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  1. I think expats move to Ajijic over Chapala because that is where the majority already have moved. That is where most of the gringo businesses and restaurants tend to be. That is where the higher end neighborhoods and expensive homes are already located. Basically, Ajijic is much more nicer looking! It just boils down to money, that is where all the money happens to be these days. And because of all that money, they were able to build a really cute looking plaza and put up some really nice looking murals all around. Ajijic has its charm, it is predominately artsy, compacted, claustrophobi
    4 points
  2. Well, things have changed in both areas and in fact you could consider them a single area now. I first lived here 45 years ago and "way back then" Chapala was where ALL the infrastructure was and where most of the gringos lived. Chapala is where you went to eat out, bank, go to the doctor, do your shopping, hang out at the American legion, etc. Or you had to go to Guad. Ajijic was a very small artist community where a few hippie and beatnik types mingled with writers, musicians, and painters. Most gringos lived right in town and town ended where the panteon is. The only Tapatios here came on S
    4 points
  3. As usual this post drags on and on and gets into slamming and rude remarks! Why can't a person ask an opinion..as was done...and just give your ideas/opinions and shut up! Grow up people...we are here because we love many things, dislike many others...and made our choices. Its not about snobs, rich people...etc etc.... Viva both Ajijic and Chapala and every place surrounding...for their own particular charms!! Just enjoy.....there is enuf hatred and animosity in the world without turning very discussion here into a battle ground!!!
    3 points
  4. This is real easy - much easier to promote a quaint, fishing village, than a market town, serving an agricultural and ranching community. Same as Puerto Vallarta, promoted as an old fishing village (not true) filled with Spanish Colonial treasures (not true). BS trumps brains, every time. I'm sorry, Ajijic makes no architectural, town planning, or artistic sense whatsoever. Fake Corinthian columns around the bandstand - what is this Sadaam Hussein school of decorating!?!? Murals? Please direct me to even one which can hold a candle against the great Mexican muralists. And those Tapatios M
    3 points
  5. Moderator: Please shut down this thread. I posted about an exceptional breakfast that my wife and I had this morning and, as usual, gringagal has to continue to beat a dead horse. We lost City Sandwiches today due to lack of support and with her continual beating of the dog and smoking thing there are many people who won't even give Jimmy D's a chance. It's a great place deserving our support. Rick
    3 points
  6. Please leave it alone. Let's comment on the food and service. Negative comments like you always make are what caused the moderator to shut down the previous thread about this great restaurant. The restaurant business is hard enough witjout people like you that never go and yet beat the place to death.
    3 points
  7. Please leave it alone. Let's comment on the food and service. Negative comments like you always make are what caused the moderator to shut down the previous thread about this great restaurant. The restaurant business is hard enough witjout people like you that never go and yet beat the place to death.
    3 points
  8. I jst moved to the "failed fracc".Riberas. So quiet and peaceful. great place to walk. People take care of their dogs, thus no dog shit, dog packs, and minimal barking. Why???? people take care of things. Animals are in at night. There is no garbage thrown around. Chapala is a lovely walking town. So enjoyable to walk on the main drag. Driving is easier , too, IMO. I like some of the things that go on in Ajijic, so enjoy LCS stuff and the like. Tried living there 3 years ago. Lasted 4 months. Everyone has their preferences, that's for sure, and it is nice to be able to access all t
    3 points
  9. Rick, glad you and Heidi enjoyed your breakfasts. Gringal, it really is unfair to repeatedly comment on restaurants where you have never gone. Since you will never go there, leave the commenting to actual customers who can review whatever aspects they wish. Besides, you have repeatedly made your point. Give it a rest.
    3 points
  10. It's very easy to fix....don't go there! I'm sure that will break their hearts. We did not "mentor" them into anything other than food. The dog and smoking thing has been beaten to death. Get over it!
    3 points
  11. Too many street dogs not being "doctored' and therefore increasing the pupulation!
    2 points
  12. There is enough fakery, snobbishness and reverse snobbishness to go around here. Our importance or lack of it in the big scheme of things isn't dependent on which lakeside town we chose to live in. Let's hope it's based on something more substantial.
    2 points
  13. That's the snobbiest thing I've heard in a lonnnnng time.
    2 points
  14. And Gringal singlehandedly closes yet another restaurant thread by changing the topic to dogs rather than the food? Damn.
    2 points
  15. Aren't you the folks who mentored them into the problem "other" than the food? Now the patrons are supposed to comment as though the situation doesn't exist? The new people could change their policy to align with the Mexican laws and then......there would be no problem with just talking about the food.
