The standard of living in Ajijic is what I consider to be really high for what I had envisioned would be typical in Mexico, particularly within a relatively small village of 13,000 people.
A large part of the economy of Ajijic is based upon the community where 50% are US and Canadian expats who have moved there for the quality of the climate as well as Ajijic being a very economically sound place to retire, and to have a good lifestyle.
There are a variety of communities in Ajijic, from very simple apartments and condominiums to beautiful homes on the mountainside by the lake with their own country clubs, tennis clubs, etc. that allow a huge variety of environments in which to live. If you’re just looking for a simple one-person retirement home, they have condominiums and retirement environments that cater directly towards retirees, particularly those who need help with their meals and day-to-day operations. You can also get as grandiose a home as you might desire, all at about a third to a quarter of the price that you would pay in the United States.
What I’ve seen so far is that Ajijic itself is somewhat of an artist community. The main part of the village is still old and very traditional, which is the bulk of the village. It has great shops and a wonderful town plaza, a beautiful cathedral, and little churches.
Ajijic is a very safe place. When I was down there initially, I would join friends for a meal or drinks in the evening and walk home by myself on a foreign street. I just had to be careful not to step on the small children on the roads, but I never felt intimidated or felt any form of danger.
For the locals, Ajijic is a very family-oriented city, with the charm and the character of a village. It has beautiful artwork on the walls. It has cobblestone streets, which brings character to the village and yet there are wonderful facilities. Within two miles of the downtown of the village is a major Walmart so one never feels like you are completely, totally, and utterly removed from society as we know it in the United States; there are things of familiarity.
Ajijic has its own little 400-person theater for performing arts. It has a little casino. It has sort of an international flare to some of the restaurants, as there are people from all over America and nationalities from all over the world that have retired there.
(Arts theater, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)