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Spend At Least One Night Exploring & Dining in Centro Histórico

My favorite memory of Mazatlán is walking the streets of Centro Histórico (Old Town) at night with my wife. This area has been completely remodeled with new streets and sidewalk.

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Centro Histórico’s dope street art

Look out, Los Angeles: Mazatlán’s street art game is strong. All over Old Town (Centro Histórico) – astride pristinely-painted homes and down unassuming alleys – are murals and mystical shapes just begging to be posted on Instagram.

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A love letter to pulmonias

Dios mío, why hasn’t the rest of the world caught on to open air taxis? It’s only the most freeing, unfettered way to travel – day or night.

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Rough-hewn elegance in Mazatlán’s unfinished corners

There’s something unfinished about this place that I find intensely beautiful; a sort of rough-hewn elegance and romance, juxtaposed against the most polished corners of Mazatlán.

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Centro Histórico’s dope street art

Look out, Los Angeles: Mazatlán’s street art game is strong. All over Old Town (Centro Histórico) – astride pristinely-painted homes and down unassuming alleys – are murals and mystical shapes just begging to be posted on Instagram.

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The delight of doing nothing on Deer Island

We saw no doe on Deer Island, but then, we didn’t see much of anything. On the final half of our final day, we wanted nothing more than to bask in the sun before the rollicking ocean, and that we did.

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The quiet charm of El Rosario’s suspension bridge

Full disclosure, I sort of have a thing for suspension bridges. I grew up in Vancouver, where I spent many a childhood weekend hiking to one of the two overpasses strung through the middle of the city’s…

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End Your Day With A Free Fireworks Show

A pleasant surprise during my Mazatlán trip was fireworks nearly every night shortly after dusk. Even during the off-season.

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You had me at hello

Approximately two seconds in Mazatlán and I’m already learning things about myself. Like, for instance, that exiting a plane directly into the sunlight is vastly more enjoyable (and glamorous!) than stepping onto an air-conditioned jet bridge.

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The bright facades and cobblestone streets of the Centro Histórico stole my heart

I think most people associate Mazatlán with its beaches and boardwalk, but it’s the colonial streets of Old Town (Centro Histórico) that stole my heart.

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The ineffable joy of soaring through the sky

I’ll be honest: I wasn’t expecting much out of parasailing. I’d done it once prior, in the Dominican Republic as an early twentysomething, and I remember it as enjoyable, albeit notably anticlimactic.

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Mazatlán is Full of Local Pride & You’ll Feel it too

One of my favorite memories of Mazatlán is the pride of the local people. While exploring the cultural landmarks that line the Malecon, everyone I met had a strong sense of local pride and was happy to call Mazatlán home.

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Mazatlán Locals are Welcoming & Happy to Meet You

A common theme of my Mazatlán travels was a consistent welcoming introduction from locals every day of my stay.

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The many faces of Stone Island

Stone Island is enigmatic; like much of Mazatlán, it’s a space in transition. The open-air truck ride that took us from boat to beach revealed an island full of lush greenery and fecund, fuchsia florals flanking rugged dirt roads, dilapidated shacks, and luxuriously modern homes.

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An Afternoon of Adventure, Beaches, Food & Drink Are All Located on Stone Island

A day of adventure and kicking back on the beach with a cold drink await at Stone Island. Just a short boat ride from Mazatlán’s marina, the adventure begins with a short…

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Why we travel: Accidental discoveries

In a sign that Mazatlán must be changing us for the better, we decided to head to our dinner reservation early, which is a thing I’ve maybe never said about us until this moment.

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Spend At Least One Day Exploring Beyond Mazatlán

Mazatlán is a true beach city with top rated resorts, excellent food and night life. But you need to plan for at least one day to go beyond the city and explore old-fashioned Mexican heritage, only a short drive from your Mazatlán hotel.

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The awe-inspiring beauty of the Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion Cathedral

I’m not a religious person, but there’s something to be said of awe, a universal human experience that studies show stays with you over time and can even change a person permanently.

