Is a Visit to Mazatlán in Your Future? Empty Nesters are Flocking There!

a visit to Mazatlán

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When I visited Mazatlán, Mexico, recently, I ran into quite a few empty nesters from the US and Canada. Some were visiting, while others were expats and had moved to the lovely beachside city. It got me thinking, with the amount of money being poured into the infrastructure of the already comfortable, historic town, Mazatlán might just be the place for me to spend my retirement years. I surely enjoyed vacationing in the “Pearl of the Pacific” over the last two decades and I could easily envision myself living here.

a visit to Mazatlán

I did a little research and found a Forbes article, “The Surprising Top 10 List of Best Places to Retire Abroad,” that features high praise for Mazatlán from both ‘Live and Invest Overseas’ and ‘International Living’ authorities. The insider list was surprising to me as it named four places that I have visited: Lisbon, Portugal’s Algarve Region, Valletta, Malta, and Mazatlán. Even more unexpected was that Mazatlán placed third on the list, behind the Algarve Region and Valletta.

  1. Portugal’s Algarve Region
  2. Valletta, Malta
  3. Mazatlán, Mexico
  4. Abruzzo, Italy
  5. Saint-Chinian, France
  6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  7. Lisbon, Portugal
  8. Budapest, Hungary
  9. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  10. George Town, Malaysia


a visit to Mazatlán

Home to more than twelve miles of golden shoreline, Mazatlán offers idyllic year-round tropical weather, first-class amenities and infrastructure, and an active lifestyle for older adults who embrace a “young at heart” mindset. Many expats embrace living like a local, enjoying the laid-back living and city life surrounding the Historic District’s Plaza Machado, which offers magnificent sidewalk cafes, up-and-coming gastronomy, local arts and crafts, and a diverse theater culture.

Forbes reported, “Known for its North American expat community, this Pacific coast beach resort has, according to Live and Invest Overseas, “a little bit of everything” — 20 miles of beaches, world-class fishing, historical attractions, delicious street food and an international airport. Climate? Tropical, with a wet season and a dry season.”


Mazatlán is truly a city in transformation

Earlier I mentioned a large amount of money being poured into Mazatlán. The amount is approximately 2,085,000,000 Mexican Pesos,or 111.5M US Dollars. I saw evidence of many new amenities and improvements and especially enjoyed:

  • the renovated Malecón (they’re adding new bike paths, too)
  • a restored Centro Histórico that preserves the French, Italian and German architectural roots of the fascinating and Instagrammable historic center,
  • the refreshed Ángela Peralta Theater and Cultural Center, the gathering spot for the renown opera and theatre culture;
  • the renewal of the tallest, working natural lighthouse in the world and
  • the creation of new parks and city centers for families and visitors to enjoy.

a visit to Mazatlán

A city with many talents

“Mazatlán is enjoying a renaissance, and many are returning here to savor a burgeoning culture scene rich with the arts,” said Rafael Lizárraga Favela, Undersecretary of Tourism for the State of Sinaloa. “Whether you are an empty-nest couple looking to slow your pace of life, or a prior snowbird visitor looking to make a permanent change to our incredible year-round tropical climate, you can find value and a quality of life here in our colonial city on the beach that includes luxury living, endless activities, and a booming culinary scene,” he added.

I was honored to have heard the tourism official speak at a gathering of the 23rd annual Fiesta Amigos, a unified city effort to educate and celebrate Mazatlán’s tourism partners from the U.S. and Canada. The Fiesta Amigos was held at the beautiful and modern International Convention Center, which showcased the state-of-the-art multi-use facilities that businesses, conferences and meeting organizations can utilize year-round. For more click here:

a visit to Mazatlán

My research also uncovered that American Express Travel ranked Mazatlán one of the hottest worldwide destinations last fall, and Live and Invest Overseas named Mazatlán’s historic city center as the ‘Ideal Second Home.’ Maybe I’ll just have to start shopping Mazatlán real estate.

For more information about Mazatlán, visit

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