Some estimates put the number at 10,000 others closer to 5,000 but either way Ajijic clearly has what Canadians want when they move to Mexico!
Much of the promotion of Mexico focuses on its many coastal tourist resorts, such as Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, and Cancun. But Mexico has many other interesting areas not often promoted. Towns such as San Miguel d’Allende, Cuernavaca and Ajijic attract thousands of people who want to visit or live full-time or part-time in a warm climate in a historically and culturally-rich environment. They want to share in the life of the community, amidst like-minded and interesting people, and with a full social and cultural life. Incidentally they are able to enjoy a lower cost of living than available in Canada!
Ajijic, a town of more than 10,000 citizens, in the central Mexican state of Jalisco is a 500-year-old village on the shores of Lake Chapala. It is a mere 30 minutes south of Guadalajara’s international airport, has a year-round temperate climate, and since the 1950s has attracted foreigners, mostly retirees, looking for a new lifestyle in the ‘real’ Mexico.
Ajijic has something to offer everyone. Homes for sale in Ajijic may be modest to grand, in the village, in gated communities, in the countryside. Ajijic offers cultural activities of all shapes and sizes, Mexican and foreign – art exhibits, arts and crafts fairs, dance, music from mariachi to classical. Restaurants of enormous diversity and affordability abound (Argentinean, Japanese, Italian, French, Chinese and more). They have bilingual service and offer excellent catering. They’ve even enchanted Greg Coulliard, a famous Toronto chef, into running a restaurant here! Community events such as arts and crafts fairs, chili cook-off events, rodeos all attract everyone in the community.
Join us here over the next few weeks as we meet 6 dynamic Canadian couples who happily call Ajijic home! And here’s a great video of Life in Ajijic.