Mazatlan : Mexico


What It Is Like to Retire in Mazatlan

Mazatlan is the second largest city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa with a population of more than 350,000.  No youngster, Mazatlan was founded in 1531. It developed as a commercial seaport, importing equipment for the nearby gold and silver mines. It served as the capital of Sinaloa from 1859 to 1873. The German settlers also influenced the local music, banda, which is an alteration of Bavarian folk music. The settlers also established the Pacifico Brewery.  It is located on the coast above Puerta Vallarta.  is considered one of the longest in the world, has a length of about 21 km, along the Pacific coast, among which you can find from high cliffs, monuments, gazebos, old buildings, hotels, etc. The Malecon from Mazatlan is composed of a series of scenic roads with pedestrian space whose name varies along the route by stage or time of construction. Mazatlan is still a major port and tourism popular for its fishing and sandy beaches. Many North Americans retire here for the warm weather  and inexpensive lifestyle. .


Where to Retire in Mazatlan and Home Prices

During the 40's and 50's many hotels were built here to accomodate the tourist trade. Today there are many time shares and homes purchased by retirees. There is also great variety in neighborhoods and prices of homes and condos. At one site we saw homes available for far less than $100k (US) and well into the millions. Many nice places were in the $200s and $300s.


What Is Special about Mazatlan

Mazatlan is a well-established city in Mexico. The city is very old and has been restored to its former glory. Its Centro Histórico is a great resource. Located on the sea and offers plenty to do, all for a much lower price than in the USA. John Wayne and his buddies used to come here for its excellent sport-fishing. The Malecon from Mazatlan along the Pacific coast, is considered one of the longest in the world and features high cliffs, monuments, gazebos, old buildings, and hotels.


What Is Not Special about Mazatlan

Living in Mazatlan could be an adventure unless you are used to living in a foreign country. You have to like living in a toursit town. Crime in Mexico can be concerning, a reason why many North Americans live in gated communities

Who Will Like Retirement in Mazatlan

Adventurous people who are used to living in Mexico or foreign countries.  They tend to like being expatriots.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Fishing and tourism are the main drivers of the economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Mazatlan is in northern Mexico on the Gulf of California, just across the Gulf from the southernmost tip of Baja Mexico.The state is Sinaloa.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Teatro Angela Peralta, located on the Plazuela Machado, houses a concert hall, galleries, an art school and a highly regarded conservatory of music and dance.  The Plazuela, located in Centro Histórico is the local center of culture with festivals, pageants, art shows, etc. Carnavale is a very big deal in Mazatlan.


The crime rate here is high and mainly related to the drug trade.

Medical Facilities

Mexico has a full range of modern medical facilities. While your USA or Canadian health insurance will not work here, you can buy health insurance policies for a reasonable amount to protect against serious illness or accident.


Mazatlan has an international airport

Valuable Links

What you need to know about retiring in Mexico

What people are saying about Mazatlan

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