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Middle Aged - What to Do?

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Middle Aged - What to Do?

I am going to spend a couple of weeks learning Spanish in Cuernavaca. I'm 50ish, and would like suggestions of places to hang out, eat, meet people, that appeal to a more mature crowd. Where to locals go, not just tourists? Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Middle Aged - What to Do?

We spent and enjoyed many evenings at a place in the zocalo (el centro) called "Los Arcos." It's a sort of cantina that serves beers and hot food. They usually have a live band and the music varies. One night it was Cuban-style music, etc. It was a lot of fun. Many people from our school would meet up there in the evenings, but most of the patrons are locals, mostly adults. Occasionally you will see a few college-agers, but not as many as 30+ adults, at least in my times going there.

I'm not much of a bar-hopper nor am I a heavy drinker, so I don't know where you would go to find more mixed drinks and things like that, but the beer specials at Los Arcos are just plain dirt cheap and the food is pretty good. I love the chilaquiles.

What school are you attending? Good luck and enjoy!

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Try these places locals go:

Gusseppies Pizza restaurant. Ave. San Diego in Vista Hermosa. Good food, reasonable prices, good music, beautiful ambiance.

La Nacional on Federal Highway in the Santa Maria district. Smaller than Gusseppies. Homey atmosphere, beautiful and interesting decorations, good

music and great food at reasonable price.

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Try a botanera some day for lunch in Cuernavaca, ask people who live there about their favorites and who has music. Botanera's are full of locals and for a low price you're offered more than most can eat, and if you are a big eater they just bring you more food. Usually the price covers a couple of beers with your meal. It's fun.

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4. Re: Middle Aged - What to Do?

All the above suggestions are excellent and chances are that you will meet others from your school and do activities together. Loved the botanera. I went to lucha libre with 3 other ladies and had fun. I visited the market several times, went to Taxco by bus and also to Tepoztlan.

Teatro Ocampo has a nice program every week, do not miss the Brady museum and if you wish to treat yourself, have a sinful desert in the garden at Las Mananitas one afternoon.

If you feel homesick one day take a taxi to Galerias, its a big shopping mall, its expensive and there is a cinema VIP with the latest movies. Have fun.

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5. Re: Middle Aged - What to Do?

There are two Wal-Marts in Cuernavaca, too :P You can make it into an adventure by trying to figure out how to get there using only the 'rutas' (the small buses that run around town) :)

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6. Re: Middle Aged - What to Do?

Most visitors/students aren't heading to walmart and the buses are fine for going to and from downtown (no walmart there). If you did want to avoid changing buses you can grab a cab, they are cheap. I'll have to check the San Miguel de Allende forum to see if there are complaints about getting a direct bus to their Costco.

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My suggestion was no more or less absurd than some of the other suggestions, which have people going VERY far out of town in areas that would not be cheap to get to by taxi (and IMO nobody in their right mind drives a rental car in Cuernavaca).

I think what the OP really needs is places IN TOWN, e.g. within walking distance or 30 peso cab ride of the zocalo/el centro, not some remote area on the outskirts.

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8. Re: Middle Aged - What to Do?

Thanks for all the suggestions.

And now for another question. After I am done with school, I plan to go south through Mexico by bus, ending up in La Ceiba, Honduras, so I can go to a wedding on Roatan. Anyone have any suggestions for a reasonable route. I only have about a week to get from Cuernavaca to Honduras, so I am sure I will need to take at least one brutally long bus ride to make it in time. Any suggestions?

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9. Re: Middle Aged - What to Do?

To set the record straight you can get a taxi to Costco in Cuernavaca from the more central areas for 25 to 30 pesos, very cheap. Also in that area is Plaza Cuernavaca, with outdoor upscale shopping, restaurants and a casino. Many wealthier locals go here although it does reflect the more modern part of Cuernavaca and not the charming historical aspect of Cuernavaca that I enjoy most.

I have had rental cars in Cuernavaca. Although convenient for out of town trips when you don't want to use the bus, it is quite easy to use the bus system and taxis and not have to worry about navigating Cuernavaca's narrow streets. Car rentals are available in Cuernavaca by the day or half day plus you can of course get them at the Mexico City airport for your entire trip. They aren't inexpensive though once you add the insurance.

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10. Re: Middle Aged - What to Do?

True, when in Cuernavaca, I frequented the "Mega" supermarket directly next to Costco and across the street from Plaza Cuernavaca. I don't think we would have made it without the Mega! It's not authentically Mexican at all, but it is a comfort when you're tired or sick and just want to find the things you need easily. Note: the cabs you pick up at the Mega will charge more. It's better to flag one down on the street if you aren't carrying too much.

Unfortunately I don't have any real advice about your bus trip to Honduras. Sounds exciting, though :)