I have been receiving your news letter and ordered some of your books. Thank you. I would have never made it this far without your help.
I go to Chapala, Mexico in January and February, then again in July and August. I have a small problem with the heat – a little colder would be fine – any suggestions?
I know I am asking for everything.
I would also like to travel back and forth without too much hassle. I live in Salt Lake City, Utah with easy airport access and usually change planes in LAX or Phoenix. From there it’s easy to take taxis to Chapala from the Guadalajara airport. I’m not crazy about big cities…
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I don’t know the level of your Spanish skills, but if you speak basic Spanish, you might try living in Comitan, Chiapas, Mexico, or San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico.
Comitan is a clean, sweet town with family values and the nearest airport is in Tuxtla Gutierrez (3 hours away). But the weather is spectacular (more on the cool side) — and the city has very little crime. People are friendly and the town supports just about everything you might need, except night life. I don’t believe there is much of an Expat community there.
If you are looking for a place with a bigger English speaking community you might try San Cristobal (serviced by the airport in Tuxtla Gutierrez, only an hour away.) This international city has strong colonial influence, very good restaurants, nightlife and a colorful indigenous population. It is also cooler in general than Chapala.
If you want to consider Guatemala, you might try Antigua, Guatemala. There is a thriving expat community there, a colonial feel with international restaurants and nightlife.
Something smaller and more “cutesy” would be Panajachel, Guatemala. It is literally one of the most beautiful places in the world, with a volcano lake, lots of indigenous for color and flavor, fresh food markets and an active Expat community. It’s very affordable to live there.
I hope these suggestions are helpful to you. Let me know if you have any other questions.
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