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“Beach lover falls in love with inland Mexico!!!”

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St. Catharines, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
43 helpful votes
“Beach lover falls in love with inland Mexico!!!”
Reviewed 28 March 2008

Did a weekend in San Miguel Allende...yes there are thousands of expats there but it still is permeated with a Mexican ambience. Behind the doors that are practically on the street are surprises. Saturday night in the square (and they all have squares) the locals come to relax, come to dance, come to listen to music, play music. They don't know what a couch potato is on a Saturday night...Moving, exciting and you become an untourist....My first away from beach all inclusives...I wonder if I could ever do that again...lineups and answering "where are you from" a thousand times...For once, go inland to a city and experience a whole new Mexico....I've travelled most continents on and off for 20 years and this was great...

12 Thank jannnn
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
1 review
4 helpful votes
“Our wonderful days in San Miguel”
Reviewed 26 January 2008

We have traveled Mexico extensively and found San Miguel delightful, satisfying and worth the eight days we spent there. There was plenty to do, including evening entertainment. We enjoyed straying into the people's world and were welcomed with enthusiasm. We especially liked Casa de la Questa. The breakfasts were sensational and the hospitality warm. Best of all the views from our room were wonderful, night and day.

Vic and Nancy

4 Thank quadalupe
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Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2008

Wonderful place to visit. I stayed at a friends casa while there. The city is very easy to navigate and the people are friendly and helpful. Great food and shopping. Incredible architecture.

3 Thank natchezgal
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San Antonio
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
62 helpful votes
“American Tourist in Mexico”
Reviewed 21 August 2007

San Miguel de Allende is a very pretty and quaint city, but its unique and casual air has been trampled by the ugly American. You see that what was once a very special place to go has become a mecca of Norte Americanos and their specialty of having everything their way, I see the reflection everywhere you go in San Miguel, from the market , where you can no longer negoiate your purchase of wares like you used to, to the American style restaurantswhere they serve "Gringo Mex" just to cater to the turistas. My hotel the La Posada is still not as "American" as some of the others, but with Americans on TOUR buses, it won't be long until it will go that way and soon there will be a Wal-Mart.

5 Thank Fred P
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The Bahamas
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
13 helpful votes
“A Dissapointment in San Miguel”
Reviewed 22 June 2007

We have just returned from visit to San Miguel de Allende and surrounding areas. We had done a great deal of research on the area and greatly looked forward to experiencing all the wonderful things we had read. What a disapointment! After checking into our hotel late after a long journey, we were awake bright and early the next morning. We stayed on the outskirts of town at the Hotel Mision de Los Angeles. A great hotel and nice staff with a shuttle into town at all hours. Started exploring at the Jardin and followed the booklet of walking tours we picked up. After two hours of walking we were begining to think we had missed something. Where was the beauty we had read about? Had some lunch and consulted our books again. Decided to walk for another hour in a different direction. Explored back streets and various 'art studios' , gift shops, and antique shops, but still no "beauty" I had hoped for some flowers and music but nothing.
Evening meal was good at Harry's (not exactly Mexican) also Bugambilla another night. Next day more exploring and after walking on cobbled narrow pavements for a while and constantly trying to avoid being hit by a busses, Taxis and cars that should never be in these narrow streets we decided on some R and R and played Golf at the Malaquin course next to the Hotel. There we found the beauty. Over Margaritas in the Hotel that evening we met fellow travelers which set our mind to rest, when they declared the same feelings for San Miguel.
We drove two days later to Guanajuato, a facinating town to explore with no traffic.
This was our fifth visit to Mexico and the first disapointment.

7 Thank TheBahamasOpal
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