Mazatlan, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Mazatlan, Mexico: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Mazatlan?

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

"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," added another expat in Mazatlan.

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How do I meet people in Mazatlan?

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When we asked people living in Mazatlan about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"MazInfo Yahoo Group and Sunday get-together, MazAmigos get-together, several ladies and mens lunches held weekly, Tourist Aide volunteers, Amigos de los Animals shelter volunteering, La Vina church, Friends of Mexico, American Library, discussion groups, exercise and dance classes, karaoke nights, walking the Malecon (seawalk), reading the Pacific Pearl and Maz Messenger magazines for activities schedules," commented one expat who made the move to Mazatlan.

What is life like in Mazatlan?

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When we asked people living in Mazatlan what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"For expats, Mazatlan is a very small town in a large city! It is easy to meet other expats, and we look out for one another. Walk through Centro, the tourist zone, or down the Malecon and odds are good that you'll see someone you know! Most of us are involved in at least one volunteer effort, trying to help make the lives of our gracious hosts just a little better. The citizens of Mazatlan are great people! Family is the most important thing, but people are very involved in earning a living, watching our baseball team (Venados), and enjoying life by the ocean," added another expat in Mazatlan.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Mazatlan accepting of differences?

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"I don't think there is as much diversity here as there is in other parts of the world, or even other parts of Mexico. I get the impression that most Mexicans here were born and raised in Mazatlan, or came here because they had family here. But they are very tolerant of us crazy expats! Economically, Mazatlan is very diverse. Besides being a tourist destination, we are the home of Pacifico Beer, and one of the largest shrimping fleets in the world! Mazatlan is also a major port for import/export. So we have a lot of "little worlds" going on within our larger one," explained one expat living in Mazatlan, Mexico.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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