On Shore in Mazatlan

This Mexico port town is welcoming, reasonably priced, and authentic

For breakfast in Mazatlan, try a licuado, fresh fruits blended with milk, honey, oatmeal, nuts, or other ingredients.
Though not one of Mexico’s fanciest towns, Mazatlan’s tourism appeal is on the rise thanks to a welcoming attitude toward visitors that hasn’t resulted in a touristy vibe. The city maintains its Mexican character and is also more reasonably priced than other ports such as Cabo San Lucas. Cruisers can feel safe traveling in a new tourism corridor between the port and the city center, with new lighting and security cameras.

What to Do in Mazatlan
In a single visit to Mazatlan, travelers can easily see both the resort area of Zona Dorada (Golden Zone) and the historic center of Old Mazatlan. Noteworthy sites in the old town area include the Plazuela Machado’s neoclassical buildings, the cathedral on the main square, and panoramic views from Cerro El Vigia (once a military lookout point) or La Neveria. Be sure to spend some time along the malecon, stretching from the Zona Dorada all the way to Old Mazatlan.

Mazatlan’s many beaches run the gamut from secluded coves to watersport wonderlands. Playa Los Sabalos is a popular area for swimming and sunbathing, with calm surf and nearby shops and restaurants. Playa Olas Altas is the best local surfing spot, while Playa El Delfin is very secluded and only reached by an unpaved road.

Shore Excursions
Popular excursions in Mazatlan range from city tours to shopping and beach time. Other activities such as horseback riding, golf, ziplining, and deep-sea fishing are also frequently available to cruisers. Visitors who have been to the city before might consider a tour that heads further into the countryside. On a trip to El Quelite, cruisers can see rural Mexican life and glimpse the work of caballeros.

Eating Out
Fresh fish is Mazatlan’s primary cuisine, particularly shrimp. El Shrimp Basket has a menu laden with both shrimp and Mexican specialties, while Terraza Playa serves excellent seafood and has beautiful ocean views. Panchos is one of the most popular restaurants in town – from a beachside table, order beef specialties, seafood, and typical Mexican cuisine.
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