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Welcome to Ajijic and Lake Chapala Retirement Area


We want to congratulate you for looking into Mexico's largest North American retirement community. As pioneers in real estate (1st one lakeside) and the publishing business, we have introduced many to our local idyllic scene. We feel this is what we do best, showing you what graceful and carefree retirement is all about. Let us share with you our excitement and knowledge on the lake area. Be among the many that have already begun a new and enjoyable life.

Lake Chapala, the Area Known as “Lakeside”

This area is known as “Lakeside” to residents from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Europe, among other places, and “la ribera” to Mexicans.  Due partly to the eclectic mixture, it has developed a continental Old World charm which blends smoothly with a distinctly Mexican ambiance.

Cobblestone streets, tile-roofed homes, riotously colorful gardens blooming year around, and incredible open-air markets and restaurants are common sights, backdropped by lush green mountains surrounding the lake. The hills are laced with flowering trees and plants, and accented by waterfalls, caves, petroglyphs, indigenous sacred sites, and a variety of hiking trails and places to explore.

Over 10,000 retirees call lakeside their home, call us, we can show you around!  

Climate And Weather in the Lake Chapala Area

Lake  Chapala, the largest in the Mexican Republic, with 1112 km².
The climate of the lagoon is tempered with rains in summer. The rains appear between the months of June and October. The coldest periods are from December to February. Most months it's a wonderful climate.
A combination of tropical location, high altitude and a large body of water, produce a climate in the Lake Chapala area that is one of the best in the world.

Other prime retirement locations cannot come close to matching the climate in the Lake Chapala area.  High humidity, searing summer heat, hurricane and tornado threats and miserable winters are all foreign to the lakeside.  Temperatures are consistent year round.  The sun shines all day almost every day.  Consistently low humidity adds to the comfort level.  The wind is very gentle or non-existent.  Sunrises and sunsets vary only about an hour from winter to summer. 

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Living in Lake Chapala


Dancing at Lakeside


Check the photo. Left to right: Lani Ziegler, Fair Borkowski (age 97) and Father Danny Borkowski
Fair and family members Kay and Father Danny Borkowski join the Lakeside Singers once a month at various assisted living homes at Lakeside. The group is an outreach of Christ Church Lakeside. The group welcomes all who want to join in. 
Lakeside Singers have no rehearsals, no membership fees, and a singing schedule from 4:30 to 5:30 pm one Wednesday of the month at a home announced ahead of time.  Dawn Radel is the keyboard player. 
Their July outing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 24, at 4:30 p.m. at Ohana’s in San Juan Cosala.  If you are interested in joining in, meeting Fair and want to be on the Lakeside Singers’ mailing list, contact Kay Borkowski at kaybork@yahoo.com.

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    Remembering one of the most outrageous moments in U.S. history when the incomparable Oscar Wilde embarked on a speaking tour across North America.


    The writer remembers with great fondness and admiration the life and work of Neill James, today remembered as “The Godmother of Ajijic.” 


    With a PhD in Expressive Arts Therapy, the writer provides us with a crash course in understanding our dreams.


    What was it that caused the Maya people to finally abandon their nomadic ways? The discovery of corn!


    All about the nun who today is remembered as the greatest writer of Mexico’s 17th century.

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"Elegant home in established luxury community in Upper Ajijic"


Catch sunrise and sunset, enjoy lakeviews and breezes from your large entertaining terrace, and from EVERY SINGLE ROOM of this meticulously maintained one level home.

The cupola-domed foyer leads to the open-plan kitchen/living/dining area with boveda ceiling, and opens to the covered main terrace and manicured garden. Master bedroom suite in one wing - reached by a barrel boveda-ceilinged hallway - has his and her bathroom (one with tub), connected by a walk-in closet, and a separate TV room/study.  Two guest bedrooms in the other wing share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. Each of the three bedrooms has a private patio.  Additional features are a kitchen pantry, a separate laundry room and a large bodega.

Lomas de Ajijic is an extremely well-run gated community.  HOA fees include 24-hour manned security, Satellite television, water, a very large solar heated community pool and expansive club house.

Separate furniture package available!



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15 Activities to Enjoy in Lake Chapala

Chapala Malecon

Those who can call La Ribera de Chapala (Lakeside) home, definitely don’t lack of activities to make them happy and keep them busy. The natural scenery and the environment offer a wonderful opportunity to participate in physical activities, whether it’s group sports or individual activities.

There are also numerous gatherings amongst locals that are dedicated to enhance the mind. The intellectual, social, political, cultural and religious groups are but some of the many organizations here at lakeside. Many of these groups have members from all over the world, creating different and interesting perspectives from different points of views. Such reunions often take place weekly or monthly and are easy to find and join.

Retirees find that keeping occupied is not a problem; the only dilemma is finding the time to do all the available activities. With over 200 existing organizations in the area, there is a variable of “things to do” year round. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of activities in the towns of La Ribera de Chapala to keep you entertained and participating in this beautiful community.

This is a brief list of some of the activities, places and organizations, which are not numbered in any particular order. Hope this is of great help for you.

Let’s start and have some fun!

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Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico

"The Place Where the Water Springs Forth"

Ajijic is situated on a narrow strip of land between the mountains to the north and the Lake to the South. It is flanked by San Antonio Tlayacapan to the east and San Juan Cosala to the west. It is seven kilometers west of Chapala. Its average annual temperature is 19.9 degrees Centigrade "68F".

In 1522, the Spanish Olid Expedition reached the eastern shores of what is today called Lake Chapala. When it arrived, its leader, Captain Avalos, met with little resistance. A royal grant from the king of Spain gave joint ownership of the area to Avalos, who was a cousin of Hernan Cortez. Soon other cousins arrived, and one of them by the name of Saenz acquired almost all of the land that is now Ajijic.

By 1530, the Saenz property was one huge hacienda. The principal crop was mezcal, which was used in the making of tequila. The hills were covered with mezcal plants. Coffee and corn were also planted. Later, when a tequila distillery was built, the beverage was shipped, along with the coffee, back to Spain.

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Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

"Grasshoppers Over the Water" - Nahuatl "Very Wet Place" - Coca "Place Where the Pots Abound"- Nahuatl

Chapala is located on the north shore of Lake Chapala, 26 km. (16 mi.) east of the Lake's western end, and 42 km. (25 mi.) south of Guadalajara. It is the oldest, most populated, and the most easterly of a string of villages - Chapala, San Antonio Tlayacapan, Ajijic, San Juan Cosala and Jocopetec - known locally as Lakeside.

Its altitude is 1530 meters (5020 feet). Its average temperature is 19.9 degrees C (68 degrees F).

Founded in 1538, the town probably took its name from Chapalac, one of its earliest Indian chiefs. Or perhaps it came from the Mexican "Chapatla," the "place where pots abound," referring to the primitive Indian practice of appeasing the gods by throwing pots, spotted with blood from earlobes, into Lake Chapala.

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