Most noteworthy, the biggest expat community is in Mexico. It’s Ajijic on Lake Chapala (some say it’s San Miguel de Allende). Ajijic has at least 8000 year-rounders. Furthermore in season, snowbirds and rainbirds (in the summer) push the total to 15,000, even 35,000. Many of them are medical tourists in Mexico, saving thousands on quality care.
Historic Lakeside, Where Medical Tourists to Mexico Go for Ajijic
Ajijic seems like a wealthy suburb of Houston or Toronto. Million-dollar houses and condos dot the mountainside. Especially relevant, English is the lingua franca.
After WWI, European intellectuals fled political prosecution for Ajijic. DH Lawrence wrote The Plumed Serpent in Chapala town. Because President Porfirio Diaz had put Chapala on the map, it became a resort for the upper class. At a 5,000 foot altitude, it is shirt-sleeve weather year-round. Even the rainy season cooperates, waiting until nightfall to irrigate the soil.
During WW II, a German U-boat patrolled lakeside. Its commander communicated with Germany by short-wave. He had nothing to report.
Historic Lakeside, Where Medical Tourists to Mexico Go for LCS
In 1943, Neill James arrived to recover her health. She wrote travel articles for Life and other American magazines. Scribner published her work (and the books of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Tom Wolfe). She inspired the first wave of gringo visitors. She remained until her death in 1994.
James opened her first public library for Mexican children in 1945. It has continued uninterrupted.
She founded the Lake Chapala Society. Today it’s a refuge and info kiosk. Its English-language library has some 30,000 volumes. The grounds have reflecting pools and a riot of colorful foliage.
Finally, need to save money? Visit the best doctors and dentists in Mexico. Come in time for the Lake Chapala Society Independence Day celebration. Stroll by ‘Casa de Sueños’. Now a private home, in 1535 monks built it. Visitors land in nearby Guadalajara. The city gets 55% of its drinking water from lovely Lake Chapala. Contact DocTours to arrange everything.