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Feb 20th 2012 7:14PM I retired to Mazatlan 4 years ago, from Panama City FL and have never had a moment where I did not feel as safe, or safer, than I did in FL. The media tries to hype things up into a frenzy and live up to Don Henley's classic song "Dirty Laundry". Yes, there have been some instances of violence, but to tell you the truth I would rather be here than some of the cities in Canada, even those in the US also.
I am not saying I do not pay attention to my surroundings, but I do not venture into the unknown realms of Mazatlan in the wee hours - I mean that is understood by all. Carnaval is going great this year and has been quite safe withstanding the usual arrests for disorderly conduct, intoxication and minor infractions of the law. Come down and enjoy the friendliness and helpfulness of the Mazatlan people, otherwise do not form your opinion from the media.
The water is warm, the beer is cold and the senorita's are smoking hott.