Inlet - Boats
Dancer - Headdress
The beautiful villages that cluster around Lake Chapala, Mexico, represent the largest community of retirees other than Florida. Some 40,000 expatriates, mostly Canadian and American, currently live in “Lakeside”. Here, we live life to the fullest and this site is about helping you – and I hope to be part of your decision – make your dream a reality.
Feel free to browse this site. I created it for you and I have attempted to cover most of your concerns – from cost of living, healthcare, safety in our area and so much more!
I loved what I saw, the houses, the views, the lake, the mountains – just like Hawaii at a fraction of the cost. Oh my goodness! I love the quaintness, the ability to get somewhere in minutes rather than an hour or more, the restaurants, the Mexican people, the culture – how they take care of one another and how they respect their elders.Deena Murdoch
Why Lake Chapala?
The top 3 reasons to choose this wonderful corner of Mexico:
Cost of Living!
One million Americans in Mexico can’t all be wrong – nor can an estimated 500,000 Canadians who live in Mexico, at least part-time. Mexico has a much lower cost of living than Canada or the States and is the nearest country where we are able to live year round yet be able to fly back within a few hours or drive back when the urge arises – to be with our precious families. International Living magazine estimates the overall cost of living to be 30% to 50% less than that of the USA.
Lake Chapala was rated by National Geographic as the second best location in the world for its near perfect climate. Having the latitude of Hawaii and the elevation of Denver means this semi-tropical zone averages about 23° Celsius (74° Fahrenheit) year round with almost no humidity. No heating or air conditioning is required with the spring-like temperatures at Lakeside…and you’re never housebound because of extremes of weather.
The beautiful Jacaranda trees
Traditional dress on dancers
The Quality of Life!
Mexicans live their lives – enjoying just about every moment. They love to party, to picnic, to celebrate, to just be. Lake Chapala is a unique blend of “gringo” and latin cultures – and it is such a gift to be able to be part of this union. Living in this beautiful area is not just about the weather and cost of living – it is about living life to the fullest. Expats here play volleyball, tennis, golf – they walk, hike, bike, swim, kayak, take yoga classes, dance classes and engage in all kinds of social activities.
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