Mazatlan Journals

Mazatlan, Pacific Coast's Gem

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A December 2002 trip to Mazatlan by Tolik

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Quote: Mazatlan is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. Mazatlan is one of the greatest resorts in Mexico, attracting visitors with its gold-sand beaches, exceptional fishing, historic downtown, and new championship golf facilities. We visited Mazatlan several times and enjoyed every minute spent there.

Mazatlan, Pacific Coast's Gem

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Overview

Marina del Rey Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Unsuspectingly, Mazatlan is surprisingly relaxed; even though its biggest Mexican port on the Pacific coast. Set in a beautiful cove of the Pacific, Mazatlan lies at about the same latitude as Hawaii. The temperature fluctuates from mid-60's to mid-90's depending on the time of the year. Quick Tips: Mazatlan spreads for 15 sun-splashed miles along a thumb of land that extends southward into the Pacific just below the Tropic of Cancer. The town thus marks the beginning of the Mexican tropics: a palmy land of perpetual summer and refuge from winter cold for growing numbers of international vacationers. Mazatlan deserves its title as "The Pearl of the Pacific". Best Way To Get Around:...Read More

Marina Del Rey Beach Club

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Hotel

Marina Del Rey Beach Club Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Best Things Nearby:Marina del Rey Beach Club looks out across Mazatlan’s best beaches and surf to outlying islands. These islands offer great swimming, snorkeling, diving, and fishing. Best Things About the Resort:You will find lodging that suits your needs, and be asured you will all be close to the beach! The staff is friendly and very helpful! We visited the resort twice (in November 1999 and on Christmas 2002). We'll be back! Resort Experience:All guests, furthermore, whether owners or one-time renters, receive the same tender loving service. Most of us North-Americans, spend our time in the Zona Dorada (Gold Zone). Mazatlan meaning `land of the de...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2002

Marina Del Rey Beach Club
AVENIDA SABALO CERRITOS 1000
Mazatlan, Mexico 82110
52-669-988-0466

Mazatlan and Area

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Attraction

Mazatlan and Area Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Mazatlan (`land of the deer`) was originally settled by the Spaniards in 1531, and was a major port and village on the Pacific coast. Before the Spanish, it was settled by the native Indians, called the Totorames. They were hunters and fisherman, and adept at making clay vases and figures. The Spanish put an end to all of that. A Spaniard named Nuño de Guzmán, driven by an intense jealousy of Cortés, slaughtered the innocent natives of Mazatlan, for the greater glory of Spain. Next the conquistador Francisco de Ibarra discovered gold and silver in the hills above Mazatlan. The city was incorporated in 1806, and a few years later, in the 1830s, the municipal government was established and Mazatlan...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 29, 2002

Mazatlan and Area
Mazatlan
Mazatlan, Mexico

Bullfighting

Attraction

Bullfighting Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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You can see bullfighting here (yes, I hate it, but we visited it once in order to have our own opinion). We left after the first fight and hate bullfights even more since...Nevertheless, there is a bullring (Plaza de Toros) on Rafael Buelna, about a mile from the Golden Zone. From December through early April, bullfights are held here every Sunday.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 30, 2002

Bullfighting
Plaza de Toros, Rafael Buelna
Mazatlan, Mexico

Mountain Tour

Attraction

Mountain Tour Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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There are excursions to many colorful and interesting villages nearby. We took the “Mountain Tour” to Concordia and Copala. This countryside tour stops at several mountain villages where furniture and other items are crafted. Copala is a picturesque mining village with a Spanish-colonial church.

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Mountain Tour
Concordia and Copala
Mazatlan, Mexico

Valentino’s Disco Club Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Valentino’s Disco Club is a Moorish-style palace in Mazatlan by the sea at Punta Camaron (beginning of the Golden Zone). Here condominiums, large hotels, discos, and restaurants look out across Mazatlan’s best beaches and surf to outlying islands.

Another 'a must' is Fiesta Mexicana - do not miss it!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 30, 2002

Valentino’s Disco Club
Golden Zone
Mazatlan, Mexico