Handy Mail for Lake Chapala Ajijic

August 8, 2009

Handy Mail for Lake Chapala Ajijic HANDY MAIL is indeed Handy, if you want to get your important mail to you safe and sound and within a reasonable time from the USA after you move to Lake Chapala – Ajijic. I've used their services after trying others and they are definitely the best. Owned and run by a friend Dryden Jones Handy Mail came into existence when the service he used to use did not measure up to his expectations. So, he opened his own service and the rest is history as they say, Let Dryden tell you in his own words about the service. header "Handy Mail is a twice weekly mail forwarding service from Laredo, Texas, serving all the communities along the north shore, Ajijic, Chapala, San Antonio Tlayacapan, La Floresta, San Juan Cosala, Racquet Club, Jocotepec, Lake Chapala, Mexico. You can receive mail from people worldwide at a United States address. We also give all members free Vonage phone calls and free internet. We can give you a box number now via email or phone (USA/Canada call 210-200-8776. Pay when you arrive, no charge until you begin receiving mail. PRICES For payment on a monthly basis the charge is $27.00 USD per month. For a six month account paid in full the change is $144 ($24 per mo. ..a saving of $18 USD) For a 1 year account paid in full the charge is $264 (a saving of $27 USD equaling one month free) We have big boxes, better & faster service, email advisory when the mail is in, and mail forwarding when you travel. Your International address will be: Your Name 5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-XXX (XXX = your Box Number) Laredo, TX 78041-8813 USA -if needed outside the USA) Local mail and mail from inside Mexico, Fed Ex, UPS, messages etc. can be sent to your Box Location at: Carr. Chapala-Jocotepec #159 C- X (X= your Box Number) ; San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco, Mexico. 45915 Local letters and messages may also be dropped off there. Sid's Jag 038

Perhaps this is the way the mail used to bw transported

OUR HOURS We are open week days 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM; Sat. 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. OUR LOCATION Carr. Chapala – Jocotepec # 159C; One Block East of SuperLake San Antonio Tlayacapan. HOW IT WORKS The mail leaves Laredo, Texas, semi weekly and arrives here in 2-4 days depending upon the weekend. Our competitors generally take longer.) NO PACKAGES are received in Laredo – You must receive only letters, newspapers, magazines and large envelopes not too thick (must be able to bend).Send packages to your Handy Mail Box in Mexico. .  When mail arrives we will email you (privately) advising which boxes numbers have received mail.  OUR GUARANTEE If after trying HANDY MAIL for a month or so you are dissatisfied with our service, we will refund 100% of your money that we receivee.


For Members we will forward your stamped letters to the USA via a FedEx Packet and deposit them into the USPS mail.  For this service we charge 10 pesos for a normal weight letter – OUR ABSOLUTE COST.

You will continue to pay the basic “Box Rent” just for the months when the mail is forwarded, plus a $5.00 USD per month charge for this extra service. They will continue to hold your Mail Box for you +-when it is inactive for $5.00 USD / month.

You must supply stickers for the envelopes with your mail forwarding address thereon. We cannot Forward magazines or very large packets.

NO  PACKAGES – They may get lost. Please warn all possible package senders NOT to mail them to your HANDY MAIL Laredo, Texas, address. One can use Fed Ex, UPS etc. with items addressed to your HANDY MAIL Box in San Antonio Tlayacapan, or your residence. This is the only safe shipping way and also to secure a proper signed receipt. People also ask friends who are traveling back and forth to help. We have no connection with the U.S. Postal Service. Our mail arrives in Laredo, Texas, at the Shipper's Warehouse, 5802 Bob Bullock C1. All letters are then promptly taken directly across the border and on to the shipper's plant in San Louis Potosi. There it is sorted and ours comes to San Antonio Tlayacapan.

