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Moving to Cancún

For whatever reason you are moving to Cancún, what you will find there is surprising and exciting: the city, with its beautiful location, tropical climate and traditional heritage, offers a lot of opportunities and stimuli to all expats. Check out more in our expat guide!

About the City

Located in the south-east of Mexico on the north-east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, Cancún is the second largest city in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is located on the Caribbean Sea, and is a very popular tourist destination with travelers from across the world. It has a population of nearly 750,000 people, but this increases significantly during the tourist season, which usually runs from May to September. Over the last decade, the number of foreigners and expatriates living in the city has risen dramatically, and it is now home to many people from North America, Europe, and other Mexican states. As a result, although the official language is Spanish, expatriates moving to Cancún will find that many people speak English as either their first or second language.

The Climate in Cancún

Expatriates moving to Cancún will need to adjust to a tropical wet and dry climate, which is characterized by distinct wet and dry seasons, consistent temperatures throughout the year, and extreme weather. The rainy season lasts from September to January, with the most precipitation occurring in November, when expatriates can expect 271.9 mm (10.705 inches) of rainfall on average. It gets drier and warmer between March and April, and although Cancún is warm all year round, the hottest temperatures occur between May and September, with it sometimes reaching as high as 35°C (95°F), but the sea breeze stops it climbing any higher. Humidity is high all year round due to Cancún's close proximity to the Caribbean. The tropical storm or hurricane season lasts from May to December, when high winds, extreme rainfall, and hurricanes are not uncommon.

Visas for Mexico

Expatriates wanting to move to Cancún will need a visa in order to do so. There are currently three different types of visa available for foreigners wanting to move to Mexico, each of which is designed for a different purpose. The first, the FMM visa, allows foreigners to move to Cancún for up to 180 days, and is usually used for tourism and short business trips. There are two types of longer visa: the first is the FM3, or non-immigrant visa, which allows expatriates to move to Cancún for up to one year, and can be renewed indefinitely. This is designed for expatriates that are moving to Cancún for a fixed period of time, and who don't want to stay permanently. The second type, the FM2, or immigrant visa, is the same as the FM2, but after the fourth renewal, expatriates will be allowed to apply for permanent residency. These visas must be applied for before moving to Cancún through your local embassy or consulate.

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