The Secret… That’s Not a Secret – Lake Chapala Mexico

August 18, 2012

Hi Everyone,  You probably already know that Mexico and especially Lake Chapala, Mexico is one of the most hospitable places on the planet. I discovered Mexico back in 1961 in a post high school road trip in my 49 Cadillac to Mexico City just aftr gradulating form high school.
It was instant love for me and the dream of someday living in Mexico where the prices were low, the people friendly and the climate warm and inviting embedded itself in my heart.
Now in semi retirement and having lived here for over 10 years I am discovering that even though ex-pats have been living here for 50 years we seem to still be a secret to many retirees, soon to be retirees and wanna be retirees who believe (in error) that while they’re ready emotionally to retire the harsh reality “seems” to be that they’re looking at another 5 to 10 years of work before they can comfortably retire.
So, if Lake Chapala, Mexico has been a secret to you before now, I want to share “my secret” and the “secret of about 20,000 plus other retirees” that our little slice is waiting for you to discover it.
No, we’ve not spoiled it for you. The people are still friendly, the prices are still low, the people are still welcoming. You see, those of us who call Lake Chapala home either full or part time don’t just welcome everyone here.
Why, because we don’t want people retiring here who might destroy what we’ve come to love.
On the other hand we welcome anyone who’s willing to slow down, learn just a little Spanish (easier than you might think), and respect the culture of our hosts.
Why aren’t more people moving to our little slice of paradise. Yes, I know about the bad press Mexico get’s in the USA and Canada. If it  bleeds it leads.
We get all the horrible news of violence in North American here in Mexico too. No need to repeat it here.
No, I think that most people are just a bit set in their ways and just afraid of change.
But, you need not be. I’ve never lived outside of Texas or Mexico and I personally did not find it a difficult adjustment at all to live here at Lake Chapala.
We have about 80 differenbt English language organizations here and you can surely find plenty of things to do and make a slew of new friends, but there’s no pressure to become a social butterfly.
Lake Chapala is all about doing what you want to do when you want to do it or… doing not much at all except enjoying the natural beauty which is inescapable. So, if year around mostly sunny skies, and an average temperature of 73 degrees is not your cup of tea our area may not be right for you.
Many people that come for a visit almost instantly have a feeling of feeling “at home”. Others like it and want to try us out part time. That’s fine too.
We don’t want you here if you’re going to be unhappy. Very few indeed find this to be the case.
Is everything absolutely perfect. Admittedly no, but the positives of lifestyle (Living a Caviar Lifestyle on a Tuna Fish Pension)… spring-like weather year round… high-quality, low-cost health care… etc, make it as close as anything I’ve found so far, and I visited a lot of places before finding a home here.
It’s never too late to take action and to use a rough quote from Shakespeare, “… whether it’s nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them.”
So, take a lesson from the “Bard” … don’t thrown in the towel and think you have to wait 5 or 10 years more before retiring to a luxury lifestyle.
Come see if Lake Chapala may be a good fit for you.
Come and sit with me on my veranda, look out over my impressive garden filled with flowers, my trees lush with tropical fruit (3 kinds of bananas, pomegranate, lemon/lime, avocado, and mango) and my large aloe Vera garden to the sun setting on Lake Chapala surrounded by lush green mountains and look me in the face and say, “This is not for me Sid.”
As we used to say in grade school “I double dog dare you.”

But, I know some of you reading this are skeptical. I understand, I was a police officer for 35 years and a lawyer for 17 years so, I’m not easily convinced myself.
I’m careful about making changes and want to know all the facts and just the facts like Sergeant Joe Friday.
That’s where I come in. To give you the unvarhished truth about life here so you will be very well informed.
You need to know how to take those first baby steps, then continue to grow in the knowledge of Lake Chapala and I feel certain that the vast majority of those reading this article will want to learn more.
If that’s you, My name is Sid Grosvenor and they don’t call me the “Lake Chapala Information Guy” for nothing and the Overseas Radio Network did not choose me to host “Chapala Club Talk Radio” without vetting me thoroughly.
Want to know more? Been thinking of sending me an e mail? Been thinking about setting up a toll free call to pick my brain?
Let’s get started on seeing if Lake Chapala may be in your future. You can do it and I can help.
Send me an e mail to and please use as your subject line, “I’m ready”.
You’ll be glad you did. I guarantee it.
All for now,


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