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  1. Alan, are there a ton of topes before you get to the first glorietta? I haven't heard anyone advocating this route mention those. The distance is obviously shorter but have you compared the times for the two routes? Driving through numerous villages and over numerous topes sure can rack up the time and irritation. Once you hit the north side of town where the junction with the north side periferico is, what is it like from there? How long does it take from the previous exit point at Villa de Arriaga to that first glorietta? Thanks.
  2. Alan and Hud, could you detail how one goes through town now? The maps don't show any new roads, no surprise there given how poor maps are here. However, I am told that if you just keep going straight at Villa de Arriaga, you come out on the south side of town, come to a big circle, go straight through it and end up on a freeway that goes to the north side of town. Eventually you merge with 57 at the entrance to the east bypass. It looks like that big circle is next to some sort of sports facility, does that sound right? It also looks like the circle is at the south periferico. We would love to avoid that south bypass cuota which is not only a crappy road but it takes you way out of the way They should pay us to use this lousy road. To add insult to injury, the local cops are running speed traps in areas with artificially low posted speed limits. However, the last time we tried driving through SLP it was a nightmare using the periferico. We'll be going that way in 6 weeks. Would love to try a better way but don't care to get lost in SLP again. Any detailed description of the through town route or photos gratefully received. We'll be driving through there on a Sunday, that should be easier.
  3. I've heard that there's a direct, limited access right through town that is faster than using the south bypass cuota and the east bypass cuota but I've not heard anything about a new road that circles all the way around to the east. You could see this road I think you're talking about under construction shortly after you enter the east bypass cuota from the north. The south bypass is in pretty poor condition and badly maintained, it would be great to not have to use it.
  4. Mainecoons

    AURELIO'S

    Splurge is right with a lot of these places charging 4-5 times what they pay at Costco for cheap bottled wine. Richards is practically the only place left in the area that doesn't gouge for wine with dinner.
  5. Mainecoons

