Mazatlan has been referred to as the Pearl of the Pacific. And in
more ways than one it lives up to that nickname. Situated on the
west coast of Mexico, across from and slightly south of La Paz, Mazatlan
is the best kept secret in all of Mexico.
Mazatlan is home to many beautiful statues and monuments. Most are along the Malecon, a street that runs along the sea wall for many miles from Valentino's in the north to Mazatlan Harbor in the south.
Mazatlan is a large enough city that it is not dependent on the tourist trade. That is not to say that Mazatlecos don't want tourism. It's just that if every last tourist left town never to return, Mazatlan would survive just fine. So it is possible to get out and leave the "white sock crowd" behind.
Mazatlan is home to the highest working lighthouse in the world. Gibralter is higher, but is no longer in use. El Faro Lighthouse sits atop the highest hill in the city and can be seen from 35 miles out.
If you need someone to show you all the sights of Mazatlan that most tourists never get to see, you need my buddy Manuel. Manuel will get you the best deals in the best places, and keep you out of the places that would get you in trouble.
Mazatlan has over 17 miles of wonderful beaches that range from rocky and
steep to sandy and flat. It also hosts the second largest shrimping
fleet on the west coast of the Americas. So if you like shrimp,
prepare yourself to be amazed.
Mazatlan waters provide some of the best deep sea fishing in the world. Marlin, swordfish, sailfish, mahi mahi, and tuna are just some of game fish available. The world record marlin was caught off the coast of Mazatlan.
Mazatlan has beautiful architecture. From the Angela Peralta Theatre to the Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion, elegant and beautiful buildings dot the cityscape. Add to all of that the hospitality of the Mazatlecos and you have one of the best places to waste time that I know. Carpe Diem.
Mazatlan has many fine bars, but my favorite is OP's. Pacifico beer is 10 pesos a bottle and shrimp are 100 pesos for a kilo. That's about 90 cents for the beer and 9 bucks for 2 pounds of shrimp.
Puerto Viejo is located at the corner of Calle Sixto Osuna and the Malecon. Being just across the street from the beach, it gives you a great view of the ocean. Sunset is a good time not only for the view, but to meet and visit with some of the local American ex-pats.
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