Exuberant nature, lovely beaches, activities for all interests, festive atmosphere and tasty gastronomy define the essence of Mazatlán. World famous as “the place” for marlin and sail fish fishing, hosting the Bisbee’s Billfish Classic tournament (November) one of the most expected events of the year, after the renowned Carnival that attracts thousands of domestic and foreign visitors every year. During the last years the Pearl of the Pacific, as this city is also known, has become a favorite of the baby boomers (especially American and Canadian) to enjoy long leisure stays.
A favorite destination for weddings, honeymooners, families and groups of contemporary adults in couples. Notable tourist service infrastructure growth, concentrated in new areas of development, such as Zona Dorada the trendiest and most modern place in the port (luxurious resorts, spas, restaurants, discos, lounges and bars).
Local cuisine is outstanding regarding fresh fish and seafood, presented in dishes that are already world famous, and among which aguachile is one of the main stars. To visit: Malecón (beach walk); walk around the Old Mazatlan, the city’s historical and cultural where some of the most symbolic attractions are located (Cathedral, Machado Plaza, Archaeology Museum, Ángela Peralta Theater, must); Art Museum (permanent exhibits of the works of Cuevas, Tamayo and Toledo; some pieces of local artists); the Mazatlán Lighthouse (the second tallest in the world, on Cerro del Crestón); Aquarium, Museum of Shells (the latter in Zona Dorada -unique collection of shells and snails – both are great to visit with children); tour to Isla de Piedra or to Isla Venados (natural reserve, practically a virgin beach, perfect for diving, snorkeling or simply swimming) Islas Redo, San Juan and Baradito (famous among the Canadian duck, white dove and other bird species hunting aficionados- Beaches Olas Altas, Norte, Bruja and Gaviotas (surf for experts and beginners; May to September, the best time). First class golf courses (El Cid, Campestre Mazatlán, Estrella de Mar).
TO STAY MAZATLAN
• Casa Lucila
Boutique hotel with eight rooms, each one designed individually with a view to the Olas Altas Bay. Deluxe amenities; spa. Ideal for a romantic get-away.
Olas Altas N° 16. Centro.
Tel: (01-669) 982 1100.
TO EAT MAZATLAN
• El Shrimp Bucket
Right on the beachfront. The first restaurant of the famous Anderson´s chain; although the cuisine is inconsistent. Fun and casual, very popular in Mazatlan; perfect to see the sunset. Ideal with friends.
Shrimp to peel or with coconut.
Av. Olas Altas N° 126-11. Centro.
Tel: (01-669) 981 6350.
• La Casa Country
BBQ & Steak house.
Fine meat cuts with a Sonora style quality. Warm Mexican atmosphere right on the Zona Dorada. Good service. Live entertainment. Ideal for any occasion.
Meat cuts; Shrimp with garlic; Ribs.
Av. Camarón Sábalo S/N. Fracc. Sábalo Country Club.
Tel: (01-669) 916 5300.
• La Puntilla
Fresh seafood in the ferry area. Visited by locals; nice view. For any occasion.
Shrimp pathé; Scallops; Aguachile shrimp.
Emilio Barragán S/N. Muelle turístico.
Tel: (01-669) 982 8877.
Mexican seafood cuisine.
Traditional place in front of the beach. Informal fresh and casual atmosphere. Well-served dishes with good seasoning. Ideal for a romantic outing or for families. Branch in La Gran Plaza mall.
Shrimp ceviche; Green chilaquiles; Lobster.
Av. Playa Gaviotas 408. Zona Dorada.
Tel: (01-669) 914 0911.
• Pedro y Lola
Sinaloa cuisine with an international touch.
Colorful and fun; its name comes as an honor to Pedro Infante and Lola Beltrán; in front of Plazuela Machado inside a neoclassic building. Live music on weekends. Ideal for families or friends.
Tortilla soup; Shrimp in sauce of orange.
Av. Constitución cornering Carnaval. Centro.
Tel: (01-669) 982 2589.
Of great quality in a casual environment. Inside open patio. Served by its owner. Fresh sauce prepared at the table. Live music. Ideal for special occasions or with friends.
Pork leg or thigh.
Av. Constitución 629 cornering. Benito Juárez. Centro.
Tel: (01-669) 136 0660.