Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, is a great town.  It’s filled with what many Mexicans say is the most beautiful women in Mexico, has lots of great cultural options, and is also the world capital of tequila.  As Mexico’s second largest city (6 million), there is a lot to do there, but it till feels surprisingly chill and is fairly walkable.  It also has a little bit of an alternative vibe to it, with a large hippie, metalhead, gay, and student population.

Flights come in to Guadalajara’s airport (GDL).  Once you get there you can either take a taxi into town for around 100-150 pesos ($8-12) or a bus to the old bus station and then a cheaper cab into the center.  Another option is to fly to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) and take a bus.  It’s a long ride (4-5 hours) but the Mexican buses are very comfortable and cheap and it may be worth it as sometimes a PVR ticket will save you hundreds.

As in the general rule in Latin America, the central downtown area of Guadalajara is not one of the nicer parts of the city, but it is much nicer than other big Latin American downtowns such as Guatemala City or Managua.  It’s fairly clean and it is pretty much totally safe though as long as you keep your wits about you and is a good place to stay if you want minimize expenses.  In downtown, otherwise known as the Centro Historico, there are plenty of cheap hotels that are easy walk-in choices.  Expect to pay 200 pesos and up for a cheap single room and 300 and up for a double.  Remember also that you will have to pay the difference in price if you come home at night with unexpected company.

Hotspot:  Cafe Andre Breton is a French cafe a couple block north of Juarez at Huerto.  Good French bistro food and live music make this a good downtown option.

Taxis are plentiful and cheap in Guadalajara, around 7 pesos the initial meter drop and maybe 5 pesos per kilometer onwards.  You can get anywhere you need to go really for 100 pesos or less in the metro area.  Just make sure the driver uses the meter (el taximetro) or you bargain ahead of time.  I’ve been in a cab a couple times where they tried to rip me off with the meter a meter than ran artificially fast, so keep your eye on it and if it seems to be going really quickly, get out.  Generally speaking if the meter is above 10 or 12 pesos in the first couple blocks you’re getting scammed.  The vast majority of taxi drivers in town are honest.

The main drag in Guadalajara is Avenida Juarez/Vallarta, which runs east-west.  The places to go out in Guadalajara are all pretty much west and northwest of the center, so start out heading west on Juarez.  A kilometer or two west is the enormous University of Guadalajara, and that’s a good place to start if you’re youngish- there are plenty of bars and cafes around there.

My favorite bar in the area is El Primer Piso, which is a jazz bar on Pedro Moreno and Escorza.  It’s a very lively scene on weekends with good food and some excellent live music.  Make sure to reserve a table ahead of the time on weekends.

A little further is my favorite area- the Chapultapec area.  It’s a main north-south street and there are lots of bars and coffee shops in the area.  Check out Lopez Cotilla and Libertad streets which are one and two blocks south of Juarez.

A couple hotspots in the area:

Starbucks- Lopez Cotilla and Chapulatpec.  My office in Guadalajara (I’m writing this from there), it’s a great place to hang in the afternoon and work and talk to girls that come in.  You can sit outside and just enjoy the view.

Black Sheep- On Libertad 3 blocks east of Libertad.  Cool smaller bar, a little hipster sometimes.  For me Libertad is the best street for meeting youngish hippie/hipster artistic types.

La Paloma- Cafe on Lopez Cotilla 5 or 6 blocks west of Chapultapec.  2 for 1 cocktails all day every day, and pretty good food.  It’s an excellent place to pick up more business type professional girls, and great for cougars.  My favorite happy hour pickup spot.

To the northwest is the suburb of Zapopan, where a lot of the real money in town is, and boy is there some great tail to be found out there.  There is a new mall called Centro Commercial Andares which is just crawling with rich daddy’s girls/professional girls/cougars/trophy wives with blonde hair and fake boobs. It’s an excellent place to work, but dress up and look your best.  Guadalajara’s top shelf quality is there.

A good thing about Guadalajara is that there seems to be a surplus of women in town.  Add to that a large gay population and it’s a very good scene for single guys.  English is not that common here unlike the more touristy places so speaking Spanish here is a real advantage.  One other word of caution- Guadalajara is a fun town but not a 7 day party location.  Don’t chase the night here on Sun-Wed, there just isn’t going to be anything going on, especially on Sundays.  Just go to the mall or the coffeeshop during the day, get numbers, and save your energy for the weekend.

