Expat Guide to Living in Lake Chapala
Whether you're already living in Lake Chapala or preparing to move to Lake Chapala, our Expat Guide to Living in Mexico offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Lake Chapala. For answers to specific questions, visit our Mexico Forum to talk with expats in Lake Chapala.
Lake Chapala is one of Mexico's most popular expat destinations - especially among retirees. Expats love Lake Chapala's near perfect climate, beautiful lakeside homes, low cost of living and thriving expat community. Sadly, Lake Chapala is not immune to Mexico's drug cartel related violence, which those thinking of moving to Lake Chapala should take into consideration.
An expat in Lake, Chapala shares her experiences moving there. Lake Chapala has an active, large expat community with a theater group, choir, art society and more.
A retiree who has lived all over the world as a house sitter, talks about packing up and making the permanent move to Lake Chapala, Mexico. She had been there many times before and is thrilled she finally made the move - she appreciates the lower cost of living, expat community, close proximity to Guadalajara.
More Culture Shock Reports for Lake Chapala
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Lake Chapala handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Lake Chapala:
Submit a Culture Shock Report
Submit a Living Overseas Report
More Living in Lake Chapala Reports
What are people's priorities in Lake Chapala - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Lake Chapala:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report
More Moving to Lake Chapala Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Lake Chapala? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Lake Chapala? Below are some of the responses from expats in Lake Chapala:
International School Report
Parents are invited to answer questions about the schools that their kids attend (Pre-K through High School) in hopes of helping others moving to Lake Chapala with the school selection process. If you have expat children who attend school in Lake Chapala, take a few minutes to submit a School Review.
Submit an International School Review
Dream vs. Reality Report
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Lake Chapala. If you are already living in Lake Chapala, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report
Submit a Retire Abroad Report
Retiring in Lake Chapala Reports
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Lake Chapala, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Lake Chapala:
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Lake Chapala? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Lake Chapala? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.
Submit a Working Abroad Report