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Mexico SpecialistWelcome to our Lake Chapala, Mexico Official Website, the definitive source for comprehensive, accurate and honest information about Ajijic and the whole Lake Chapala are. Within this haven of warm climate and natural beauty, art galleries, restaurants, and golf courses, every day is cause for celebration. Whether you are looking to retire, invest or work in Mexico, Focus on Mexico has all the answers for you.

To best read through this website, we invite you to first, click through the other three tabs by 'Official Website Tab' at the top of this text. Next, we recommend you GO TO ‘New Users Start Here’  to find out how to best navigate this site and to get everything you want, quickly and easily.

Then wander around this site and access an abundance of FREE information about Mexico and Ajijic, Lake Chapala: Cost of Living, Health Care, Safety, Working, Real Estate for Sale or Rent, Banking and Investments, Working and Doing Business, Taxes (U.S. Canada Mexico), Food & Water and so much more...  Check out the Video and Photo Gallery and the many interesting topics covered in our Articles section. Discover Ajijic, Lake Chapala, our beautiful little pocket of paradise is the # 1 retirement choice...The very best way to learn whether Lake Chapala is a place you could live, is to join us on a Focus Fast-Track-to-Learning program.

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Lake Chapala, Mexico could be your new Retirement Home

Ever dream of getting a “New Lease on Life?” …
An affordable, stress-free lifestyle in a different country…

Well, you’re not alone. Thousands of Americans and Canadians have discovered Ajjiic and Lake Chapala in southwestern Mexico as the perfect place to live year ‘round… or simply as a seasonal escape from sweltering summers or frigid winters. LAKE CHAPALA IS THE # 1 CHOICE IN MEXICO, with an English-speaking infrastructure already in place to make you feel right at home. Whether you want to retire, work or invest, Lake Chapala is the perfect fit.

Enchanting Lake ChapalaTake visual journey to stunning Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico where the largest colony of northern expats in the world live...  

Chapala/Ajijic - One of the Last Best Places on Earth!!!
Rated by National Geographic as THE 2nd Best Climate in the WORLD…

Unlike the traditional resort locations on the coast where people like to vacation, Lake Chapala is a place where people come to live. Although ALL are drawn to Ajijic by the incomparable weather, gorgeous scenery and lower cost of living, they stay because they fall in love with the people, the setting and the lifestyle they can so easily have. While retiring in Lake Chapala gives you the richness of a foreign country and culture, it also provides a familiar yet exotic environment in which to enjoy the best years of your life, and at a cost you can afford.

In Lake Chapala, you can afford all kinds of luxuries that only the wealthy enjoy back home. Just about everyone has a maid and gardener; many even have a cook. Pamper yourself, here you can afford it. Fruits and vegetables are abundant and ridiculously cheap. Property Taxes for a nice home hover around $150 US (PER ANNUM), yes, that’s right - $150 for the whole year. You can also add to that list... no heating and no air conditioning costs. There are not many places in the world that can offer you so many pluses.

Mexico – The Best Place in the World to Retire – says International Living

For two years running, International Living rated MEXICO as THE # 1 place to retire. They use an Annual Retirement Index whereby they analyze 29 countries ranking them in categories including real estate costs, special benefits offered to retirees, culture, safety and stability, health care, climate, infrastructure, and cost of living. And, based on these categores, Mexico has it all!

Of the popular spots within Mexico, there is no question that Lake Chapala ranks at the top. We enjoy a much  lower cost of living that other popular locations, we have better weather and easy access couldn’t be better with the International Airport a mere half hour away.

Lake Chapala, Mexico offers Best of All Worlds

Lake Chapala lakeSO MUCH Color! The sheer beauty of the Lake Chapala area is awe inspiring!

Not only are we welcomed with open arms by both the government and the warm Mexican people, we are also involved wholeheartedly with the foreign community in a way that extends well beyond what we would find back home. The influence of the Mexican people and their culture has a profound and lasting effect on us. Many people now living on the lakeside have traveled the world and they say they have never seen the sense of community anywhere else that we enjoy here.

One of the first things you will notice after spending a little time in Lake Chapala is the lack of consumerism and materialism on the part of our wonderful Mexican hosts and this is a special part of the charm. The Mexican people value friends and family and aren’t into “things” the way we are. People on the street will always greet you with a friendly "Buenos Dias" and a big smile. Walk day or night safely and enjoy the special warmth of the Mexican people as they invite you to share their culture and history. Continually we learn valuable lessons from them.

To save you time and give you the most value out of this website, go to "New Users Start Here"

Whatever your vision of the ideal retirement, Lake Chapala, Mexico is the perfect place to enjoy it

Join us on a Focus Fast-Track-to-Learning program and discover why so many Canadians and Americans call Lake Chapala HOME. 

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Focus on Mexico Fast-Track-to-Learning

 Special Pricing for 2014 ProgramsNEW! We are excited to announce our brand new Fast-Track-to-Learning programs commencing Feb 2014. Attend ALL the Seminars from Experts in each field and receive all the Resource materials: newly updated and expanded Workbook, handouts, Driving Kit, and Digital Moving Book. Check out the Table of Contents... 

