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Romantic Lake Chapala

Guadalajara, Mexico
303-394-6920
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Ranked #19 of 111 Attractions in Guadalajara
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

a bit of a tourist trap but locals enjoy this place too. Can get pricey depending where you eat but you have to visit at least once.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Beautiful drive, very Americanized. Be careful where you eat, as even established restaurants seem to change owners often,

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San Luis Obispo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

After spending time in the hustle and bustle of the city, this is so restful and relaxing. Just sitting in one of the many restaurants on the lake is calming. I love the malecon on a weekend watching the families enjoy strolling beside the lake. I like the area so much I moved there and I love it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It is fun to visit this place while you in GDL. Nice natural view. Tour group will stop by Fernando Vincente's ranch. Good experience. Don't not eat here because your tour guide will bring you to a very nice restaurant.

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Avon, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

has turned into too much touristy, shlock shops and food stands. Used to be a nice place to visit with friends who lived there, now another tourist destination

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

When you're in Guadalajara and the heat and humidity are unbearable Lake Chapala is a nice break from the busy noisy city and offers a nice breeze coming from the lake. Walk on the pier and grab a michelada from a nearby stand and you can relax and enjoy the view.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Well, supposedly that is what the National Geographic, in the early '60s (although nobody can quite find the article!) called the meteorological conditions at Lake Chapala. We've lived here a bit over one month now (two more to go), and I can't argue with "NG!" The lake, approximately 50 miles long (east-west) and 12 wide (north-south) has had problems in... More

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Guadalajara
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Majestic mountains surround this lake and each village along its northern shore offers and opportunity to enjoy local scenery with many food and souvenir stands along the way. Take a boat cruise on the late from the pier in Chapala to really take in the scenery.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Now I know why Lake Chapala is so called the Retirement City!! It offers all you can need for retirement. Abundance of very nice little Restaurants; with very reasonable prices. The lake has one of the best climates in Mexico; the view from my friend’s home at the mountain was unique, more than relaxing. Really a place to visit when... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Don't recall the name of the restaurant but it was more about sitting and looking out at the lake than the food. There was a beautiful breeze on a quiet day. So relaxing.

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