- A long distance (over-night) ADO Bus from Tapachula to Pochutla
- 18 nights in GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation
- Food & Drink
- Mobile Data / Communications
- Lots of partying
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Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures.
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.
My accommodation at the Brisa Marina met ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’. I stayed in a Twin Room with private bathroom and fan.
I was on the beach but my room did not have sea views.
Communications & Fees:
I had, previously, purchased an AT&T SIMcard in Playa Del Carmen. I topped it up with MXP150 and bought their 1 month ‘150’ Plan with free Facebook, free Whatsapp, built-in calls & texts, and 300MB of Data.
The internet in Zipolite is so bad that I used up that 300MB in about 10 days. I topped up with another MXP300 and purchased their 1 month ‘300’ Plan which includes 1GB of Data.
AT&T have a poor signal in Zipolite: Around town I could only ever get an ‘E’ (Edge) connection. I believe that TELCEL is better.
Free WiFi is available around town but not in the cheaper places. It is also, generally, poor.
Food & Drink:
I averaged MXP185 / day on food.
I don’t really eat Lunch anymore. A good Breakfast keeps me going until Dinner time.
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was MXP343 / NZ$27 / US$19 / €17 / £15.
Cost Of LIVING (COL):
My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were MXP691 / NZ$53 / US$37 / €35 / £30. This was more than enough to LIVE on.
Visa: There is no Visa Apportionment. The 180 Day Visitor’s Visa is free.
Drink / Partying:
I was out every night. Every other night I was partying … I kept meeting nice people.
On a party night I could add another MXP194 to that. That extra cash is easily eaten up by shots of Mezcal and extra cocktails. 🙂
Personal: A couple of minor items.
Entertainment / Trips: The entertainment was free.
My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at MXP806 / NZ$62 / US$44 / €41 / £35 per day. This was 78% of my total budget … I had 22% left to play with. I had all the money that I needed to have a fun time.
WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:
Cost Of Existence (COE):
If you are arriving in Zipolite in the morning, there is no need to book in advance. Just walk in off the street and negotiate a price.
I was lucky at the Brisa Marina: I got a large room with 2 Double beds for the price of a smaller room with only 1 Double Bed. GRANDPAckers should easily be able to find something acceptable for a long term rental of MXP200 / night (excluding Breakfast).
Communications: I have included a prepaid 1 Month plan with 1GB of data for MXP300.
The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about MXP557 / NZ$43 / US$30 / €28 / £24 per day.
Cost Of LIVING:
This leaves you 46% of your daily budget to LIVE on. You can have a lot of fun with that.
It is cheaper than most of the other Tourist destinations in Mexico … and offers just as much (if not more).
Zipolite has made it into my Retirement REVIEWS.
For the more ‘hippie’ type GRANDPAckers, Zipolite is a good Retirement Location.
You should be able to Retire comfortably in Zipolite for only 69% of your daily budget … with the 31% remaining, you can have a good lifestyle.
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