We went to the Mazatlan with some friends that we have made in Mazatlan. It was a little more expensive than we thought it might be. We walked around the main area and saw all the fish that were in the tanks. We also found out for a additional fee,you can go into the large tanks with the fish,that included sharks! We were given a ticket when we went in for a specific time for 2 shows. One was with a Seal or Seal lion that was great. I suggest you get in line early,as it was very crowded when we got in line and then into where the tank was. If you get in the front of the line,chances are you will get a kiss from the sea lion (without paying),if you wait until the end of the show it will cost you 25 Pecos to get a kiss,but it is worth it. We then watch the bird show,which was ok but not wow. Just be careful if you do not speak Spanish. My son got yelled at twice and looked like he was crazy when he could not answer questions that were asked of him. Overall, pretty good,but not like you would get at Marine World. But check out the seal lion show,I have never seen a sea lion moon walk to Michael Jackson's Billy Jean..it made our day!
We decided to go on the Mazatlan city tour,on our third trip to the city. We picked the tour based on the price (about 23.00 usd [per adult) and the amount of time the tour was to last,about 4 hr's.) What we didn't know was the 4 hours also included the travel time from our Villa (at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay ) and several hotels. We were finally brought to the "meeting spot" for the tour and loaded into bus's (after hanging out in a jewelry store for about 20 mn..free water though..) We went on the tour and went from "old Mazatlan" and visited the Chapel,which was pretty cool to see. After that we were taken to the "marketplace" and told by our guide to meet back at the tour van in 20 minutes. Those that were not brave,went back to the chapel. We had a tough time getting back to the chapel and finding the van (they moved and changed the van and no one came to tell us). We went to the museum and place where the cliff divers jumped. Make sure you find out if you will be able to get lunch before you sign up for this. We were starving by the time it was done and at least they were nice enough to drop us off at a restaurant when it was done. Just don't get lost going back to the chapel..the marketplace is a maze!
The island is mostly vacant--you can walk 20 miles up an empty beach lined with coconut palms. Skinny dip, but nude tanning might get inspected by farmers driving by on tractors. The near end of the beach is a cluster of thatch 'palapa' restaurants. To give you the idea, most of them have hammocks so you can have a beer lying down. The best is probably 'Victor's' down at the end--great fish and a beautiful garden. You can rent inner tubes, take 'banana boat rides', rent horses, play volleyball, para-ski--or just sort of mellow out in that hammock, or walk up the beach and get away from the craziness and just be by yourself on an empty beach. The official tour is on catamarans with a bunch of other idiots, and lunch and a few margaritas are thrown in. You'll come back to this place.
Two fun, cheap places to stay...Island Beach Cottages
Twin Towers Hostel
Here's my favorite tip for all first time visitors to the Pearl of the Pacific, Mazatlan Mexico. Whether you are off a cruise ship for just a half day, here a week or longer, you can see alot of Mazatlan on this three hour $5 tour! Starting at the Hotel LaSiesta,./ anywhere on the
Blvd Olas Altas,close, take the SABLO CENTO bus, big green aircondtioned for ten pesos until it stops thirty minutes later(no schedule, every twenty minutes). This will take you through downtown past the Cathedral, Mercado, and down the length of the Malecon to the Golden Zone, past El Cid and the Marina to the end of the Condo development at Sabalo. Get out , stretch your legs, get a drink, then get on the another green Bus, Sablo Centro to return to the dock areas(the bus driver will point out where to catch bus back). You can get a map of the bus routes at the tourist info station next to the LaSiesta on routes of the buses, but remember only the GREEN buses are airconditioned, the other buses are cheaper, and go to all the Colonias of Mazatlan...so do not be afraid to get off the bus , take another, and explore. You will always, during day light hours, be able to get a cab if you thing you are lost, or tire. If you go directly back on the Sablo Centro, get off and enjoy, get back on, with on/off, four times, and a drink, it's $5 US total. A pulmonia will charge you $400 pesos for same trip! You will only miss "high"view , which you can get on top of Hotel Freeman, which is at the start and finish of this tour.From the top of the Freeman you can see all of town and the port!, Let me know what you think or any improvements!
We took this wonderful sailing excursion on MiCasa in Mazatlan, Mexico. I was able to paypal a deposit to hold our spot on the sailboat before we left Canada. Once we got to Mazatlan I was able to email then and give them our room # and hotel location. They picked us up and took us to the Mazatlan Marina where we boarded the 44 foot sailboat called MiCasa Viajes. The captain and first mate Kym were wonderful to spend the entire day with. We sailed out into the Sea of Cortez where we saw several schools of tuna feeding right beside the sailboat. We sailed over to Deer Island where we joined Environmental Interpreter Rick Beaver for a walk on the beach. It was called the Eco tour which they have on Wednesdays. If you want more info please feel free to look at their website http://sailmicasa.com/ or email Kym at firstname.lastname@example.org
I know you will not be disappointed if you join them for any of their tours they provide.
We booked an Eco tour sail boat trip on Jan 21st over the internet. They picked us up at the front of the Oceono Palace at 9:30 where we were staying and brought us back at 4 PM when done. There was a Marine Biologist named Rick who filled us in on just about everything there was to know about the area. We left the Marina at about 10 sailed out to the Sea of Cortez. Captain Eduardo and first mate Kym were wonderful to spend the day with. I would recommend this to anyone who like a private sail or a day out on the ocean.
We were lucky enough to have a friend who took us to Copala....We stopped in Concordia at many souvenier places. The had some unique stuff there. We stopped at the bakery and finally made it to Copala. The streets are narrow and cobblestone. SO much of it looks like u have stepped back in time...We had an enjoyable and inexpensive lunch at Copala. The church is beautiful and unique. I had a wonderful day in Copala and would go again if I could. I don't know what the paid tour is like but I enjoyed my trip and we seemed to be following the tour groups.
We decided to go see the acquarium one day in Mazatlan. I was very happy with our decision!! It was a neat place. It wasn't spectacular but it was cheap fun entertainment!!!!! We attended the sea lion show and even got a kiss for 20 pesos extra..lol..all in all a good day and inexpensive too...It is a way to spend the day when the cruise ships come in or if it is a little cool on the beach. To get there you can take the the Sabalo Centro bus to Acquario Mazatlan for 8 pesos or you can take a pulmonia for about 40-50 pesos.
Take a catamaran from the beach out to one of these islands for the day. Our host, Taco...yep taco took the two of us out to Goat Island and left us there to spend the day hiking the island, sunbathing, and meeting other visitors.
I took a jungle tour to mean...a jungle tour, not a boat ride to a coconut plantation through a "jungle". The scenery was still nice, but it wasn't what I expected. Getting dive bombed by the pelicans on the boat trip back to the harbor was cool, made for great pictures.
Once you have visited Plazuela Machado, the Angela Peralta Theater, Nidart, and numerous other sites in the area, it is fun to just walk around the neighborhood and look at all the beautiful old buildings, some of which have been restored, some not, and that really makes them interesting!
In Mazatlan you will see many golf cart looking Taxi's. These are called Pulmonia
(like pulminary valve accept cut off the "ary valve" and add "ia")
although this may scare you atfirst ( I held on to my dad for dear life the first time) they ar fun and convinent. Many times the drivers are quite nice, however watch out they do tend to charge anyone white enough more. I was a local and spoke spanish to them and they would still try to pull absurd prices. most hotels will have a list of how much a taxi/pulmonia should cost to go to a certain destination. ( use and if the first guy doesnt give you the price just say adios a second one will be along in no time.) However during and extremely busy week, such as that of a festival or many cruise ships in dock, they have a right to charge a bit more.
try em they are fun!
Perhaps the best known monument in the city, the 'Monumento al Pescador' is a symbol of Mazatlán. Mazatlán, which began as a fishing town, is still known for fishing, both for recreation and for commercial activity. The man in the monument represents the strength of the fishermen who labor every day. The woman represents both the beautiful women of Mazatlán and the beauty of the city itself. In the middle of the monument is a lighthouse, which is, of course, El Faro (the lighthouse). And the ribbon that entwines the monument (and on which the woman rests) is the Tropic of Cancer, which Mazatlán almost sits right on. This monument is Mazatlán's oldest and is commonly used as a reference point along the malecón.
Central Square (Zocalo Centro)
This is the center of town, and it is the oldest plaza in town. Here you can sit and people watch from the many benches, have your shoes shined, partake of some refreshments, or enjoy a free Sunday evening concert. The square is also called Plaza Republica and Revolucion Park ... prefer the 'zocalo', main public square reference, as each Mexican city has only one central public square even though they may also have many other 'plazas'.
Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island)
A popular getaway from Mazatlán city life, the isolated beaches of Stone Island are just a short trip from the mainland. The most popular way to get there is by boats called 'launches,' which cross the bay from the harbor continuously all day. The ride is only ten minutes. Once on the island, there is plenty to do. Horseback riding and watersports, such as snorkelling and banana-boat rides, are offered for a fee. In addition, there are volleyball nets for an impromptu game, a selection of palapa-covered restaurants that specialize in delicious, fresh seafood, and miles of deserted beaches lined with palm trees to relax and work on the tan!