Jul 25, 2011, 8:11 PM
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I live in Cuernavaca. It is generally believed, and people boast, that this is a city with four distinct climate zones, warmer in the south, cooler in the north. I live in the north, it is never cold here, cool in the winter, but never cold. I have never seen frost here. It does not rain any more here than in the rest of town.
Re: [twelveoaks] need information on living in Cuernavaca
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This year, there has been more rain than usual though, Starting in the late afternoon usually. It very seldom rains in the daytime here normally. This year, a lot of areas in Mexico had some severe weather, lots of rain and cold weather. We did not.
Occasionally, a hurricane comes ashore from the gulf, passes through Mexico City and heads for us. The mountains always split them, and we only get some high winds.
The first house my late wife and I leased was in Burgos, in the southern part of the city, Burgos is considered to be a part of Cuernavaca, actually, it is a part of the municipality of Temixco.
It gets very warm in the south sometimes, it was 94 Degrees there for 2 or 3 summer days about 11 years ago. The coolest it has ever been here in the north was about 48 degrees for a couple of nights about 4 or 5 years ago, cool, but not cold. In these unheated houses in Mexico, it is a good idea to bring a couple of sweaters with you to wear in the house in the winter, fuzzy slippers are a good idea too. A light Windbreaker ® style jacket is all you will need to go out at night in the winter here.
Do not believe any weather reports for this area that are posted by any online weather reporting service. The temperatures reported are always about 10 or 20 degrees warmer or cooler than it actually is here.
The official city motto for Cuernavaca is “The city of Eternal Spring” (a lot of people have tried to swipe our motto, but we had it first, for many years.) We may not have the ideal climate here (if there is such a thing) but it is pretty darn good.
It is hard to do, but rent temporarily for a while while you decide where you want to live here. Be prepared to make a large security deposit if you don't have a Mexican friend to pledge another house to the owner to assure him that the rent will be paid on time every month. This is Mexico, not a tourist area.
Cuernavaca is a Spanish speaking area. It is a very rare thing to find anyone that speaks English in any bank, government, or business office here. No one gives a xxxx about speaking English to help you. If you speak no Spanish, bring a couple of good Spanish-English dictionaries with you. Forget the electronic translators, If you don't know how to spell the word, they are useless. If in doubt, look in the English section to find the Spanish word you want.
Start by never asking for a English menu in any restaurant. The translations are so inaccurate, you will seldom get what you thought you ordered. You will soon get used to ordering food from a Spanish language menu.
We have excellent shopping right here in town. My late wife was from Mexico City, she used to need to go there to buy many things. For the past decade of her life, she didn’t need to go there for anything. We have a Sam's Club, Costco, Wall-Mart Supercenter, Liverpool, Home Depot, Office Depot, Many great department stores and supermarkets, as well as all of the little local markets and tiendas etc. right here in town. Fine, and inexpensive restaurants too.
Good luck, learn some Spanish if you move here. I am not fluent, but I know enough to get by. Doors will open if you just try.
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