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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.

10 Tips for Living in Lake Chapala, Mexico

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.

Moving to Lake Chapala, Mexico

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.

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

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 Living 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:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

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

Overseas Retirement Report

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.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Lake Chapala? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Lake Chapala by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

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
Expatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Mexico from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
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Culture-Shock-in-Mexico-CityAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Mexico City, Mexico

An expat from New York City describes the culture shock she experienced living in Mexico City. She appreciates that people in Mexico City able to enjoy the moment instead of hurrying through life.

An expat from New York City describes the culture shock she experienced living in Mexico City. She appreciates that people in Mexico City able to enjoy the moment instead of hurrying through life. ...

Living-in-San-CarlosAn Expat Discusses Living in San Carlos, Mexico

According to an expat in San Carlos, Mexico, this expat-friendly area has lots of English speakers and plenty to do. From ample activities to opportunities to help charitable organizations, San Carlos has a lot to offer... unless you're looking for cultural immersion!

According to an expat in San Carlos, Mexico, this expat-friendly area has lots of English speakers and plenty to do. From ample activities to opportunities to help charitable organizations, San Carlo...

Book Review: "Mexico: The Trick is Living Here"

Julia Taylor's book is packed with practical advice and cultural insight and is a must have for expats and anyone preparing to make the move to Mexico.

Julia Taylor's book is packed with practical advice and cultural insight and is a must have for expats and anyone preparing to make t...

Crime in Mexico: Where are the Safest Places to Live in Mexico?

Where are the safest places to live in Mexico? The most unsafe areas are well-covered in today's news headlines, but those considering a move to other cities or towns in Mexico should carefully research their possible destinations, talk with other expats and visit before they move. This article highlights members' recent discussions and comments about crime and safety in popular expat locales and some off-the-beaten path destinations. If you live in Mexico, we encourage you to submit an update on your city or town.

Where are the safest places to live in Mexico? The most unsafe areas are well-covered in today's news headlines, but those considering a move to other cities or towns in Mexico should carefully resea...

10 Tips for Living in Mexico

Is it safe to live in Mexico? What should I bring with me to Mexico? How can I find a home? Expats offer advice on these and other topics.

Is it safe to live in Mexico? What should I bring with me to Mexico? How can I find a home? Expats offer advice on these and other topics....

15 Expats Talk About Life in Mexico

Expats share some insight into what it's like to live in Mexico on a day-to-day basis once you actually make the move and get there.
Expats share some insight into what it's like to live in Mexico on a day-to-day basis once you actually make the move and get there....

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