Feb 5, 2005, 7:40 AM
Post #21 of 30
I too live in Jerez so can double on Julian's suggestion. It is however in a semi desert area. However, you want a change from the Wyoming ambient. You are very interested in a modest cost of living. Since you are going to use satellite you can settle anywhere in Mexico where there is electricity, but you probaly want telepone as well--and telephone can be a problem in the far out districts. You could probably handle that with cell phone.
San Luis Potosí has the surroundings and climate of Wyoming more or less. So doesn't seem to be your goal. It is also fairly expensive. If you should choose that area since you are going to use satellite, try many of the delightful small towns surrounding SLP, instead of the city itself. Less expensive rents.
SMA, Lake Chapala, Morelia (Jennifer Rose, bless her for her good counsel, is a bit up scale for us folk of modest income, so take her suggestions with a bit of care), Puebla, Guanajuato, the cities around the population centers of Mexico City and that Mexico-Veracruz corridor all tend to be expensive. Stay away from the beach areas of Vallarta, Matzatlán, Cancún for the reasons of expense and also because of the intolerable heat during the summer.
So, here are my recommendations:
On the west coast.
Tropical climate a bit on the hot side. Colima and environs, about 2000 feet. University city with its attendant culture. Little air contamination. Volcano nearby. Beach an hour or so away. Walmart etc. Good medical. Vibrant Mexican life. Not many americans. Not expensive. For me just a bit too hot but you can regulate the climate by climbing the mountain.
Tropical climate like Hawaii. Tepic and environs. About 3000 feet. University city and culture. More commercial ambient than Colima. Light contamination in winter. Beach an hour and a half away. Walmart etc. Good medical, better than Colima. University not so renowned. Vibrant Mexican life. Not many Americans. Better choice for me than Colima. Less expensive.
The previous recommendation on Sayutla, inexpensive, is a third choice for me.
On the Gulf coast.
Jalapa in Veracruz state. University city. University famous. Very tropical. About 3000 feet. Lots of rain. Houses tend to be musty. Many Americans. No contamination. Beach about 2 to 3 hours away. Excellent restaurants. Walmart etc. Good medical. Harder I think to break into the Mexican life and definitely harder with the Americans. My first choice on the Gulf Coast. Weather in the winter on the Gulf coast is more unstable than on the Pacific side. Northers sweep down from Texas and can experience a miserable week or so as far south as Veracruz itself.
If you must be close to the border for emergency runs into the USA, you might possibly consider Cd. Victoria in Tamaulipas. State capital. At foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental so you can regulate your climate by climbing the mountain.
Good medical. Citrus country. Inexpensive.
Practically all cities and regions close to the US border are semi desert. Even the fishing villages along the Cortez Sea.
When you decide on an area to explore, search these bulletin boards for people from that area and set up private correspondence with them and pump them dry about that area. You will get more information than you can process. But then you are a programmer.
On rents themselves most houses and apartments come bare bones. No appliances. No chandeliers (most have bare light bulbs). Some come without kitchen sink. Only in larger cities with transient populations can you find fully furnished houses or apartments. And of course the rents increase. Lake Chapala for example you can rent fully furnished including maid, gardener, chauffeur, and handy man. I wonder if the Black Widow is still living!
Good luck. Jerezano.