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  • Dispatches from Mazatlan - 1 of 10

    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.

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    Dispatches from Mazatlan

    The marina area at El Cid Marina Hotel, one of four El Cid properties in Mazatlan.

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    Dispatches from Mazatlan

    A dancer in traditional Mexican finery entertained guests at Los Arrieros restaurant in El Quelite, 40 miles northeast of Mazatlan.

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    Dispatches from Mazatlan

    A dancer performed the ceremonial Dance of the Fire in El Quelite, Mexico.

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    Dispatches from Mazatlan

    At Mazatlan's natural rock formation known as The Diver, young men launch themselves into the sea several times a day.

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    Dispatches from Mazatlan

    Mazatlan is a foodie heaven, especially when it comes to seafood, which is cooked and served in many traditional Mexican dishes.

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    Dispatches from Mazatlan

    The tomato is the symbol of the state of the Sinaloa, where Mazatlan is located, and is on all license plates.

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    Dispatches from Mazatlan

    Colorful, old buildings line the streets of Mazatlan in the city's historic center.

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    Dispatches from Mazatlan

    A guest room at the 18-room Hotel Jonathon, which opened in September 2012 near Plazuela Machado in Mazatlan's historic city center.

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    Dispatches from Mazatlan

    The mascot of the marina area in Mazatlan is a one-winged pelican that was injured in an accident and saved by the marina dock master several years ago.

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