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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

 

DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO, MOM

 

Old Wives’ Talesis the August Bare Stage production. It runs August 30, 31 and September 1, 
The play is a no-holds barred comic examination of a mother-daughter relationship, complete with squabbles, sarcasm and unsolicited motherly advice. Three funny vignettes each highlight a different stage in their lives,  from the night before the daughter’s wedding, to the mother’s birthday luncheon years later and finally to the rewriting of  the mother’s will after the death of her husband.
The theatre is at Hidalgo #261 on the mountain side of the carretera in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic Church. Parking is available in the parking lot of the Baptist Church, behind the theater. 
Donation is $100. The Box Office and bar open at 3 pm.  Show time is 4 pm. Seats are held until 3:50 pm. Reservations are by email at: barestagetheatre2018@gmail.com.  For those who use Facebook, look for Bare Stage Theatre 2018 for breaking news and updates. 

 

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    Carol Bowman goes to almost the opposite ends of the Earth to see the world’s two largest statues of Jesus Christ. 

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    Stuti Patel, born in India and a student at the American School in Guadalajara, spins a story that has an important moral.

  • A TOURIST IN RUSSIA (Part One)

    Gabrielle Blair writes (in the first of two parts) about her visit to some of the most interesting parts of Russia—itself one of the most fascinating countries in the world.

  • Chop Chop

    Katina Pontikes has reached that point in life when what was once important no longer is, and what was rarely dreamed of—has become reality.

  • My Lost Mexico

    Writers’ egos can be shattered, regardless of age, achievements or world-wide fame. Take James Michener, for example, and his star-crossed historical novel, My Los Mexico . . . as related by Alan Robertson.

  • Priest Murdered. Alter-Boy Held

    Bernie Suttle writes about an experience that probably from time immemorial has frightened the Hades out of young Catholic boys: making their First Confession.

Home of The Week

 

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"Discreet perfection in one of Lakeside’s most prestigious luxury developments:  EL DORADO"

CASA DORADA beckons if you are desiring a home that combines well thought-out design and high quality construction and finishes. The style is a happy marriage between classic and contemporary.

A discreet vine covered driveway leads to your entry patio and two car carport. A wrought iron gate opens to a hacienda style courtyard with gurgling fountain. The impressive stenciled-glass main door opens to the double height living room with fire place, the open plan chef’s kitchen and dining area. An office with garden views, a bedroom with walk-in closet and bath, and a guest bath completes the first floor.

 

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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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