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TeresitaX
11/30/2017 12:32 EST

Hi,
I could use some help/ ideas/ suggestions. I am looking for suggestions of nice places to check out for living in Mexico. We are making a trip to Mexico to see where we might be interested in living. We have already lived for many years in other parts of Latin America. We are looking for a quaint and enjoyable part of Mexico that is safe, and relatively near a beach (1/2 hour drive or less). There does not need to be an established English speaking community-- in fact we are looking for something a little "off the beaten track," in hopes of a better cost of living/ real estate prices. We both speak Spanish with fluidity, and so can find community about anywhere. We are looking for a small town near water to raise our kids. Does anyone have any suggestions for some great places we should check out?

Thank you!!
Teresa

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Chucklesg
11/30/2017 12:37 EST

Check out Lo de Marcos north to La Penita. All small communities, reasonable real estate, nice beaches, and 90 minutes or so to Puerta Vallarta airport and shopping!

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dwwhiteside
11/30/2017 14:56 EST

How small is "small?" I have been living in Colima since 2012 and it sounds a lot like what you might be looking for but that kind of depends on whether small means a smaller city or something more along the lines of rural.

Colima, when combined with Villa de Alvarez (they are really just one city), has a population just a little over 200,000. To me, this is a really great size because it is big enough to have most everything you need but still small enough to avoid a lot of the big city problems like traffic, pollution, etc. The city of Colima is just about 30 minutes from Cuyutlan or Boca de Pascuales, the two nearest beaches, and about an hour from Manzanillo where there are resort hotels and all the regular beach amenities.

It may or may not be what you're looking for but could be worth including in your research. In talking with folks in, and traveling to, other parts of Mexico, I am fairly convinced that Colima has a lower cost of living, including real estate, than many other parts of Mexico.

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katheryn
11/30/2017 15:17 EST

The average temperature in the Lake Chapala area is most appealing. Any suggestions of other, "off the beaten path", areas with that moderate climate as well as easy access public transportation? Thanks for any suggestions.

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RVGRINGO

From: Mexico
11/30/2017 17:05 EST

Lake Chapala provides a unique micro-climate. Lower, toward the coast, as in Colima, will be hotter and more humid. Higher places, like Patzcuaro, etc., will be colder and somewhat uncomfortable in the winter months.
We found Chapala perfect for us, for over 13 years.

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TeresitaX
11/30/2017 23:43 EST

Thank you for all the responses. The city we currently live in has a population of just under 11,000 and it is plenty big for us. I think we actually prefer something smaller than where we are now-- but being not too far off from something big. We will definitely check out the beaches suggested north of Puerto Vallarta. I am a little afraid of the beach temperatures I see posted online for that area-- but still worth checking out, I think. Samara in Costa Rica is that hot-- but has pretty much no moving air-- so it's bloody hot. Yet I have been other places with similar temps, yet that were bearable due to moving air. So we will go there. Thank you.
Lake Chapala might be an option as well, for the reason of climate. With respect to lake Chapala we had been warned against the states of Jalisco and particularly against Michoacan for safety. Does that mean that one should stick to the northern side of the lake?
Years ago, back in 1997 when I made my first real trip to Mexico I was warned of excessively of the dangers and even the US state department had pretty strong warnings-- despite those warnings I found the area I visited (which I had been warned against) safer than most areas in the states. So in 2013 when I saw similar warnings, well, I did not properly respect them, the little boy who cried wolf came to mind. However, I discovered, driving the coastal route from Brownsville Texas through Veracruz to the Guatamalan border-- well this time there were wolves. I don't think I'd do that drive again! Shiver me timbers!
Anyone have suggestions or comments on areas in Oaxaca or the Yucatan? Thanks again for all the suggestions!?Teresa

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louixo
12/1/2017 08:30 EST

The Yucatan has towns of every size, some remote along the gulf coast in the north, to the state of Quintana Roo, where there are many quiet towns, both inland, not far from the coast, and on or near the coast from Cancun down to Belize. Miles of coastline with towns remote, quiet, and large like Playa del Carmen. Take you pick.

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Ajijic33
12/1/2017 12:44 EST

A couple who post on some of the other sites have a home in Ajijic but also spend a lot of time and have a home in Chiapas. I don't personally have any details but they seem to really like it there, Might be worth checking out.

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TeresitaX
12/1/2017 20:44 EST

Thanks Ajijic33.

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longtimelurker
12/2/2017 10:06 EST

Check out Paamul. It is safe and secluded, 15 minutes to town and directly on the Caribbean. Lots of young expat families with children live there.

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12/16/2017 13:11 EST

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quinnpeggy
1/5/2018 17:30 EST

Does anyone on this message board live there? Are there cabanas to rent? All I can find is their expensive hotel.

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longtimelurker
1/5/2018 20:05 EST

I know a lot of people living in Paamul. There are no cabanas for rent only the hotel rooms.

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quinnpeggy
1/5/2018 20:43 EST

Thank you!

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topmexico
1/10/2018 12:47 EST

Hola!
There is this place in the Mexican Caribbean, a gated community between the city of Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Its called Rancho Santa Teresita =) I thought you would like that. It´s peaceful and quiet but close enough to Puerto Aventuras to be shopping at a large supermarket in a 7-minute drive, This community is not very known, you will not find a lot of information about it online, the owners like to keep it that way, for privacy. This is a house for sale there that just recently dropped its price check it out =) http://www.topmexicorealestate.com/tulum-real-estate/b-property-detail-tulum.php?propId=17973
there are many other options of what you are looking for in the Mexican Caribbean, you can´t beat the weather and the beauty of the Caribbean sea

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