Moving To Lake Chapala: Everything You Need To Know
Updated: Sep 29
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First off, forget the social media naysayers. Read Common Reasons NOT to move to Lake Chapala - Overruled and The Truth & Misconceptions About Ajijic then find out why you should move here by reading about the Top 5 Reasons To Move To Lake Chapala. But don't take my word for it. Start investing you own time into making informed decisions by coming for a visit and seeing for yourself.
If this is your first time visiting Lake Chapala then you'll benefit from reading Visiting Lake Chapala where I guide you through your travels from your home to your vacation rental in Ajijic.
Once you've arrived, you'll need to find a temporary place to stay, so we've written about our favorite places in Places To Stay In Ajijic Part 1 and Part 2. You can also check our website under the 'For Rent' tab and see our short term vacation rental options.
There are lots of great reasons for moving to Lake Chapala. Read Why Lake Chapala? and Living in Lake Chapala, and for those of you really getting excited about immersing yourself in the culture, delve into The Unique Mexican Charm of Ajijic.
It takes research and due diligence on your part to make the move to Lake Chapala a success. For some, living in Lake Chapala is not for them Take the Quiz. After all, living in Mexico is not like living in Canada or the U.S.
Become familiar with the different communities by reading Lake Chapala Communites in order to familiarize yourself with Lakeside. Then head over to our YouTube Channel and watch our Guided Tour Of The Communities. It's like being there yourself!
Now that you've arrived, what are some of the things you must do here to make your vacation the best? It's all in 7 Things you Must Do When Visiting Ajijic and Things To Do In Lake Chapala where I list 28 of the almost limitless activities available.
Needing a great place to eat after all those activities? There are lots to chose from. Read about our 6 Favorite Restaurants in Ajijic as well as Best restaurants San Antonio to Chapala, and Ajijic to San Juan Cosala
Okay, it turns out you love it here! We understand. This is a magnificent place to live at half the cost of living then you're used to. Don't believe me? Have a look at our cost of living figures Cost of Living In Ajijic and for a look at some of the everyday items you might purchase you can read Real Costs of Living in Lake Chapala and Real Costs of Living in Ajijic.
You'll be so excited it will make you want to come back and stay a while longer. But where should you stay? How can you find long term rentals in Lake Chapala? Read Where to Find Rentals in Ajijic. This is our #1 most read and referenced blog on the website providing you with links to every rental agency, real estate company that does rentals, Spanish websites, Facebook Pages and so much more. But before signing the lease, have a look at our Rental Checklist For Renting In Lake Chapala to make sure you don't get caught out.
Naturally, once you're here for a while, everyone's mind starts to turn towards living here permanently. So what's best? Renting or buying? What are the pros and cons? Find out by reading Advantages & Disadvantages to Renting in Lake Chapala and Pros and Cons of Buying a Home in Lake Chapala, and if you are the more adventurous type then you won't be afraid to dig into Pros and Cons of Building in Lake Chapala. Then if you decide to buy be sure to read FAQ's – Buying a Home in Lake Chapala Part 1 and FAQ's - Buying a Home in Lake Chapala Part 2 where we answer all your questions on the buying process.
Learn how to chose a great agent to help through the process by reading Lake Chapala Real Estate Agents and Agencies and be sure to take to heart and do your due diligence by following the items in Lake Chapala Home Buyers Checklist so that there won't be any surprises.
Let's face it, it's the lifestyle that brings us here and keeps us here but is everything always perfect? Does such a place even exist? Read what it's like, both good and bad. 18 Things you Need to Know about Living in Lake Chapala, Pros and Cons to Living In Lake Chapala and finally How to Avoid Expatriate Failure
None of us are getting any younger and therefore health care is on everyone's minds. Once you're here you'll need to decide on the right health care plan for you. Read Health Care Options in Mexico. Then go and read about my father-in-law's hip replacement experience in a private hospital in Guadalajara and experience what it's really like, Health Care In Mexico – First Hand Experience. Keep in mind that, depending on your health care back home, it might be more advantageous for you to return to your home country so learn about evacuation policies in our blog Skymed: Less then you Think
Lake Chapala is a ideal base of operations to explore the rest of Mexico. Close to the airport and centrally located, you can find out about other excursions you can take by reading Best Day Trips From Lake Chapala, and Lake Chapala: Close to Everything.
Yes, Alice, Ajijic truly is paradise. On that note, I'll leave you with A Mexican Dream. For me and my partner Ricardo, it's a Mexican Dream Come True.
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