Zipolite – Mexico – GRANDPAcking Costs

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MARCH 2017:


Zipolite - Location MapMy costs start in Tapachula, Mexico and include:

  • 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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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.


I walked everywhere. You don’t need any transport.It cost me MXP20 for a Colectivo from Pochutla to Zipolite. I also took a day trip to Mazunte in a Colectivo (MXP8 each way).

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.

For Breakfast, I tended towards convenience over price. Most mornings I had a big Canadian Breakfast at A Nice Place down on the beach. With tip, this came to MXP100.

I don’t really eat Lunch anymore. A good Breakfast keeps me going until Dinner time.

I averaged MXP80 for Dinner. In reality, this ranged from a MXP50 Guacamole to a MXP100 Fish Fillet meal.


My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was MXP343 / NZ$27 / US$19 / €17 / £15.


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.

Getting There: It cost me MXP763 for the long distance ADO Bus from Tapachula.

Drink / Partying:

I was out every night. Every other night I was partying … I kept meeting nice people.

On a normal night I had 2-for-1 cocktails down at the beach at sunset (MXP60) followed by a couple of bottles of beer over dinner. I averaged MXP94.

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.

Shopping:  None.

Other / Gifts: I have included tips for food in the price of the food (above). These tips are for other things (such as Street Entertainers).

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.


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.

If you are arriving late in the day, I suggest that GRANDPAckers pre-book 1 night (with someone like BOOKING.COM or EXPEDIA.COM or AGODA.COM).

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).

Transport: There is a budget for you to go by Colectivo to Pochutla once each week.

Communications: I have included a prepaid 1 Month plan with 1GB of data for MXP300.

Food: I have budgeted for you to eat an ‘average’ priced Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at Javiers (or equivalent elsewhere).

You will need to buy 5 Gallon bottles (these are cheap at MXP17 / refill).


The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about MXP557 / NZ$43 / US$30 / €28 / £24 per day.


This leaves you 46% of your daily budget to LIVE on. You can have a lot of fun with that.


Zipolite is a good and affordable Holiday Destination for GRANDPAckers.

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.

This is what a monthly GRANDPAcking couple’s budget would be:

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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