Aug 15, 2005, 7:02 PM
Post #10 of 17
Hello Robjon and others,
Bubba has a point. He may have expressed it a bit strongly for someone like Robjon who must surely have visited Oaxaca and spent some time there before deciding to move there permanently. But Bubba's point is there to be considered.
I have now lived in México for almost 19 years. I like where I live even though as I grow older I have decided to spend the three months of December, January, and February somewhere where it is warmer. Such as Melaque, Colima, Tepic, and even the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. I would not spend those three months in Oaxaca.
I also just came back from a two day exploration trip to Oaxaca where I was really enthralled by Monte Albán. But I did not find anything else in Oaxaca to enthrall me. Not even the magnificent architecture above the Zocalo. The affluence there was of too great a contrast with the market and the urban developement below the Zocalo just as Bubba said. Too, the attitude of the people in general, while helpful and considerate (as would be expected where the tourist is king), was not a bit friendly. Obviously too many tourists have created a tourist based city economy---just as in San Miguel de Allende---without any compensating values---the opposite of San Miguel de Allende. Let me say this another way. San Miguel de Allende is a good place to retire despite the tourist economy. Oaxaca, in my opinion, is not a good place to retire because of the tourist economy. Too its climate is not good enough to override its disadvantages, nor could I find anything else that would override those disadvantgages.
Robjon, let me recommend that you rent and live in Oaxaca for at least six months, preferably a year before you commit yourself and family to living there. You should spend that year exploring the rest of Mexico for a good retirement home. One of the first things you will find, just as Bubba pointed out, is that Oaxaca is a very long way away from everything else. The only really comfortable way to get in and out is by air. And that, clearly becomes very expensive.
I wish you well and hope that you can enjoy your future life here in Mexico. Many of us have done so and we welcome you to join us.