Mazatlan, tourist-wise, is more like three separate cities. The Golden Zone is a sprawling, raucous strip of tourist traps and overpricing (still cheaper than U.S. or even other Mexican beach resorts, though). It also has a long beautiful beach, tropic islands just offshore, nice hotels with cool pools, flashy restaurants, and nice shopping. And, of course, thousands of other people just like you.
The Historic Zone, downtown, is rising from ruins and has a couple of hotels on Olas Altas beach, lots of great, cheap restaurants, museums, cafes, jazz and R&B joints (along with crazy Mazatlan music), a real public market, art galleries, symphony concerts and opera . . . and a laid-ba...Read More