My wife and I are also considering eventually retiring to Mexico.
Will be interested in any replies from someone who actually "took the plunge."
I have been spending winters in Ajijic on Lake Chapala for the last 4 winters and love it there, but would like to know re what you mention about the need for teachers. I've done a little volunteer teaching there and would like to do more. How does one get into that? Thanks.
I've been asked to join this discussion as I've lived in Ajijic on Lake Chapala for the last 4 winters and am about to return again.
I read about it in Focus on Mexico and went down to explore it 5 yrs. ago, both Chapala and San Miguel as I have spent time in Mexico - mostly the Yucatan - and love the Mexican peole. I decided on Lake Chapala over San Miguel because it is not as "gringoized," although there are 30,000 in the Guadalahara area and also because of the Lake Chapala Society which offers everything imaginable to do. One can study languages, play bridge, Majong, poker, etc. or take yoga, tennis lessons, join discussions,travel with a group and a myriad of other things. However, because everyone in the area is relatively new, one doesn't need an organization in order to meet people as most are very friendly.
Did I mention that, as it's in the mountains, it is beautiful and the weather is 75 to 85 year around with the sun shining daily. The rainy season is in the summer months and I hear it mostly rains at night. I highly recommend the area.
Can I also recommend the Lake Chapala message board to check on expat day to day activities. Also good for asking questions of people 'on the ground'
It amazes me how many people want to live where it IS BOILING HOT EVERY DAY! I cannot tollerate heat over 70.
The perfect climate year around is in the 50's and 60's. like San Francisco..that is why they have so many people living there!
Do you know the Funkhousers? From okemos MI, moved there couple years ago. That is where i want to end up in few years if I have any ret money left
Hi Deerda, I 've spent some months in Oaxaca. It is a wonderful city, and state.There are drop-in volunteer opportunities at the Oaxaca Learning center.http://www.tolc.org.mx/They also have a bed and breakfast which supports their mission.
My wife and I enjoyed a month at Casita Camila,http://casitacamila.com/Selena has bright clean apts for about 600 a month now,with maid service twice a weekWe had a beautiful loft-style studio apt. for a month last January for about $550 for the month. Weekly rate is around $250, according the website.It is a cluster of 4 apts. right next to the museum of Benito Juarez and opposite the front door of the Church of Carmen Alto.It is about 8 blocks north of the Zocalo.The street is Garcia Virgil, and that street has the some of the finest restuarants in Oaxaca.You walk through the Cafe Rugitino to get to the apts, very safe and secure.
There are many fine Spanish language classes. I take refresher course at Amigos del Sol when I am there. 5 mornings a week runs about $135. http://www.oaxacanews.com/amigosdelsol.htmMy theory is that Oaxaca is a great place for beginners to practice Spanish, since 20 percent of the state is monolingual in an indigenous language other than Spanish
There is a English Language Public library, also has volunteer ops, teaching English one on one.http://www.oaxlibrary.com/Oaxaca_Lending_Library/Home.html IAGO, Institute of Graphic Arts of Oaxaca has several events a week, it has a free reading library with periodicals, mostly art related, some in english.
Finally, a rich resource of current Oaxaca info can be found here...http://www.planeta.com/oaxaca.htmlThe IAGO, Institute of Graphic Arts of Oaxaca has several events a week
I don't know where you could best provide your expertise but would imagine it would be somewhat in demand. I have stayed in Morelia off and on. They are one of the few cities that are considered primarily middleclass. There might be a ready population here that would benefit from a trade such as you offer. I am not much of a city person myself, but love the areas surrounding Morelia. Let me know your thoughts and keep in touch.
Healthcare is absolutely a must. It may surprise people that heathcare in major Mexican areas can be both high quality and much more affordable...plus I believe that if you qualify for residency one can enroll in their insurance plan...but I'd recommend folks looking into that more as Idon't know all of the details. Many physicians are trained in the US & several major areas, such as Puerto Vallarta where I am most familiar, have American Hospitals. Large expat populations of both US & Canadians there!
Im looking for a 2 bedroom home or casita to rent for next winter in the Lake Chapala area. If anyone know of anything please let me know.
I have lived in the Lake Chapala area of Mexico for 6 months at a time for the last 5 years and highly recommend it. I have also visited San Miguel and it is a lovely place, but a little colder in Dec. and Jan. and more expensive. In Ajijic, where I live each winter, the temp is 65 to 80 year around, and sunny. The rainy season is in the summer and it rains mostly at night.
There are 35,000 gringos in the area, including Guadalahara, but since most are relatively new to the area, people are friendly and it is easy to make friends. Since there is a "gringo" organization in Ajijic called the Lake Chapaa Society, there is always something to do.
I wish I could sell my house (in Cleveland) so I could live there year-around.
Do your homework for this location--a friend had a house 2 blocks from the ocean & was forced out by drug lords--yes they paid her but she's back in the US. The same for Ixtapa with drug activity very nearby according to friends who live there about 2 months every winter.
My husband & I have fallen in love with Puerto Vallarta, after seriously considering Mazatlan. But there was never anything going on in Mazatlan, no malecon to speak of and not many very good restaurants. We're going back for our 4th visit to PV where there is a plentitude of condos, villas, homes to purchase--more & more going on the market daily--some absolutely lovely developments, on or near the ocean and in the Sierra Madres overlooking the Bay of Banderas and the prices are dropping because no one is buying given what's occurring in the US now. Many americans & canadians bought new condos thinking they could flip & make a profit, but many are finding themselves under water particuarly americans. So there is lots to choose from, many have never been lived in--marble floors & granite countertops, etc. That's not to say that its inexpensive--what will be affordable are the services--yard work, maids, the restaurants are fabulous, ranging from incredibly inexpensive to 5-star expensive. But there are so many it would take months of eating out every day to visit every one. The malecon, about 1-2 miles long bordering the ocean downtown is alive with activity every night--Mariachi's, artists, Wed-night artwalks, parades from Thanksgiving to Xmas--although we haven't spent much time there we have met many americans and canadians who own property or just rent for the winter. We have found an american who is a buyer's agent living there for 14 yrs and has been helping us sort through properties, steering us away from condos that haven't been well-built. Although what we have seen & more to be seen in February, there are many top-quality properties, with on-site fitness centers, views to die for, and all within a few minutes walk to downtown, yet surrounded by the Bay of Banderas & the Sierra Madre Mountains--absolutely beautiful with incredible sunsets. The climate is identical to Hawaii, but we have a direct 2.5 hr flight from Denver, rather than an arduous, long flight to Hawaii where we couldn't afford to purchase anyway. Although we'd be interested in visiting some of the quaint inland towns, I think the sheer beauty of PV is what has captured us, plus there's a Cost-co--same products as I get here, just in Spanish! Mexico is also close enough to the US that we can get back here pretty quickly if we had to for family reasons. We have always felt safe walking the streets after dark--looking forward to our next trip.
Relocating to Mexico is not for everyone ... but is a good option for many. Not only is it cheaper and the weather better ... but also a very rich culture. Problem is the culture is not the same as the good-of-usa. Everything is gated/walled/barred because this is a poor country.
On the other hand, I've been here over 5 years on a west coast beach and am doing fine. Finally tired of the heat and humidity I've moved up to the Lake Chapala area at an elevation of 5000 feet and much cooler (even cold) winter weather
The only way to consider Mexico is to make a few visits to areas you're interested in, RENT for a month or more in each place .... and then still consider renting for the first year or two. Mexico will surprise you so be cautious - this is not like moving to Hawaii for the weather
Gated communities are a solution for many but it's still Mexico and you may want a real experience
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