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RVGRINGO replied to the thread Thinking about Lake Chapala area on the Mexico forum on September 01, 2014:
RichardArunachala initially posted:
We retired in India from California 8 years ago. Thinking now that Mexico is much closer to kids and grandchildren. What can you tell us about the area? I heard that there is even an Indian place to eat in Ajijic. Interested in starting up a conversation. Thanks.
RVGRINGO replied 5 hours ago with:
We moved from the USA to Ajijic in 2001, then sold and bought our present home in Chapala in 2004. We now have a lot more space and room for pets and gardening; plus inside parking for guests, etc. Yet, it is easier to get to our friends or shopping from Chapala, than it was from Ajijic; especially in high season. Yes, there is a restaurant in Ajijic which serves Indian dishes, run by expats with an interest in all things Indian, including music.
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NOK2mex posted Puerto Vallarta auto mechanic needed on the Mexico forum on September 01, 2014:
Looking to find a competent mechanic shop in PV. I live just south of PV and my Suburban will not start. It is not the battery, starter and it has gas in the tank. It tries to fire and then sputters and dies. It is a 2003 1500 4WD with only 103,000 miles on it. Would like input on shops that other expats have used that were competent, spoke some English, and did not gouge you. Please give the approximate location of any shop you recommend. In addition, if anyone has had a BAD experience with a shop please name that shop so that I will know. I have noticed a shop called Continental located on Ciudad de Armeria near Fracisco Villa. Has anyone used this shop and had a good or bad experience? All input on this would be deeply appreciated. Thanks
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NOK2mex replied to the thread where to live in Puerto Vallarta? on the Mexico forum on August 29, 2014:
cocoking initially posted:
We are a younger couple with 2 cats and 2 dogs. I enjoy any beach and shopping. He enjoys surfing, surfing and more surfing. We like sayulita, just not sure about living there. I've been researching Nuevo Vallarta a lot...since it's close enough to sayulita and PV. At first I was sold on Old Town area, but read it may be a little too loud and touristy down there. If anyone has any input on areas that they are living in or have lived in the past..please share! Thanks!
NOK2mex replied on August 29, 2014 with:
I've been to Sayulito. It is a nice little town with narrow streets and a great beach. Very limited shopping availability, but nice little shops. No larger chain stores like Soriana, Mega, or Costco. I lived in the old town area. It was hotter in summer, noisy in winter (tourist season) and the air quality was not as good because of all the buses and trucks. If you go north of old town it is very flat. I looked at Nuevo Vallarta and Bucerias before I came here. After seeing them I decided that I did not want to live there. South of old town are Amapas and Conchas Chinas. Both are much nicer than the northern areas and on the edge of the mountains. Very pretty and jungle. Close to the water. I live south several miles towards. Mismaloya. Love it here. The air is clean and it is generally not too noisy . I have friends who love living in Mismaloya and Boca. It is quite a way to town to stores for food and whatever. I have a vehicle that I drove from the States. It makes life here much more convenient. Although the buses and local transit are excellent.
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NOK2mex replied to the thread PV Visit on the Mexico forum on August 29, 2014:
blvg2014 initially posted:
We are getting ready for a month in PV. We are looking to meet up with local ex pats, what is the easiest way? WE will get there 10/2/14 and are thinking about moving there, so we really need to meet others who did.
NOK2mex replied on August 29, 2014 with:
If you look on the ExPat web page, under Recent Articles and August 19th happy hour, you can see photos of the most recent gathering.
NOK2mex replied on August 29, 2014 with:
If you look at the ExPat web page: http://www.expatsinvallarta.com/ you will see that there are meetings at Langostinos restaurant on Sept. 9 & 23 (normally thew 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month) The restaurant is immediately north of the pier on the water front. Folks there will be glad to talk to you. If you send me a private message I would try to answer any questions.
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NOK2mex replied to the thread too young for lake chapala?? on the Mexico forum:
scrappykat initially posted:
Hi All, I am fascinated with the idea of moving to Mexico. I have visited the country many times, both sides. I guess my question is, I am 48 years old (a young 48---i am a runner, paddle boarder etc---take great care of myself)----would i fit in there? Are most of the ex-pats in the area retirement age? I'm thinking Lake Chapala because of my love of paddle boarding (although hearing that it is really polluted and no one swims in it, was pretty disheartening). Thank you in advance for any info and advice :)
NOK2mex replied on August 29, 2014 with:
I am living in Puerto Vallarta. Love swimming in the pacific almost every day. I have spent a fair amount of time in Playa del Carmen and like the atmosphere here much better. We have an enormous ExPat community here and an organized group to support them. See: http://www.expatsinvallarta.com/. I am not aware of crimes against ExPats here. We watch the hump back whales swim by in the winter. Great access to fishing and all water sports. Take a close look at PV.
scrappykat replied on August 29, 2014 with:
Thank you all for your replies---lots to think about and yes, i do need to come and visit. I originally was thinking coastal for the beach (playa del carmen area because i love the ocean on that side) but can see the benefits of living in a large expat community like lake chapala.
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Annalea0531 posted Tecate on the Mexico forum on August 29, 2014:
Hi everyone! My husband and I are discussing moving to Tecate Mexico, he grew up there and I grew up on San Diego ca, my children are all fluent on Spanish and I can get by, but I am nervous about my communication skills, and just general safety, I know I sound like a gringo :-/ we visit tree often but living there is different. Plus there is so much to do in San Diego, what is there to do in Tecate? How are the schools?
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cocoking replied to the thread Young Texas couple moving to PV...what to bring or leave behind? on the Mexico forum on August 28, 2014:
cocoking initially posted:
We are moving to PV or Sayulita in 2 months. I'm trying to pack and figure out what to bring or leave behind? I'm 27, he is 35.. we are hippie surfer type of people. I've read to bring good bed linen, mattress, our own cooking appliances, expensive beauty products.. -Can anyone recommend what you wished you brough or left behind? -Fashionable clothes/shoes? -Should I buy extra swim suits/summer items in the US to bring? -Home decor items? -Certain foods or personal products? Thanks!!!!
cocoking replied on August 28, 2014 with:
Wow thanks guys for all the information! I truly appreciate it!
cocoking replied on August 28, 2014 with:
Wow thanks guys for all the information! I truly appreciate it!
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NOK2mex posted Puerto Vallarta Kayak stores on the Mexico forum on August 27, 2014:
I am living in PV and have purchased a used sea kayak that needs a little work. I am trying to find shops that carry a variety of kayak accessories and parts. I tried the two marine stores on HY200 by Marina Vallarta (by Neptune) and they don't have much at all. If anyone can steer me to a shop that has these items I would appreciate it. Thanks
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mccartyde replied to the thread A place to call home on the Mexico forum:
masonjeans initially posted:
looking for a safe and inexpensive place to live in Mexico.
mccartyde replied on August 24, 2014 with:
Patzcuaro, hands down. Real culture and inexpensive.
kittvincent replied on August 17, 2014 with:
At the time Lake Chapala was first, Somalia was first and it was not an option for us. Kitt Vincent
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