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I am a retired woman looking into establishing in Mazatlan
Any comments , tips , activities , volunteering , new friends
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I adore Mazatlán, the first place in Mexico I visited, and still my favorite city. I love the balance between the industries in contrast to, let's say Puerto Vallarta, where everything begins and ends with tourism. Mazatlán still feels real. I ended up retiring near Manzanillo, which has the same quality. ¡Bienvenidos!, and stay well!

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I adore Mazatlán, the first place in Mexico I visited, and still my favorite city. I love the balance between the industries in contrast to, let's say Puerto Vallarta, where everything begins and ends with tourism. Mazatlán still feels real. I ended up retiring near Manzanillo, which has the same quality. ¡Bienvenidos!, and stay well!
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I am open to sugestions of other "not too resorty" cities
why did you choose Manzanillo ?

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We didn’t plan to settle near Manzanillo—about 40 km. down the coast-- it just sort of happened. My wife is from Guadalajara with a big, loving, and loud family there, although two sisters are in Vallarta, so we often go there to visit. Anyway, 25 years ago we were on vacation on the Colima coast and stumbled on a large beachfront lot in an undeveloped area, which in those days was going for only $3500 dls. We built a vacation home in stages as money became available, although it’s still very modest and not nearly as large or ostentatious as those of our more recent and wealthier expat neighbors. Four years ago retirement came and we’re here full time.
Manzanillo is interesting and quite distinctive because of the shipping port that started out and constantly grew out of a small downtown area wedged in between tall rocks and the sea. My father was a merchant sailor and passed through Manzanillo many times, although seaports and attendant sailor towns aren’t nearly as folkloric as they were a few decades ago. They’ve been sanitized due to automation and roll-on/roll-off containers. Merchant ships don’t have to spend three or four days in port while longshoremen load and unload cargo, with the crew on shore leave roaming the red-light district laden with cash. Now ships dock for only a few hours. Manzanillo is still interesting with its cramped downtown, narrow streets, and vendors selling everything from fish to pilfered watches.
The touristy area is north and west of town, around what used to be the villages of Santiago and Salahua before they were engulfed by Manzanillo. American Big Box stores, golf courses, fancy restaurants—sort of a mini Vallarta—but less grand and obstentatious.
Another possibility is a little farther north in Jalisco around Barra de Navidad and Melaque. An eclectic and laid-back community featuring expats, more Euros than NorAms, with both older folks and neo-hippies. My last visit was year ago, there was an evening concert on the malecón with a local band made up of septuagenarians, proving old guys can still rock to a crowd of a couple thousand.
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Another possibility is a little farther north in Jalisco around Barra de Navidad and Melaque. An eclectic and laid-back community featuring expats, more Euros than NorAms, with both older folks and neo-hippies. My last visit was year ago, there was an evening concert on the malecón with a local band made up of septuagenarians, proving old guys can still rock to a crowd of a couple thousand.
I like Barra de Navidad, Melaque and the next village north, La Manzanilla (not to be confused with Manzanillo). If I were to live near the coast, I would probably choose one of them or maybe Chacala on the Nayarit coast. But really, I find them nice places to visit but am happy living inland, higher up, and in a big city.
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Years ago now we spent a week driving from Mismaloya (which we liked) down to Manzanillo. We spent many years living in SE Florida and were quite used to seeing cargo vessels anchored off shore. For us the port at Manzanillo was a little more 'in your face'. That (and I'm being picky perhaps) but the beach was at a really steep angle. It was hard to walk. I realize it is not like seeing with your own eyes but Google Earth does a very good job of showing what to expect from a place like Melaque. There was a couple from Texas living in Puerto Vallarta and doing Youtube videos of the area south of PV. They showed some interesting places.

I wish we lived closer to Nayarit because I would like to really explore it as a possible next place. Instead we are entertaining the idea of finding a 3-4 month rental in Acapulco or thereabouts. That is close enough for us to drive back and forth every couple weeks or so.
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I like Barra de Navidad, Melaque and the next village north, La Manzanilla (not to be confused with Manzanillo). If I were to live near the coast, I would probably choose one of them or maybe Chacala on the Nayarit coast. But really, I find them nice places to visit but am happy living inland, higher up, and in a big city.
Hi "Tundra"
I visited the Prescott's site , are you one of them?
which big city do you live in now ?

I am not getting much info for Mazatlan , but certaintly lots of interesting comments and PEOPLE which I would love to meet if I ever settle in that area
Keep them coming!

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Hi "Tundra"
I visited the Prescott's site , are you one of them?
which big city do you live in now ?

I am not getting much info for Mazatlan , but certaintly lots of interesting comments and PEOPLE which I would love to meet if I ever settle in that area
Keep them coming!
I live in the middle of Guadalajara.

I have been to Mazatlan half a dozen times. It is my favorite of the larger beach cities. They have a festival around the first of December every year and for awhile I visited every year during the festival. The old part of town is at the south end where there is a traditional plaza. At the north end of the beach is the Zona Dorado, which is more modern, then north of that there are a lot of condo high rises stretched along the beach.

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