In addition to all the Seminars and resource materials we also include a Welcome and Farewell Cocktail party, coffee breaks, and two excursions including lunch.

The new Fast-Track-to-Learning Conference is offered at a much reduced price, thereby allowing you the opportunity to choose your accommodation, see the sights on your own timeline, and experience the area, either with our Focus ‘a-la-carte’ concierge services or on your own. A full complement of ‘a-la-carte services’ are available to choose from as best suits your budget and timeline.

Read 'About the Program' and find out how you can participate.

Pat & Dave Barker 
“We are so thankful that we followed our instincts about the down to earth sincerity and integrity of our Focus tour guides! ... It quickly became very obvious that they passionately loved the country and wanted us to feel the same way, and yet they remained honest and candid enough to point out to us some things that might seem negative to our North American way of seeing things ... at no time were we subjected to any pressure to buy property ... In conversations with other tour members, many of us wondered how so much value for our money was possible. Cost wise, it is excellent value with all the info provided. We could not have expected more in the way of help, guidance, information, leadership and friendship.... I feel I got a lot for my buck. It would be impossible to duplicate this program on one’s own...fantastic value.” 

Mexico rated two years running as # 1 Retirement location in the World

Top  10 reasons: Why so many people choose Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico! 

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  1. Near-perfect  weather – little or no humidity, average temperature 78o  F (25.5 C) – year ‘round.
  2. A safe and secure environment.
  3. Accessibility - international airport 30 minutes away, making travel easy.
  4. Established  infrastructure. Many of the conveniences you are used to are available in Chapala and everything you want, in Guadalajara (2nd largest city) a scant 50 minute drive.
  5. Excellent communications: phone, high-speed internet, satellite TV, news and information from home
  6. High quality health care, and pharmacies, with many bilingual professionals  trained in the US or Canada.
  7. Lower cost of living – estimated to be at least 30% lower.
  8. English spoken – you can get by without Spanish, although it is fun to learn at least a little.
  9. Stunning beauty, rich culture and history, breathtaking sunsets over the lake, and majestic mountain views.
  10. Beautiful and unique homes – still offering great value (you get a lot for your  money).

If you are ready for a whole new lease on life, we invite you to experience our little pocket of paradise in Lake Chapala Mexico. Join us on an 8-Day Educational Focus on Mexico program for a life changing experience.

Excerpt from Article by Linda Ellerbee - PVNN

Linda is a well known and respected Journalist who lives half time in Mexico and half in New York City.
"There are good reasons thousands of people from the United States are moving to Mexico every month, and it's not just the lower cost of living, a hefty tax break and less snow to shovel. Mexico is a beautiful country, a special place. The climate varies, but is plentifully mild, the culture is ancient and revered, the young are loved unconditionally, the old are respected...
 
And then there are the people. Generalization is risky, but- in general - Mexicans are warm, friendly, generous and welcoming. If you smile at them, they smile back. If you greet a passing stranger on the street, they greet you back. If you try to speak even a little Spanish, they tend to treat you as though you were fluent..."
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Focus Fast-Track-to-Learning -  a Crash Course on Mexico

 Special Pricing for 2014 ProgramsNEW! We are excited to announce our brand new Fast-Track-to-Learning programs commencing Feb 2014. Attend ALL the Seminars from Experts in each field and receive all the Resource materials: newly updated and expanded Workbook, handouts, Driving Kit, and Digital Moving Book. Check out the Table of Contents... 

In addition to all the Seminars and resource materials we also include a Welcome and Farewell Cocktail party, coffee breaks, and two excursions including lunch.

The new Fast-Track-to-Learning Conference is offered at a much reduced price, thereby allowing you the opportunity to choose your accommodation, see the sights on your own timeline, and experience the area, either with our Focus ‘a-la-carte’ concierge services or on your own. A full complement of ‘a-la-carte services’ are available to choose from as best suits your budget and timeline.

Click here to read more about the new programs.... 


Real estate listings are now on our website

  • After receiving many requests we worked hard to create min-web pages for each property listing. This is much more comprehensive than most sites showing real estate listings and really helps people get a better feel of prices and values.

Mexico rated Number ONE place to Retire

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as reported Tuesday Sept 2, 2008

International Living, using their Annual Index, has rated Mexico as the # 1 place to retire, two years running.

 

"Aside from the fact that Mexico is extremely convenient to the U.S. and Canada, that Mexico's Senior Citizens' Benefits Program offers up to 50% discounts on many services to retirees over the age of 60, that the Mexican government has enacted many new laws encouraging foreign investment, Mexico has become an incredible place to enjoy retirement, offering the quality of life that North Americans are accustomed to with numerous extra benefits."

The major Mexican inland retirement communities include the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area, often referred to as the 'Land of Eternal Spring' and rated by National Geographic as the second best climate in the world. Add the temperate climate to a lower cost of living, excellent affordable health care, and it is easy to see why thousands of Americans and Canadians are heading south to Lake Chapala, Mexico to enjoy their retirement years...


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