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Mazatlan Travel Guide

Mazatlan Hotel Overview

Mazatlan has plenty of hotels ranging from very basic rooms to deluxe resorts. The majority are located in the Zona Dorada and along the coast north of downtown. Condos and time-shares are also available for rent.

The latest tourist zone, Nuevo Mazatlan, is on the northern fringe of the city. For sanitation and comfort and to minimize hassles, stay away from hotels at the bottom end of the scale and make certain that even costly properties are well-located for your needs—the city is very spread out. Bed-and-breakfast facilities also are available near the Zona Dorada and in the Centro Historico.

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Introduction

Geography

History

Sightseeing

Nightlife

Dining

 
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Mazatlan, Mexico, is exploding. Although historically not as fancy as Puerto Vallarta to the south or Los Cabos to the west, it's getting there and seems to be expanding more quickly than any other western resort area.   Click here to see the full Mazatlan report »
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The northernmost link in a chain of Pacific Coast cities known as the Mexican Riviera, Mazatlan sits just south of the Tropic of Cancer, 750 mi/1,210 km south of the Mexico-U.S. border. The Pacific Ocean and the fish-rich Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) converge offshore. A municipality (county) as well as a city, Mazatlan stretches beyond the city limits to El Quelite, a quaint village 20 mi/32 km to the north, the state of Durango to the east, and Walamo, a seaside fishing village, to the south.  Click here to see the full Mazatlan report »
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Although Spanish explorers used the port in the 1600s (and pirates probably stashed their booty there), Mazatlan went largely unnoticed until the early 1800s, when activity in nearby gold and silver mines focused attention on Mazatlan's port. Soon the city was the most important in northwestern Mexico, receiving goods such as fabric, porcelain, ivory and wine from Europe and Asia for distribution through the territory. Factories were opened, and later, a foundry was established. The city flourished, and its population steadily increased until the combined effects of the Mexican Revolution, an outbreak of bubonic plague and World War I diminished the city's economic importance.  Click here to see the full Mazatlan report »
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The Zona Dorada (Golden Zone), where the vacation industry is concentrated, includes a long expanse of shoreline, beachfront hotels, boisterous restaurants and shops. But the heart of the city lies downtown, in Old Mazatlan, where residents linger in plazas under trees bursting with blossoms. They catch up on local gossip, read the papers and watch children chasing pigeons and balloons.  Click here to see the full Mazatlan report »
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There's a lot to do in Mazatlan at night, and the city's relatively low crime rate makes it a comfortable place to move around after dark. Many discos don't open until 9-10 pm and are rarely crowded before midnight. Most are frequented by a well-dressed, youthful clientele.  Click here to see the full Mazatlan report »
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Fresh seafood is Mazatlan's main dish: fish, octopus, clams, oysters, marlin, shark, squid and more varieties of shrimp than you can shake a lime wedge at. Beef from the cattle-raising region in nearby Sonora is good by Mexican standards. Local menus also feature traditional Mexican specialties. If you want to save money, look for places that have a comida corrida or a menu del dia, a prix-fixe lunch plate that often includes a main course with beans or rice, soup or salad, and a beverage, usually te de jamaica, a refreshing cold drink, or horchata (vanilla-flavored rice water), which is slightly sweeter.  Click here to see the full Mazatlan report »
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