Apr 23, 2008, 7:40 AM
Post #11 of 50
For a warm climate all year long, but not too hot in the summer, a metropolis with excellent health care, a vibrant cultural life, all the "necessities of American style of living" (Wal-Mart, Costco, etc), and of a relative low cost of living try Tepic, Nayarit. Completely equipped rental apartments are available at less than $400 usd a month on a short term rental basis (usually 3 months minimum), and rental houses unequipped at about the same. You can live in Tepic easily without a car, and the buses discount fares for senior citizens. Air conditioning is not necessary but fans are useful. Tepic is inland about an hour from the beach but at an altitude of about 2500 feet or so, and for that reason does not meet the intense summer heat of the beaches. Yet those beaches are easily availabele.
Those cultural events too are reasonable in cost with many being gratis. Tepic has two Universities if you want to continue with an adult education program. Spanish language lessons are easily available and not costly.
Tepic is, as I said earlier, about an hour or so from the beach by secondary bus lines, is about an hour from Guadalajara with oodles of first class buses, has an "international" airport, etc.
I would suggest for a jump into the waters of México you try Tepic for a few months, make exploratory bus trips from there to other places in México (like Bucerías) which might appeal to you, and then decide on permanency.
As for American and Canadian compatriots to help you along there are few but those that do live there are very helpful. They will be glad to work with you.
If interested, PM me and I can put you in touch with an American who has lived in México for more than thirty years with about half in Guadalajara and the other and current half in Tepic.
Good luck. jerezano. PS: The immigration office in Tepic in the past has always been very efficient and helpful with employees who speak excellent English. They used to issue FM3's in one day. j
(This post was edited by jerezano on Apr 23, 2008, 7:46 AM)