A Look Into Living in Jocotepec

Are you thinking about living in Ajijic but finding that the rentals are too high or out of your budget? Then we think you should look into living in Jocotepec!

Our latest video gives you a good overview of the cost of rentals, the overall vibe of the town, things to do, notable events, and more!

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Jocotepec is on the west side of the lake in Lake Chapala and has a population of about 15,000.

With the same beautiful weather as Ajijic, has gorgeous lake views, and rentals here tend to be about 1/2 the cost! The vibe of Jocotepec is very laid back, but living in Jocotepec doesn’t mean it is boring.

There are cultural events, a gorgeous Malecon with views of the lake and water sports, various shopping options, and great year-round weather so you can be outdoors any day of the year. And it is only a 15-minute drive to Ajijic and only a 45-minute drive to the Guadalajara international airport.

We think living in Jocotepec is a best-kept secret.

Cost of Living in Jocotepec

Rentals in Joco, as the locals call it, start at just $10,000 pesos a month for a nice furnished 2 bed 2 bath house. That’s about $500 USD a month. And because the Lake Chapala area weather is so temperate year-round, you won’t need air conditioning or heating here.

Most rentals include all utilities, but in case yours doesn’t, you can expect to pay about $50 USD or less every 2 months. We know several people living in Jocotepec on less than $1000 USD a month, including their rent, utilities, groceries, and even house cleaning once or twice a month.

Although we think that a very realistic monthly budget for 2 people in Jocotepec should be closer to $1500 USD a month.

If you have a higher monthly budget, you can expect your money to go a lot further, which will afford you a nicer rental, more services, and more.

Go On A Mexico Relocation Tour in Jocotepec

We encourage you to visit Jocotepec and see how your life can improve when living in Mexico! We highly recommend a Mexico private relocation tour if you don’t want to worry about renting a car, knowing how to get around, or worrying about who you can trust.

Our Mexico relocation tour guides provide their own transportation and are locals to the area. So you can get the pros and cons of living in Jocotepec or any surrounding Lake Chapala town. All you have to do is sit back, relax, have fun, and learn.

Check out our relocation tours page.

Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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  1. Mark says

    Are there any assistant living facilities in Jocotepec?Possible contacts……tks

    • Mariana Lange says

      There are a few in Jocotepec, although I am not sure if they are all bilingual staff.
      If you do a google search for assisted living facility in Jocotepec you will see a few come up

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