Oct 9, 2011, 2:05 PM
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Re: [RickS] San Miguel vs Lake Chapala
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My intent is NOT to get into "I like one better than the other", but......
I have spent many winters in the Lake Chapala area. Love it as far as the climate goes. Coming from Colorado, I can wear shorts and tee-shirts most every day (even though the locals, including some long-term expats are wearing warmer clothes!).
I once visited San Miguel in the winter for a couple of days and found it to be much cooler, even for my thick blood.
My questions: What do you think about the temps in San Miguel, on average, day and night, in December and January?
What about the 'cost' of staying there; short-term housing, eating out, fresh veggies, etc. ?
What about the availability of short term housing (1 month or maybe 2)?
What 'short' trips for sight-seeing are there.... including even staying overnight(s) somewhere of interest?
What am I forgetting to ask?
RickS, My wife and I have lived full-time in Ajijic at Lake Chapala for 4.5 years. We considered San Miguel Allende (SMA) as an alternative but decided the costs and the climate were better here. No doubt you will hear from others with different opinions. We also like living in a semi-rural (but still very cosmopolitan) village setting, while being only 1 hour away from the conveniences and activity of a major city and 30 minutes from an international airport. All that said, we loved SMA when we visited. Its large and well-preserved Centro Historico is lovely and fascinating and there are lots of wonderful art galleries and restaurants.
As to places to go while there:
1)You can arrange for tours to outlying ex-haciendas and old colonial convents if that tweaks your interest.
2) For stuff to see and do in SMA you might check out my photojournal blog, Jim and Carole's Mexico Adventure. I have a series of posts on SMA that you might find interesting and fun.
3) In addition, if you look further in the Index of Topics in the blog home page, you will find Guanajuato and Queretaro, two cities within an hour or two of SMA that are also full of wonderful stuff: art, architecture, museums, ruins, great restaurants and hotels, etc. Here is the link: