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Mazatlan is located just south of the Tropic of Cancer, so although it's in the tropics, temperatures are a little cooler than the other tourist destinations further south. Many North Americans have now settled in Mazatlan, partly because the climate is more suitable for year-round living than other coastal cities. With a population over 500,000, it can offer most of the amenities needed for year-round living. It is a very long one day drive, or preferably, a easy two day drive from the U.S.A. border.

Mazatlan is a busy deep sea port, and a popular destination for fishers. Many charter boat companies offer a wide variety of fishing. It also has the largest commercial shrimp fishery in Mexico.

Mazatlan is a comfortable place for North Americans to live. English is widely spoken, and there are many English speaking doctors and dentists, and the hospitals are excellent.

A beautiful seaside boulevard runs for 10 miles, with many hotels, restaurants and stores to choose from.

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Sub tropical. Breezes off the ocean moderate the temperatures here. It is not as humid nor as hot as cities further south. Mazatlan also gets less rain than those tropical destinations, but the pattern is still dry winters, wetter summers.

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