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Mazatlán, Mexico

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Mazatlán, Mexico

Mazatlan is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Sinaloa. Several centuries after the city was founded by Spaniards and settlers, a group of German immigrants arrived and turned the area into a booming, successful port that is still thriving today.  The German influence in Mazatlan at present is not that prevalent, the most recognized German contribution is probably the very popular Pacifico beer which is still brewed today in the Cerveceria del Pacifico.

Mazatlan has a little of everything: historical attractions and monuments spread all over the city, beautiful beaches and islands. a scenic malecón, an aquarium with over 200 species of fish, a 19th century opera house which has been renovated and turned into a theatre, world-class fishing and delicious street food which the locals know is the way to go.

Infrastructure

Mazatlan has an international airport and also ferry service from La Paz.  Although it is commonly known as a beach resort town, it’s prosperous port supports an industrious city that could survive independently of the tourism industry.  The port is soon to undergo an upgrade to modernize and expand it to further accommodate the needs of the region.

Pacifico beer is not the only important export, Mazatlan has the largest shrimp fleet on the pacific coast of Mexico.

The north of the city is called the Zona Dorada, or Gold Zone, and is where most of the tourist action takes place.  The southern part is the city center, the downtown.  The two areas are connected by a scenic esplanade called Avenida del Mar.

There are a few large superstores you may recognize from home but certain products like electronics and name brand clothing will be more expensive.  Generally though, cost of living is considered to be low.

Climate

The climate in Mazatlan is tropical with a wet season and a dry season.  The rainy months are April to October with August being the wettest.  The hurricane season does affect this city but the Baja Peninsula protects the area somewhat.  The best time to visit would be in October and November where the weather is turning towards pleasant summer temperatures with cool coastal breezes but the prices are not yet at their peak.  The months with the best weather, a.k.a. tourist season, are December to March.  You can also expect crowds from Cruise Ships that dock in the area in these months.

Budget

Apartment Or House Ownership Budget (For A Couple)

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Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Mortgage Not included here, as too variable.
HOA Fees MX$3,800 For luxury building with about 80 units, gym, pool, game room, etc.
Property Taxes Not included here, as too variable.
Transportation MX$2,400 This allows for several taxi rides a month (a 10-minute taxi ride is about MX$60), plus buses and Uber.
Gas MX$240 Per tank; used only for cooking and hot water.
Electricity MX$1,400 Limited use of air conditioner.
Water MX$127
Cell Phone MX$250 Unlimited calls and texts to Mexico, US, and Canada, plus 5GB data.
Internet Bundled with telephone and cable; 50 Mbps.
Cable TV MX$600 Standard plan with 128 channels.
Household Help MX$5,000 Monthly wage for maid service five days a week.
Entertainment MX$8,200 Couples’ cost for eating out twice a week (MX$500 per meal), drinks twice a week (MX$100 per drink), and movie theatre once a month (MX$64 per ticket).
Groceries MX$3,100 Basic items for a couple. Shopping twice a week at the market.
Gym Membership MX$300
Medical Appointment MX$420
TOTAL MX$24,589

Apartment Or House Rental Budget (For A Couple)

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Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Rent MX$10,000 In desirable area three blocks from the best beach; unfurnished, four-bedroom, comfortable apartment.
Transportation MX$2,400 This allows for several taxi rides a month (a 10-minute taxi ride is about MX$40).
Gas MX$240 Per tank; used only for cooking and hot water.
Electricity MX$1,042 Limited use of air conditioner.
Water MX$127
Cell Phone MX$250 Unlimited calls and texts to Mexico, US, and Canada, plus 5GB data.
Internet Bundled with telephone and cable; 50 Mbps.
Cable TV MX$600 Standard plan with 128 channels.
Household Help MX$4,000 Monthly wage for maid service five days a week.
Entertainment MX$8,200 Couples’ cost for eating out twice a week (MX$270 per meal), drinks twice a week (MX$100 per drink), and movie theatre once a month (MX$35 per ticket).
Groceries MX$3,100 Basic items for a couple. Shopping twice a week at the market.
Gym Membership MX$600
Medical Appointment MX$420
TOTAL MX$31,329

Penny-Pincher’s Budget (Bare Minimum Costs, For A Couple)

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Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Rent MX$6,000 In desirable area, two-bedroom, unfurnished, comfortable apartment.
Transportation MX$2,400 This allows for several taxi rides a month (a 10-minute taxi ride is about MX$40).
Gas MX$240 Per tank; used only for cooking and hot water.
Electricity MX$1,042 Limited use of air conditioner.
Water MX$127
Cell Phone
Internet Bundled with telephone and cable; 30 Mbps.
Cable TV MX$600 Standard plan with 128 channels.
Entertainment MX$5,160 Couples’ cost for eating out twice a week (MX$210 per meal), drinks twice a week (MX$85 per drink), and movie theatre once a month (MX$35 per ticket).
Groceries MX$2,900 Shopping once a week at the market.
TOTAL MX$18,469

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