Frequently asked questions
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Do I Need A Car?
No, the Condo Complex (BOP) is a short walk to Banks, Shopping, Dining, recreation, weekly street markets
Cost of Taxi's From Airport To Condo ?
Taxi's from the airport is approx. $30.00 usd
Are English speaking drivers available?
Yes, there are English speaking drivers who will pick you up at the airport . Drivers have comfortable late model cars (list available) Cost approx.: $35.00 USD (includes tip). Drivers paid in Pesos it is 710.34532 Mexican Pesos.
In Canadian 557.15 Mexican Pesos (rates fluctuate) https://www.xe.com/
What Language Is Spoken In The Area
Spanish + English: the large expat population is the economy so merchants, restaurants, bars, and all public venues have some staff that speak English. Very friendly and helpful.
What currency is used , are credit cards accepted?
The Mexican Peso is the currency used and ALL credit cards are accepted in most stores i.e. Walmart
What Are The Car Rental Options?
We have found that the average 1 month car rental is $500-$1100.00 USD which includes insurance. Depending on the car.
There are many private rental people who will provide daily rate of $30.00 per day as rentals are available for short term use.
What is The Closest Town?
A short 10 minute walk to Ajijic
Ajijic (Ahh Hee heek) is a bustling little town just 3 miles down the lake from Chapala. A bit more fashionable than Chapala, many galleries, boutiques and restaurants have popped up here in recent years. Visitors should walk the narrow cobblestone streets and check out the boldly painted houses and colorful murals. Ajijic’s plaza comes to life every evening and weekend with special events and shopping, and on Wednesdays, the Tianguis shopping market offers locally sourced foods and gifts.
Is Dental Work Cheaper In Ajijic?
Yes, we recommend Dental Express , my wife had 3 crowns/caps replaced at $275.00 CDN vs $2300-$2800.00 each in Canada or more. English spoken by competent staff and dentists https://dentalexpressmexico.com/
How Large Is The Expat Population?
The state of Jalisco is third largest of Mexico’s 32 states and the Guadalajara metropolitan area’s 5.2 million people ranks third largest in the country behind Mexico City and Monterrey. Within the Guadalajara metro area, the municipality of Zapopan, with a population of 1.47 million, is now larger than the municipality of Guadalajara’s 1.38 million people.
On the north shore of Lake Chapala, the municipalities of Chapala and Jocotepec attract most of the expat residents. The municipality of Chapala consists of the town of Chapala, as the seat of government, and the five villages of Ajijic, San Antonio Tlayacapan, San Nicolas de Ibarra, Santa Cruz de la Soledad and Atotonilquillo.
The town of Chapala, with a population of 26,300, is about 47 percent of the municipality’s 55,200 residents. That’s a growth of approximately 13 percent over the 2010 population of 48,300. Nearly ten percent, about 5,400, of Chapala’s population were born outside of Mexico. Chapala retains its more Mexican environment and seemingly lower cost of living when compared with the villages of San Antonio Tlayacapan and Ajijic.
Of the five outlying villages, Ajijic, with a population of 11,400, is about 20 percent of the Chapala municipality and is the largest expat center. For that reason, the cost of living in Ajijic seems to be the highest. The village that reflected the largest growth over the past ten years, however, was San Antonio Tlayacapan, growing by just over one-third. It is situated just east of Ajijic and attracts many expats due to its proximity to Ajijic activities and a more modest cost of living when compared to Ajijic. Source: https://www.expatsinmexico.com/2020-census-data-shows-the-lake-chapala-area-is-growing/