Other folks come to Lake Chapala in the summer to enjoy this mild climate and get away from the heat where they live in places like Texas or Arizona.
And many visitors come all times of the year to check out this American retirement community on the shores of Lake Chapala, Mexico.
Regardless of your reason or season for visiting Chapala-Ajijic, Mexico, the following travel tip will help you plan for a more relaxed vacation.
In Ajijic, Mexico, Cash is King Credit cards are seldom accepted in the village of Ajijic with the exception of just a few stores and very few Lago de Chapala restaurants.
You can get pesos from ATM machines, they are located in several easy to get to locations in the village.
Beside the banks, automated Teller machines are available in what we would call drug stores, north of the border.
Here they are called farmacias, and Farmacia Guadalarara here in Ajijic is open 24 hours a day.
You will also find ATM's in some of the grocery stores.
You can get your travel checks cashed at banks or you can exchange your dollars for pesos at the money exchange stores called Casa de Cambio's.
And, in many cases you can pay with old American greenbacks or dollars, but you may not get the best exchange rate.
When you arrive at the Guadalajara airport there is a Cambio for exchanging your dollars for pesos.
It is located to the right of when you leave customs and walk toward the exits.
This is an easy and quick way to get some cash for your first few days when arriving to your south of the border destination.