We receive numerous requests from readers who tell us that they would like to stay in Mexico for a few months; however, they are having trouble finding a reasonably priced rental. The majority of the readers are looking for something in well-known tourist areas like Cancun or Puerto Vallarta.
It’s not that there aren’t properties available to rent short term, there are tons of them. The problem is that they are short-term vacation rentals that charge a rate similar to that of a hotel room. That’s okay for a week or two, but not for a few months.
So, the question then becomes: Is it possible to rent a fully furnished property for less than six months without paying vacation rental prices? The answer is yes, but it isn’t easy.
Here are some tips to follow to increase your chances of success:
1. Come in the Low Season
If you hope to have any chance of success at all, you need to plan your rental period for the low season. I really can’t emphasize this one enough.
We live in the Riviera Maya and the slowest time of the year is late August through late November — just before Thanksgiving. This is the time when you will have the best chance of finding a property owner willing to give you a great rate for a longer stay.
It’s important to understand that the property owners make almost all of their money in the high season and that many of the properties sit empty during the low season. For that reason, it is extremely unlikely that a property owner would give up vacation rental income of $300 USD a night to rent to you for the month for only $800 – $1000 USD.
2. Contact Property Management Companies Directly
Your only hope of obtaining a lower price is to negotiate with the owner. The challenge can be contacting him or her because many popular vacation booking sites don’t allow you to do that until you’ve already booked the property.
A way around this is to contact property management companies that handle vacation rentals in your target area. These companies handle numerous properties and they already know which of their clients may be open to renting at a lower price for a longer stay. This can drastically speed up your search process and may even provide you with a few options to choose from.
You can locate property management companies by performing an Internet search or asking for recommendations from locals on social media sites.
3. Watch Out for Fraud
Be wary of individuals who contact you through sites like Facebook claiming to be property owners. There are a lot of fraudsters out there who will be happy to take your deposit on a property that they don’t even own.
Remember the old saying: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Let’s Wrap This Up
I know that this article will be disappointing for those readers who were hoping to find an inexpensive, furnished rental for a few months around the holidays. I’m not saying that you won’t find one — but if you do, it would truly be a Christmas miracle.
Look at the bright side. If you come to Mexico during the low season, you can enjoy all of the beauty and wonder without dealing with the crowds. Personally, we love the low season.