Dispatches from Mazatlan
Mazatlan, known as the Pearl of the Pacific on Mexico's west coast, is a center of art, culture, Mexican history, sea lion preserves and the capital of the country's seafood industry. Events, from Carnival celebrations to sports tournaments, bring visitors year round. The arrival of the sea lions in Mazatlan heralds the start of the winter season. Photos by Gay Nagle Myers; posted Dec. 17, 2012.