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Mazatlan Travel Guide


Mazatlan Introduction


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Tourism development in 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 is now one of Mexico's fastest-growing Pacific coast resort areas.   Click here to see the full Mazatlan travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mazatlan Geography


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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 travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mazatlan History


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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.   Click here to see the full Mazatlan travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mazatlan Sightseeing & Things to Do


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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 travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mazatlan Nightlife


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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 or 10 pm and are rarely crowded before midnight. Most are frequented by a well-dressed, youthful clientele.  Click here to see the full Mazatlan travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mazatlan Restaurants & Dining


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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 (it’s called the shrimp capital of the world). Beef from the cattle-raising region in nearby Sonora is good by Mexican standards. Local menus also feature traditional Mexican specialties.  Click here to see the full Mazatlan travel guide on Travel42 »

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