Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions- FAQs about Ajijic and the area.

When people first come or are planning on coming to Ajijic there are always lots of questions.  Below are some of the most common FAQs that people ask and the answers to them.  If you have any other questions please contact us through our contact page.

Which airport is closest to Ajijic?

The Guadalajara airport, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport is 38 kilometres (23.8 miles) from Ajijic.  It takes approximately 40 minutes to drive.

Is it safe in ajijic?

Like everywhere in the world where, when and how you move around town is important to your safety.  Traveling during the day on foot in populated areas is safe, and if out driving at night stay on the main roads and travel with a companion.

can i use my phone from north of the border in ajijic?


how much money will i spend for rent?

Depending on the type of accommodation you desire rents vary greatly depending on location, property type, amenities on the property and whether it’s a new or older build.  A small one bedroom casita might cost anywhere from 300 usd to 500 usd.  A two bedroom house from 500 usd to 1200 usd, a three bedroom from 800 usd to 2000 usd.

Usually the homes are furnished, and whether the utilities and staff are included in the rent varies.  You will need to inquire and have all inclusions in your rental agreement.

Can you drink the water in ajijic?

The water is NOT purified so it is best you buy bottled water for drinking, dental care and food preparation.

What percentage tip is customary for wait staff, and services?

It is customary to tip anywhere from 10% to 20% based on the service for restaurant and bar staff and services in beauty salons and spas.  Tips to grocery baggers, store clerks, gas station attendants is at your discretion but generally anywhere from 5 to ten pesos depending on the amount of work and help they offer.

How do i get to ajijic from the airport?

There are taxi booths “TAXI” just outside of the International and Domestic Arrivals gates. The taxi ride to Ajijic is under 500 pesos. You will pay it to the booth attendant and he will give you a ticket to give to the taxi driver outside.  Only go with the official taxi drivers in the white airport taxi cars.

is there public transit in ajijic?


what credit and debit cards can i use in ajijic?

Cash is the usual form of payment Lakeside.  However, some bigger stores like Walmart, some brand stores in the mall, a few higher end boutique shops and spas, and very few restaurants will take credit cards.

You can use your NOB debit cards at the bank machines in town.

how much will my expenses be?

 Expenses are based on your lifestyle and standard of living.  Some people like to eat out on a regular basis and others like to cook at home.  Based on averages this is what you can expect to spend in Ajijic.  Dinner for two: appetizer, entree and a bottle of wine 500 pesos. 

Movies: drink, popcorn admission for 2. 200pesos.

Groceries: Fresh produce at the market 200 pesos week.  Cooking at home 5 days a week.

Groceries and household supplies:  1500 pesos a week.  Cooking at home 5 days a week.

Cleaning Lady: 60 pesos and hour. Minimum four hours a day.


Where can i buy bottled water?

Bottled water is available in various sizes in all stores.  You can get home delivery from Santorini, Jocotepec, and Bonafont.  Large 20 litre bottles cost approximately 30 pesos each.

where can i meet people from north of the border?

The Lake Chapala Society is the best place to go to get yourself acclimated when you arrive in Ajijic.

You can meet people from NOB at most bars, restaurants, sporting/outdoor groups and around the Ajijic plaza.  You will find them easy to talk toand before long you will have met many new friends.

“discover everything Ajijic has to offer.”

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Events and Holidays

February 5th - Constitution Day
Benito Juárez Birthday - 3rd Monday in March
Labor Day - May 1
Independence Day - September 16
Mother's Day - May 10th
Day of the Dead - November 2
Revolution Day - the third Monday in
November 12th - Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe Christmas Day - December 25