As I scanned the news this morning this hit my eye. Get ready for a deluge of gringos wanting the good life that you in Ajijic have.......I can't wait to see them take over the lake.
What will be next, dinner cruises, water skiing championships sponsored by Viagra, wheelchair races, with the 1st prize being a "help I have fallen and I can't get up pendant" ???
Somehow, I don't think they will come, after all it's not that easy to leave the family, the constant bureaucratic paperwork, the nickel and dime taxation...or is it?
Here it is, from US World New and whatever..
Top Expat Community Pick #1: Ajijic, Mexico. Ajijic and the area around Lake Chapala, Mexico, hosts the most organized, developed expat community in the world. The Lake Chapala Society reports about 4,000 American and Canadian residents in Chapala proper. The Mexican government, meantime, estimates that nearly 20,000 expats reside full-time in the state of Jalisco, the region where Lake Chapala sits.
In other words, the path has been cut. Moving here, you could slide into a way of life not dramatically different from the life you left behind in the States. You wouldn't have to worry about learning the local language if you didn't want to. You wouldn't have to work to make a place for yourself among the local community, because this isn't a "local" community. This is an entire community of nonlocals. You could wander into the restaurant down the street anytime and find English-speaking companionship, someone to complain to about the bureaucracy at the Department of Immigration or the challenges of studying to take a driving test in Spanish. Retiring to Ajijic, you could make a very comfortable life for yourself in a place that's exotic, beautiful, safe, and very affordable.
Friends who have taken this path live comfortably on less than $50 per day (U.S. dollars), including housing, food, transportation, entertainment, and in-country travel. They eat well, play tennis, socialize, and travel comfortably. As they put it themselves, they want for nothing.
Don't misunderstand. Ajijic isn't a retirement village. This isn't Sun City South, at least not formally. This is a legitimate Mexican town that, over the past three decades, has attracted such a volume of foreign retirees that it's become less Mexican and more foreign resident-friendly.
Maybe there is something for me being isolated on top of a 8500ft mountain overlooking the Lake Patzcuaro devoid of street signs and anything in English....