May 28, 2006, 5:46 AM
Post #1 of 40
A few days ago when someone was posting another of the - I want to live in pure Mexico away from you awful gringos messages - I began to wonder about Tepic as an ideal place for such people. I checked back into the index and found some previous discussion, which I am posting with the permission of Jerezano who was the original poster. He has also graciously sent an update that I am also posting.
This was sent back in November of 2004, when Bubba was beginning his oddysey to put Ajijic in his rear view mirror while it is "kissing his ass." (his recent comment as he has evidently settled on Chiapas as his new home). Bubba asked for recommendations and this was one.
Like you, I live in an area (6000 ft altitude) in an excellent summer climate, but the winters are very cold. Two years ago I spent December through February in Melaque. I was not happy. I spent last winter in Tepic for the same reason. I have also explored most of the Pacific Beach areas North of Puerto Vallarta looking to find a place to buy for those three months but have come away from most disappointed. To buy on the beach, the state of Colima seemed to offer the best bargains and locations.
So far, the Tepic (at about 3000 ft altitude) area appears to me to be the answer to what you and I are looking for. Not the city itself, because during the winter season it has pollution problems. Nevertheless, around Tepic out of the polution belt, are many small towns which communicate with Tepic by way of paved highways and usually hourly or hour and 1/2 buses. I found at least five or six with reasonably priced houses and lots in which it appeared that one could live very reasonably (with dogs if necessary), away from the pollution and yet within easy reach of the sophistication of the city (ie. dog food available). Walmart, Soriana, etc, and even the exhorbitant prices of the department store Francia, or was it Paris? And to me Tepic offered at least four excellent vegetarian restaurants in addition to the excellent beef houses,Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and other restaurants, etc. etc. as well as a varied offering of city and state sponsered cultural events.
To all this can be added the easy reach in an hour and a bit to three or four good beaches, San Blas, Los Cocos, etc.
And prices are good in Tepic. It has not yet been hit by an influx of tourists. Too, Medical services are outstanding. And governmental services are friendly as well. A friend for two years in a row has had his FM3 renewed there on the same day that he made application. Where can you beat that? Here in Zacatecas it takes two weeks.
So, let me suggest that you at least look at Tepic, and remember that I warned you about the contamination in the city air during the winter time. Get out of that.
One other consideration is that you can return from Tepic to Ajijic in about two to three hours via the auto pista, in case an emergency drives you home.
Jerezano sent this today.
You will not find a gringo enclave in Tepic, although as I mentioned there are gringos there.
Tepic has a large number of oncologists, heart specialists, good hospitals and clinice, ambulance services, Dentists, etc., as well as the optomitrist and opthamologist office. It just has a good, solid, health infrastructure. It also has a very efficient Immigration office. It has been possible for a friend to renew his FM3 in two days.
Of course you will find that Tepic like most Mexican large cities has English-speaking people all over the place. Mexicans of course.
For your wife there is a Wal-mart, a competing Soriana, I think there is a Sams or Aurerá, De luxe Department Stores, etc. One of the things I like is that you can buy American sized mattresses and bedclothes. Of course I don't know how tall you are.
As mentioned above. This may be a nice choice for those who prefer Mexico to Ajijic or San Miguel Allende. Any comments or additions.
(This post was edited by dlyman6500 on May 28, 2006, 5:58 AM)