In honor of the World Cup and Mexico’s historic win over Germany, the current title defenders, it’s the perfect time to shine some light on one of Mexico’s most beautiful places to visit—the boater’s paradise of Lake Chapala. Few places provide the serenity of a massive freshwater lake nestled into a mountainous region quite like Chapala. Featuring a gorgeous surrounding of forested hills and mountains, quaint fishing villages, friendly towns and impressive small cities, Lake Chapala, in Mexico’s central highlands, has something for everyone.
When it comes to boating, the lake is a blank canvas. With a maximum depth of just under 40 feet, it’s not a deep lake, but it’s enough for some serious fun. From watersports and cruising to swimming and fishing, Lake Chapala offers some of the best scenery—and best boating—that Mexico has to offer. Take in a breathtaking sunset or cruise from town to town and soak up all the culture you can. Crownline boats are uniquely suited for the area because they provide enhanced luxury and relaxation amenities perfect for an unplugged getaway. So sit back, relax and enjoy Lake Chapala.
Take in the Charm
The surrounding area of Lake Chapala is an increasingly popular tourist and retirement destination for Mexican citizens as well as expats from the U.S., Canada and Europe. As a result, a rich, modern boating community has developed that seems to coexist beautifully with the local fishermen. From brand-new yachts to traditional fishing boats, the wide variety of vessels on Chapala add to its distinct charm.
Be a Tourist
If you’re just visiting, consider staying at the Hotel Lindo Ajijic, a quality resort with easy access to the lake. It’s located in the town of Ajijic, a lovely vacation town that’s popular with locals and travelers alike. Located just 35 miles south of Mexico’s second largest city, Guadalajara, Ajijic thrives on tourism and provides visitors with a truly delightful vacation experience. The area’s authentic culture has inspired plenty of artists and writers to capture the town’s spirit in their work.
Explore the Environs
There are great locations all along the shores of Lake Chapala. Not the least of which is the town of Chapala itself. A cultural hub for the lake area, the town offers incredible food, great hotels, a high-class yacht club, a fresh-produce market, and a cozy small-town feel. The sister cities of Ajijic and Chapala combine to form one of the best places to vacation in all of Mexico. So grab a book and relax. We suggest reading some D.H. Lawrence or Tennessee Williams. Both authors spent time in Chapala and found its beauty a sanctuary for their writing. In fact, Williams’ most famous work, A Streetcar Named Desire, was written here in the summer of 1945.
From high culture to high-speed fun, Lake Chapala is a relaxed, friendly and welcoming destination (with unbeatable weather) so you can escape the familiar and try something new south of the border.