Everyday Life In Mazatlan by a Happy ExPat

Here is a wonderful email I received from Dave who is living in Mazatlan…

Hola Barbie,

I have been living in Mazatlan for about 8 months now and I am  living in Playa Sur in el centro. The city is very beautiful and has much to offer an American retiree.

The delicious fresh fruit and vegetables at very  inexpensive prices are a bonus. I often shop at Fruiteria Emma in the Juarez colonia for amazing prices.

Difficult for me are the lack of some common American foods (grits). As many different ways as they have here for elota (corn) they do not have grits. A giant Sams club and a new Costco across the street from Sams will have many gourmet products and some American foods.

I use satellite radio (Sirius) for stock market, news, sports and NPR. The signal is excellent here. They will merge with XM radio in the next few months for even more options. I brought with me nearly 300 DVDS of US movies as the Mexico DVDS are area 4 (not compatable with US area 1 DVD players).

The local newspaper “Noroeste” is excellent at 8 pesos a copy, but you need to be able to read Mexican. I say Mexican because it is not Spanish. It uses Aztec words like cacahuate (peanut) guajalote (turkey) elote (corn) ejote (green beans) Guadalupe (lupita) achote (savory sauce) guajillo, molcalete, etc. Also the level of slang words is huge and only the locals understand the slang.

Voy a casarme con Angelica en Noviembre en Club Nautica, cerca del Faro (Translated: I will be marrying Angelica in November at Club Nautica by the lighthouse).

Buena suerte amiga!


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4 Responses to Everyday Life In Mazatlan by a Happy ExPat

  1. STL

    January 21, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I’ve been here 21 years as a expat in mazatlan, after you processed your mind to slow down, than being in the USA or Canada, things start getting better in your life, after 21 years I still only speak very little spanish. The weather is great after you adjust to the hot summer, and after taking a shower your still sweating. Rent is fairly cheap here, 200- 900 dollars for 3 bedroom house but that just the shell, you buy your own stove and refrig. and furniture the house. most mexicans accepts us, after you learn to adjust this is their country and your a guest. Out of all coastal cities in mexico, this is the best city to live in, I’m a disable Vietnam War Vet on my pension and my retirement check.
    I’m married a a wonderful mexican woman, that came from a very poor family, but after 18 years with me, her life has improved greatly. If anyone like to talk, send a email!

  2. Susan Thomas

    January 27, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Would it be safe in Matatlan for a single woman to retire?

  3. stan

    January 30, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Glad to here your doing well and have made Mazatlan your home. My wife and I visit there every year for the past six. Will be back down later this year. Own a small business in Oklahoma and will be setting my self to retire in a few years.
    I’ve always enjoyed the culture there and the people. You smile and they smile back.
    Wishing you the very best.

  4. Barbie


    March 6, 2015 at 11:31 am


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