My costs start in Tulum and include:
- Public transport from Tulum to Mahahual
- 7 nights in a GRANDPAcking Standard Double Fan Room in a Hostel
- Food & Drink
- Mobile Data / Communications
For more detail, read about Mahahual.
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MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS:
Cost Of Existence (COE):
My costs are purely provided for information purposes.
I do not always follow ‘GRANDPAcking Standards’. In fact, I deviate from them all of the time! But, my costs are real costs and they may help you formulate your own budget.
In Mahahual I was GRANDPAcking.
Transport: In Mahahual you can walk everywhere. The Jardin provides free bicycles if you want to wander further afield.
Communications & Fees: I had a 1 month AT&T Package with unlimited calls & texts and 600MBs of data. AT&T have NO SIGNAL in Mahahual. Free WiFi is so readily available around town that I didn’t really need to use any of my own plan.
Food & Drink:
I bought my own groceries for Breakfast (which I tend to do if my Hotel has a fridge) and found myself only needing a snack at Lunch time (a couple of Tacos).
I experimented in different quality (and priced) restaurants in the evenings. But tried to avoid the ones on the waterfront which are all over-priced.
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was MXP517 / NZ$38 / US$28 / €25 / £22.
My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were MXP559 / NZ$42 / US$30 / €27 / £24.
Visa: There is no Visa Apportionment. The 180 Day Visitor’s Visa is free.
Getting There: It cost me MXP189 to get from my Tulum accommodation to my Mahahual accommodation (walking at both ends to / from the Bus Station). This consisted of 1 Long Distance Bus.
Other / Gifts: Tips are included in the food prices.
WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:
GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation is expensive … this will be your main problem.
I suggest that you start looking for hotel ‘specials’ online (with someone like BOOKING.COM, or EXPEDIA.COM, or AGODA.COM) well in advance and compare them with the Holiday Rentals found on TRIPADVISOR. Then, you can pick the best deal for you.
You will NOT be able to afford to come to Mahahual in High Season. The accommodation that you can afford is likely to be booked out in Shoulder Season.
Therefore, this budget is for you to come in Low Season … this is BELOW GRANDPAcking Standard which targets Shoulder Season.
Cost Of Existence (COE):
Accommodation: In Mexico, it is hard to find a decent ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ Double Fan Room with Hot Water Ensuite online for less than MXP500 / night. Under MXP500 you are usually looking at below GRANDPAcking Standard rooms in Hostels and / or rooms with Shared Bathrooms and / or Cold Water Ensuites.
Transport: Try and choose accommodation that includes free use of bicycles. If not, you will pay as much as MXP100 / day each to rent one.
Communications: I have included a prepaid 1 Month ‘unlimited’ calls & texts MXP150 Package with 400-600MBs of data from Telcel or Movistar.
Food: Breakfast is not included with your accommodation. The Hostal Jardin provides a free filtered coffee pot in the morning. Target a cheap breakfast in your favourite local cafe (or buy your own groceries). Do the same for Lunch. For Dinner, I have budgeted for you to have something from the lower quartile of the menu in a budget restaurant. The budget that I have provided is enough for you to NOT have to eat Tacos every meal.
The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about MXP948 / NZ$71 / US$51 / €46 / £40 per day.
Cost Of LIVING:
This leaves you very little to LIVE on (i.e. only 12% of your GRANDPAcking budget). This equates to only MXP128 / day. You can buy 5 x 330ml beers for that in a cheap cafe.
Mahahual is worth a visit but you will need to slightly ‘deviate’ from our GRANDPAcking Standard.
You will need to come in Off Season: June to October.
Mahahual is a quiet, relaxed ‘Beach Lifestyle’ setting. The peace is only interrupted by the Cruise Ships that stop for a day.
Mahahual has made it into my GRANDPAcking Holiday Table … but, it DOES NOT make it into my Retirement REVIEWS.
Come for a month and have a look … some of you will like it.
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