The Lakefront Promenade in Lake Chapala, Mexico
The Lakefront Promenade in Lake Chapala, Mexico
The Lakefront Promenade in Lake Chapala, Mexico

10 Tips for Living in Lake Chapala, Mexico

By Betsy Burlingame

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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.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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guest
Nov 2, 2015 02:08

Excellent and very informative. Thanks. Mike P

giershift43
Feb 15, 2017 09:29

Thank you for the information. It is helpful.

Jcvann
Feb 2, 2021 10:00

I have been to Ajijic and Chapala 4 times (mostly for dental work) including one time with my daughter and granddaughter. These comments are all honest and very reliable information. Info herein can be trusted.

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