I am a single woman. Is it safe for me in Chapala?
Thousands of older single women have moved to the Lake because it is
so affordable to live here, especially on a small Social Security check. We
find it very safe, more so than in the US because there is a ban on
handguns here. There is very low crime here in Chapala and the
residency spaces are just a couple of blocks from the police station. The
violence in Mexico is mostly drug-related gang violence at the border
like in LA and Chicago and doesn’t involve the ex-pats ( we are located
17 hours south of the border). Families are often out late on the streets
having their dinner (la cena) and it is a lively, safe environment.
I am nervous about taking a taxi from the airport.
No need to be nervous! When you finish with customs and immigration
and enter the terminal, there is a taxi kiosk near the exit. They speak
English in the kiosk and you pay for the trip there with pesos or credit
card. They will give you a slip and then you exit the terminal to the taxi
stand. Most of the drivers speak only a little English but we will be
sending you directions to Chapala, which are very easy to follow (only
25 minutes) and you can guide your driver by just indicating left or right
once you get into Chapala Center.
What do you supply at your live/work spaces?
We supply towels, linens, dish soap, toilet paper, a shared laundry with
laundry soap, and weekly maid service. The kitchens are fully equipped
with all the basic cooking and serving supplies you might need.
What should I do about phone service?
There are several options. You can check to see if your current phone
service has a temporary plan you can add for calls from Mexico. You can
use Skype or buy a Skype phone number for international calls for only
$5.99/month. Some of our units have a cell phone that guests can use.
We advise getting a sim card from IUSACell (an ATT affiliate), which has
an office on Madera (Main Street) and a rep named Alejandro who
speaks English. Call his cell: 334.593.1519
How will I get my key?
Our concierge, Patty Pusieski, is usually on hand to meet you at the
house to let you in and give you a quick orientation. We do have lock
boxes and depending on your arrival and her availability, you may find
your key in the lock box. We will send that information closer to your
arrival. Please be sure to send us your itinerary before you arrive.
Are any of your spaces handicap accessible?
We have one downstairs unit that is on the ground floor and has no stairs. There is no step into the shower, but the bathroom door is narrow. However the toilet is just inside the doorway. The kitchen counter is at standing height. The bedroom has a matrimonial size bed and there is a couch in the living room that opens to a single bed that lays on the ground. This could be used by a caregiver (unless that person sleeps with you). All other rooms and patio could accommodate a wheelchair or rollator.