Ajijic, on the north
shore of Lake Chapala, has long been known as a village of artists, and
has now been named as one of the best places to live or retire in Mexico
(International Living Magazine, AARP). The near perfect weather, the
beauty of Lake Chapala and the Sierra Madre mountains, the friendly
people, the infrastructure and the relatively inexpensive real estate
market have made Ajijic one of the most sought after places to retire in
Lake Chapala is
Mexico’s largest fresh water lake stretching 50 miles from end to end
and 13 miles across. Small villages dot the shoreline on both sides of the
lake, each offering it’s own charm. The north shore of the lake, from
the town of Chapala to the western tip of the lake where Jocotepec is
located, is commonly referred to as Lakeside. It is in this area you will
find a large concentration of Canadians and Americans that have chosen to
retire in Mexico.
Ajijic has a
population of about 10,000. Like most Mexican towns, the plaza is the
center of town. Many an afternoon can be spent watching the children
running around cracking confetti filled eggs over each others heads, the
elderly Huicholes (indigenous) women selling their colorful handmade
shawls, or young couples strolling around the square holding hands and
sharing an ice cream. A walk along the cobblestone streets in any
direction from the Plaza will take you past jewelers, artist galleries,
and countless restaurants. A walk through Ajijic feels like a journey back
in time, but with many of today’s amenities.
For those that think
they might miss the comforts of home while living in Ajijic, the city of
Guadalajara is an easy 45-minute drive away.
If you don’t want to drive, there are local buses that make the
journey every half hour or you can hire a driver for about $5.00 per hour
to show you around.
you’ll find all the amenities of any large city: wonderful museums and
art galleries, an opera company and symphony, movie theaters showing first
run movies, world-class restaurants, as well as shopping centers,
department stores, designer shops, Costco, Sam’s Club, Best-Buy, Office
Depot and more.
The best part about
living in Lakeside is that you have access to everything in Guadalajara,
but at the end of the day (or weekend), you cross over the mountains and
find yourself back in the peaceful, charming towns that many Americans and
Canadians have come to call home in Mexico.
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