Racism in the U.S. Prompts a Growing Community of Thriving, Black Expats in Mexico

Racism in the U.S. Prompts a Growing Community of Thriving, Black Expats in Mexico
TULUM, Mexico — As President Donald Trump and Joe Biden squared off in their third and final presidential debate in late October, Leesa Bahía enjoyed a glass of chardonnay in an open-air restaurant in Mexico. Bahía was attending a debate watch party in the seaside city of Playa del Carmen, organized by a growing community of Black expats and travelers in the Yucatan Peninsula. In the meantime, she's dedicated herself to the burgeoning group and trying to create more representation of the Black expat and traveler experience in Mexico. Like many within the growing community of Black expats and travelers in Tulum, her economic status and success allowed her the privilege of traveling freely. But while it's not all about partying, that's not to say the community doesn't like to have a good time.