Ajijic’s quaint cobblestone streets are home to a large community of foreign residents, said to number around 7,000 from the United States and Canada. Bordering the natural beauty of over 100 miles of Lake Chapala's shoreline and set among the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains, it is no wonder visitors here are reluctant to leave.
Boasting moderate temperatures throughout the year, the warmth of the climate is matched by the hospitality of Ajijic’s residents who are friendly and welcoming. You will feel right at home.
Ajijic offers the genuine feel of Mexican village life, but provides plenty of services and activities, and is only some 30 miles away from Mexico’s second city, Guadalajara – itself an undiscovered gem as far as foreign tourists are concerned. Despite the calming, sleepy village atmosphere, leisure activities suiting all tastes and abilities mean you will always have something to do.
Tennis, golf, boating and horseback riding are just some of the leisure pursuits available, but visitors will also find a variety of classes to learn Spanish, Mexican culture or practice art. For foodies there are many fine restaurants to wine and dine in while watching the world go by, or simply enjoying the stunning sunsets over the Lake.
A truly picturesque part of the world, Ajijic offers the perfect respite from hectic, 21st century living, while retaining all the modern-day amenities we cannot do without. Patients traveling here for dental care will not be disappointed by the professionalism, skill and services provided by our dental clinics here, with affordable prices leaving you money in your pocket to enjoy Lake Ajijic to the full.
Ajijic is located on the North Shore of Lake Chapala, in the state of Jalisco. It is around 3 miles from Chapala and is easily accessible from around the world with Guadalajara’s international airport only half an hour’s drive away.
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Ajijic has a population of around 15,000, with almost half being ex-pats from the United States and Canada. If you are at all worried about the cultural differences of visiting a dentist in Mexico, then Ajijic may be the perfect place for you. While it retains a Mexican village ambiance, you will have no problems with the language while you are out and about as there is such a large English-speaking community.
As far as dental care is concerned, our verified dentists in Ajijic offer high-quality dental services that you will certainly find to be on a par with the services your dentist at home provides. While dental care is generally of a good standard these days throughout Mexico – at least from those dentists who offer services to international patients – we do advise that you should always book with a reputable clinic.
At Dental Departures we perform background checks on our verified clinics to ensure our patients can be confident that by booking through us they will receive a good standard of dental care. We perform malpractice and criminal records checks, as well as dentist’s qualifications, experience and memberships of professional organizations. Along with real patient reviews, clinic photos and virtual tours our website makes it easy for you to see this information for yourself, in order to help you make a decision on whether a particular clinic is right for you.
Of course, one of the main reasons for traveling to Ajijic for dental care is the savings you will make compared to the prices at home – in the main you will pay around a quarter of the price for your dental treatment here:
Average cost of a single dental crown in the US $1,200; At a dentist in Ajijic $194Average cost of root canal, post and crown in the US $2,200; At a dentist in Ajijic $388Average cost of dentures in the US $1,800; At a dentist in Ajijic $194
Ajijic offers exceptional accommodation in and around the area. Luxurious 5* boutique hotels, spa resorts and a huge array of bed and breakfast accommodation ensures you will find something to suit both your budget and your taste.
Some of our dentists provide free airport and hotel transfers as well as hotel discounts so you can find even better deals by booking through Dental Departures.
Yes – Lake Chapala and Ajijic have fairly low crime rates. The US government travel advisory has issued the following advisory for the state Jalisco “Except for the areas of the state that border Michoacan, there is no advisory in effect for daytime travel within major population centers or major highways” and so you shouldn’t feel unduly worried about traveling throughout the whole state, although it is advisable to limit travel between towns and cities to daylight hours.
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Booking your dental care with a reliable, quality-checked dentist will ensure you will receive the best care you possibly can.
Dentists in Mexico do undergo general dentist training in the same way as dentists back home do. Although there is no requirement in Mexico for dentists to embark on further specialist training, those who treat international patients very often do have further specialist training, many in the United States, and you can find details of our dentist’s training on the Dental Departures website.
Some myths surrounding dental care in Mexico is that it is cheaper than at home because the technology used isn’t as up-to-date, or because the materials used in prosthodontics such as dentures, crowns or dental implants are of an inferior quality.
We can’t say that every dental clinic in Mexico is up to the same standards as your dentist at home, but we can say that our verified clinics do have exceptionally good facilities, with highly advanced technology and the same branded high-quality materials available.
We think you will be pleasantly surprised by just how good your dental care in Ajijic will be, as certainly some of our past patients have been.
The outcome of any medical or dental treatments cannot be guaranteed 100%, but by booking your appointment through Dental Departures you are assured of warranties or guarantees on your dental work, and the materials used, as all our verified dentists offer this peace of mind. Additionally, you also have the backing of Dental Departures. If you experience any problems at all, we are here to work on your behalf to get the problem put right.
