The area known as Lakeside comprises a series of communities that stretch across the northern side of Lake Chapala. The town of Chapala is about in the middle of the lakeshore. From Chapala going west to the “end” of the lake, you arrive at Jocotepec. To get there, you pass through Ajijic and other settlements crowded right along the lakeshore.
The mountains that separate lakeside from Guadalajara loom majestically on the north side of the lake.
Jocotepec sits at the northwestern end of the lake. It’s a bustling pueblo (town) with its own malecon, although the malecon can be a little tricky to find. The first time we drove to Jocotepec we missed it. The road along the lake curves right and there we are in the town, with all its lively street life, centro, and, of course, cathedrals.
Making a u-turn by circling a block, we finally spotted some signs for the malecon and made our way to a lovely little park nestled on the lake.
While the malecons in Chapala and Ajijic are in the heart of the commercial life of both towns, the malecon in Jocotepec is set apart from the town.
It’s a lively place to be sure, yet with a serenity all its own. There is a small mercado where one can buy street food and assorted goods, yet nowhere near as large as the mercados in either Chapala or Ajijic.
The malecon in Jocotepec is mostly a park. Well manicured, with open grassy fields, sidewalks along the lake, along with the malecon itself, and a large wooded area for picnicing. It’s festooned with art.
Families abound, as well as individuals lazing, reading, listening to music, enjoying the delightful weather year-round.
It’s hard to describe, at least for a writer of my “talent”, so I hope the pictures are indeed worth their thousand words.
The malecon in Jocotepec is a worthy day outing at lakeside. Don’t miss it when you come.