Lake Chapala: Close to Everything!
One of the most appealing things about living and retiring in Lake Chapala (besides the cost of living and the second best climate in the world) is the fact that it is so close to everything. The pacific coastline, and the tiny village of Cuyutlan, is a mere 3 hours away over an excellent toll road. Cuyutlan is a black sand beach with the village providing only basic services. If you are looking for an 'off the grid' holiday and the ultimate 'chill' experience, then look no further. Enjoy morning or evening walks scanning for hatching sea turtles and beachcombing or take out your rod and try your hand at surf casting. Don't be surprised if you do not see another person!
Santiago Beach, a little further away in Manzanillo, is one of the best walking and swimming beaches on the Pacific and is only 3.5 hours. The beach is absolutely gorgeous and not crowded. Numerous rentals are available as well as hotels such as the Barcelo.
Then there is Puerto Vallarta. With the last piece of toll road finally open the drive is an easy 4.5 hours over toll roads.
Beaches not your thing? Then the city life of Guadalajara is waiting for you only 1 hour away. Culture, box stores, hard to find items and services, giant markets, as well as world class health care are all available in Mexico's second largest city of 8 million people.
But what if you want to REALLY get away from it all, go on vacation to Europe, tackle the beaches of the Caribbean or head back home to the U.S. or Canada to visit family? Well, then you are in luck again as the Guadalajara International Airport is only 1/2 hour to 40 minutes away. Located on the Lake Chapala side of Guadalajara, the drive is pleasant and easy without much traffic over good highway.
Does living in Lake Chapala tick all the boxes for retirement living? Yes, I have to say that all things considered, retiring in Lake Chapala is one of the best moves you could make in your life.
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