We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure we provide outstanding customer service that every single one of our patients can trust. If you are concerned about the additional travel expenses you may incur if you do have to return to your dentist in Ajijic, we have also teamed up with insurance providers who will cover you for these expenses for a very reasonable fee.
No - Ajijic has a large community of ex-pats from the United States and Canada and so English is spoken everywhere.
Our dentists in Ajijic are used to treating international patients and speak English well. You needn't worry you won't be able to communicate or understand what your dentist is saying to you.
Each of our clinics specifies what methods of payments they accept on their listings, so it is best checking here to be absolutely sure. Generally, US cash is accepted everywhere, but all other methods, such as debit and credit cards and personal and traveler’s checks are also accepted. Credit care payments may be subject to a small processing fee of around 3-4%.
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Dental clinics in Ajijic are not able to bill your insurance company directly. However, if your insurance covers ‘out-of-network care’ you may be able to have the cost of your treatment reimbursed upon your return home. You will need to check with your insurance company prior to travel as you will need to bring the appropriate documents with you for your dentist in Ajijic to complete.
It is also worth bearing in mind that you may be eligible for further discounts on your dental care as part of your allowable tax deductions. The eligible amounts change from year to year so it is worth checking with your country’s tax office to see if you can claim.
Ajijic is blessed with warm weather all year round and the area around Lake Chapala claims to have one of the best climates in the world, depending on what or who you read. There is very little fluctuation in the temperature during each season with the hottest temperatures in April – June at around 83-86 F, and average highs at the coolest time of year from October to December running between 76-79 F. The heaviest rainfall occurs from June – September, but it is not sustained and it will be bright and sunny between downpours.
Our dentists are open all year round, and so you will be able to get an appointment whenever you decide to visit. Ajijic is a winter destination for retirees and snowbirds from North America and it is generally busier during these times, with accommodation charges possibly at a premium. You can always find discounts on air fares and accommodation during the low season, so it may be worth bearing this in mind if you want to make the best savings.
Ajijic’s cobblestoned streets sloping toward the lake may prove challenging in a wheelchair. However, that said, there are plenty of evenly-paved spacious walkways around the lake and wheelchair-friendly hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation.
Let us know what your requirements are, as we can always make sure we get you to one of our great dentists, many of whom are wheelchair-friendly.
Warm weather, happy people and a slower pace of life – if these are not to your liking then Ajijic is not for you!
As far as your dental care is concerned, the only thing of note is that, unlike at home, sedation is not a standard means of pain relief throughout Mexico. Local anesthetic is usually used, but many dentists do offer sedation dentistry, but this requires the services of an anesthesiologist, and will therefore cost an additional $400-$600. If you require anxiety medication, such as Valium, this is available but you will need to request it in advance.
Dental Departures can help you find a dentist with these services so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
In common with most Mexican towns and cities, there is the ubiquitous plaza – a beautiful verdant space with palm trees, flowers and a pavilion – and the perfect place to unwind and people-watch. About a block away from the lake is the Lake Chapala Society, set among large botanical gardens and offering all sorts of activities from scrabble tournaments to arts and crafts classes.
Ajijic’s cobbled streets are lined with restaurants, art galleries and stores – giving you plenty to stop and look at on the walk down to the lakeside. At the edge of the lake is a public park, equipped with fire pits and grills for you to prepare and enjoy your own picnic. There are incredible views across the lake to the mountains, and at night the horizon is dotted with lights from villages.
The colorful Chapala handicrafts market is good for bric-a-brac and souvenirs, and next door is Christiania Park, which has a playground for children.
Events and festivals take place throughout the year, and it is worth checking up before you go as accommodation may be booked. One such event is the International Chili Cook-Off, which also has performances from, for example, the Charro Society, where local rodeo riders perform in full Mexican attire.
Further afield, in the nearby town of San Juan Cosala (around 10 miles away) there are the aguas thermals (hot springs), and another popular trip is the Casacadas de Agua where you can swim in sparkling pools and climb waterfalls.
Ajijic is definitely a place to relax in, offering low-key rather than high-octane activities and it is within easy reach of popular tourist resorts such as Puerto Vallarta, and the city of Guadalajara.
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Guadalajara International Airport is around 30 minutes drive away, and receives regular international flights from across North America and the rest of the world.
Approximate distances and driving times are as follows:
Guadalajara International Airport: 24 miles, 30 minutesChapala: 5 miles, 10 minutesSan Juan Cosala: 5 miles, 10 minutesCascadas de Agua: 35 miles, 50 minutesGuadalajara: 34 miles, 50 minutesPuerto Vallarta: 200 miles, 4.5 hours
Book online or use our toll-free number to find and book your quality-checked dentist in Ajijic. If you have any questions we’re always happy to help, so please get in touch and we’ll do our best to get you fantastic dental care in this carefree destination.