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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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??
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.
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
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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