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Old 05-07-2012, 05:52 PM
 
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I'm looking for suggestions of places that would meet the following requirements:

~relatively high altitude
~warm climate, where most tropical fruits can be grown
~interesting, open-minded, unique community
~beautiful places to be outdoors

Suggestions in and outside of the USA are welcome. Thanks!! :-)
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:16 PM
 
Location: You Ta Zhou
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Tucson sounds good

~relatively high altitude: YES, about 3,000 feet above sea level, with nearby mountains being much higher

~warm climate: YES, while not as hot as Phoenix, it is still very warm, staying in the 60's or above all year

~interesting open minded unique community: YES, the University of Arizona helps with that.

~beautiful place to be outdoors: MAYBE, depending on whether you like deserts (I don't, but you might be different)
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:32 PM
 
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
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Boulder, Colorado
though that might be much too cold.

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Warmer than Boulder, but probably too cold anyway

Albuquerque, New Mexico is slightly warmer
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:39 PM
 
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I'm looking for suggestions of places that would meet the following requirements:

~relatively high altitude
~warm climate, where most tropical fruits can be grown
~interesting, open-minded, unique community
~beautiful places to be outdoors

Suggestions in and outside of the USA are welcome. Thanks!! :-)
Outside USA: Cali, Colombia. Tropical. 3,000 ft above sea level. Jungle and mountains. Beautiful women.

Inside the usa: you can find some slopes in hawaii (like maui and the big island) or Caguas (Puerto Rico).

Tucson is great too but it ain't tropical and is chilly in the winter. ABQ and Santa Fe both receive plenty of snow in the winter.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:32 PM
 
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Thanks everyone!
I was thinking Mexico, but would prefer somewhere more lush and less desert. I'd like to be able to grow a lot of my own food. Unless there are parts of AZ, NM and Mexico that are more suited for growing fruits and veggies?
Ooooo Puerto Rico...awesome!!
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:52 AM
 
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Thanks everyone!
I was thinking Mexico, but would prefer somewhere more lush and less desert. I'd like to be able to grow a lot of my own food. Unless there are parts of AZ, NM and Mexico that are more suited for growing fruits and veggies?
Ooooo Puerto Rico...awesome!!
Some of the slopes in southern mexico, along the mayan highway, are very lush.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:36 AM
 
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Areas surrounding Hilo or Kona on the big island of Hawaii could fit your criteria.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:28 AM
 
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Costa Rica and Panama all have notorious areas like that. Panama is cheaper these days but getting very expensive.

But really, you can find anything from Mexico through central America and then on into venezuela/colombia/ecuador. Some parts of the caribbean like cuba, haiti, dominican republic, puerto rico as well as some of the smaller islands will fit that criteria.

Some of hawaii was mentioned (maui and the big island but probably kaui and oahu) have it too.

You can find something similar as well in the mountain ranges bordering kenya/tanzania or how about india/nepal ?

I think you need to be more specific:

budget
what's outside your comfort zone
how far away from the usa would you be willing to go
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:51 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Whats your definition of high altitude? The only places that qualify all four of your requirements I can think of would be in South America. El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM are pretty warm throughout the year (though subject to infrequent cold snaps) and are both in the range of 3700-4000 feet in altitude and have impressive mountains at the edge of those cities.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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Thanks all!!!
Mexico is definitely interesting to me...I'd like to be as close to the US (or in it) as possible.

The place has to have a low(ish) cost of living, and not lots of ridiculous laws and taxes.
Are there any places at a more low/normal altitude that are in the US, with a lower cost of living, where you can grow tropical fruits?
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