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rjltoo
6/2/2019 21:11 EST

Obviously, opinions will vary, but I am just beginning my research regarding the Lake Chapala area. I get so many mixed messages.

I am looking for an unvarnished opinion about being an American ex-pat there, and specifically, an African-American expat, the subject of race has not been addressed anywhere I've looked re: Chapala, though others on the expat list definitely belong in the category of beware.

I guess one of the most revealing answers would be to: would you do it again? I know familiarity, obligation, etc. can make one stay wherever one is, but given the choice without restriction?

And answers to the standard would be appreciated. Rental housing, not looking to buy; water; costs; safety - specifically, will I have to live in a gated community; and any other opinions/advice you might have to offer. Thanks!

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rmajijic
6/3/2019 09:21 EST

You are right in saying that opinions vary. As there are so many different people in the world with different opinions, there will always be some that like Lake Chapala, some that don't and some in-between. You're best bet is to come for a visit and see for yourself if it appeals to you. I would recommend a couple weeks.
There are no 'race' issues here. There are people here from all over the world with different skin colors along with gay and lesbians and there simple does not appear to be any hostility towards anyone.
You do not have to live in a gated community unless you so desire. It is safe here but protections (as in high walls, barbed wire, etc) is common to prevent burglary.
Rent (depends a bit where you live) is about $900 USD on average for 1 year lease (2 bedroom/2 bath).
Water is safe to drink ONLY when filtered and many homes will have filtration systems OR if not, then you'll need to use bottled water.
Living in Lake Chapala is a bit different than living in the U.S, or Canada and there are certainly things to get used to but it's one of the easiest places to ex-pat to with a large built in support network.
Is it for everyone? Of course not but you would do yourself a disservice if you didn't come see for yourself.
I have loads of information on my website RetireInLakeChapala.net containing all the good/bad and ugly in living in Lake Chapala. You are welcome to contact me for more information about any topic.

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MsAlex
6/14/2019 19:08 EST

My website, HouseSitMexico.com, frequently has opportunities to house sit in the Lake Chapala area. There are two right now (including one for Christmas-January). We usually have at least several, but it's a bit of a lull at the moment.

House sitting is a great way to experience an area to see if it's right for you -- and actually figure out even the fine-line details of where in the region specifically you'd prefer. And you can do it without paying rent or a big hotel bill. See HOW IT WORKS at housesitmexico.com/start-here/.

Feel free to PM me if I can help.

:) Alex

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