more than 10,000 expatriates, mostly Canadian and American, attracted by
a climate described as "eternal spring," the shores of Lake
Chapala, Mexico's largest lake, have become a permanent home.
Ringed by mountains, the Lake is 42 kilometers
(25 miles) south of Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city. It lies
at 1,525 meters (5,000 feet) and is 85 km. (51 mi.) long, 28 km. (17 mi.)
wide. At the Lake's western end, on its northern shore, and connected
by the 26-km. (16 mi.) Chapala-Jocotepec carretera (highway), is a string
of villages, each with a flavor of its own. From east to west, they are
Chapala, San Antonio Tlayacapan, Ajijic, San Juan Cosala and Jocotepec.
It is in this area, called Lakeside, that most expats have chosen to settle.