    AURELIO'S

    Somewhat mirrors our experience. Good not great, skimpy pour of cheap wine for 45 pesos, lots of flies and very slow to get served even though there were less than 10 people there including us. Nice dining room, attentive service. We'll stick to Brunos for steak and baked potato. No comparison IMO. But you don't go to Brunos for atmosphere.
  6. The back road is a blast on a motorcycle but is a very challenging road. A lot of mountain grades, switchbacks and variable quality pavement. If you do go that way, stop for lunch at the first restaurant on the left hand side in Los Jacales. Excellent! I recall that it comes immediately after a bridge over a small stream or wash. That road will be a tiring, most of the day ride but the scenery really is spectacular. At one point you are well into the pine trees. I'd allow a full day to drive it so you can stop frequently to enjoy the views.
  7. Can we request they visit specific businesses? If so, how?
  8. This bears repeating. Some just can't seem to grasp that MEXICANS are tired of these offenders too.
  9. My wife's family lives in Arlington, a Dallas/Fort Worth suburb. A really nice 3-4 BR house can be bought there for $200K. They spend a lot of money for cooling and heating, the property tax on their $200K house is about $2600 per year with the retired/elderly discount. Things bought there are much cheaper than here, in fact we always go shopping there and load the car up for the trip home. The savings come close to paying for one way of the trip. Chain restaurants are not much more there than here if you don't order alcoholic beverages. If you do, they get you good on those. The climate? Absolutely awful compared to here. Hot as hell in the summer, snow and ice in the winter, and drastically changing all the time. You sure don't see people outside there or walking like you do here. I like to walk distances there to help keep fit and I feel like some kind of alien on the empty streets. Where my brother lives in Phoenix, it is even cheaper but they have a state income tax. He spends a ton of money driving, driving, driving to get to someplace and another ton on air conditioning.
  10. That sounds about right for us as well and when you roll in the benefits of living in this incredible climate, it is a no brainer for us. Bear in mind that this is a pretty expensive place to live by Mexican standards. Not as pricey as San Miguel but overall pretty expensive. Just compare housing costs on the other side of the lake versus here, about a hundred percent difference. Heck, there's a drastic difference just between Chapala and Ajijic.
  11. This is very interesting, Please let us know the details on the RV when you get them. Good luck, great attitude and welcome (soon) to the area.
  12. Just follow the financial press and do the math.
  13. And the new visa laws make that pretty difficult if not impossible. I think Ajijic and the area will be fortunate if it can maintain the present fulltime population. When we came most everyone was in their early to mid-60s and now almost 8 years later makes them that much older so attrition is beginning to have an effect. I do think we will continue to see an increase in upper middle class professional Mexicans moving out here from the city environs.I've felt for some time this place would morph into a GDL suburb with a few expats thrown in. Really, this is an easy commute from all those factories around the airport. It is easier for an executive to live here than to drive back and forth to Zopapan. The ambiance and climate is going to continue to attract the affluent IMO. Just expect that most of them will be Mexican.
  14. I think that is definitely part of the problem here, competition from "crashed" prices in the Sunbelt of the U.S. Where my brother lives in the far east side of Phoenix (Apache Junction area) the developments all fly Canadian flags and market like crazy to Canadians. And they are buying there, you see them in the stores and their Canadian plates in the parking lots. They buy the places in gated, secure developments where they can use it for 6 months and then go off and leave it without worry. The developments all provide snowbird monitoring and maintenance services very cheap. If you are a Canadian snowbird, I would say that Sunbelt U.S. has a lot of advantages over here. However for year-round living, all of them are pretty awful for 4-5 months per year whereas the weather here is never awful.
  15. VERY doubtful. You have to get a vehicle permit to drive it outside of the free zone in Mexico and I don't think you can do that with a rental.
  16. You might think about living in the RV out at Roca Azul for a while. Very inexpensive and spacious, lots of room for dogs to exercise. That is a lot of pets. You may have trouble getting someone to rent to you so the advice to plan on a lot of time is a good one. Now is the time to be looking for rentals here.
  17. BTW, the real arrival of the baby boom bulge is just getting underway. Too early to call at this point. Certainly, the government of the U.S. and Mexico aren't doing anything to help or encourage retirement here.
  18. Yes, they seem to have picked out the most expensive places in Mexico to live. Clearly the author hasn't been to either San Miguel or PV and priced things first hand. We're dirt cheap compared to both. At this point in time, the cost of living here is probably more driven by proximity to relatively expensive GDL than anything. I don't think there are enough of us expats left to drive anything. BTW there are no similar climates to here anywhere in the U.S. but fantastically expensive southern California along the coast. And even that requires heating and cooling in many places. Certainly, if you want to live in podunk Texas and roast in the summer and freeze in the winter you can find cheap places to live in the U.S. There's nothing cheap on either coast, however. And most of those states have onerous income taxes.
  19. Victor's tour is wonderful as is the history of this island. The best part is how a handful of indios thwarted the Spanish and forced them to make a deal.
  20. BTW, after you arrive be sure and look me up as we have a group of simpatico local riders and we take some neat day rides, plus we'll be departing on February 24 for an extended ride through the center of Mexico and around the Yucatan. We'll be riding for three weeks and the schedule is set up to make sure we can do a lot of sight seeing and going to the beach in the Yucatan. My Mexican 2006 R850R BMW had 6K miles on it when I bought it and it looks and runs like new. You can find lower mileage bikes here, all those weekend riders out of GDL who have to have the latest thing really don't put all that many miles on their bikes.
  21. I didn't say he couldn't do it, i said it was expensive. And it is better to have Mexican plates no matter what you're driving. OTOH, if you are comfortable riding with U.S. plates and you are here on a Temporal, you can get a temporary import sticker that will be good for as long as you are Temporal and that costs almost nothing relative to full importation. You just need to make sure that you do the Aduana notice each time your Temporal renews. Some of the guys I ride with have imported their motos. it was worth it to them. Some are riding on TIPs. After looking at importing versus buying Mexican, it worked out better for me to buy Mexican. I bought a BMW bike that would have sold for maybe $1500 less in the U.S. No trying to keep up U.S. plates, no invitation to transitos to pull over a "gringo" and try and shake me down. When I'm on the bike in full riding/safety gear, they haven't a clue that an expat is driving the bike. I like that. It's all in what you are comfortable with. I'm happy that neither my car nor my moto have foreign plates.
  22. It is a lot. I looked at bringing a KLR 650 of value $3500 in and it was going to cost another $700 plus the cost of moving it. Then if you want to plate it Mexican, it is another big bunch of money. There's a big bike market in GDL. If you buy Mexican and buy your bike in the same state you live in, plating it is cheap and easy and you don't have foreign plates that make you stand out and a target for the crooked traffic cops. Before you import, check out what might be available here.
  23. What do you take with you when you renew registrations? I have two, one for a car, one for a motorcycle. Thanks.
  24. Any of you who would like to do some Bluegrass music, please PM me. After a trip north and being sick for a few weeks, I'm going to try and get things going again.
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