Lake Chapala and the city of Chapala are famous in their own right. This area along the shoreline of Mexico's largest lake is where the many Mexican businessmen and upper class families have weekend and summer homes. The lake itself has lost much of it's attractiveness, but the area itself remains attractive and still thrives. The entire lakeside area has also become a haven for retirees from around the world. Foreigners, from all over the world, drawn here by the constantly pleasant climate and moderate cost of living, have established retirement communities all along the northern shore of the lake.
The town of Chapala is a pleasant 45 minute drive from the center of Guadalajara and the change of pace is easily recognizable and readily felt. It is a different, slower paced, world. Ajijic, a few miles to the west is another lake front area that is very popular with retirees and tourists alike.