Why You Would Vacationing
In Mazatlan. Mexico
While it might not be as well known as Cancun or Puerto Vallarta,
this southern coastal city called Mazatlan has become a popular
vacation destination for those looking for a more laid back
and sedate experience. It has been nicknamed the "Pearl
of the Pacific" but not because there are pearls to be
found off its shores. It is because as a gracious compliment
to this friendly resort city, Mazatlan could thrive without
any tourism at all due to its abundance of commercial fishing
and the famous Pacifico Brewery. This gives the area the benefits
of being an industrious town while at the same time keeping
recreation activities in a more relaxed mode.
Because the city does not rely on tourism as its main source
of income, it doesn't seem as hectic with multitudes vying
for every dollar as it does in some Mexican resort towns.
The feeling in Mazatlan is as if time has stood still. The
resorts' staffs are very friendly, as is everyone in town,
which makes Mazatlan feel like your hometown. Because of this,
Mazatlan is a great place to come with your whole family.
There is plenty for everyone to do.
Mazatlan has over 15 miles of beaches where you will find
all sorts of water sports and activities, great waterfront
restaurants, and most of the area's resorts. You will find
the waters teeming with windsurfers, Hobie Cats, wave runners,
and parasailing. If those types of heart stopping sports activities
aren't your style maybe you would just like to take a dip
and then soak up the sun while "people watching".
Either way, the sun and sand provides a beautiful getaway
from your normal weekly grind.
Sport fishing has been a landmark in Mazatlan long before
many of the other notable Mexican resort destinations were
even thought of. The charter companies in Mazatlan have their
fleets spread out, some at the harbor by the lighthouse and
some in the marina. All of them can provide services that
will enable you to go out for an amazing adventure and catch
the "big one". Later, you can have your Marlin,
Tuna, or Grouper prepared for your dinner!
Shopping is a great attraction in Mazatlan. There are many
fine shops and even a couple of modern shopping malls spread
throughout the area of the more "touristy" part
of the city called Zona Dorado, which when translated means
"The Golden Zone". With a name like that, who wouldn't
want to shop there? On the other end of the spectrum, you
can never go wrong by visiting the Mercado located in the
middle of Old Mazatlan. This is true shopping in the old Mexican
tradition with everything from leather goods and jewelry to
One of the most enjoyable parts of any vacation is dining
at traditional, local restaurants and Mazatlan has its fair
share. A big benefit of being an ocean side city is that the
eateries serve the freshest seafood. Being as large as it
is, Mazatlan has a large and diverse collection of dining
establishments to choose from.
If you would like to visit Mexico, but want your vacation
to be a little more low-key and relaxed, maybe Mazatlan would
be the perfect fit for you. It is an interesting city that
seems to have a bright future.