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Our Favorite Beaches in Cancun, Mexico

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Cancun is known around the world for being one of the premier tropical destinations you can visit if your ideal vacation revolves around white, sandy beaches and turquoise waters stretching for as far as the eye can see in either direction. And while the city has built up a reputation over the years for being a haven of more five-star hotels than Las Vegas, there are far more beaches to explore than just those within the Hotel Zone where the all-inclusive resorts have staked their claim. For the locals, there are numerous other stretches of sand to enjoy on one of the perpetually warm summer days that make this such a perfect beach bum’s dream. Here are some of our favorites. Read More

Cost of living in Cancun

Cost of Living in Cancun, Mexico

Posted by | Cancun, Freedom, Mexico, Quality of Life, Traveling Tips | 26 Comments

While it’s covered in greater detail within our Cancun travel guide, it’s a question that comes up on a regular basis at our social media outlets as well as in emails. How much does it cost to live in Cancun?

The answer always surprises people, because many of them just don’t realize how cheap you can get by when living in Mexico, much less have access to the exact same amenities and creature comforts  you have while living in a so-called “developed” country where the costs are four and five times or beyond.

But don’t take my word for it. Read on to find out just exactly how cheap it is to live in Cancun, and how Cris and I manage to keep ourselves living the good life without spending out of our noses. All costs are as of 2016. Read More

Tacos Rigo

Tacos In Cancun – Tacos Rigo

Posted by | Cancun, Food, Live Like a Local, Mexico | 12 Comments

Welcome to the Tacos in Cancun series from Marginal Boundaries. We explore some of the best taco eateries throughout the city, ranging from street vendors to taco stands to restaurants and delivery places. You can’t visit the heart of the Mexican Caribbean without sampling some of the real food, and we’re here to take you to our favorite restaurants in the heart of the Riviera Maya, far away from the Americanized Hotel Zone with its watered-down salsa, steak and hamburgers.

This week’s installment focuses on one of our favorite taco restaurants in the city, Tacos Rigo.  Read More

how to find an apartment in cancun

How To Find An Apartment in Cancun

Posted by | Live Like a Local, Mexico, Negotiation, Quality of Life, Traveling Tips | 24 Comments

I’ve been calling Cancun home since September of 2010, using it as a base of operations for other travels, such as my trip to Bogota, Colombia and my explorations in and around Mexico. In that time, I’ve learned to speak Spanish reasonably fluently, I’m a permanent resident, I got married, and Cris and I have kept our living expenses under $12,000 a year. That includes groceries, Internet, utilities and, most important, our apartment rental.

How do we manage to live so affordable in a city known for Spring Break, its decadence, all-inclusive resorts and vacation rentals that regularly cost foreigners and tourist visitors $3,000 a month or more? By living like a local and knowing how to navigate the minefield. Every month I receive the same question over and over from readers: “How do I find a cheap apartment in Cancun?”  Read on for the full details. All costs are valid as of 2017. Read More


Road Trip To Valladolid, Mexico

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It was a hot day in late August of 2012, the warmth of summer still sticking around. I had been working hard all year and decided it was time to take a mini vacation, so I rented a car for the week and headed out to visit some of the local sights in and around Cancun. During my excursion I hit up Valladolid, Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Coba, Akumal, Puerto Morelos and the Ruta de Cenotes just south of Morelos. Read More