Chapala the largest town on the shores of Lake Chapala. For many years, Chapala was the largest town on the shores of Lake Chapala, and the most genteel. Yet centuries before, the Coca Indians inhabited the wooded shores. Even today, their small ceramic offering vessels known as “blood cups” can be discovered on the beach or are brought up in fishermen’s nets.
Ajijic, Mexico: A privileged place to live. After Chapala, Ajijic is Lakeside’s best known town. Around 1941, “Petticoat Vagabond” Neil James – a contemporary at Scribners of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolf – made her home in the village. Among many altruistic deeds, she planted mulberry trees and experimented with silk weaving, then cotton weaving as a cottage industry for local residents. Restaurant Los Telares is housed on a part of the property where weaving workshops, with their rustic handlooms, or telares, were situated.
San Juan Cosala and Raquet Club. On the shores of Lake Chapala Mexico, San Juan Cosala boasts its own geyser. In fact, the town grew up around thermal springs, heated by underground volcanoes.
A friend tells us how in the 1950s, Ajijic teens would make day trips to San Juan. They’d tuck potatoes and chayotes in their pockets and, once in San Juan, they’d bury them in the mud on the shore. When they tired of swimming and came out of the water, the potatoes and chayotes were perfectly cooked.
San Antonio Tlayacapan, between Ajijic & Chapala. It is a charming Mexican village set between Chapala and Ajijic. Property in the town tends to be less expensive than comparable properties in Ajijic, yet the shopping in San Antonio is some of the best along Chapala’s north shore.