When we originally arrived to Playa del Carmen a few years ago, we did not have a bank account in Mexico. We would use our debit cards in the shopping mall and hit the ATM to get cash to pay for most of our expenses. Since the limit for ATM withdrawals in Mexico is around $500 USD per day, we had to do several trips to the ATM to get the cash for big expenses such as the mortgage or our car insurance.
After a month or two of using this method, we finally decided to open a bank account in Mexico and transfer money from our US Bank to our Mexican bank using PayPal, which we used successfully until we got jobs in Mexico and were able to close our accounts in the US.
So far we have used two banks in the area, here is some of our impressions of the services available to foreigners in the Riviera Maya. We are not experts in finance, we are talking from the customer service point of view, hoping this might help you to find the right bank for you.
Banking for Foreigners in the Riviera Maya: BBVA Bancomer Preferred Customers’ Unit (PCU)
BBVA Bancomer PCU
Toll-free: 01 800 BBVA PCU (01 800 2282 728)
There are several offices, one is located in the outside of Centro Maya in Playa del Carmen, and there are also two branches on Juarez avenue.
This was our first bank in Mexico, we were attracted by the specialized offices with English speaking executives, ready to help us with our banking in Mexico. In theory this is a fantastic service, considering the amount of foreigners that live in the area and our willingness to have all our services in the same bank. Here is a list of pros and cons.
Banking for Foreigners in the Riviera Maya: Scotiabank
Toll-free: 01 800 4SCOTIA (01 800 4726 842)
There are three locations one is located in Plaza las Americas/ Arrecifes between Chemuyil and Kantenah, another branch is outside Centro Maya Playa del Carmen and the other branch is downtown the corner of 10 avenue and Constituyentes.
Even though Scotiabank doesn’t have a specialized unit for foreigners, this is one of our favorite banks; the level of service surpassed even some of the banks back in Canada or America. We have a wonderful relationship with Scotiabank and are very happy with them.
This article based in our experience, when shopping for a bank; make sure to ask around for recommendations from other expats or retirees. There is also plenty of information on the internet about more specific services, educate yourself about the different options and decide according to your personal needs.
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