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WesternTanager
5/31/2019 10:59 EST

I recently joined this forum and posted a similar thread in the Panama and Colombia forums.

I have never been to Panama or Colombia but my parents retired and moved from WA State to Ecuador about 7 years ago. I have visited them twice.

My wife and I have been to Mexico twice. First time was to the Puerto Vallarta area in late 2003 and the second time was to Cabo San Lucas in 2005.

We currently live in Michigan USA. We are seriously considering moving abroad when we retire so I have started researching potential places.

Suitable climate is a big factor for us as I suspect it is for most people. Different people have different preferences however so I will tell you what our preferences are and perhaps you can guide us to locations that meet our desires.
We do not like it to be too hot or too cold or too rainy or too humid. So for temps we prefer a range of 60 to 85 but if it gets down to 40 at night in the coldest part of the year that is fine as long as the house has a means of heating it.

What we really don't like is excess humidity and rain. 30 to 50" of rain per year would probably be about right for us.

Anyway looking for real world boots on the ground info about climate conditions in some of the preferred spots that other expats have moved to. Other considerations are access to basic services, medical care, friendliness of locals, minimal bugs (some areas of Panama sounded great until folks were saying watch out for all the mosquitos or No-see-ums) etc. We also like the mountains more than the coast and we enjoy bird watching so hopefully we can end up in an area that has some prime birding spots.

Safety and security are also very important and it is why I have not really considered Mexico as much as some other places. I get the feeling from what I hear that Mexico is less safe than say Ecuador, Panama and even Colombia now. Perhaps I am wrong. I would very much appreciate hearing feedback from those of you who have moved to Mexico from abroad about this.

What are some of the popular spots that expats move to in Mexico? We would like to live in an area where there are some other expats to socialize with but we do not need or really want to be in a big retirement community. I like more remote living, ideally with a decent sized lot- perhaps a couple acres or so.

Thanks for your guidance!

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bigfootbill
5/31/2019 11:41 EST

Suggest you learn Spanish ASAP

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RVGRINGO
5/31/2019 11:59 EST

The conditions that you want will eliminate most of the areas that you have mentioned. Also, your experiences may have been more as a tourist, than as one seeking permanent residency. There is a great difference, and not just because of the seasonal differences.
I suggest that you start by looking at places with very moderate climates; usually at about a 5000 foot elevation in tropical zones. Then, look carefully at where the original colonial cities developed in those areas, and work from there. You will probably give up the idea of "a few acres" rather quickly, in favor of accepting the architectural and lifestyle patters of your target areas. Then, visit for a few months in a rented apartment, so that you can get some local experience.

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rmajijic
6/2/2019 08:54 EST

Sounds like you have described Lake Chapala to a "T". Great climate, mountains, great birding due to the large lake, rural living and as much ex-pat activities as you wish. Message me if you want more information about the area. There is lots to explore here and you should do yourself the favor and come for a visit.

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hrlee7804
6/2/2019 11:39 EST

Chapala may fit for the OP. I spent some time there and the traffic was a killer for me. Chapala seems to attract the 'society oriented' folks in my opinion. The average age there is probably higher than most expats areas I have seen. The site for the Chapala society group shows older folks wearing more formal attire than meets my wants and needs. The dead lake was also another negative. Don't take my word for it go check it out. Many find it attractive.

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rmajijic
6/2/2019 13:30 EST

Different strokes for different folks. Chapala is not for everyone but I have to disagree with you that there are only old people here. There are lots of younger peopled here and more and more coming all the time. Sure if just hang at the LCS and you came during Snowbird season, you might get that impression but it's really not the case. I came at 47, my partner at 48 and there are lots in their 40's and even 30's.
The Lake is far from dead. It's on the bass circuit now and has an outstanding bass fishery as well as full of tilapia and carp. Fishing the lake is still big as a food fishery.

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WesternTanager
6/2/2019 13:35 EST

Thanks all. I appreciate your replies.

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giershift43
6/2/2019 16:51 EST

Two big expat areas are San Miguel Allende and Lake Chapala.

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GwyyneddOES
6/2/2019 17:44 EST

san miguel was voted the #1 place in the world to move to for 8 years by Conde Nast.
The bad part of that, it GREW and GREW and GREW......it is not the small quaint town anymore, crime has risen. You cannot even drive downtown to the plaza area anymore. You now have to take a bus and people are wall to wall just like going to Disney World

i so was looking forward to moving back there someday but now, no the crowds have just taken over.

Look towards other areas. Bernal, Tequisquiapan. Merida, Puerta Vallarta (even though i haven't been there in 30 years.

Find a larger town with the places you would like to do shopping and other necessities you may need......medical, hospitals etc. Then Draw a circle around that area however many miles it would take you to get to.....and start looking at the smaller towns w/in that radius. Some people don't want to live by the beach, some want in the mountains and yes, some want in the actual larger city areas.

just be bold and start looking.

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