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Reviewed 1 February 2012

Great scenery from northern shore, especially along the malecon in Chapala or in Ajijic.

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Reviewed 31 January 2012

Lake is impressive but so polluted there is no swimming or watersports! Chapala area has no sports or nightlife, or unique traditions. If you want to see a lot of Canadian retirees this is the place to go. 

1  Thank zilcodran
Reviewed 18 January 2012

If you like a lake with little or no swimming and recreation, this is the lake for you! Does have some great views, and some fishing still exists on it but you would seldom see water skiing or other activities...but for the view, it gets...More

2  Thank Royce W
Reviewed 29 December 2011

liked ajijic better; chapala has a boardwalk similar to markets in Puerto Vallarta, and we prefer less commercial settings. lake itself is gorgeous.

Date of experience: December 2011
2  Thank rogers1651
Reviewed 23 December 2011

If you are visiting Guadalajara for a few days set aside one day to spend lakeside on Chapala. Sunday is the preferred day for Tapatios. Chapala is alive with its own small town brand of excitement. Strolling musicians, food and ice cream vendors, boat rides...More

Date of experience: December 2011
2  Thank Fools4Food
Reviewed 22 December 2011

This is truly an enchanting place. Chapala, San Antonio Tlayacapan and Ajijic are full of quaint cobbled streets with many Restaurants,Bars and Shops to visit. It also has a very high number of Expatriates living either full time or part time on its shores. The...More

2  Thank CliveGCT
Reviewed 22 October 2011

I have visited Lake Chapala for fifteen years. The gourmet restaurants are plentiful and unique. Try staying in one of the great bed-and-Breakfasts in the village of Ajijic. No, I don't have the hiccups.

Date of experience: July 2011
3  Thank viajelover
Reviewed 14 September 2011

Lake Chapala is Mexico's largest lake and is the source for much of Guadalajara"s water. The lake has gone through its up and downs with low water problems and some pollution issues. In recent years, positive "rainy seasons", efforts by both government and other interested...More

Date of experience: August 2011
1  Thank 324neilc
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Response from Lesleyann1 | Reviewed this property |
OOPS. Forgot. Try Caldwell Banker in Chapala for long term rental or I have friends in Centro Historico GDL who have a restored rental property.