When winter is around
the corner in the U.S. and Canada, snowbirds look to head south.
During the last 28 years of world travel, we have found four locations that
offer perfect climates or which have eternal spring-like weather.
Tranquil Lake Chapala, a favorite among Expats
Mexico is a top choice with easy access from the U.S. In a few hours you can
fly from LAX or PHX and be immersed in Mexican culture. With many expats living
there, the area is abundant in
activities, from golf,
chess and bridge clubs, to gardening, horseback riding, pet rescue and more.
English is spoken just about everywhere as the locals are accustomed to decades
of foreigners visiting this beautiful area.
The international airport of Guadalajara (GDL) is only about 25 minutes away, and the city itself offers shopping options like Sam’s Club and Costco. While Chapala has a variety of doctors, dentists and clinics, the best medical care and larger facilities are located in the city of Guadalajara.
Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca
takes a little more effort to reach by air, most likely routing through
Mexico City. However, it is a foodie’s paradise with
international cuisines well
represented as well as their own famous moles (sauces) cheeses and
grilled meats. Oaxaca is an old Colonial City with grand buildings the beauty of which
will turn your head. Cost of living is affordable for such a distinguished
location, as the growing expat community reflects. Medical care is both
affordable and abundant.
A reasonably priced,
short thirty minute
flight from town to the beautiful beaches of
Escondido makes for a great break from colonial life. Here you can dine on fresh
seafood, visit gorgeous private beaches or hang out with the local surfer crowd.
several fountains in the main Plaza, Antigua
might be a location unfamiliar to you, but is certainly worth checking out. Once
a major capital of the Spanish empire, today’s
Antigua is tranquil. Remarkable
natural beauty mixes with Colonial architecture in various states from
renovation and the combination will seduce you.
Fine dining, romantic hotels,
colorful indigenous culture, old cobblestone streets,
bars, museums and
churches combine for perfect photo opportunities.
Atitlan, Guatemala is a gem. Unique in every sense of the word, over a dozen
indigenous and expat communities dot the shore of a lake that has filled a
volcanic crater. The lake itself rivals the beauty of Lake Tahoe in the States
and life here is simple. People are friendly, cost of living is reasonable and
drawing from all the communities you can find
international dining, cafes serving excellent Guatemalan coffee,
bars with live music, gyms, yoga, meditation, spas, fabulous hotels, language
schools, art classes and more.
If you enjoy the
snowbirding lifestyle, add any of these cities and towns to your list and give
them a go. You won’t be disappointed experiencing the excellent climates and
you will have expanded your travel horizon.