Expats in Mazatlán have been singing the praises of The “Pearl of the Pacific” ever since we launched Expats In Mexico just over a year ago. Today, I’m very happy to announce that Mazatlán joins our top 10 places for expats in Mexico.
What’s not to like in Mazatlán? Its expat community is large and growing, attracted to the city by the same combination that over 2 million visitors have discovered: Miles of golden sand beaches, a 13-mile boardwalk, a sub-tropical climate just a tad cooler than Puerto Vallarta, warm and friendly people, a cost of living lower than most coastal resort cities in Mexico and plenty of things to do.
This playground on the Pacific is widely known for its beaches and outdoor activities, but its history and culture are a big draw, also. Plaza Machado is one of the top historic walking areas in the city and one of the most recommended destinations in the Mazatlán City Guide. It is the heart of the Centro Historico district and one of the loveliest plazas in all of Mexico. The plaza is home to a variety of good restaurants, some with wonderful street views.
Did you also know that Mazatlan has been one of the best fishing locations in the world for decades and has the second largest fishing fleet in Mexico? Commercial fishing is one of the city’s major economic contributors, but sport fishing is enjoyed year-round where the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez meet the Pacific Ocean. Depending on the season, you can look forward to catching Sailfish; Blue, Black or Striped Marlin; Swordfish; Dorado; Rooster fish; Wahoo; Yellowfin Tuna; Stripe; Mahi Mahi; and, Shark.
And if you love parades, you have a big treat in store for you. The Mazatlán Carnival is one of the largest of its kind in Mexico. Over a half million people flood the Avenida del Mar each year to watch the floats and hear Banda Sinaloa music, which originated in the 1920s.
And of course, Mazatlán is blessed with warm weather and plenty of sunshine all year. It’s perfect for a wide range of outdoor activities and sports, ranging from golf, tennis and swimming to zip lining, sailing and much more.
If you want the scoop on the best places for expats to live in Mexico, just click on Cities in our navigation bar and take your pick.