Not Sure if Lake Chapala – Ajijic is Right For You?

September 4, 2014

Hi Everyone,

Here’s a recent photo of our harbor in downtown Chapala.

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Thanks for stopping by. You know the world gets smaller and smaller every day with increased air travel, high speed internet, voice over internet telephones, etc. etc.

There are so many great Ex Pat places to choose from outside the USA and Canada it’s not easy to decide just which place is right for you.

More and more countries are making it easier and easier to relocate to their area. I read extensively about ExPat retirement options. Why?

Because as Buyer’s Only Realtor here at Lake Chapala I want to keep up with our competition. Each place has it’s advantages. Some are less expensive than Lake Chapala, but none combine all the things most ExPats from North America want as well (in my opinion) as the Lake Chapala – Ajijic area does.

Year around great weather. Not to hot, not to cold, but just right all year long. So we score highest in this category.

We have a low cost of living with an excellent infrastructure. You can qualify for a Temporary Visa which can lead to a Permanent
Visa. (The easiest way is for one spouse to prove a secure pension type income of $2000 USD per month and then sponsor the other spouse). But, if you have $2500 USD a month coming in you can obtain a permanent visa to start (and sponsor your spouse as well).

You can live so much better in so many ways here at Lake Chapala on this amount than in the USA or Canada.

If you can not qualify for a Resident Visa then the only other option would be to live here for up to 6 months at a time on a Tourist Visa,

Many of the other places you can retire South of the USA and Canada just are not as user friendly as Lake Chapala – Ajijic.

Why? Because North Americans have been retiring here for more than 50 years. The North American Community is well established, many shop keepers speak English, you have a choice of Big Box stores to shop at or small Mom and Pop tiendas,

We have some really nice upscale restaurants with very low prices (compared to the USA/Canada) and we also have Mom and Pop restaurants for even less.

I enjoy dining at these places for almost nothing. 38 Pesos is just $3.04 USD, That’s a complete lunch with drink and tax included.

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Check the menu on the wall photo I took recently at a local Mom and Pop type place where I can have nice lunch for $3.04 USD at the exchange rate of 12.5 pesos per US Dollar.

And remember, our International Airport (GDL) is just 25 minutes from Chapala – Ajijic and about 2 hours flight time to Dallas – Ft Worth (DFW).

Finally, we have a very professional real estate group here with a multiple listing website. Our brokers have escrow accounts in North
American to hold funds until after closing and they are dispersed from there as appropriate. Our Notarios, special government officials that transfer property in Mexico, speak English and see that you get a clear title with no liens.

There’s so much more I want to tell you, but I’m running out of space for this article/post.

If you’d like to know more about any aspect of living, working, and playing at Lake Chapala – Ajijic, Mexico drop me an e mail to

We can set up a free telephone consultation for more in depth discussions, Just ask about how to do that in your e mail if this is of interest.

All for now, Siempre tu amigo, Sid

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