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Old 04-17-2012, 05:53 AM
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My wife I and our 2 1/2 yr old may take a trip to Mexico this summer, any tips or ideas on what city would be great to see. We're aware of the trouble that's taking place so if one place is safer then another go with the safer option. We'd like to take in some colonial architecture and shopping, if it happens to be a city on the coast even better.

But old world is somthing we really enjoy, being with the people, shopping in their shops etc is what were looking for.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:56 AM
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Check out this site and the thread attached in particular. This group travels through Mexico and central/south america regularly.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=726711
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Have you been to Canada? How about old world Quebec instead? The only place I _might_ consider going in Mexico at this point would be Cozumel. And only for the scuba diving.
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I really enjoyed Oaxaca and used it as a jumping off point to see many other areas in southern mexico.
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I would also stay away from Mexico. Cozumel might be safe, but I wouldn't take the chance. Check out what onewolf said, old Montreal is seems like it would be a cool place to go. Plus the people speak English and you are much less likely to get caught in the crossfire of a cartel war.
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Merida is a very colonial city it was seperated from the rest of the nations for many years.
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Borderland Beat will give you some pointers.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:32 AM
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Oaxaca is one of my favorites. I wouldn't go there right now though. I also like Merida. Queretaro is also nice but a little larger and more modern. It still has an aquaduct and some old colonial archetecture. For coastline resorts my preference would be Ixtapa and Puerto Vallarta. I wouldn't go to PV right now. We had some issues last time I was there.
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Why on earth would you go to Mexico now, not to mention bringing your 2 1/2 yr old there?
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^^^ Valid point. We have an office in Mexico City. I limit my travel to Guadalajara and Mexico City. Oh and we had a meeting in Cancun awhile back. I cancelled travel to Ensenada last year. A business associate of mine in Jalisco even recommends against PV right now. He says there is alot that the media isn't reporting.
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Mexico is a large country and most of it is not involved in drug dealing an revolutionary movements.
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By the way, everytime the guy that runs our Mexico City office says, "it is safe in Mexico City".....we both start laughing! You know things are upside down when Mexico City is the safest place to be.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Why on earth would you go to Mexico now, not to mention bringing your 2 1/2 yr old there?
If I answer you this will be dumped into the bilge. The Whole of Mexico is not a war zone but I do get ur points about going. Canada is a great place but we've been before. Merida looks nice on TV but I understand it's real hot and humid in summer.

We may not make the trip but are looking at options. The problem we have with central America is that most gov. there have never been stable long term, Panama would work but along the coast it's real hot also.

May look into Columbia, thoughts are welcome.
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Yep, the gulf coast is hot. I was in Veracruz a couple years ago and I swear that is the hottest place I have ever been. Simply miserable.

If you are going to go further South, have you considered Chile? Chile is booming right now and safe. I really like going there. There are alot of bed and breakfasts in the country side and Chillenos are really nice people. Plus if you like wine, they have really inexpensive top notch wines. Carmenere is their claim to fame.

As for Colombia, I really really like Cartagena. The old fort there is amazing. It can be a little rough at night in certain areas. I don't care much for Panama. You could go to Costa Rica too.
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Yep, the gulf coast is hot. I was in Veracruz a couple years ago and I swear that is the hottest place I have ever been. Simply miserable.

If you are going to go further South, have you considered Chile? Chile is booming right now and safe. I really like going there. There are alot of bed and breakfasts in the country side and Chillenos are really nice people. Plus if you like wine, they have really inexpensive top notch wines. Carmenere is their claim to fame.

As for Colombia, I really really like Cartagena. The old fort there is amazing. It can be a little rough at night in certain areas. I don't care much for Panama. You could go to Costa Rica too.

Don't know why but Costa Rica turns me off, maybe too many American's there and prices too high.
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What about Isla Roatan or Belize, both Beautifull
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Don't know why but Costa Rica turns me off, maybe too many American's there and prices too high.
To be honest, with the dollar being as weak as it is, most places are too high these days.
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My wife and i have really enjoyed our travels to San Miguel de Allende. It is a nice little historical town with a large art international community. It has a fairly authentic feel, but also has lots of accomodations like great restaurants and small hotels. It is far from the coast but has a different vibe that we really like...kind of like being in a Spanish hill town, or a Mexican version of Tuscany.

You can also rent a very nice apartment or casita for the week. Guanajuato is a larger town with even more history and you can visit is easily on a day trip, but IMO San Miguel is a better place to stay.

You fly to either Querataro or Leon, and you can charter a private SUV to drive 1-2 hours to San Miguel. You can also fly to Mex City, but it is a 2-3 hour drive.

One issue with a 2.5 year old is that it has cobblestone streets with steep hills...so while that adds to the charm, it may be difficult to get around with a 2.5 year old.

We haven't been for 4 years or so, but in the past it was considered a very safe town. You would have to check the latest because I''m not sure if any of the drug violence has infiltrated the area, but I would doubt it.
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Roatan is nice. But not much notable 'architecture'. I wouldn't visit mainland Honduras though. Belize was ok as long as you avoid Belize City (which is kind of sketchy/dumpy).

Panama was nice (except for downtown Colon, and parts of Panama City).

I've never been, but I hear Nicaragua is nice.
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If you're interested in history and shopping, two other possibilities might be Puerto Rico and Bermuda.
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