Tradition and modernity
One of the most popular locations for Chapala lake side living, San Antonio Tlayacapan is a delightful mix of tradition and modernity. Its commercial area is a busy center of activity all week long.
The town itself, like most Mexican towns, has a plaza with an ornate bandstand and lovely flowers. The stately church on the square is dedicated to San Antonio – Saint Anthony of Padua.
The church is the focal point for religious festivities in this country where the majority of its people are Roman Catholic. Duringposadas at Christmastime, processions reenact Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging, and include carols, prayer, and piñatas. From Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, processions, a via crucis and Passion Play are enacted. The saint’s day celebrations each June involve nine days of celebrations that culminate on June 13.
Active outdoor living
In keeping with its eclectic character, San Antonio is home of a golf school and driving range. Hole in One has been an immediate hit with golfers and aficionados.
Tobolandia takes its name from the huge toboggans or water slides that can be seen from the highway and the Libramiento. This popular water park fills up with families at the weekends. From the breathtaking water slides to a lazy river ride in an inner tube, Tobolandia can fill an entire day with fun.
Many of the gated communities in San Antonio have swimming pools. Overlooking the town, El Dorado Private Residence Club has an infinity pool, tennis courts and a gym.
Mexico real estate choices in San Antonio
Located between Ajijic and Chapala, San Antonio’s real estate choices feature the widest price range on the northern shore. But by and large, homes here tend to be less expensive than in Ajijic village.
Modest village homes boast delightful gardens and miradors that take advantage of the view. A number of new gated communities offer modern construction and 24 hour security with common pools, gardens, barbecue grills and clubhouses. Situated within the limits of San Antonio, El Dorado Private Residence Club has breathtaking views of the lake. It offers luxury villas and condos with the option of fractional ownership.
Live at Lakeside but shop in San Antonio
New to the lakeside scene is the Centro Laguna Shopping Center, on the corner where the Libramiento meets the carretera. It is the most modern on the northern shore, with more than 56 shops of all kinds as well as banks and even a casino. Built by Vita Developments, Centro Laguna has six cinemas and a food court for before or after a show. The specialty restaurants let shoppers rest their feet and enjoy a tasty meal or snack while exploring everything the stores have to offer.
San Antonio is also home to a Wal-Mart Super Center, across the highway from Centro Laguna. It has everything you’d expect from Wal-Mart South of the Border, with foodstuffs, a deli, pastries baked daily, a pharmacy, clothing, hardware, appliances and more. It is also quite Mexican, with a tortilla factory, for example, on the premises.
Pre-dating Wal-Mart by decades, Super Lake is a specialty grocery and is one of the most popular shops for miles around. It continues to offer hard to find imported goods, many unavailable even in the capital. The secret is in knowing what shoppers want and supplying those needs. Out of town shoppers regularly come to Super Lake to stock up on favorite products.
Next door is a liquor store with almost everything you could want, including hand rolled Cuban style cigars.
Tony’s Meats, in the same complex, cuts top quality steaks, chops and roasts to order. Tony speaks fluent English. Do plan to dine at his excellent steak house, next door.
Of course, there’s much more in San Antonio. We know you’ll enjoy discovering all the town has to offer.