Why You Should Not Move to Lake Chapala – 8 Reasons
February 20, 2013
Wow, This is a tough question to answer, but I know there must be some folks out there (usually married to someone who can’t wait to get here) who thinks they would not like it here at Lake Chapala.
So, I decided to write this article to tell the world the truth about life at Lake Chapala, Mexico.
Now most of you already know, all things considered, I love it here. But, as a trained advocate (I was an attorney for 17 years) sometimes I had to advocate arguments with which I did not personally agree.
So, I’ll do my best to defend those who think they will not like it here.
If you think you would not like living close to an International Airport I must tell you that we have one just 45 minutes away. Fortunately, none of the landing or take off coridors past anywhere near Lake Chapala. In fact it’s very rare here to ever hear an airplane or helecopter.
If you feel that since you’ve worked for many years and earned medical benefits under US Social Security or under a Canadian Plan, and since you can’t yet use those benefits here that you’re being cheated out of your earned health care benefits.
This is true for now, but sorry to tell you but this argument also has a flaw in it. Much of your medical care here will cost less than your co-pay in the USA. Doctor visits (inluding house calls) run from about $7 USD to $40 USD (meds included). Plus they’ve opening regional hospitals which offer free to very low cost treatments.
Oh yes, you can get your teeth cleaned for $24 USD and they don’t make you get an X Ray first, even as a new patient.
You’ve never really liked Mexican Music. Well, yes of course we have all sorts of Mexican Music, Duh, we’re in Mexico afterall, but your excuse even for this doesn’t hold water. Here’s why.
Many of the Mexican Bands here play American music and we have local North American Musicians who play Jazz , Country, and Rock. Check on line for “The Tall Boys”.
You’re not fond of Mexican food and think a steady diet of it would get old quick.
I really am trying to defend your reasons not to like living at Lake Chapala, but this argument falls short as well. With immigrants from all over the world here you can find Tai, Chinese, French, Italian, German, and more plus a variety of fresh seafood, and American food including Mom and Pop syle plate lunches and hamburger plates. For you Southern guys we even have buscuits and gravy.
You may be confusing the Mexican food you find in North America (Tex Mex for example) with real Mexican food. You should try authentic Mexcican food. You may find you really do like Mexican food afterall, but if you prefer Tex Mex we have one of those too.
You’ve heard that even on a Tuna Fish Pension you can afford to have servants and you’re just not sure you would feel comfortable around servants and might even feel that you were somehow taking advantage of their low hourly wages.
Yes, It’s true you really can afford to have servants here. But if you still want to do your own yard work or house work, nothing says you “must” have servants.
But, before you decide not to, if you’re the husband, you better clear that with your other half unless you agree to do the cleaning, washing, and ironing as a condition of not having servants.
You’d only be saving about $4 USD per hour, even if you decided to do it… and Mama would allow it.
You think that you’ll have to learn Spanish and you’ve never been good at learning languages. Sorry Charlie, Your beat again. You can get along here quite well without the need to learn Spanish…
But even if you’re not good at languages you likely will find that you’ll pick up more than you ever thought you would. Engish is widely spoken here by the Mexcian people as well as foreigners from all over the world because most of them are bilingual in their native language and English.
You’re afraid that living here will be like living at a Sun City type retirement place and you’re not into golf or tennis and not what we’d call a social butterfly.
Sorry, but there’s no need to live this lifestyle unless you choose to. We have two great golf courses and a nice country club and parks with good tennis courts and there’s even an addtion called “The Raquet Club” with a large number of tennis courts. All the streets there are named for Tennis Stars.
A very wide variety of people from all walls of life, backgrounds and socio- economic levels live harmoniously around Lake Chapala, There are vets on a small military pension who frequent the American Legion Post 7 and live on their too small pensions,
There are former Corporate Excutives who could live the lifestyle of the rich and famous anywhere in the world, but choose to do it here at safe, beautiful, and affordable Lake Chapala.
They did not get to be rich by making poor decisions, so our area is also popular with this group as well as the rest of us. But, there’s a good deal of mixing between the various groups, because we all love it here.
You’ve heard we have a 3 month long rainy season and this is a turn off for you. Well, yes, we do have a 3 month long summer rainy season, but it almost always just rains at night so we just get to wake up to a freshly washed morning . The rains rarely interfere with our lives.
I hear someone reading this saying, “Yes, Sid, but I can’t handle humidity well.”
I can’t either and almost died as a child with athsma living in Beaumont, Texas. Why does it not bother me at all here?
We’re a mile high, like Denver CO, and the humidy quickly evaporates and provides a natural cooling effect keeping our summer temperatures very comfortable (not too hot, not too cool, and not to humid, but just right).
Check out the weather link on www.ChapalaClub.com for our actual weather conditions 24 x 7 run by a local weather guy. Don’t use the Guadalajara weather reports as they’re not accurate for our area. Guad is both hotter in the summer and colder in the winter than we are.
Still not convinced. Checkout the video below and or e mail me with your questions to Sid@ChapalaClub.com
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All for now, Siempre tu amigo, Sid