Most of the searching I have done and have gleaned the most from on the site is about Baja. That is on the top 10 list but I have another plan for yearly winter trips ( I live in the NE icebox.) My wife retired after 37 years teaching and so we are now free to roam whenever we please. We have thought how great it would be to escape the winters. We absolutely love where we live but we are remote and the winter dig outs have lost their appeal...if they ever had any. One of our thoughts as we have both lived and worked overseas in a number of countries and have traveled a lot. We'd like to use the FWC to get down to Mexico and have it to explore but to have a couple places we would rent a small house for a month or two at a time. Using those places as home bases from which to do shorter explorations. I used to live in Paraguay a long time ago but as a teacher many of my students helped me keep up my Spanish enough that I can get by and carry a conversation if the verbs don't get too crazy.
We are looking for areas both highland and coastal. We have heard the Belize border area quite nice as is the expat areas like San Miguel etc. So we are looking for help from those willing to share their experiences, places, local rental agencies, though we have also looked at VBRO and AB&B. Any and all advice greatly appreciated. It is an ideal way to see an area leisurely and have the comfort of shorter trips from a home base.