Five Years of Research on Lake Chapala Is at Your Fingertips Right !

February 16, 2011

Hi Everyone,

Well the above headline makes a big promise. So now let me show you how easy it is to find all these thousands of hours of research,writing, and editing.

Like a lot of things we look for sometimes we look in all the wrong places, but this time the right place is right here on this website.

Take a look at the short video below to discover how to unlock the secrets of research vault. 

The video will show you how to just brouse by title and date …and a second way to find praticular topics of interest.So, watch the video and then have fun finding
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If you can't find what your looking for be sure and let me know by sending me an e mail to, because I want to help you to find the answer to your questions.


  • Pat

    I was at lake Chapala about 10 years ago stayed at the Nino hotel. Would love to go back, loved it there but you hear so much about kidnappings and be headings in Mexico makes you scared to go back. Don’t feel it is safe.

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Pat,

    Please come and see for yourself. Yes, of course there’s some crime here, but as a former Dallas Police Officer I can truly say that I feel safer here than almost any place I’ve ever lived. We’ve not really been affected directly by the drug violence.

    There was a recent robbery that turned bad and a man was killed. I don’t have the exact stats, but in my memory that was only the second murder in out area in about 4 or 5 years. They caught the teens that were invloved in the recent murder.

    As far as I know the other one s still unsolved.

    I invite others to comment on this thread.

    The bad press we get has caused a drop in real estate prices since demand is lower, but this gives the savvy buyer an opportunity to save even more.

    Come see for yourself. Tu amigo, Sid
    I use to live in rural East Texas and never even locked a door and there were very few deputies for many square miles and I flt very safe there until one night coming home late I wound up in a gun battle.

    I no longer felt safe, but this type of assault was very rare in this county. Actually I was still very safe

  • Thomas Hess

    why,is there nothing about retirement commnitys in ajitic,mx.or just apatments for retired. is there not any apatments in ajitic,mx or around lake chapata.I do not have the money to buy a home,but I would love to live there.can you put me with someone who has apatments for RENT.I’m 65 yaers old ,and buy myself all I need is a 1 bedroom I pay 640.00 a mouth here in Tucson,az my SS is 1182.00 a mouth.I need to know if it would be better for me.I HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME WITH THIS.HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU. tom. PS or some one who has apatments for rent

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Tom. The best way to find the type of apartment you’re looking for is to come down. Stay a couple of days at a local B and B in Ajijic and walk over to the Lake Chapala Society which is treasure trove of information.

    Be sure and look at the bulletin board where there are usually 5 or 6 apartments or Casitas (small homes behind larger homes which share the same garden area or a pool etc.) for rent for between $300 and $700.

    A single gentleman on a long term lease would be most owners dream. These are usually North Americans who are just picking up a little extra money by renting their casita.

    You should also check the bulletin board at Wal Mart and in front of Super LAke Grocery in San Antonio Tla. and the shop windows in Chapala for similar ads.

    Of course there are rental agencies here as well but their main focus is on higher priced rentals.
    You should be able to live very comfortable here on the retirement you have. Tu amigo, Sid

  • http://planningvacationandmayberetirement dan meyers

    hi sid i found the bulletin board series informative do you know of any groups mid 40 with children that go to public school in that region. thank you for your response danny meyers

  • Sid Grosvenor

    HI Dan, Glad you enjoyed the bulletin board video.

    You asked about parents with school age kids going to public school here.

    I don;t personally know any, but there could be some. I do know that thee are at least 2 private schools whihc are bi-lingual schools and a couple of years ago I met one of these families but have lost touch.

    I recommend going on the Web Board which you can access from but which is hosted by

    I could try and research it there for you, but you could follow the responses and perhaps correspond with families that are giving the public schools a a try.

    I’ve heard that the public schools are good, but class sizes tend to be large (up to 40 I hear).

    The public schools require the students to wear uniforms (like in private schools), buy their own books and supplies.

    The government pays for the building, the utilities, and the teachers salary.

    Public schools as a rule have two shifts. A morning shift and an afternoon shift. The don’t have band, formal sports, or much in the way of extra curricula things,
    Some charities here help out families who can’t afford to send all their kids to school due to the expenses mentioned above.

    Hope this helps. Tu amigo, Sid

  • http://planningvacationandmayberetirement dan meyers

    thank you for info. about schools for younger children we will look into this. regards dan meyers

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Dan, Thanks for your comment. When you come for a visit one of our team will take you around to the local schools so yu can see the school and interview the staff.

    I’ve done this several times over the last 8 years I’ve been helping people here, but things always change so it’s best to talk with each school directly. Tu amigo, Sid

  • http://planningvacationandmayberetirement dan meyers

    hi sid thanks again for your response about schools. when we arrive at chapala how do i get in touch with you or your team?. we will be there may 10 for 10 days. what is the best telephone system to use to call ca. from chapala? hasta luego i think. dan meyers

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Again Dan, Thanks for you nice words. My Mexican cell is 331 152 1314. E mail is

    My USA line is 972 635 5290. Best to e mail me before you arrive so we can arrange to meet. I can arrange for Bi lingual trusted airport pick up service as well. Nice to have a smiling face holding a sign with your name on it when you arrive at a strange foreign airport.

    Look forward to helping you accomplish your goals.

    Tu amigo, Sid

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