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Living in or near Colima Mexico

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elenasvieques
10/19/2005 21:22 EST

Having researched the internet for years, and before that books, I keep coming back to Colima, Mexico as the right 'fit' for me to live in comfort, in my 'retirement'. No fixed income.

By comfort I mean, low crime, beautiful scenery, not too far from the ocean, not to hot, not too cold, not too many expats, some little bit of sophistication, most of all not very expensive.

Is Colima as attractive as it appears to be?

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bstory
10/20/2005 14:37 EST

Te best way to determine if Colima is right for you is to spend some time there. We rented a house here in Mazatlan for a year in order to confirm that this is where we wanted to retire. And have not regretted our decision.

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joskel
10/24/2005 23:47 EST

By all means, spend time in Colima. Rent a place for at least a year. Colima is a beautiful city, however, it is HOT and HUMID for about half of the year. Most places are not air conditioned, so you should spend some time there to find out if it is for you.

I was there with friends for the swearing in ceremony for new Mexican citizens just before the 16 de Septiembre celebrations. There was still reconstruction being done on several fo the major builldlings downtown. These buildings were damaged by earthquake activitity more than a year earlier. Earthquake activity is another consideration for Colima.

Joseph


Joseph

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GoingtoGuad11
1/16/2012 22:38 EST

So, did you end up moving to Colima? I am interested in what you found there, if you did. I am thinking of moving myself. But the hot, I'm not sure I could handle it. Althogh I'm in GDL and it's too cold, so........let me know what happened with you! I would be very appreciative. :) Gracias!

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Mac539
1/19/2012 09:19 EST

I would think the temperature in Colima would not be that hot. The elevation is higher than the coast but not as high as the central plateau. I was only there in the winter and cannot speak with authority. It is a pleasant place but I would think you might be looking for things do after a while. The commercial area is maybe 10 blocks.

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candyking1
2/16/2012 06:51 EST

Hi. did you move? Did you receive an answer? Colima is a wonderful colonial city with a volcano, very safe, only an hour from the beach at Manzanillo. Yes, it would be a great choice, if you don't want the beach.

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GoingtoGuad11
2/16/2012 18:23 EST

Hi Candy, no I haven't moved yet. I decided Guanajuato was the place for me. I visited and fell in love. I'm gonna take some Spanish lessons (more, I should say, haha) so I can get a firmer grasp on those darn verb tenses! And then find a place to live and get a job teaching English (like I'm doing here in GDL). I appreciate your writing and asking about my situation! Where do YOU live??

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dmex
3/13/2012 20:38 EST

Hi Elena,

I, too, had Colima, Col. on my list Mexican cities. It has some things going for it. I used to visit there when I lived in Manzanillo.

It is more commercially developed than MZO and a good option for someone who doesn't have to live on the beach.

However, allow me to point out that it is only 500 (1,600 ft) meters above sea level. That only gives slight relief from the brutal heat of MZO in the summer.

If you want a good year-round climate you need to be a 1,000 meters higher (or at 5,000 ft ). This holds true thoughout Mexico.


So don't for an instant think Colima, Col. is high enough to be cool. The city is very hot. It is the heat combined with the humididty, that makes it seem so. I think it would be difficult to live there without refigerated air conditioning.

That said, it may have other attractions, including the lack of gringos, if that appeals to you.

Saludos,

Dmex

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CandyKing
3/28/2012 12:09 EST

Dear going to guad,
Hmm, sorry to be late in my reply..we live in Manzanillo, the Colima beach. We have been here for 15 years so it is obviously home. And we love it. It is quiet, safe, beautiful, not too many foreigners, plenty of restaurants, shopping, golf courses and easy access to Colima, Guad. or the rest of Mexico. Come and visist any time.
Candy

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Roger1322
3/28/2012 22:51 EST

Those darned Gringos!

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CandyKing
3/28/2012 23:14 EST

Sorry. I love our ex pat community. But when you have a LOT of foreigners, it changes the culture a bit I think. There are not enough of us here to influence the local economy.

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deanohamiltini
12/27/2013 17:09 EST

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/11/mexican-drug-war

I would check out this site and see for yourself.

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Jparson
11/11/2015 23:55 EST

Can you live on $1,000. Per month?

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LovingPV
11/12/2015 10:07 EST

Yes, but you probably won't like it cuz it will be a very frugal life style.

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sparksmex
11/12/2015 12:20 EST

Colima is in a bowl which cuts down on breezes and it's too far away to get wind from the ocean. Summers are very warm. If you really like the area there are a few small towns in the hills beyond Comala.

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jbbarker1947
11/12/2015 12:42 EST

How many ways can you cook rice and beans?

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dungeondevil
11/12/2015 15:32 EST

JBBarker 1947 Ya beat me to the punch line!

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Jparson
11/16/2015 02:00 EST

How much would a small furnished place cost per month. I would like to try for 6 months

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sparksmex
11/16/2015 09:15 EST

4-6000 pesos with no phone or Interenet and you pay electric.

There are varying degrees of furnished

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luto2home
11/21/2015 16:39 EST

IS that about what it cost to live in Colima?

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Plumo
11/21/2015 20:35 EST

Sorry, do not have a clue about the cost of living in Colima
I know about Ajijic area

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Plumo
11/21/2015 20:41 EST

I suggest that you try the site
Www.numbeo.com and enter the country and the city's name order to get your cost of living and also you can ask this site for comparison between to places, quite useful site

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sparksmex
11/22/2015 10:34 EST

Cost of living depends on your lifestyle. The prices I gave were only for rent

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