First let us address the, "Why Should You Care Where Lake Chapala, Mexico Is?" question.

With the current economic climate many baby boomers and soon to be retired folks are asking,

Will I be able to retire?

When can I retire?

How much do I need for retirement?

If you have been asking any of these questions or some form of them, there may be a solution. And it might just be one that you have not considered yet.

The solution to your retirement problem could have been to retire to Lake Chapala, Mexico.

Does that sound like a radical idea? Read on.

As you read this, according to the US State Department, there are over 1 million Americans living or retired in Mexico.

One of the big reasons is cost of living in Mexico. It costs less to live and live well in Lake Chapala, Mexico. In some cases retires are living on 25% – 35% of what they were were living on in the good old US of A.

The next question that people ask when investigating Lake Chapala and Ajijic as a Mexican retirement destination is, "Where is Lake Chapala, Mexico and how do I get there?"

Eight years ago in 2001, when I was checking out Lake Chapala for the first time, there was less info on the web. Lake Chapala was not as easy to find doing a web search as it is today.

Now if you Google 'Lake Chapala Map' or 'Ajijic, Mexico Maps' you'll get some decent results from your search query.

So anyway, back in spring of 2001 I cracked open my trusty dog ​​eared Rand McNally USA Road Atlas to see if by chance that they would have a page or two with a Mexico map. Well, luck was on my side and lo and behold, there it was a single solitary page, page128, the entire country of Mexico.

I needed to put my cheaters on, er my reading glasses to read the details. Then I spotted her, Lake Chapala it looked like a tiny puddle of water just east of Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city.

Actually, Lake Chapala is a big lake, Mexico's largest lake.

Here's a trivial question for you.

What does Maui, Hawaii; Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, and Guadalajara, Mexico have in common with Lake Chapala, Mexico?

If you guessed that they enjoy same latitude. You win the prize and get to go to the head of the class. That's right, all five of these locations are 20 degrees Northern latitude.

You might be saying, "so what's the big deal?"

Ok, here's the scoop.

Point # 1: Most of these areas are well known and popular vacation spots and expensive to live in. Lake Chapala in Mexico has the advantage of being highly affordable without having to scrimp on your retirement lifestyle.

Point # 2: Great weather. Believe it or not, National Geographic rated Lake Chapala top weather for retirement in the world. So what are you waiting for? Check out some resources for life and retirement in Mexico .

Source by Joel K. Smith

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