San Juan Cosala to Jocotepec
There is more to Lake Chapala then just Ajijic! While many of our clients come down for the expat community of Ajijic and enjoy all the many and amazing events and clubs, there are those who prefer to be more immersed in the lifestyle of Mexico. Lucky for you, there are many options as to where to live Lakeside and the western most part of the lake from San Juan Cosala (a mere 15 minutes from Ajijic) to Jocotepec (30 minutes) may be for you. Why? Let's look at some of the reasons why you may be attracted to this area.
Jocotepec is the 'big' town in these parts and boasts one of the most beautiful and spacious plazas as well as the largest malecon and park in the area along with docks stretching out into the lake for fishing. Jocotepc is also the hub of the berry farming industry and from this has sprung up all the services and stores needed to support such a large industry and the people involved. Large stores such as Aurea bodega (like a mini Walmart), the large Thursday Farmers Market, and the year 'round mercado in the plaza provides for all your needs.
Jocotepec boasts 2 hospitals, an IMSS Clinic and a cardiology clinic with more hospitals in Guadalajara 30 minutes away.
Also in the area, are two entertainment centers. One features dolphins and dolphin shows while the other is a parrot/macaw center. All this close at hand for when guests arrive.
For the more serious, the Cultural Center has an excellent variety of art and photography exhibits, art classes, a children's library and a quiet garden sitting area.
Needing more? From Jocotepec, you are a mere 30 minutes from world class shopping in Guadalajara. Supermarkets such as Frescos, Mega, as well as the super box stores like Costco, Sam's Club and Home Depot are easily reached along Lopez Mateos. There is even a new Liverpool along with a new Gallarias Mall. High end shopping that rival any big malls in the U.S or Canada!
San Juan Cosala
San Juan Cosala, on the other hand, has the quaint Mexican charm and intimacy of a small village. There is not a lot here and some people like it that way. It does, however, have the famous Viva Mexico Restaurant, a favorite hangout for expats and Mexicans. Recently, a couple specialty coffee shops have opened up for those missing the Starbucks atmosphere.
Of course, San Juan Cosala is most famous for it's balanarios, public hot spring pools and spas! People come from around the world to dip and soak in hot springs flavored with chocolate, roses, apple cider vinegar, coffee and wine.....and finally immerse yourself in the the famous mud baths the end. It's a great place to relax and let your body be refreshed.
Just on the east end of San Juan Cosala you'll find the popular string of seafood and Mexican restaurants located right on the lake. These restaurants are most busy during weekends and holidays and feature lakeside dining, live bands and dancing to Cuban, Mexican and Latin music.
There are very few 'gringos' living this far west but if you are looking to immerse yourself in Mexican culture and lifestyle then this might be the place for you. One other major point I would like to make that some of you might appreciate hearing is that this far out you'll rarely find any traffic problems.