Retirement: Lake Chapala, Mexico

Land of Eternal Spring

Retirees searching for an instant circle of friends need look no farther than the northern shore of Mexico's Lake Chapala, where tens of thousands of American and Canadian retirees form what is probably the largest English-language expatriate community in the world. Mary Alice Sargent, who lives with her husband Erick in the popular lakeside village Ajijic, appreciates that the community will rally around anyone in need.

Expats moving there will not find themselves in a gringo ghetto. Whether in bustling, arty Chapala or tranquil villages like Ajijic and Jocotepec, foreigners are gently interspersed among the 100,000 people who live on...

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