A side note:  There has been some recent drug war related violence in Guadalajara.  The media of course has overhyped this and generally speaking Guadalajara is 100 times safer than the border towns these days, but keep an eye on the situation before you plan your trip.

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20 comments to Guadalajara, Mexico

  • Qué onda carnal, great blog. I am interested in moving to Guadalajara. I’ve been living in Guanajuato and Sayulita, but I’d like your advice on colonias to live in. Zapopan and Providencia seem like good areas. I work online, so I’d really just like to live in an area that is reasonably priced and fun. ¡Gracias!

  • Got laid in the First Class bathroom on the way to GDL; ended up spending my whole 12 days with her in her Zapopan condo – wow! I never checked into my hotel, even tho’ I’d paid in advance. They can keep it – she was worth it!! Well, I did buy her a $120.00 bracelet. and she was appreciative.

  • dennis

    Am here an its all true. Am from the states. Email drkdgalow@ Gmail. Com ..

    Ill be glad to show u around. Dee

  • Aventador

    Barezzito for young girls. Mala Noche No for MILFS. The women there are partiers and therefore what i like to call easy hard. They are available if you have game but they have game spit at them constantly so if you are corny here they are going to know. If you meet a woman in GDL —- KISS HER. She is expecting it. This takes getting used to. But its part of the whole latin thing. If you do not get a kiss in, expect her to be busy when you call. She will see you as having no interest and you cannot simply get her number and call her later. GDL ppl are warmer than the states. After you make your intent known, once she is willing she will make you feel like a king even if she is only casually interested. They wont throw sex at you but these women are skilled in man catching.

  • Aventador

    girls are pretty, chapultapec is hipster, marijuana is a spanish word popularized in america by mexicans. enough said. pretty rich city girls in guadalajara are difficult as fuck but step down one level and there is a flood of available women, having said this i find the beauty standards generally high so one down isnt bad by any means. mexican society will expect you to step up as a man a lot more than the US you will have to provide and your woman will see nothing wrong with throwing tantrums that would be seen as infantile in the US, Its something you would have to learn to ignore but personality goes a longer way in GDL than a lot of superficial bullshit in the states. Unless you dealing wtith a very rich girl. Then it counts a lot less.

  • Muñoz

    The hottest girls in Mexico are in Culiacan and are known as Culichis. They are super hot, super friendly and love men but beware of their hitman brother/boyfriend/cousin.

  • Norvind

    Try plaza andares, it is until now the most modern mall in this city, where you wil find the best girls of the GDL, both physical as level economic. This mall it`s ubicated in one of the best high income areas in that society..

  • Simon M

    Hi and tnx for posting…
    wanted to ask about getting pot there… is it available or not in Guadalajara… if u had and experience with it there…?
    Tnx in advance…

  • World Travler

    Charlie, Great info here… I’m leaving for Guadalajara soon for 2-4 weeks. I have read this post several times. I cannot wait!!! I do know what to look forward to as I do love tall latin white women. I want to go there and save as much of my cash for when I need to leverage it. Any chance I can email you to ask a few questions?

  • How about an extended stay in Guadalajara, like 3-4 months?

    Where would you look for a place and for how much?

    (El-Thankso.)

  • Dood McMan

    When East Lost Angeles or the local ghetto near U isn’t krap enough, just hop a plane & get the ‘real deal’ down under =))

    Come on guys – post some articles about real girls, not this junk.

    • Guadalajara has some unbelievably hot rich Mexican broads. I try to be equal opportunity and not discriminate against hot chicks of any race, color, creed, etc.

  • El Matador

    I already told Charlie this but the biggest concentrations of quality girls in Mexican cities seems to be in their equivalents of Denny’s.
    VIPS, Wings, Sanborns and other chains are affordable and seen as elite somehow. These clean corporate chain restaurants with glossy menus are often found on main avenues. Mexican girls are very concerned about their reputations and the kinds of bars we guys enjoy are often considered “low status”. This may be due to the way Mexican men treat them so it’s not surprising that quality girls run for the safety of high ground. American girls feel very comfortable in the dirtiest nastiest bars in USA but the rules are different in Mexico.

    Jeez Charlie, are you really looking for Mexican hipster girls?

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