Lake Chapala is the largest body of water in
Mexico. Truly a paradise nestled in the
Sierra Madre mountains of Jalisco. At an
elevation of approximately 5,200 feet the
climate is enhanced by changing seasons
from dry winters to rainy seasons bringing
the mountains alive with color.
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The area boasts the world's best climate, with warm sunny days and cool nights at an average
temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. North Americans have been coming here for the
better part of the century, estimating more than 8,000 foreigners -- mostly Americans and
Canadians -- living on the north shore of Lake Chapala.
Offering a wide range of fabulous restaurants and hotels, local gift shops, golf, tennis and only
a short drive from the International Airport and Guadalajara, the "City of Roses," which has
everything one could expect from a bustling city. Guadalajara does offer many shopping
opportunities, including a Sears, Wal-Mart, Price Club and a Samīs just to name a few. A
direct bus can be taken from Ajijic every Friday into Guadalajara to the main shopping area.
Definitely a place "where people come for the climate and stay because of the people."
THINGS TO DO
Ajijic offers many social and civic groups, along with organizations
such as Ajijic Society of the Arts, American Legion, Bridge Clubs,
Genealogy Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, Culinary Arts Society,
Daughters of the American Revolution, Garden Guild, Lakeside
Little Theater, Music Appreciation Society, Needle Pushers,
Rainbow Theater, Writer's Guild, as well as golf, tennis, horseback
riding, boating, fishing, hiking and other facilities, you can be as
active as you choose.
One of the largest organizations is the Lake Chapala Society, the extensive grounds and
buildings were donated by a well-known woman, Neill James. The society has over 2,000
members to meet, a video and book library, lovely gardens, membership directory and a
children's library. The society sponsors fund-raisers for their scholarship program for local
children. Annual celebrations for the Mexican, American and Canadian Independence days
are held in the gardens and they host many other events.
If you like the beach, the pacific ocean is only a three-and-a-half hour drive on fabulous toll
roads to Manzanillo or four hours to Puerto Vallarta, and from there, you can travel north or
south to beautiful beaches and towns along the way.