Miles of Pacific beaches and a world-famous Carnival (this year’s takes place Feb. 7-12) are not the only claims to fame of this romantic Pacific city. Located at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Mazatlan mixes up history and culture as one of the oldest ports in the Americas.
Most fun for visitors is to explore the city via the local pulmonias, open-air vehicles that allow for better sightseeing. The city’s most popular dish? Shrimp prepared in a variety of ways and sold each morning in outdoor markets.
Hundreds of hotels and resorts throughout the city cater to every taste. Some of its most recent ones, including the new and modern Crowne Plaza Mazatlan, are located in New Mazatlan, about a 25-minute drive from the city-center.
Mazatlan is one of Mexico’s most famous sportfishing destinations, yet those who would rather enjoy the beach have choices such as Playa Sabalo, Playa Los Cerritos and Las Gaviotas. For surfing, there’s the popular Playa Bruja. Onshore, it’s all about golf, with a number of championship courses available. There are also cultural excursions available to nearby villages such as El Quelite and Copala and eco-adventure locations.