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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 Ted Wilson on February 5, 2017 at 1:11pm
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Comment by Laurel Lockhart on July 28, 2010 at 6:52am
Real Estate is still very slow in San Miguel due to the copious amounts of listings. I was hoping to be in Mazatlan by September but don't see it happening this year. I sure miss Mazatlan and the smell of the ocean. Oh well, just think how happy I will be when I can finally move down permanently. I have to keep reminding myself.
Comment by Victoria Wilson on March 23, 2010 at 1:32am
I know what you mean about feeling "untied!" We moved from a small town in North Carolina, and while the rural setting was beautiful, we had to drive two towns over just to go to the movies! When we talked about moving here, I told my husband I wanted to be right in the middle of everything. Since our house is just a couple blocks from the Fisherman's Monument, we have done just that! I love all the music and racket that is our Mexican neighborhood, but there are some beautiful, tranquil locations north of the Golden Zone that are still just a short ride to all the "action!"
Comment by Laurel Lockhart on March 22, 2010 at 12:46pm
Hi Victoria: San Miguel is a city frozen in time. Being in a UNESCO designated 15th century city is like being in a time warp. The beauty is definitely there and the feelings of peace and tranquility almost seem unreal, somewhat like being in a dream. I love it here but there are drawbacks for people who need constant stimulation and need to feel untied. Mazatlan is much more like a big city with big city amenities but the beach and Malecon are wonders or their own. The smell of the sea and the vitality is what is missing here for me. I know I feel more alive when I am at the ocean and although the peace and tranquility here is wonderful something is saying it is time for a move.
Comment by Victoria Wilson on March 2, 2010 at 2:25pm
Hi Laurel! We'll be delighted to have you back in Mazatlan! We have a great group of people here, and really enjoy each other's company...and there's always room for one more!

I've never been to SMA, when I started reading about Mazatlan I knew I had found the right place, so never visited any of the other expat locations. Luckily for me, my instinct was right, and I'm the happiest I've ever been in my life! But I do wonder how the two places if you have any comments on that, I'd be very interested in hearing them. I'll get around to visiting the rest of Mexico in the next few years, I guess. Thanks for any info! And when you get ready to buy something here, let me know, because we have a realtor we dearly love!
Comment by Laurel Lockhart on February 26, 2010 at 9:04am
Hi everyone: I am living in SMA (San Miguel de Allende) and have a large 3 bedroom 3.5 bath home near Centro. I used to live in Mazatlan in El Dorado behind El Cid and just came back from Mazatlan after a visit. After spending 2 weeks back in Mazatlan I have decided to sell my house here and move back to Mazatlan. If there is a realtor out there who knows anyone who would like to move here(buy my place) and can find me a 2 bedroom condo on the beach
somewhere between the Malecon to Cerritos please e-mail me at The house is going to be listed at the end of March @329,900 furnished and I would be looking in the same price range.

Thanks all.
Comment by James Goodman on September 24, 2009 at 8:14am
Very accurate description Victoria. Although I know people who are, I have to say that moving to Mexico is not for the shy and retiring, life here is meant to be lived. The gas trucks choice of it's song of announcement is appropriate, as you will find all 3 of those. The people are good, they are caring and they will watch out for you and offer advice. Hay ladrones aqui, pero mucho menos, que los Estados Unidos y estan "the bad". Sometimes the ugly are us expats, especially those that don't try to fit in and you have to wonder why they ever thought this was the place for them. Our "warm" season is almost past and as I see the weather in my old city NOB, I smile all over again. I love Mazatlán.
Comment by Deborah S Hayden on September 23, 2009 at 6:02pm
Thank you so much, Victoria, for your descriptive message. It makes it all so much more real for me. I, too, lived the *rural* life for almost 50 yrs and now I am "in the middle of it all," and I love it, like you. Your life sounds SO lovely. Just thinking of it makes me smile. I plan to join you, one day very soon ...
Comment by Victoria Wilson on September 23, 2009 at 5:41pm
One of the best things about Mazatlán is that you can have quiet and peace--or not! We lived in rural North Carolina, where we had to drive 30 miles if we wanted to spend the evening out with friends, so I told my husband Rick that I wanted to be in the middle of everything, and we are. We live in a noisy Mexican neighborhood in the older part of the city, and I love every minute of it. The kids play in the street, and vendors go by shouting their wares. The gas truck plays the theme from "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" so you will know they are heading your way and you can flag them down for a cylinder. I frequently buy my bread from the trunk of a car!

But, there are also some lovely communities that are serene, absolutely beautiful, and just as convenient to all Mazatlán has to offer. All you have to do is take your pick!
Comment by Deborah S Hayden on September 22, 2009 at 1:48pm
Thank you, James! The beaches, the seafood, the breezes, ahhhhh ..... I DO live three blocks from the beach here, Victoria, but it is South Beach, and not so quiet and peaceful. And after retirement, a WHOLE 'nother story, huh? I will definitely be exploring Mazatlan as a possible landing spot ... thank you both so much for your warm welcome and interesting blogs!

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