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mm505
6/21/2018 18:07 EST

Retirement is coming soon (2019). What do you like about Lake Chapala and what do you not? $2000-$2200 monthly retirement/SS combined.

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rmajijic
6/21/2018 20:01 EST

Not too much of a problem with those figures. All depends on your lifestyle, car, type of housing, etc.
I have 62 blogs on Retiring in Lake Chapala that you can check out covering everything from cost of living, pros and cons of living here, and so much more. You can check it out at: http://www.retireinlakechapala.net/
and feel free to contact me through this website and ask any questions you may have about living here.

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Dano2004
10/24/2018 01:50 EST

To me the ugly & stupid Americans hve all but ruined Lake Chapala area by (1) rushing to the area bc older travelogue’s have cast an erroneous view today of what was true 15 yrs ago, ie a cheap, friendly, quant town to retire to...word of mouth , old travel logs have painted an old picture of the past, in today’s tourist season ( Oct-April) the prices for rentals, restaurants skyrocket to 3x the price while being inundated with overcrowding tourist traffic, I would do an exploreration there before moving, u may not like it! Good Luck!

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Dharmagranny
10/24/2018 06:58 EST

Dano2004, you need to find another place to live if you have such a negative viewpoint on Lakeside. Mexico is a big country. There is room for every mentality, including the gringos who populate the towns around Lake Chapala.

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Dharmagranny
10/24/2018 07:03 EST

Dano2004.....and by the way, targeting the ugly American just tells me that you come from way up north. So sad that North America (which includes Canada, the US, and Mexico) is so divided. I will leave it at that.

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tomwins
10/25/2018 08:29 EST

Don't make long term commitments like buying before staying there at least a year. In the 10 years I've been going there and the four I've been living there it has changed. And most drastically in the last two. It has gotten far more expensive and in the hidden season (November-April) the road is jammed almost all day.
The temperate weather, proximity to amenities of Guadalajara while being a world away, and a well established expat community from all over the world are my top reasons for being there.
Many people with COPD can't live here, cobblestone streets are hard to manage for those with even mild mobility issues, and the noise bothers some.

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tomwins
10/25/2018 08:31 EST

Auto MISCORRECT changed High to hidden in my above post. ??

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RGBIII
10/25/2018 15:49 EST

Everyone has their own personal opinion and reaction to living in and around Lake Chapala. I much perfer the honest comments of Dano2004 compared to a lot of unrealistic fluff that appears on this site. Going back to the original post, if you are coming on modest budget, then you really need to do your research. And it depends on just how much culture shock your system can stand. Because you are going to deal with culture shock, every day and night of your stay here. No matter how long you live here. And because of the influx of gringos, life is not getting easier here. Or better. The quality of life is slipping away because of the sheer volume of Ex-Pats. If you feel the need to be smothered by other Ex-Pats, then Ajijic is the place for you. Especially during the High Season, October thru March. There is nothing positive that has come from such an influx of Gringos. They have turned Ajijic into traffic gridlock. And for those of us that are not retired, and have to make the drive thru Ajijic, it is extremely unpleasant to be locked in traffic because the Snowbirds have returned to their winter playground. Chapala is a totally different animal. It is becoming more and moire popular for the Mexican crowd. Again, do your homework and research so that you do not regret your choice of destinations.

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YellowTail
10/25/2018 18:43 EST

I've been to Guadalajara but never to Chapala/Ajiic. Almost sounds like the way the Canadians used to descend on South Florida to escape the cold. But I don't think they had much negative impact on the economy. To be honest, a lot of them came down in very nice, expensive RVs and stayed out west in trailer parks.

I believe where we live in Mexico is seeing an outflow of expats. At the same time, I have read that the local population can as much as double in size on weekends/holidays, with Mexicans coming in from Mexico City. You really have to be a glutton for punishment to drive on some roads on weekends. A 10 minute weekday ride can easily take an hour.

But back to the original post. There is no way we could live our current Mexican lifestyle on $2000 USD/month. For us it is probably twice that amount. I keep track of some of our expenses, in a very crude way, using Quicken. For the first 10 months of this year we have spent; $1000 IMSS insurance, about $1200 auto ins, about $7000 groceries, about $1000 in water, cable and fijo, about $3000 in travel, $1400 homeowners, $700 property taxes. We put in a second cistern, painted the house, put down new maya/impermeabilizante on 1/3 of the roof....

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barquentine
11/5/2018 18:09 EST

We were thinking of moving to Lake Chapala area but the prices are not very attractive (Ajijic is ridiculous). The other thing is that I suspect it is semi-inhabited for much of the year. Try entering Ajijic into AirBnB and it looks as if the town is mostly on rent!
The other worry is that the zone between the airport and Chapala looks like Narcoland.

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lindarose
11/5/2018 18:20 EST

Compared to other areas in Mexico, Ajijic is pretty reasonable. I lived there for 18 yrs., moving to San Miguel de Allende 6 yrs ago. I just came back from a visit to the Lake Chapala area and eating out is much less in Ajijic than here.....have you visited the area??

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bigfootbill
11/5/2018 18:22 EST

have you ever been to Mexico before ?

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eshieldsga
11/16/2018 08:20 EST

That's not a realistic budget for 2 if you are renting right around the lake. You can certainly live.mexican style on that but most people coming directly from the US don't have the skills.ir desire to do that. If you could find a $500 rental somewhere around the lake (and you can in outlying areas), I flatiron would still eat up your resources over time). Also, while preventive healthcare is cheap, you have to figure out what you would do in case of something big and serious. While way cheaper than the US, it can still be 10s of thousands of dollars. You can sign up for Seguro Popular but should understand and be OK with the care and conditions ( which can be very good but different than we expect in the US. Who will translate for you? Who will take care of you while in the hospital?).

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