Mazatlán Travel Guide

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    Stone Island
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  • Private beach at the El Cid Marina
    Private beach at the El Cid Marina
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Mazatlán Things to Do

  • Sightseeing

    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...

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  • Beach

    I finally went parasailing.. «after so many years of going to Mexico. It was fun. »The scariest part was going up and coming down. It was so nice and peaceful up there and wow what a view!! Fantastic!!! I am glad I did it and it was worth every peso!

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  • Market

    This is the place to shop. It is soooo interesting and lots to see. The prices can not be beat....I love the local flair...The spanish language the people visiting and going about their business..Bartering for items is expected and you can get items for half or less... That being said, there are some items which u do not need to barter for prices...

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Mazatlán Restaurants

  • Ponchos

    5 out of 5 stars

    Our family went to Ponchos twice. Once on a Thursday night and then on a Saturday night. On Thursday night we had the Mexican plate,Mango Salmon and my son had the BLT. We were greeted before we came in by Marco, who ended up being not only our server,but good friend by the end of the night. We were given the traditional chips and salsa on both...

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  • Chili's Pepper

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We were on our Honeymoon, and happened to find this place as we walked downt he beach in Mazatlan. The open air seating was awesoem the service was very friendly!! The drink are HUGE and the food was GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! I had the Chicken Molcajete it was the best I have ever had. My Husband got the shrimp and steak, and he said the steak was better...

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  • El Shrimp Bucket

    4 out of 5 stars

    A fun restaurant that makes a memorable experience for all. The food was very good and reasonably priced. The waiters even performed magic tricks for us, as well as having the diners participate in a Sangria drinking competition with a sombrero on your head & a big beaker of Sangria being poured down your throat. Nice strolling Mariachi musicians...

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Mazatlán Nightlife

  • Valentino's

    This was the second night club we visited, the cover changes from day to day, the night we visited the Bora Bora it was $70 pesos, the next day it was down to $50. You may get further discounts if you are a big group of people, we were twenty persons and they gave us 5 free tickets. It is one of the more populars discoteques at Mazatlán, some...

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  • Senor Frogs

    This is a restaurant, not a nightclub, but late at night it got really wild so we stayed after a big dinner, more locals started to show up and then there was a band playing 80's music. Another night there was a ladies night where the girls drank for free for hours and got a free show (girls only), we had to go home after that. Some people were...

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  • FiestaLand

    Ok, the day is done, time to party at Fiestaland, a hugh complex of party locations. Six different venues are here including karaoke at the Canta Bar. A piano bar, dance bar, sports and dining restaurants and Valentino's Disco Club, no explanation needed. The party starts at 9 pm and goes till 4 am. Dance fever till the legs wear out, then it's...

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Mazatlán Transportation

  • Pulmonia

    When I was there in December of 2007, pulmonias cost from 30-80 pesos a ride, depending on where you wanted to go. Always negotiate your price with the pulmonia driver, and if he won't come to a price you like ,you can just walk away. There will be another one along in a minute, guaranteed. The biggest thing is to make sure you both come to a...

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  • Taxis

    the only way out of the airport is one of the many airport to town only cabs. If you are staying at the LaSiesta, great place, it will cost you$25 US from airport. Wait to change dollars to pesos until you are in town, or have 300md for cab with you, save 5% in town never use a pulmonia without having an agreed price! these guys are pros at price...

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  • Airplane

    Mazatlan International Airport is the airport that you will fly into if you are flying. This airport was about a 25 minutes drive (11 miles) from our hotel in the “Golden Zone”. You will find many different ways to travel from this airport to your hotel. Shuttles, busses, taxis, and rental cars are all available. Check with your hotel. Most hotels...

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Mazatlán Shopping

  • Souvenirs

    I priced good tequila (Anejo) in town and it cost as much as at home in California! Finally on our way out, I got a decent deal at the airport. It was about $32 for a bottle that would retail for $50 in the U.S.

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  • Stores and Markets

    Pacific Jewelry sits right in the middle of the Zona Dorado (Golden Zone) of Mazatlan. Upscale jewelry from rings to bracelets. Featuring many varieties of precious and semi-precious stones, Pacific Jewelry is a wonderful place to shop for that special gift or purchase for a loved one. Maybe, even a little "bling-bling" for yourself. They are able...

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  • Crafts

    On the way to Copala you will pass many craft shops and places to buy all sorts of trinkets and souveniers. You even get to see them making their stuff!!! There is wood carvings, furniture, pottery and many other items that are cheap and unique. There is a place where they make decorative tiles and a bakery inside a house...All very interesting and...

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Mazatlán Local Customs

  • Tipping/Financial

    Tipping... At restaurants, 10 to 15% is standard, but check to ensure a tip has not been included in your bill. Be sure to differentiate between the 15% tax and a tip. Bellmen usually receive about 3 pesos per bag and maids 4 to 5 pesos per day. It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers unless they have rendered special services, such as waiting...

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  • Cultural

    I enjoyed taking the time to talk to the vendors on the beach... Some may think it is a chore but I liked that aspect of my trip. I tried to get to know as many of them by name as I could.. They loved the fact that you remembered their name. This would also stop the harrassment of them trying to sell you something... They began stopping by just to...

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  • Tipping

    Tipping...At restaurants, 10 to 15% is standard, but check to ensure a tip has not been included in your bill. Be sure to differentiate between the 15% tax and a tip. Bellmen usually receive about 3 pesos per bag and maids 4 to 5 pesos per day. It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers unless they have rendered special services, such as waiting while...

