Sinaloa State, Pacific coast, western Mexico
Distance from Mexico City: 650 miles northwest
Closest major airport: General Rafael Buelna Intl. aka Mazatlan International
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time
Climate: Wet/Dry with wet season from June through October
Mazatlan is one of Mexico's oldest tourist resorts and home to one
of the world's three major carnivals, comparable only to those in
New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro. The city also hosts a number of major
international sporting events, including marathons and triathlons.
The Plazuela Machado (Machado Square) is the heart of Mazatlan. On
the north side of the plaza is a strip of delightful restaurants,
many serving up the seafood the city is famous for. One of the most
famous is Pedro & Lola's, named after two famous musicians from Mazatlan,
Pedro Infante Cruz and Lola Beltran. On the south side of the plaza
is the newly-restored Angela Peralta Theater, a beautiful, neoclassic-style
building erected in the 19th century and named after the beloved 19th-century
opera diva who died after her only performance in Mazatlan, struck
down by yellow fever. Today, the impressive building hosts Sinaloa
State´s cultural festivals.
Mazatlan's beaches are perfect for water sports. A variety of facilities
offer jet skiing, windsurfing, parachuting, sailing, sport fishing
and almost any other kind of beach activity imaginable. The best beaches
in Mazatlan are those located between Zona Dorada and the three islands
which can be visited. Sabalo Beach is ideal for all types of aquatic
sports, while Cerritos Beach, next to Sabalo Beach, is perfect for
sunbathing. Camping near the beach is another popular activity. Travelers
can head to La Posta Trailer Park located on Rafael Buelna Avenue
for a quiet night near the ocean.
city with a population of over 400,000, Mazatlan is the largest port
between Los Angeles and the Panama Canal. Elegant reminders of its
history, 27km (17 miles) of sandy beaches, and a geographically diverse
environment are all added attractions in Mazatlán's efforts to become
a premier beach resort.
Limited flight availability is the principal factor holding back Mazatlan's
growth. Charter operators have picked up some of the slack and are
the predominant means of arrival here. Once known as a spring break
haven and a place to party, Mazatlan is now attracting more families,
mature travelers, and other tourists with an eye for value. It enjoys
strong repeat business and positive word of mouth, as it continues
to offer exceptional vacation values.
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