Lake Chapala on the Radio in the USA

October 15, 2011


Popular Talk Radio Show Host, David “Bulldog” Rothner, of the “Rude Awakening” morning show on W.O.C.M, broadcasting from Ocean City, Maryland, but heard in Delaware, Virginia, and New Jersey recently interviewed “Sid, the Lake Chapala Information Guy” about Living the Dream at Lake Chapala, Mexico.
The show features a variety of guest interviews from celebrities to politicians, musicians to athletes, psychics to porn stars, doctors and artists… and now Sid joins the group. 



  • Marie-Paule

    The radio interview was interesting and informative. I now know why the Lake Chapala weather is even better than Hawaii’s because of the humidity factor.

    Now I would love to know, in your opinion, why you chose Lake Chapala area over Costa Rica? You mentioned that you had gone to Costa Rica about 5 times so you would have some first hand experience in noting some of the differences when it comes to choosing a place to retire.

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Marie – Paule,

    Thanks for your question. I chose Mexico over Costa Rica and in particular Lake Chapala. Mexico for all of the following reasons.

    First a short war story about Costa Rica: I once wanted to change a hundred dollar bill. I went into a bank and about a half hour I emerged with Colones, but first every bank official in the bank had to study my clean undamaged hundred dollar bill.

    I of course had my passport, my tourist card etc. I was not a happy camper.

    More practical reasons:

    The climate is nice, but to get near the same climate as we have here at Lake Chapala I would have had to find a home at just the right altitude up and down one of the mountains. not much selection at the right elevation to choose from.

    I could not drive easily from Texas as the trip would be long and pass through other countries. I can drive from Lake Chapala to Texas in one long day or a day and half comfortable drive.

    I found the San Jose ugly, polluted, and dirty back then. It may have changed by now.

    I found the infrastructure lacking. Horrible roads for the most part. This may be better now.

    Good Things: Wonderful sweet people, very well educated, but high unemployment or underemployed. Our tour bus driver college educated experienced civil engineer.

    Inexpensive but no more so than Mexico.

    Hope this helps. Tu amigo, Sid

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