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American/Canadian expatriates in Mazatlan

Location: Mazatlan
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Mazatlan-The Pearl of the Pacific

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Started by Dennis. Last reply by Laurel Lockhart Mar 22, 2010.

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Comment by Victoria Wilson on September 22, 2009 at 1:31pm
I wouldn't live any place else in the world! I have the BEST friends here, our neighbors are terrific, and the scenery is wonderful. I could never afford to live where I can walk to the beach in the states!
Comment by James Goodman on September 22, 2009 at 11:16am
Welcome to the group Deborah. Definitely add Mazatlán to the list of places to consider in MX. Come on down and explorer. The people are friendly, the beaches are excellent, the seafood is fresh and inexpensive, the breeze is gentle and on and on. Housing prices are reasonable as well and there are nice rentals available as well. I have been here 6 years full-time now and know it is home.
Comment by Deborah S Hayden on September 22, 2009 at 2:39am
Thanks, Victoria, for the heads up on Mazatlan! My mind is spinning with the possibilities now! Can I just come down and be a nomad, and enjoy ALL the lovely communities that I am hearing about from all you fine folks?? *dreaming*
Comment by James Goodman on August 21, 2009 at 12:25pm
Welcome back to Mazatlán Mary. Was the Seafarer in Marina Mazatlán open during your last trip? It is Manuel Rubio's--of Pedro and Lola fame--new location on the north end of town. It has a wonderful open-air tropical courtyard on the water, food is delicious and the service first rate. The Pemex Plaza has a new BBQ place that is good and a couple more new spots as well. A day at Stone Island at Lety's or Victor's, bocce ball on the beach and enjoying the great sand and gentle surf. It is a great place for the family and very safe for the kids. Enjoy your time in our friendly city.
Comment by Mary Baines on August 17, 2009 at 1:48pm
We are going to Mazatlan in Oct. We have been going down for 30 years. We will stay at El Cid Marina for a week. We are taking our daughter that has not been back there since she was 3. We drive down from AZ. Any new restaurants I should know about? She wants to go to Deer Island and Stone Island,
Comment by James Goodman on July 6, 2009 at 9:20am
Carole the towers are a mix of TV, radio and communication and are part of the landscape. Someone, don't know who, strings lights on one to resemble a Christmas Tree during the season.
My Mexican neighbors would have mixed feelings regarding your comment that "gringos should pay more", believing that if we gringos overpay, we can skew the economy. I wouldn't overpay in the US, so why would I overpay here? It's supply and demand. I believe we should pay the prevailing market rate for products and services and I firmly believe in tipping for service, I tip more for good service, not because I am a gringo, but because it is the right thing to do.
You will love Carnaval here. It is easy to get close to the parade, to view the pageants--crowning of queens, etc--to see the fireworks--ship to shore is fantastic--you will love it all UNLESS you live close to one of the stages where music is played. Hey, it's only a week, so party like a local and recover next week!! I love this town.
Jim
Comment by Laurel Lockhart on June 5, 2009 at 11:48am
Carnival is wonderful in Mazatlan. The parade, costumes and music is wonderful but be prepared for noise. Bring earplugs. Between the fireworks, crowds and music which goes on for days after Carnival sleep will be tough. It is all part of the tradition so be prepared to have the time of your life.
Comment by Doug Jones on June 5, 2009 at 8:48am
I'm looking forward to going to Carnival in Mazatlan - I understand it is THE place to go to Carnival in all of Mexico!
Comment by Laurel Lockhart on June 5, 2009 at 8:16am
I am hoping to get down to Mazatlan before Christmas this year. I still have artwork and miscellaneous pieces of furniture with a friend there. I have been following the real estate prices and should I return I will probably settle in the old part of El Cid. Back to my old stomping grounds. I miss those early morning walks on the Malaquin and coffee at the Playa Mazatlan.
I still have several acqaintances there who are in the time share business and own a few of the restaurants in the Gold Zone. And yes you are right although I hate to back up the rumour, gringos do have a different price in many of the restaurants and stores. The only way to combat that is to speak half way decent Spanish and tell them you live in the city. Sneaky but effective. I find it much the same here in SMA. Often difficult situations are resolved by the ability to speak Spanish and the locals knowing you live in the city and are not just passing through. Its just the way things are so you go with the flow.
Comment by George Puckett on June 5, 2009 at 8:00am
Laurel,

I was wondering why you joined the Mazatlan Group. Of course anyone may join any group for any reason. We just hope that there is always an interest of some sort.

Mazatlan is also one of my favorite places. When we lived in Ensenada, we vacationed in Mazatlan so we were there 4 times. On one occasion we were there for 3 weeks and attended Carnaval. We also ventured to the Cruise Ship docking area looking for bargains. We fell in love with a Mexican Fast Food place on Zaragosa street. We would bus it from Torres Mazatlan to the eatery on several occasions to eat and get "take-out."

There was always talk that the tourist paid a different price at the restaurants than what the locals paid. I also met the editor of the Mazatlan Newspaper for the English speaking community.

George P
 

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