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Mazatlan, Mexico

Mazatlan, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Dec 18, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Mazatlan, Mexico is 463,000. People describe Mazatlan as a vibrant, beach-side city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love the relaxed atmosphere, the friendly locals, the beautiful beaches, and the low cost of living. The weather in Mazatlan is generally warm and sunny year-round, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is relatively low. A one bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $400 to $800 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000 USD per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Mazatlan?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Mazatlan, they said:

"Mazatlan is an attractive destination for retirement for many expats, offering a beautiful seaside location, a tropical climate, and relatively low cost of living. Before retiring in Mazatlan, it is important to research the city and local laws to ensure expats have all of the necessary visas and permissions in place. Additionally, expatriates should consider what they need to feel comfortable and find the right neighborhood and care facilities if necessary. It is important to learn a little Spanish to help navigate the city, and it is recommended to visit the area several times before committing to a purchase of property. Lastly, it is important to read up on security protocols such as not leaving valuables in cars, using registered taxi services, and always using common sense when out and about in Mazatlan," remarked one expat living in Mazatlan, Mexico.

"Do it! Mazatlan is a wonderful place to live! We have annual Carnaval and Motorcycle Week celebrations, and there is always some activity going on. There is drug violence, but it is extremely rare for expats to be affected in any way by it. Use the same cautions you would use in any large city. Bring only your electronics, clothes, and things you absolutely can't live without, because moving your goods is very expensive, and prices for replacing them here are very reasonable. Learn as much Spanish as you can (of course!); for a tourist city there were not as many English speaking merchants and service people as I thought there would be. Make an effort to speak Spanish to the people, even if you mangle the language, they will think much more highly of you for trying," wrote one member in Mazatlan.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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