Surfing Through Low season

By Jade Arroyo

During this month, San Miguel de Allende shows us its most quiet side; lets enjoy the tranquility and try some different entertainment proposals and experiences.

Go swimming

For many decades, San Miguel has been famous for its warm springs and the physical and spiritual benefits provided by them. There’s nothing better to beat stress than a visit to the baths located on the road to Dolores Hidalgo, just a few minutes outside town. The most popular ones, featuring different styles, are Escondido Place, 1852022; La Gruta, 1852162; and Taboada, 1529250.

All have restaurant and bar service and dressing rooms and most of them are open every day (except perhaps Christmas and New Year’s). If you don’t have a car, you can take a taxi for about 100 pesos. Entrance fees vary from approximately 90 to 130 pesos.

Enjoy nature

Visit the natural reserve and botanical garden El Charco del Ingenio. This jewel of nature holds a large collection of native cactus and Mexican plants. It’s the ideal place to take a walk, do tai-chi, or work out while enjoying amazing views and the purest air. There’s also a shop with handmade crafts and botanical beauty products and a lovely cafeteria offering healthy and delicious organic food and beverages.

This picturesque reserve is located a few minutes above Centro, toward the road to Querétaro. You can either take a taxi or walk from Centro going up through Cuesta de San José or Correo. For further information, call 1544715 or visit elcharco.org.

Watch a movie

Cinema Splendor. Hernándes Macias 55, inside the Hotel Sautto.

Movie Pocket Theatre. Hernándes Macias 95. Tickets and reservations only on site. The ticket fee includes one drink and popcorn. Check the schedule at petitbar.com.mx.

Cinemex. The movie theatre located at the La Luciérnaga mall, where you can see the newest releases and blockbusters.

Learn something

Whether for yoga, hip-hop, flamenco, or circus exercises, you can attend El Sindicato cultural center. This place likes to define itself as a community center for everybody, approachable by everyone. It’s also a good place to meet people and promote cultural exchange.

Open your mind

Read a book. The Biblioteca Pública holds a really large collection of books in both Spanish and English, and some in French and German too. There also an art book section featuring beautiful volumes. Becoming a member is very easy and on Thursday mornings there is a special book sale in the courtyard. Insurgentes 25.

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