Mexico Tips & Quick Updates
Where Next? Looking For A Beach
I'm a writer who has been through an extended period of personal traumas and I am looking for someplace peaceful and affordable to heal and spend the winter and perhaps move to long-term. San Miguelle D'allende sounds a bit "discovered" for me. I've been living in an arid environment so a beach type environment might be a nice change of pace.
I would like to spend no more than $600 per month on rent. Less is better. I'm not necessarily concerned about a large american population. Someplace, simple, a nice market, clean, safe housing, . . . you get the point.
Thanks in advance for any help or resources.
Carl replies: I agree that San Miguel de Allende is probably too "discovered" for you. On the other hand, if you want to rub shoulders with other writers, SMA could be worth a second look. As for possible coastal retreats, my suggestion is that you check out the smaller Pacific beach towns north of Puerto Vallarta. This area is also being discovered but it hasn't yet been trampled too badly. Rents range from cheap to sky-high, so take your time before taking the plunge. As for long-term, don't make any committments until you've spent a good deal of time in one place. The coasts are wonderful in winter but summer is another story... think "hot & humid"!
Evan's Copper Canyon Photos
I met "Evan From Heaven" during Christmas in Cusarare several years ago, and invited the vacationing tightrope walker/juggler to entertain the local Tarahumara children. He was a major hit with everyone, adults included. Evan has posted a series of interesting photo galleries documenting some of his trips to the Copper Canyon and other parts of Mexico. Here's his website:
Copper Canyon Travels
Mexico Gas & Diesel Prices
Doug Havens suggests that anyone driving to Mexico might want to check out current fuel prices at Fred Metcalf's excellent Information Pages On Baja California. Gas prices don't vary much from Baja to mainland Mexico, so this information can be very helpful when planning your itinerary. The page is not frequently updated, but gas prices are relatively stable in Mexico.
Mexico Gas Prices
RV Solar Power
Taylor Benson suggests this link to a practical, no-frills power system for a Solar RV.
Telmex Traveler Phone Cards
Call home from Mexico with prepaid Telmex phone cards. Available online. Rates are about 50 cents a minute. Suggested by David Eidell.
Drivers, Double-Check Your VIN Number!
In order to take your car, RV or cycle into Mexico the VIN number on the vehicle must exactly match the VIN number printed on your title. Don't assume anything -- compare these numbers carefully. If they don't match, you can't get a Vehicle Import Permit from Mexican authorities at the border.