Having spent a month visiting this beautiful area, I can certainly vouch for that climate claim ... and more. The attitudes and values are that of regular life everywhere in the US, 50 years ago. There is a respect and genuine friendliness and helpfulness shown, throughout. The people are decent, honest, clean, and kind ... and the service industry is anxious to always be just that. My favorite hotels are actually, quite different ... each one fitting different preferences / needs than the other. Simple and clean, the economical, wonderfully run Hotel Perico is on the Libramiento road, on the side of the mountain overlooking the lake, with beautiful grounds and family facilities. While on the lake in the village, the Nueva Posada is built to look quaint, is also peaceful, clean, and reasonably priced. All family owned and managed, they have an excellent onsite restaurant, as well. There are many other wonderful places as well, of course, but I fell in love with these two, in particular. From morning to night, walking around in this village is such an ongoing pleasant experience ... so many shops, restaurants to stumble into ... so much beauty and pleasantry..... There is a "Gringo" population here, too (maybe about 15%) ... mainly being Canadian & American. Around the corner and down a couple of blocks, is the Lake Chapala Society ("LCS"), the American enclave, on beautiful garden grounds .... I have been here a couple of times, and can never hardly wait to get back!!