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Mazatlán Warnings and Dangers

  • Health/Safety

    Be sure you are aware of the colors of flags flying on the beaches of Mazatlan. They are as follows: Yellow Flag: Caution White Flag: Jellyfish Red Flag: Danger (usually a stong undertow, but could mean other dangers, as well) - Do NOT go in the water! Green Flag: Calm - Enjoy the water & safe for swimming.

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  • Financial/Shopping

    I thought when I saw what was posted,was really a warning..I suspect the post. We too went to La Jolla, which is right down the street from our timeshare..these people expected us to sell our timeshare (a villa) to them and join them for a uncompleted place that looked like a crowded small room. Pool?...good question,it looked more like a pond. The...

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  • La Jolla

    I thought when I saw what was posted,was really a warning..I suspect the post. We too went to La Jolla, which is right down the street from our timeshare..these people expected us to sell our timeshare (a villa) to them and join them for a uncompleted place that looked like a crowded small room. Pool?...good question,it looked more like a pond. The...

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Mazatlán Tourist Traps

  • Time Share

    My husband and I were ripped off! I wish I would have read some of these warning before my husband and I wasted our valuable vacation time! My husband and I have been to a few presentation (time shares) and never have we not received the gifts we were promised. Until this time.....after we wasted 3 hrs. Marina Grands personal (4 different peoples)...

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  • Shopping

    The Golden Zone beach area is beautiful, but it also has some drawbacks. Vendors. Yes, I feel that most of the time everyone has the right to do what they want, but trying to push touristy wares is one of those times I plead, NO. The best way to avoid the pitch is to avoid looking at the vendors. If you look, then you are targeted as a potential...

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  • Siteseeing

    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. Just expect to be disappointed and charged extra for the other things the...

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Mazatlán What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Wheeled luggage works best. beach attire Medications that you will need plus extra are a good idea. Trust me... I have 2 kids with asthma it saves hassel I actually have had good luck with disposable cameras... They don't cost you anything if you misplace them and are less likely to get stolen..The quality of photos is not bad. We took our own...

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  • Dress appropriately

    We went in early March and the weather was fantastic...hot and sunny so bring light clothing, sunscreen and water.

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  • Sunscreen is a must

    Wheeled luggage works best. beach attire Medications that you will need plus extra are a good idea. Trust me... I have 2 kids with asthma it saves hassel I actually have had good luck with disposable cameras... They don't cost you anything if you misplace them and are less likely to get stolen..The quality of photos is not bad. We took our own...

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Mazatlán Off The Beaten Path

  • Cultural/Historical

    Desde los tiempos en que las oficinas aduanales fueron cambiadas del poblado de Villa Unión al Puerto de Mazatlán en el año de 1828, se hizo evidente que se requería de un edificio apropiado que estuviera bien ubicado. Por esas razones y con el apoyo y autorización estatal y federal se construyo este imponente edificio. Inaugurado en el año 1842...

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  • Day Trips

    This picture was taken at a Tequila Factory. This site was not ready for tourists yet. Our guide knew the owner, so he took us there. Love the colors. This place will soon (if not already) be part of the Rancho Las Moras trip. UPDATE: Visit Sinaloa's only tequila distillery—La Vinata! Before your tour, stop in the charming rural town of La Noria,...

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  • Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island)

    When we take the local ferry to Stone Island, we leave from the fishing docks where the local fishermen keep the fishing & shrimping boats. It's quite interesting seeing the area because it probably hasn't changed in recades. You see all the rusted out boats & the local fish market that's on the pier. Hundreds of pelicans are pirched all over...

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Mazatlán Sports & Outdoors

  • Beach / Water Sports

    Waverunning is a lot of fun but it can also be dangerous. So, if it is the first time or many times out on a waverunner, respect the ocean and the swells and waves. Be alert and the fun will be there. You sit on a water motorcycle and drive across the water, is the best way to describe this exciting watersport. A bathing suit is all you need to...

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  • Great Winter Baseball

    Mexican Baseball at it's best! Mazatlan is in the winter league, which means it gets some great American players to augment some of the top Mexican pros. Games in the big, modern stadium are lots of fun: music, food and various carnival aspects not found at Fenway. And CHEAP! Check out any local paper for schedules. For more details, see articles...

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  • WAVERUNNER BEACH

    Waverunning is a lot of fun but it can also be dangerous. So, if it is the first time or many times out on a waverunner, respect the ocean and the swells and waves. Be alert and the fun will be there. You sit on a water motorcycle and drive across the water, is the best way to describe this exciting watersport. A bathing suit is all you need to...

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Mazatlán Favorites

  • Siteseeing

    checking around no one certain hostel is open. Go to whasupmaz.com for a 'high' end hotel on Stone Island. There are a few hotels on Stone Island.. the place , Mazatlan, is empty. Everything is a deal. If you come here, stay at the LaSiesta in old town for a night. Inside room $30 us, speak with Cynthia011526699812640. From there you can ferry to...

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  • Pulmonias

    on cruiseship days there is a lottery for the guys and they seem to raise prices! Eco-taxi is cheaper and safer! NEVER get in a cab in Mazatlan without an agreed price! also if you are on a ship, you must have three things: !) a 30 pesos phone card for Telemex,most phones don't take coins,if they do it's pesos, so if you have a problem you are...

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  • Nightlife

    Gus Gus is by far my favorite thing in Mazatlan. Great bar with excellent service and great prices!!!!! The beach is the best!!!!!The trip to stone Island was Awesome!! We had fun banana boating! The people of Mazatlan are second to none. Everyone goes out of their way to be helpful (and sell you a trinket or two) but they are genuine and very...

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