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Mazatlán’s Infrastructure is Rapidly Improving

A complete renovation of Mazatlán’s Old Town (Centro Histórico) streets and sidewalks were finishing up during my visit and the results are incredible.

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Mazatlán – It’s beautiful & affordable!

When people ask me, “why should I visit Mazatlán?”, one of my top reasons is you get the most for your dollar.

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The other Mazatlán: A downtown detour

Downtown Mazatlán is a trip. We’re here on a weekday morning, and it is straight bustling. It’s a far cry from the endless beaches and palm-dotted malecon that this city tends to bring to mind, and I quite like that; it’s nice to explore an area that has little to do with tourism.

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Retail therapy on a rugged island

You know what’s more exciting than shopping in Los Angeles? Shopping on a basically uninhabited beach on an island off the coast of Mazatlán, that’s what.

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Mazatlán’s Famous Cliff Divers are Worth Watching

The Malecon cliff divers are one of Mazatlán’s most famous traditions. And the experience lives up to the hype. This is a must-see in Mazatlán, especially just before sunset.

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El Rosario: A lovely slice of Mexicana

Mexico has a series of towns it has deemed Pueblos Magicos, local recommendations and mentions of El Rosario in as many days has compelled us to see if one of these PMs lives up to its moniker.

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Hidden gems in Centro Histórico

Yet another thing I love about the Centro Histórico district: it rewards the curious. Thresholds that, at first glance, look as though they belong to private residences are often (or, ok, sometimes)…

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The culinary renderings of Casa 46

I was a restaurant critic in a previous life, which, yes, is perhaps the world’s best job. It also means that I’m not exactly not critical when it comes to dining out. A great dining experience should feel like great art.

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Resort Relaxation & Centro Histórico Charm – A Perfect Mazatlán Day

If I had one day to spend in Mazatlán, I would indulge as much as possible at my resort until mid afternoon, and then travel to Centro Histórico (Old Town) to explore the true culture and history of Mazatlán.

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The kindness of the Mazatlán locals

Everyone here greets you. The hotel staff, pulmonia drivers, passersby en la calle (I’m learning!). Buenos dias, buenas tardes, hola, buenas noches, adiós. What a nice way to go through life, right?

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Where Do I Sit With So Many Fun Choices at El Presidio?

One of the most unique and amazing restaurant settings I’ve ever experienced was at El Presidio, located in Mazatlán’s Centro Histórico (Old Town). The creation of four retired surfers, El Presidio was built in an abandoned 2-story building.

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Your Mazatlán Experience is Anchored by the Malecon

The foundation of exploring Mazatlán is the Malecon. The Malecon is an oceanside street that serves as the central artery of travel from Old Town (Centro Histórico) to the new resorts.

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Go Shopping and Meet Mazatlán’s Friendly Locals

If you’re looking for keepsakes or just browsing the local shops, you’ll find a consistency in every store: very friendly locals.

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You’ll Never Forget Mazatlán Sunsets

Watching the sunset my first night in Mazatlán was the biggest “WOW” moment during my trip. And sunsets are the first detail I give people when explaining Mazatlán.

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Take a Step Back in Time in El Quelite and Leave Mazatlán for a Day

While visiting Mazatlán, spend at least one day getting out of the city and experience the rural routes of Mexico.

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Beachfront horseback riding should always be met with a resounding ‘yes!’

This is Diamante and Winnie Pooh (no ‘the,’ he’s an original). They are friends we made while exploring Stone Island, though maybe they’d say acquaintances on the way to being friends, one can’t really be sure.

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On our way to Mazatlán!

T-minus four hours until Ian and I take on the land of endless tamales and tequila and I just CANNOT WAIT to put my 18 words of Spanish to use (cue me proudly asking cuanto cuesta in every market.

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Who wore it best: beach jump edition

Serena, sun-stoned and giddy over the sunset, decides it’s time for an epic beach jump. She is not convinced this will not result in a broken ankle, but she buries the fear beneath the two palomas she’s ingested.

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