesos and viola-
the new tank of gas is ready to go and you didn't even have pick up the phone! Here is a list of services that frequent the
streets, either calling out or making a specific noise to get attention, that
provide at-your-door-service here in Playa del Carmen.
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Window screen installation
Drinking Water (Thankfully there
really is someone who will carry those heavy garafones up the
Elotes (Corn and Mexican corn
Flan (a custard style dessert)
What products and services knock on your door?
Written and photographed by:
Lisa Juliot walked across the San Diego, Mexico border 8
years ago, with a backpack and the dream to travel Mexico and Central
America. A long time blogger and travel
writer, sociologist at heart and amateur photographer, she currently resides in
Playa del Carmen and works as the Social Media Community Manager at