Packages are one of our biggest downers in Mexico. Some people use the Mexican mail, but postage is extremely high and there is some pilferage. To transport items, we suggest you ask friends for help and reciprocate when coming and going to the States or Canada; also Fed Ex, UPS etc. addressed to your HANDY MAIL Box in San Antonio Tlayacapan or your residence. Do not mail anything labeled with a questionable manufacturer's name or an illegal product's name showing on the envelope for shipment into Mexico (i.e. Medicine, Computer Items etc.). They will be confiscated; have them repackaged. Customers have told us that they have a friend re-wrap medicine and place it in a plain fairly flat business letter size envelope.

Magazines in clear plastic envelopes are fine, regardless of size or weight. The big N.Y. Times and Chicago Tribune are OK unpackaged. We are sorry that there is not a good reasonably priced way to ship packages and packets into Mexico This is one of the fees we pay for our fabulous weather.  REFERRING A FRIEND Please refer a friend to HANDY MAIL. We will give you two months Box Rent free when a referred person signs up for 6 months. If initially they sign up for just one month or so and continue on for a total of six months, that still applies. CONTACT US Email: handymailtomx@gmail.com  Phone in Mexico: 011 52 (376) 766-3813 USA / Canada 210-200-8776 Local: (376) 766-3813 USA Phone Number: 210-200-8776"

  • Dryden Jones

    Sid, Many, Many thanks for the BIG Handy Mail blip. You might change our open hours to weekdays 8:00AM-7:00PM.

    Also, the Handy Mail email address is

    Regards, Dryden

  • Sylvia VanHoose

    We will be moving to the Lake Chapala area in August and are interested in using your mail service. In the above article it also states, “We also give all members free Vonage phone calls and free internet.” I would like to get more info on that as well. Could you please email me with that information?

    Thank you,
    Rick and Sylvia VanHoose

  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Sylvia, The Handy Mail Service is not my service but I do recommend it and use it myself.

    You can e mail the service provider directly to their e mail address at dryden44jones@gmail.com

    The owner of the service, Dryden Jones is a great guy and I’m sure he’ll be glad to answer all your questions about their mail service.

    I would have sent this information to you directly but for some reason the software did nmot pick up your e mail address so I hope you see this answer here.

    Siempre tu amigo, Sid Sid@ChapalaClub.com

  • Bruce Sondergaard

    Can we have packages delivered to the Laredo address for pickup by the addressee??

  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Bruce, I actually wet to the address in Laredo several years ago. It’s in a warehouse district and there was no one there I could speak to. Just trucks coming and going.

    So, I doubt it very much. Handy Mail will accept packages being sent to their street address at Lake Chapala. Good question. Sid

  • Shari Harter

    My friends have lived in Mexico for 3 years, now in Merida. One of the “bummers” is they can’t get mail from Amazon.com. I, too, am a “book-ie” and wonder if books sent from amazon.com to your Laredo address could be reforwded and likely to actually arrive.

    Or are these either too big or likely to go missing? I’d appreciate knowing how people have solved this issue, if indeed they have.

    Like you recommended, currently my friends just come to the states occasionally and take back LOTS of items bought here that they can’t get there (Miracle Whip, CLR for lime deposits, and BOOKS!)


  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Shari,

    The mail service I use “Handy Mail” does not forward packages sent to the Laredo address. But packages sent to their Street address here at Lake Chapala come through fine.

    Since often times you must sign for packages I have my books from Amazon and other places like things I buy on e bay sent to my brokers street address in Ajijic where one of the secretaries are happy to accept and sign for my packages.

    So, UPS and Fed Ex both work well here at Lake Chapala (at least along the North Shore where most all of us live).

    Some shippers do not ship to Mexico in general and if I can’t find a shipper who will I send them to friends who bring the, down or to a relative’s home in Texas where I pick them up on my next visit.

    Each year our services at Lake Chapala improve.

    I get Mexican mail service to my home now, but bills still arrive too late to pay them on time.

    Hope this helps, Tu amigo, Sid

  • Catherine Ibarra

    Does Handy Mail, provide FAX service? if not does anyone else”

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