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Old 21st January 2011, 01:10 AM
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Hello gang. Noob here. 57 male, divorced, born in Saskatchewan, spent most of the last 20 years on the West Coast of British Columbia. Very much intrigued about relocating elsewhere where pension goes farther. Not looking for ladies. Looking more for expats to hang out with, locals to learn the language and places to swim. Rental at about $700 a month or so.

My only real concern is humidity. Are there any locations where the humidity levels won't drain the life out of me. Sadly I like the heat, don't do that well in it, but humidity gets to me. On the other hand... perhaps it is someone one could get acclimatized to. Only experienced it a few days at a time previously.

Appreciate any help / suggestions. Staying home isn't one of them ....

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Old 21st January 2011, 01:59 AM
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The only swimming is usually water parks, swimming pools or the ocean. If you need the ocean then it will be humid ... maybe less so in Baja.

You can acclimate to areas on the west coast south of Baja ... but many don't want to. Guess you just have to try it. East coast (gulf) is even more humid.

$700us can get you a pretty nice place anywhere but you need to look and you won't find it on the Internet. If you need AIR in the summer then "rent" goes up

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If you need the ocean then it will be humid ... maybe less so in Baja.
Baa California Sur is generally less humid than coastal areas of the mainland, because of the desert and offshore winds, combined with very little rainfall most of the year. But it does get muggy during the worst of tropical storm season (generally mid-August through mid-October) when the wind drops or comes off the warm water. I've seen actual temps of 107-108 with heat index as high as 120, although that's unusual. I'm acclimated and don't have AC, but I start considering it on those days!

Other parts of the peninsula (Pacific side, especially farther north) are cooler, but not necessarily drier, and the water tends to be cold.

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Lake Chapala has a great climate and low humidity plus it cools off enough most evenings that you don't need Air Conditioning. Big expat community as well. I am also a Lower Mainland BC er moving there in a few days. This rain is really getting old.

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Check out Weatherbase - Records and Averages for Mexico for average highs and lows for many areas of Mexico.
Then there are areas with micro climates, like the Los Tuxtlas area, where you need to do some personal research. Most people who spend the summer here are amazed how low the humidity is compared to the coast only 25 minutes away.

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For year round living, we find the inland areas very comfortable at about 5000 feet elevation. The Lake Chapala microclimate on the north shore is ideal.

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Unless you have ocean/gulf or sea as a requirement, there are any number of wonderful places in Mexico with very low humidity. This includes most of the bajio or central plain that is basically 5-8,000 feet. We are at about 7700 feet. We are probably 5-10 degrees cooler
than either San Miguel or the Lake Chapala north shore but the almost constant sunshine makes it very comfortable. Interesting that we are on a mountain and San Luis de la Paz is in the valley but while we are somewhat cooler during the day, we tend to be somewhat warmer at night.

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At 7700 feet there has to be frost on the pumpkin more than a few times a year. Brrrr.
Shorts, T shirts and flip flops 350 days a year suits me, a Chicago boy, just fine.

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Actually, we have had high 60s/70s & low 40's/50's with bright sun all but 3 days and those in high 50s. Golf shirt & jeans(for cactii) basically every day. We average 1-2 frosts/year but none so far. Last year snow on the mountain(lasted till 1PM) for 1st time in 30 years. I subscribe to theory of layers for cool but not possible to take off enough for heat at the beach. To each his own but this clearly our view of paradise!

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Thanks all for the suggestions. Baja isn't for me (been there before). I did do some research that suggested Lake Chapala might be the best fit for me. Was looking for some confirmation before I specifically asked about it.

Thinking of Ajijic in the next few weeks. One week in hotel to find house/condo/apartment then stay for three months before a longer stint.

Regarding swimming in the lake. Some have suggested no way in older posts. Others have said since April 2010 things have much improved in that way whereas locals have always swam there.

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