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7 Tips for Living in Ajijic

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Ajijic or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Ajijic or thinking about moving there.

Living in Ajijic as an expat or digital nomad can be an exciting and enriching experience. This charming town, nestled on the shores of Lake Chapala, offers a unique blend of traditional Mexican culture and modern amenities. However, like any new environment, it can present its own set of challenges. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in Ajijic and make the most of your time in this beautiful lakeside town.

1. Learn the Language

While many locals in Ajijic speak English, learning Spanish can greatly enhance your experience. Not only will it make daily tasks like shopping and dining easier, but it will also open doors to deeper connections with the local community. Consider taking Spanish classes or using language learning apps to get started.

2. Embrace the Local Culture

Ajijic is rich in culture and traditions. From the vibrant Dia de los Muertos celebrations to the weekly farmers market in the Plaza, there are countless opportunities to immerse yourself in the local way of life. Attend local festivals, visit the Cultural Center of Ajijic, and don't be afraid to join in the local customs and traditions.

3. Explore the Neighborhoods

Ajijic is made up of several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. La Floresta, for example, is known for its beautiful tree-lined streets and upscale homes, while Ajijic Centro is the heart of the town with its bustling plaza and array of shops and restaurants. Spend time exploring each neighborhood to find the one that feels like home to you.

4. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

One of the joys of living in Ajijic is the opportunity to enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine. There are numerous local restaurants that offer a variety of delicious dishes. For a taste of traditional Mexican food, try Tacos Charlie or Tango, both located in Ajijic Centro. For a more upscale dining experience, visit La Nueva Posada or Tabarka.

5. Stay Active

With its year-round mild climate and beautiful natural surroundings, Ajijic is a great place to stay active. Take advantage of the town's many hiking trails, go horseback riding, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Malecon. The town also has several gyms and yoga studios for those who prefer indoor workouts.

6. Connect with Other Expats

While it's important to integrate with the local community, connecting with other expats can also be beneficial. They can provide valuable advice, share experiences, and offer a sense of camaraderie. There are several expat groups in Ajijic that regularly organize social events and activities.

7. Volunteer Your Time

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and make meaningful connections. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer in Ajijic, from helping out at local schools to participating in environmental projects. Research groups that align with your interests and consider dedicating some of your time to a cause that matters to you.

Living in Ajijic, Mexico as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. By embracing the local culture, learning the language, and getting involved in the community, you can truly make the most of your time in this charming lakeside town.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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