Coming back to Zihuatanejo!

by SweetSusy @, Thursday, April 05, 2018, 13:30 (166 days ago)

We are coming back to Zihuatanejo. First – please don’t blast me for speaking what is in my heart….I’m just telling you how I really feel here. My hubby and I had been coming to Z for years, always spending the two weeks after Thanksgiving. Taking advantage of the great weather, but before the crowds hit and high season prices start. We LOVE Z! We were looking for a retirement home or at least a spot to spend the entire winter there. Then we started hearing and reading about more and more crime seeming to take place and we got worried. We have spent the last two years traveling to various other parts of Mexico hoping to fall in love with a place that would steal our hearts like Zihua has done. And we can’t find it. No matter where we go, we find ourselves comparing it to Z and wishing we were in Z! Everything else falls short. So, we are headed back in November. Already looking forward to it. However, we have decided we won’t buy. Once retirement comes in a few years, we will rent for the winter and enjoy our lovely Z as long as we can. I’m still worried about what the government is going to do, if the crime will get worse, if the bay will be polluted. But until then, love you Z and can’t wait to see you again! (Any recommendations for long term, furnished rentals around Madera would be appreciated!)

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by hromero ⌂ @, Thursday, April 05, 2018, 15:55 (166 days ago) @ SweetSusy

Thanks for sharing your story of Zihua and your feelings and thoughts. I understand your concerns and wish that your concerns could be easily brushed away as baseless hyperbole. Unfortunately it can't. There are things to be concerned about with crime, violence and pollution. That being said, I have been living here for the last year and I have to say that I have felt very safe and felt lucky to be living in a place that feels allot like paradise. Glad you will be visiting again and I hope your experience is as good as your remember it from before.

Cheers!

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Humberto Romero
www.casaarcoiriszihuatanejo.com

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by Blanq, Friday, April 06, 2018, 12:39 (165 days ago) @ SweetSusy

Out of curiosity, which other places did you visit in MEX that weren't to your liking? I, too, think Zihua is someplace special but the violence is a concern, of course. From my understanding, the pollution of the bay is under control, at least for now.

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by SweetSusy @, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 14:54 (147 days ago) @ Blanq

We have visited Loreto, Merida and Cabo. All lovely places, but they just haven't given us the sense of peace that comes from the people of Zihuatanejo.

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by GolfSuper49 @, Natchez, MS & Queretaro, MX, Friday, April 06, 2018, 18:06 (165 days ago) @ SweetSusy

I am in the same situation SweetSusy. We have our regular house outside of Queretaro but the city and businesses just keep expanding and it has always been our goal to retire (for good) and move to the area. I am not overly concerned but my wife has started to have doubts. The Sierra Gorda area is beautiful but is not the same as the paradise there. Hell, we had El chapo land about 2 miles from the fracc after they cleared a corn field for him, so I guess he knew that this area was one of the safest. I guess we just have to hope that things will settle down over time and like you probably just rent over the winter and then return to SJDR. Good Luck, I'll be there in December!!!

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by Rogerthat, Monday, April 09, 2018, 12:41 (162 days ago) @ SweetSusy

Hey Sweet Sue. My wife and I purchased a townhouse in the colonial Madera twelve years ago after traveling MX like you for over thirty years. Selling our two bedroom casa was easy, rapid, and fortunately for a tidy profit. We still enjoy Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa so much we return to a rental every season for 8 to 10 weeks but decided the changing of the seasons of the upper Midwest and our friends and family were too much to give up permanently. If you plan on staying for more than 180 days at a time then consider buying but otherwise a long term rental makes much more sense. There are so many options and price ranges that after you spend a couple of seasons renting you'll know what is best for you. Buena Suerte!

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by Wanderer @, Vancouver canada, Monday, April 09, 2018, 13:30 (162 days ago) @ SweetSusy

Hi, maybe you could activate your email, so I could send a suggestion?

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by Steve @, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 12:49 (161 days ago) @ Wanderer

I share your concerns but keep returning each year. Just finished my 14th year and 29th trip and still lamenting the trips I missed---why didn't I do this earlier!

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by wisconsinjuan @, Thursday, April 12, 2018, 21:24 (159 days ago) @ Steve

I pride myself in being one of Ixtapa's best renters. I have no desire to own a second home in the US, let alone a foreign country, for many reasons. But you are neither wrong or alone in your thoughts. An increasing number of people share your concerns. I'm adding two more weeks next year, but if Z moves in a direction I dont care for, I'll just turn in the keys and not return. I know I would miss many things that are here, but if I don't feel safe for some reason, I wouldn't hesitate to change my winter venue.

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by SweetSusy @, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 14:55 (147 days ago) @ Wanderer

I will do that. Thank you!