Jul 14, 2011, 9:47 AM
Post #8 of 18
I have never been to Valle de Bravo, so I can only give my impressions of the place. Before my retirement, my late Mexican wife used to make a trip home to Mexico for medical treatment every year, her hometown was Mexico City, D. F. We lived there for a while after my retirement.
On one of her trips home, one of her lifelong girlfriends was transferred by the bank she worked for to Valle de Bravo. Doris went to visit her there for about a month. Doris did tell me that because so many rich, and powerful people owned homes there, that it was an expensive place. The upside to that was because so many politically powerful people had homes there, that law enforcement was very good, and it was a very low crime area.
Mexico City is at an elevation of 2240 meters (7350 feet) It snows in some parts of Mexico City almost every winter. The elevation of Valle de Bravo is 1850 meters (6070 feet) I have no idea of what the winters are like there, but it is probably cool. Do not rely on online weather services to find out what the weather is like for any area. Here in Cuernavaca we are at an average elevation of 1548 meters (5000 feet) It never freezes here, or gets really hot in the summers. The online weather services always report temps 10 to 20 degrees higher or lower than they actually are for this area. It is cool in the winter, warm in the summers, never really cold or hot here. Get a good electronic thermometer, and set it for the centigrado scale, that is what is used here. If your body will not tolerate high elevations, be careful where you chose to live here.
Don't move anywhere without visiting there first, do not rely on anyone’s posts to chose a place to live. Everyone's opinion of climate, etc. doesn't mean spit. Only you may decide on the perfect place for you to live. If your finances are limited, that will be a real handicap.
We chose to live where we do because it is a medium sized city of approximately 440,000 people, probably about a million in the area, you can drive through several intersections into a different city here. There is excellent shopping nearby, and very good to elegant restaurants nearby, usually modestly priced here.
The population of Valle de Bravo was 57,390 people in 2005. it is probably about the same today. Because of the modest population, shopping opportunities are probably limited, requiring shopping trips to Mexico or other cities for many unusual things. I have no idea of what dining opportunities or prices are there.
Good luck, Rex
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