Lake Chapala is Mexico’s largest freshwater lake and an unmissable paradise for retirees. It became popular for many retirees looking for a quiet place to stay in the late 60s and early 70s. Since then, it has been one of the most desired destinations for Americans and Canadians alike.
People have asked so many times, “What makes Lake Chapala so appealing?” Let me give you just a few arbitrary reasons why Lake Chapala is so attractive to retirees. First and foremost, the sheer beauty of the lake and its surrounding landscape is absolutely breathtaking.
Another important reason is the people. They are so friendly and willing to help in any way they can. This is an amenity that can’t be bought but only found. A vital element to finding a new home is having all the necessary needs.
Even though Lake Chapala has its own stores and restaurants, Mexico’s second-largest city is only 36 miles (57.7 km) away. Guadalajara offers all the amenities any major city would have and then some more. It also provides specialized medical care, as well as a variety of clinics and hospitals.
Not only is Lake Chapala a beautiful destination, but the cost of living is very affordable as well. Guadalajara’s Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla International Airport offers easy accessibility and is only minutes away. Lake Chapala also attracts many art enthusiasts who are looking for a creative environment. It’s easy to follow your ambitions when getting involved with the local arts scene. This also includes the magic of music. There are so many art galleries to see and music venues to experience.
Cost of Living in Lake Chapala
As I mentioned before, the cost of living in Lake Chapala compared to the rest of North America is much less. When wanting to eat out and enjoy a day of entertainment, the cost to do so is very reasonable. The monthly expenses like groceries, daily necessities, and home maintenance are very budget-friendly.
Thanks to near-perfect seasonal weather, your utility bills are usually pretty low. The reason is that you rarely need to turn on the air conditioning or heat. Just open the windows and let in the fresh air.
Other monthly expenses like home, car, and health insurance are much less than in the US. Did I mention how low property taxes are here in Lake Chapala? Let’s just say it won’t drain the bank account. If you want a grounds and housekeeper, the cost is dimes on the dollar compared to America and Canada. The same goes for if you manage a small business. However, it will most likely cost the same as anywhere else in North America when it comes to certain electronics and technologies.
Besides having a good number of ex-pat communities, there are also quite a few snowbirds who have winter homes here in Lake Chapala. They usually start coming down in November and head back home in April. There haven’t been many summer vacationers in past years, but that seems to be changing. One reason could be that people from the US and Canada and other parts of Mexico where the climate is much hotter are discovering how pleasant the summers are here. Most snowbirds will rent their homes out in the summer months to cover any miscellaneous cost they may have.
When the time comes to visit Lake Chapala, you will see all the benefits mentioned and some more. The weather is ideal, the landscape is beautiful, and the people are so warm and inviting. Let’s not forget the laid-back atmosphere, how easy it is to get here, and the affordability that will fit into any budget. You can be sure that there is a new adventure around every corner. Experience a new way of life without sacrificing any of the modern conveniences. Life can be grand when you find the right place to call home.