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Ajijic Retirement ProfileAjijic has the largest ex-pat retirement community in Mexico. Living is easy with its beautiful year round climate, gourmet restaurants, and music scene. The Lake Chapala society provides a friendly garden meeting place for ex-pats. The cost of living is not cheap for Mexico but you can rent simple homes for around $450USD per month. The cost of buying a home is $150K plus. Nearby Guadalajara provides excellent medical care and culteral activies.
There hot springs about 10 miles away.
Fishing on the lake is possible.
A wonderful village to walk around in. Not much traffic on most side streets.
Can rent kayaks and go out on the lake
The lake provides a good opportunity for sailing but it is rare to see sailboats.
You won't find much Mexican food in Ajijic but you will find just about everything else from Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Eastern European and Continental. Strongly recommend the flab steak at the Tango.
Ajijic is an art colony.
Lots of live entertainment but more for the older crowd - flamenco quitar etc.
English library at the Chapala Society.
No schools, but lots of people who teach Spanish everywhere.
They have everything.
A tri-plex on the main drag always has at least one movie in English.
Many species of birds
Surrounded by mountains
Settled by the Spaniard - many colonial buildings.
Lake Chapala - 50 miles long and 20 miles wide
Looks like good ranching country outside of town.
Surrounded by open country.
It is a large village.
Dry climate; summer is the rainy season.
A little village on a huge lake surrounded by mountains.
Very beautiful and charming
Most people are single, but older.
Not the cheapest place but you can get some deals.
For $700 a month you can rent a great house.
There are many luxorious homes in Ajijic.
Cool and wonderful - around 75 in the daytime - cool at night.
Summer is the rainy season.
They say it is the second best climate in the world.
Ajijic is a small town with a large English speaking community. They say there are 25 to 35 thousands expats living in the Chapala area. The ex-pat community is friendly and unpretentious. If you prefer a place with more of a Mexican flair try nearby Chapala or San Antonio.
Almost all gringos.
30 minutes from Guadalajara International Airport
A little out of the way
There are some for $50 US a night.
Many luxorious houses for sale and good deals on rentals.
Ajijic is said to have the second best climate in the world. Winters are 65 to 80 and cool at night. It heats up in May and June but when the rain starts in July and August it cools down again. Good for all seasons.
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