MEXICO – MAZATLAN
‘Pearl of the Pacific”
Mazatlan is a perennial favorite with North American sunbirds and snowbirds alike.
Endowed with a shoreline sprinkled with beckoning islands, a lovely seaside promenade, miles of golden beaches and blue lagoons, it really lives up to its moniker, “Pearl of the Pacific.”
Sometimes, when you’re planning your holidays, you have to make a decision: sun and sand or culture and history? Mazatlan has the distinction of offering the best of both worlds: in the newer Zona Dorada (Golden Zone), developed in the 1960s, you’ll find most of the major hotels, shops, bars and restaurants scattered along the idyllic beaches; meanwhile, in Old Mazatlan or the Centro Historico (Historic Center), life carries on as it did before tourists arrived in the markets, cafes, churches and shady plazas throughout the traditional neighborhoods.
European immigrants brought their traditions, in particular a kind of music that became the trademark of Sinaloa (the Mexican state where Mazatlan is located). You might find yourself dancing to Banda, a form of music that inject Latin energy into German oompah music.
Foodies will love the variety of restaurants here—from rustic beach shacks to romantic candlelit courtyards. Shrimp doesn’t come any sweeter or fresher and the talented chefs all over town have mastered local recipes. Try them breaded in coconut, marinated ceviche- style in lime juice, mothered in garlic and butter, flambéed in tequila, spiked with a Diablo sauce or just plain steamed.
Situated just south of the Tropic of Cancer, Mazatlan enjoys temperate semi-tropical weather year-round. The average temperature is between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius (77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit). With an average of 300 sunny days per year, it’s always beach weather here. Don’t forget your sunscreen.
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What our customers are saying about Mazatalan:
Mazatlán offers its visitors so much more than beach, sun and colorful folklore, there are tours and activities that can be enjoyed while in this beautiful city. One of the things we always wanted to do was to go kayaking, so when the shipped reached this port, we took a catamaran over to Deer Island and spent the day in the water.J Bleu
The best thing about Mazatlan is that it has beautiful beaches. You can walk down the beach & pitstop for happy hour drinks at any of the many bars located along the beach in front of most of the hotels.
You can sit & meet all kinds of interesting people from many different countries.