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Lake Chapala, and the towns of Ajijic and Chapala,

are only 40 minutes from Guadalajara and less than 30 minutes from Guadalajara's airport. Three main towns are featured, Chapala, Ajijic, and Jocotepec. There are an estimated 50,000 Canadians and Americans living in the Guadalajara, Chapala/Ajijic areas. Numerous support organizations exist, and they organize activities, provide assistance in purchasing real estate, legal, cultural, shopping, and financial advice. This support makes the Lake Chapala an excellent starting point if you want to investigate retiring in Mexico. It is just far enough away from the big city to be a comfortable retirement haven. It is only 2.5 hours to the coastal beaches south of Manzanillo, 3 hours to Manzanillo itself, and 4.5 hours from Puerto Vallarta. Ajijic appears to have more Canadian residents, and Chapala seems to have more American residents. Both are popular retirement destinations. Ajijic has a movie theater (new American movies) and a live performing arts theater.

Although shopping is good around Lake Chapala, it is only a short drive by bus or car to the big box stores in Guadalajara (WalMart, Sam's Club, etc.)

The real estate market is one of the best organized and regulated in Mexico, and hundreds of homes are listed for sale on the local MLS service.

The fabulous colonial cities of Mexico are mostly within 3-4 hours driving too. Of course we can't forget the great city of Guadalajara which is less than one hour away. You can shop till you drop there, eat gourmet meals, check out colonial buildings, and the entertainment is full-range. Prices are fairly low and the selection is unlimited.

The cost of living is lower around Lake Chapala compared to the coastal areas. Restaurant prices can much lower, but higher priced tourist restaurants exist too. Utility costs are lower because air conditioning is not required.

And of course, they have the world's most perfect climate.

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View of Ajijic from Lakeshore

 

Here are some local links for more information. To the right are the hills behind Ajijic.

Medical Services

Golfing in the Area

Other Links for Information

fishermans fountain in Chapala The picture to the left shows the Fountain of the Fishermen in the lakeside park in the town of Chapala. In the background is the cathedral. Chapala has a more defined commercial core compared to the village of Ajijic. Behind this fountain toward the lake are located many vendors selling products from arts and crafts to food.

Chapala is a great place for a Sunday afternoon stroll along this park, checking out all the Mexican tourists from Guadalajara. People from Guadalajara come to Lake Chapala for the weekend or just for dinner on the lake. Sometimes all the restaurants are very busy on the weekend. Ajijic offers great walking trips through a more traditional Mexican town. Watch your ankles on the cobblestone streets!

Here is the climate data for Chapala:

Average monthly temperatures and precipitation.
Month:
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
High
75
77
80
84
86
83
79
79
78
79
78
76
Low
46
48
50
54
58
61
60
60
59
55
49
47
Rain
0.5
0.2
0.2
0.3
1.0
6.3
9.7
7.6
5.8
2.3
0.4
0.5
The above are in degrees fahrenheit and inches.

The above current temperatures are for Guadalajara. The climate on Lake Chapala is generally a little cooler than Guadalajara in the hotter months, and warmer in the colder months.

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