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Glorious Weather, Cheap Living Make for a Lakeside Retirement Haven in Mexico

Liz Phillips - The Telegraph
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May 16, 2016



Why foreign retirees are flocking to Mexico (PBS NewsHour)

A warm climate and low cost of living are two of the main reasons that Brits are flocking overseas. And tucked away on the shores of Mexico’s largest inland lake is a haven for those looking to enjoy both.

The towns and villages spread alongside Lake Chapala, just 40 minutes from Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city, are home to up to 40,000 foreigners.

It's a favourite spot for American and Canadian retirees. Brits are a rarer breed - most of those to be found there were living in America or Canada before.

The climate is ranked the second best in the world by National Geographic with average temperatures ranging from 86F (30C) in May, the hottest month, to 75F (24C) in winter.  

The lake sits about 5,200 feet (1,584 metres) above sea level so there is virtually no humidity and the mountain range surrounding it protects the area from prevailing northerly winds.

The villages and towns are rustic, reminiscent of Greece in the Eighties or the Algarve in Portugal before the golf courses arrived.

Jean and Robert Morris found out about Lake Chapala on the internet and moved there from Milton Keynes seven years ago.

“We came here for four weeks in January 2009 and decided to retire here,” said Mrs Morris, 65, a former nurse.

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