A reader named Jerry is interested in retiring to Mazatlan. His house is on the market, and when it sells he plans on spending a month in Mazatlan to check it out. If any of our Mazatlan readers want to reach out with info about rentals, recommended online communities, or life in Mazatlan, drop us a line!
editor’s note: A reader named Sarah wrote us with the subject line “retire to baja.” Of course I passed this on to our resident retirement/baja expert El Codo, who demanded to know more about Sarah’s needs/situation. Sarah: I plan to go to Mexico this summer. I have limited funds so will need inexpensive housing. Would a long term older hotel be a good choice? I have few belongings to bring. Having a place furnished would needed. I am 71 and […]
A reader writes: Hello, This year my fiance will be released from prison and deported back to Mexico (6yrs in). He has been in the US since he was 5. All of his family is here, but he doesn’t want to chance coming back (he just served 6 for crossing twice) so he left me with the task of finding where is safer: Nogales or Agua Prieta. Here is a little about me: I’m white , green eyes, super […]
Gentleman rancher Hugo Granados is opening a contemporary art museum, the Casa Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, on former ranch lands just outside San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Described as a “handsome international playboy with a great eye for art, ” Granados combed local galleries and museums to create a standing collection of art by San Miguel artists, including work by Mario Cabrera, Jeffrey Brown, Martin Cramer, and Keith Keller, as well as 26 paintings by our own Jon Schooler. Schooler, […]
A reader writes: “I read that the Mexican camara de diputados approved a bill in April ’13 that would amend the constitution to allow foreigners to own land along the coasts. I haven’t heard anything since. Do you have info on this issue or a link to a site that might?” To my understanding the bill passed in the chamber of deputies, but the senate has not yet approved it. The bill would amend real estate laws so that […]
Fenix Language Institute in Zacatecas was recently recommended to us as “awesome!” From the website: “Fenix Language Institute was founded in 1973 with a firm commitment to perfecting strategies for the teaching of Spanish as a second language. Until then, the traditional method had stressed grammar model imitation, mechanical repetition exercises, and rigorous memorization. The results were not impressive. The founders of Fenix rejected these ideas and searched for a better, more natural approach. As a child, you acquire your […]
Rich in parking lot of Hotel Belmar Mazatlan, Mexico I wrote a long post about my poetic and undying love for the Hotel Belmar, located at Paseo Olas Altas 166 Sur, in the old part of Mazatlan. Unfortunately, I somehow lost it. So pictures will have to suffice for the moment. Let me just say that if you like quirky, creepy, old, cheap hotels, this is your place. Supposedly Mazatlan’s oldest hotel, the place weeps fading grandeur. Our room […]
If you are interested in studying, volunteering or interning in Latin America, you may want to check out Go Overseas!, which includes reviews of language schools and volunteer opportunities in Mexico, Central America, and South America.
The Insider’s Guide to the Northshore for International Travelers By Teresa Kendrick Review by Carl Franz Printed in the Guadalajara Reporter After decades of neglect, major publishers have finally begun to include titles on Mexico and Latin America in their guidebook catalogs. We’ll call this long overdue attention the “good news”. The not-so-good news is that the fierce competition between publishers to create new and more profitable guidebook series doesn’t necessarily benefit readers and travelers. In their rush to stake […]
Our old friend Dan Rueffert makes San Miguel magically appear before your eyes. For more of his Mexico paintings, check out his website. He really has a marvelous talent for capturing the quality of Mexican light.