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Retire at Lake Chapala, Mexico

A small preview of the attractions to Lake Chapala:


  • Lower cost of living
  • No heating and no air-conditioning
  • Property taxes often less than $100 per year on a $200,000 home
  • Excellent, medical care at a fraction of the cost
  • Many prescriptions cost less and are sold over-the-counter at any local Mexico pharmacy
  • Mexico-Canada Tax Treaty provides big pension savings for Canadians


  • Comfortable YEAR round
  • Delightful – never miss a golf game or tennis match
  • Throw away those winter clothes
  • No more boots
  • No more gloves
  • Flowers and trees in constant bloom
  • Sooo much color!

Convenience & Accessibility

  • Only 50 minutes to Guadalajara, the 2nd largest city in Mexico
  • Only 30 minutes to an International Airport
  • Eight major airlines
  • Drive to the US in one day
  • Global access via high-speed Internet Service, Vonage (VOIP) & satellite systems
  • An infrastructure for the foreign community already in place for you to step right in and feel at home


  • Mexicans are gracious, warm and welcome us
  • Many opportunities to learn Spanish
  • Rich, glorious Mexican traditions abound
  • Ballet Folklorico
  • Activities
  • Area renowned for its artisans, writers, poets & painters
  • Variety of committed volunteer groups
  • Plenty of opportunities for social involvement
  • Golf, tennis, hiking, tai chi, yoga, computer club, garden club, horseback riding & so much more
  • English theatre, Music Appreciation Society
  • Bridge Clubs


  • Locally grown fruit and vegetables
  • Vine ripened; so tasty
  • And fresh and inexpensive
  • Over 100 restaurants
  • French, German, Italian, Greek, International
  • Tempting Mexican cuisine with its sauces, spices
  • Extensive imported foods (familiar North American & European products)

We invite you to come and see for yourself!

What and where is Lake Chapala?

Lake Chapala is Mexico’s largest natural lake, and is located south of Guadalajara. The lake is approximately 55 miles long from east to west, with a width of 12 to 15 miles. Surrounded by mountain ranges, Lake Chapala enjoys a micro climate that attracts a large foreign population and national Mexicans from Guadalajara – all of us enjoying this special piece of paradise.