May 25, 2003, 4:46 PM
Post #5 of 7
You asked for comparisons between Ajijic and Acapulco. I have never lived at either place, but I have visited both a few times. My wife has visited both a lot. She has an aunt that lives in Ajijic. She spent many of her school vacations in Ajijic when she was a kid. She remembers when the pond was a lake.
Acapulco is her family's favorite vacation place in Mexico. Mine too. The other posters are right about the heat and humidity in the summer. I think they are all accenting the negative, and overlooking the positives of Acapulco though. You will find high heat, and humidity anywhere on the coasts in summer. The rest of the year, Acapulco is a beautiful place.
Acapulco is a city of a million peoplle. It is spread out, so I never get a big city feeling there. There is any service you want, and shopping and dining, from cheap, to moderate, to expensive, to elegant and pricey as hell.
If you decide to go there to check it out, I recommend you stay at one of the many Mexican owned hotels. It will cost you about 1/4 of the cost of one of the big name hotels on The Costera. The Costera is the main avenue that circles the bay.
We always stay at The Suites Sherezada. Not elegant, but clean and decent. A Motel six is a luxury suite by comparison. Four years ago, just my wife and I rented a one bedroom unit, the cost was $25 US per night.
Last year we rented a two bedroom, two bath suite with terraza and cocineta for five people. There is a sink, stove, and refrigerater. They furnish dishes, silverware, basic cooking pots, and a garafon of drinking water in one of those tipping wire stands. Each bedroom has two double beds. The cost was $45 US per night. Secure parking, the parking lot is right in front of the hotel office. The desk clerks can see all the cars. They know us there, and that helps too.
Almost every time we have stayed there, we will meet some Americans, or Canadians that tell us they have been staying there on their Mexican vacations for 20 or 25 years. They also sell time shares for those who visit them every year.
If speaking English is important for you, most businesses have English speakers on staff. Never drive to or from Acapulco on a holiday weekend. The traffic will be bumper to bumper, and slow.
There is a sizeable Ex-pat community in Acapulco. I don't know how to contact them anymore though. There used to be a very good Acapulco message board. It was under attack by a bunch of idiots, like this one was a few months ago. It was a privately owned board, not a commercial enterprize. It disapeared a year or so ago. I think the owner probably just got tired of the hassles.
We had seriously considered living in Acapulco after my retirement. For family reasons we decided on Cuernavaca to be closer to Mexico City. We are only about 3 1/2 hours from Acapulco here via highway 95, which runs right through Cuernavaca.
I hope this little bit of insight helps, Rex
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