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Retire in Mazatlan, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: What is it like to retire in Mazatlan, Mexico? DATASENTENCE Retirees share their experiences living in Mazatlan.

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What is it like to retire in Mazatlan?

"Mazatlan has all of the above! It is a retiree's dream (when you take Covid out of the picture)," explained a retiree in Mazatlan.

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What advice do overseas retirees have for others considering retiring abroad?

"Covid has really dampened our enjoyment of our new home, but I guess it has everywhere! We are fortunate not to have to work, and can stay home except for essential trips and walking for outdoor exercise. But what a beautiful place to walk," commented one retiree living in Mazatlan, Mexico.

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What are the most challenging aspects of retiring in Mazatlan?

"Paying annual bills, like fideicomisos, property taxes, renewing license plates, car taxes, etc. It seems to be different every year," explained one retiree living in Mazatlan.

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What are healthcare services like in Mazatlan?

We asked retirees if they have access to good medical care in Mazatlan. They wrote:

"Medical care here is excellent and reasonable. For most things, it is possible to pay out-of-pocket, but it's good to have some sort of health insurance for catastrophes," explained a retiree in Mazatlan.

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How do I meet people in Mazatlan?

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," remarked another retiree in Mazatlan.

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What is life like in Mazatlan?

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," explained one retiree living in Mazatlan.

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What do I need to know before retiring in Mazatlan?

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," explained one retiree living in Mazatlan.

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About the Author

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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