Self catering apartments for seniors!
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Feb 8, 2013 12:49 PM Last Post By: lake_wobegon
Feb 2, 2013 11:39 PM
Self catering apartments for seniors!Hi!
I'm living in New Zealand and planning on meeting my parents (late 60s, from UK) and aunt (early 60s, from Toronto) in Mexico in June. We're all pretty well travelled, fit and my aunt speaks some Spanish. In the past we've stayed in self catering apartments (e.g. France, Portugal, Italy) although I can't work out whether this is a possible option - particularly out of the big resorts.
So, if anyone can answer my questions below that'd be great :)
- Where would be good places for us to meet? (It'll be a 2 week trip so staying in 1-3 places only).
- Are there self catering apartments further afield of the big resorts? Are they worth doing?
Thanks very much!
Feb 3, 2013 6:31 AM
1In Mexico, self catering apartments are often known as "bungalows"
About two months ago, we rented a bungalow at Bungalows Madera, in Zihuatanejo. We spent 5 or 6 nights there, and although our apartment was one of the oldest (lower cost) on the property, it was overall a comfortable experience and it more than met our needs.
See also my review of Bungalows Madera on TripAdvisor, under the name "Don Cuevas".
I'm sure that there are other bungalow rentals elsewhere in Mexico.
Feb 3, 2013 6:39 AM
2There are lots of apartments and homes available for rent in Mexico. Here's an example - -
I'd suggest you pick a location that interests you and search that area. My guess is that you will have a limited number of airports that offer access to flights from NZ, UK and Canada.
Feb 3, 2013 9:02 AM
Feb 3, 2013 10:08 AM
4Well Mexico is a big place so where do you folks plan to be after you arrive? This would help clue us in to an airport location for you. Yes you can cook for yourselves in Mexico but who would want to? Mexican food is wonderful and not expensive. It is one of the things one goes to Mexico for I , myself have done well meeting up with folks at the Cancun airport but not sure where you folks want to go in Mexico.
Feb 3, 2013 10:40 AM
5Now I see that the OP and family will be in Mexico in June. I wouldn't want to be on the coast at Zihuatanejo in the heat of June. I'd want to be in the higher elevations where it's cool, such as here in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán.
@ Patywolf: when we stayed in a self catering bungalow, we used the kitchen for light breakfasts and other meals when we didn't want to go out. The majority of or meals were in local restaurants and fondas. We wouldn't miss the local food for anything.
Feb 3, 2013 4:21 PM
6Not all coastal areas are stinking hot in June. Stayed in Cabo San Lucas two Junes ago and it was very nice weather (although air temperature was in the 90s F, it felt like low 80s due to constant on-shore breezes and low humidity). At night it cooled off enough to need long-sleeve shirts and all the restaurants had serapes draped over the chairs to ward off the evening chill.
But, the Yucatan will be hot and humid as will the Gulf coast and the south Pacific coast. If not Cabo, then it would be better to seek higher elevations like the colonial interior of Guanajuato. For the crew the OP describes,maybe San Miguel de Allende would work.
Feb 3, 2013 4:23 PM
7I second Olivia,s apartments, post #2. http://oliviasapartments.com/
We live in them for 5 months each year and love the aparments and the city of Tlaquepaque. The apartments are only 30 minutes from the Guadalajara airport and 20 minutes from the Guadalajara bus station. They are 2.5 blocks from the center of Tlaquepaque a vibrant and exciting place to be at any time of the day or night.
I am not sure of the climate in June but from November to April it is perfect. Mostly clear skys, no wind and 25 degree C temperatures.
PM me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
Feb 8, 2013 8:54 AM
Feb 8, 2013 12:48 PM
9You'll most likely have two options for arrival airports: Cancun and Mexico City. They're the busiest and best-served international aiports. Where you'll be most satisfied is going to depend on what your interests are. Both Mexico City and areas relatively close to Cancun have interesting things to see/do. Do you want a beach holiday with some side-trips mixed in, or an urbal environment vacation? That's how I'd decide, if this were my trip ... because sometimes I just want to stay put and not move around, while at other times I'm constantly on the go.
Feb 8, 2013 12:49 PM
10By the way: The VRBO and airbnb websites list 'self catering' apartments in varying price ranges. For many locations in Mexico.
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From US$11.59 per night
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(3 star Hotel)
From US$124.28 per night
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(4 star Hotel)
From US$250.00 per night