    2 points
  16. This blog will never surpass the knowledge and experience of our More Liana. Nevertheless, it is a dense body of information, and interesting. I now know how to order "critter" tacos - Zorra. https://panamaniancookingterms.wordpress.com/spanish-cooking-terms/
    1 point
  17. Four or five days per week would be heaven. Try an erratic two these days. I get a chuckle out of about how half the Chapala residents here like to gloat about getting the lions share of services and repairs that others pay for while the rest try and deny the obvious.
    1 point
  18. I think it is based on the number of your posts. Some of us just can't help ourselves.
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  19. Question: Do the expats who prefer living in Chapala speak good Spanish? Otherwise, how could you relate to the majority of the people? As for the rich appearing Mexicans living in the farming/ranching communities, is it possible they earned their riches in the, ahem, "alternative" economy? I've considered Chapala vs. Ajijic. Chapala has its charms but I noticed years ago how totally congested it was all through the central area on weekends with traffic jams on side streets, air pollution from idling cars, noise, etc. It had a much more urban feel to it as opposed to the more rur
    1 point
  20. We don't live in Chapala and moved from Ajijic 3 years ago because of what I see on this thread plus the noise, lack of parking and the general vibe so in my case, it's not defensiveness. The "better than thou" attitude is just stupid in senior citizens. One would think by this age some would know better but I guess not.
    1 point
  21. Not sure what other towns have to do with the Lakeside towns being discussed here but, hey, if it makes you happy to believe that those places are as big a draw as here, go for it. Funny, I rarely see Ajijic residents posting covert or otherwise slams of Chapala here but the opposite doesn't seem to hold. Y'all sound a bit defensive. Why?
    1 point
  22. Chapala attrascts much lower class visitors
    1 point
  23. We removed a couple of tiles to put up a cabinet in the bathroom in our rental. We put the tiles inside the cabinet so we would remember where they were. The landlord was fine with this solution. We left the cabinet when we moved as we did not need it and the landlord was even more happy! Most of the tile workers here can patch in a tile and make the grout look just like the aged grout that exists as well as the holes in other walls, even the ones with artistic finishes. Like any good renter, we always leave a house in as good a a condition if not better condition than when we rented,
    1 point
  24. When we first started coming here 25 years ago it was simple. Chapala was for enlisted and Ajijic was for officers, with all that implies. Chapala is a city and Ajijic has been able to stay a village and wants to stay that way. The houses are more expensive in Ajijic because they are usually updated and up to NOB standards. 60% of Chapala's tax revenues come from Ajijic, but, the votes are in Chapala hence the focus of the politicos.
    1 point
  25. T. Falcon lived here for many years before she died a few years ago. T said that there was no road between Chapala and Ajijic and the Hollywood crowd brought their boyfriends/girlfriends here to party. If their mates showed up, they had to come by boat from Chapala and someone would call and warn them to ditch the lovers before their spouse arrived. T said there were some great parties in Ajijic down on the lake that would go all weekend. I live here because of the view of the lake and mountains.
    1 point
  26. Expats in Ajijic were originally the artsy, hippie ones. Chapala was retired military, as was Guadalajara. Many moved to Chapala from Guadalajara. One traffic light in 2004 followed by two more in 2005 in Ajijic. Then I stopped counting. Riberas del Pilar being called a failed fracc is absolutely correct. It is. One of the main reasons that Ajijic became the hub for expat activity, rather than Chapala, was the founder of the Lake Chapala Society, Neill James, who relocated it to her home and its beautiful grounds in Ajijic almost 35 years ago and willed her property to the Lake
    1 point
  27. I second Pedro Malo's suggestion. Hacienda de Taos is off the beaten path and an experience that will stay with you forever... beautiful horses, beautiful people to care for you.
    1 point
  28. This is right down your alley! Celina Reynolds originally from New Mexico has a working cattle ranch on the way to Manzamitla on the south side of the lake. She has a number of horses of different temperaments that she rents out for excursions or gives lessons with. I can't wait to get back to Joco to check her place out! Here is her website. http://www.saudicaves.com/mx/taos/index.html
    1 point
  29. The traffic got very bad very fast. It seems that lakeside has been rediscovered by the Tapatios. I say rediscovered because it was a destination for them for much of its history and then it seemed to ease off a bit before a big resurgence starting about 3 years ago. Chapala isn't immune to this, try getting through that traffic light in the middle of town on Hildalgo on the weekends. The entire area is flooded with Tapatios these days. Other than the fact that most of our tax dollars are diverted to Chapala and hence things are better maintained there, I don't see a big difference
    1 point
  30. To each his own. I found Ajijic more to my taste when I first moved here 10 years ago and still today i prefer it to Chapala. I think both places have much to offer Isn't it nice that we are close enough to enjoy both.
    1 point
  31. How we got here from a simple request for contact information mystifies me but this is turning into a debate. It wouldn't be necessary to be constantly locking threads like this if we'd simply answer the original request if we have the information, otherwise not comment at all. Closed.
    1 point
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