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

Pros and Cons of Living in Lake Chapala

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in Lake Chapala, Mexico. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in Lake Chapala

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What are the pros and cons of living in Lake Chapala?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Lake Chapala responded:

"Very friendly expats. Very welcoming community. Mexicans are very warm. Restaurants are affordable, although somewhat limited in scope -- but that's getting better. Weather is incredible year-round. Crime, security, corruption is getting worse," said another expat in Lake Chapala.

"Mexico has exceeded our expectations after about a year abroad. We feel safer here in the Lake Chapala/Ajijic area during COVID than we did in the States. And, we were so glad to escape the negative politics in the US and avoided the election chaos while here in Jalisco. Republicans or Democrats it just doesn't matter... the US system is broken. Compromise for the people is not a term career politicains understand. We glance at the goings on from abroad and shake our head. Politics here in Mexico is not perfect but as expats they are very glad we are in their country spending money and creating jobs, laying low and they leave us alone. We love what we did for our country and what our country did for us, but that's all in the past. The future for our kids and grandkids looks very murky," remarked another expat in Lake Chapala.

"Weekend traffic, current restaurant prices, gasoline prices, but that's through out Mexico," explained one expat living in Lake Chapala.

"I left just before the pandemic and am not going back. In Nov 2019, my house was burgled. Robbers were so brazen they left full handprints on the windows and glass doors they attempted to open. They were in the house for hours the entire afternoon. Mattresses were overturned, every picture was taken off the wall, drawers were upturned. My laptop -- which I'd hidden beneath placemats in a drawer in the kitchen -- was found and stolen. I did everything right: The entire place was locked up, the robbers had to kick in a thick wooden front door. I have a big, loud dog (who, thankfully, miraculously, was not hurt). My valuables were hidden, but still found and stolen. I reported this to the police. While I was giving my report, one policeman went back into my bedroom and stole a ring the robbers had dropped. There is no recourse. Reporting him may have invited retaliation. And now all these armed cops knew I lived in this house alone. The inspectors made a big show of taking photos and prints, but even though we could track my computer, no one did anything. I lost jewelry, some cash, and electronics....But more importantly, I lost my sense of security. My story is not unusual," said another expat in living in Lake Chapala, Mexico.

"Best weather in the world here. Natives where I live are extremely nice to expats. Extras for living are inexpensive, such as cell phone, housekeepers, cooks, electricity. Market food is extremely reasonable but restaurant costs are increasing almost weekly sometimes. Gas bill has increased EVERY month over at least the past 6 months. This is forcing people to feel taken advantage of and are considering new areas to move to. You can find all price ranges to rent, but a nice rental cost every bit as much as my expensive hometown rentals in US Santa Fe NM (and that's an expensive city). Prices in Ajijic have been skyrocketing monthly since the Pandemic," added another expat in Lake Chapala.

"I like the weather, the numerous activities. I do not like the litter or the dust. I like the people, the smiles, the bike path ," explained one expat living in Lake Chapala.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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