Jul 22, 2011, 5:57 PM
Post #12 of 13
We visited Oaxaca last August and it was wonderful. The weather was actually somewhat similar to where we live in Lake Chapala, which has a reputation for some of the best weather in the world. We noticed that a lot of things had prices lower than Lake Chapala, like mid-range restaurants. I believe some of the apartments we saw listed were a bit lower too.
I seems to me that your biggest hurdle might be your lack of Spanish (if I interpret correctly your desire for a place that is "used to English-speaking tourists"). Your lack of Spanish in Oaxaca could well result in isolation.
Being an English-only tourist is not the same as living somewhere and being English-only. While there for 9 days, we ran into very few locals who spoke much English, even in the tourist oriented businesses.
In fact, in terms of foreigners, we ran into no Americans and only one Canadian couple. The foreigners we did see were mostly young European backpacker types (Germans and French mostly). Maybe there is a large underground of English-speaking expats living there, but we sure didn't see much evidence of it. We did find a small English language library however, so somebody is reading those books.
The best way to judge whether you might want to live somewhere is to go there and stay for a while, a month or two at least. Then you can directly investigate, test out your assumptions, and see if you really like the feel of the place.
If you'd like to check out our photo-journal blog postings on Oaxaca, here is the link: http://cookjmex.blogspot.com/search/label/Oaxaca
I'm not smart enough to figure out how to make the link live, so just copy and paste it into the url box of your browser. Enjoy!