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Mazatlan, Mexico

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Overview

Once a simple fishing village, Mazatlan, is now a popular tourist destination, featuring many resort hotels along its beautiful beaches. Mazatlan is located in western Mexico, across from the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula.

Mazatlan is well known for its resort hotels, beaches, beautiful weather and fishing.

It's quite hot in Mazatlan all year round. In particular, the summer months can be overpoweringly hot at some points. The most rain is typically during the summer months as well.


Destinations
Mazatlan is included on many Mexican Riviera cruise itineraries.


Cruise Lines Departing Here
Mazatlan is not a cruise departure port.


Currency
The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican peso (MXN). US Dollars are accepted at many places as well. Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency.


Language
The official language of Mexico is Spanish. However, a most locals will speak English in the main tourist areas.


Tourist Attractions
The Golden Zone (Zona Dorado) is a major tourist area in Mazatlan. In this area you'll find a ton of shops, including Diamonds International (a popular jewelry store found in many cruise ports), hotels, beaches, bars and restaurants.
La Gran Plaza is the main shopping spot in this area. It's a shopping mall that features the most modern stores in Mazatlan.

Deep sea fishing, particularly for marlin, is a popular activity to take part in while in Mazatlan. Golfing is also popular, as is simply going to one of the beautiful beaches. Playa Gaviotas (popular for sunbathing, surfing, swimming and people-watching) and Playa Sabalo are two of the main beaches in the Golden Zone, both being centrally located and by hotels. Various water sports are available for rent there. Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island) is accessible via boat and features pristine beaches, open air restaurants and hiking paths.

Centro Historico (also known as Old Town or Old Mazatlan) is a great place to experience an authentic taste of daily life in Mexico. The Mercado Central is Mazatlan's central market, an open public market where locals sell fresh food, clothing and handcrafts (including various leather items) on a daily basis. Also in this area is the beautiful Mazatlan Cathedral, which was built in the 1890s. It's one of the most popular landmarks in Mazatlan and it a wonderful architectural work of art. There are also various open air restaurants in Old Mazatlan. El Teatro Angela Peralta, located on the Plazuela Machado (a beautiful square), is a 19th century concert hall that has been restored to its original beauty. There is also an art school and galleries within it.

Among the many popular nightlife spots in Mazatlan are Cowtown Mesquite Grill, Bora Bora, No Name Cafe (a popular place to watch sports), Señor Frog's and Jungle Juice.

Located nearby Old Mazatlan is Diver's Point, an area where you can go to watch cliff divers perform.


Port Location
Cruise ships dock at Peninsula Port, a large commercial port. Once you get off of your ship a free tram takes you to the cruise terminal. At the cruise terminal you'll find many vendors selling various items. It's about a 20 minute walk from the cruise terminal to town. Many taxis should be readily available at the cruise terminal and, especially on a hot day, it's recommended to take a taxi rather than walk in the heat.
 
Aerial View of Mazatlan in Mexico
Aerial View of Mazatlan
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A Beach in Mazatlan
A Beach in Mazatlan
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Old Mazatlan
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Mazatlan Cathedral
Mazatlan Cathedral



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