With a nickname ‘Pearl of the Pacific’, one can actually understand and relate to the beauty and natural wealth of the resort town of Mazatlán in Mexico. Located on the famed Mexican Gold Coast, the town boasts of long palm fringed beaches providing the ideal settings to witness the spectacular sunsets over the Pacific.
People from 30 different European and Central American countries besides U.S. and Mexicans visit Mazatlán each year. Spring breaks for U.S students mean a trip to this oldest resort town in Mexico.
When is the season?
Visit Mazatlán from mid-March to mid-April (Spring Break), though the partying continues until end of May. Blessed with warm and sunny weather, Mazatlán does experience sporadic rainfall from July to September. Summer temperatures range from 25°C to 33°C while winters are slightly cooler at 19°C to 28°C.
Mazatlán International Airport (or Rafael Buelna International Airport?) is 20km towards the southeast of the city and serviced by five airlines, Aeroméxico, AeroCalifornia, America West, Mexicana, and Alaska.
The airport is small and modest in service and appearance, and taxis are easily available. Takes about 40 minutes to reach town. You can even check Autotransportes Aeropuerto shuttles that cost roughly $20 USD.
Where is the nightlife?
Nightlife in Mazatlán, just like anywhere else in Mexico, means few rules and lots of tequila! When in Mazatlán, party all night and dance your troubles away. Dress codes are casual, though its advisable for men to team collared shirts with their shorts and sandals. The crowds start pouring in only after the clock strikes midnight and clubs remain open until wee hours of the morning (4:00am). Weekends are usually the most crowded. Check out the club pub and dining complex called Fiesta Land, Joe’s Oyster Bar, Bora Bora (a wild dance club with an international reputation), Jungle Juice, and Gringo Lingo. Cover charges are $5 – $10 at Bora Bora.
It’s home to the Pacifico brewery that makes one of the most popular beers in Mexico – Pacifico. Buy it anywhere for 15 pesos (about $1.50). For non-alcoholic drinkers, coconut water is the best bet!
It’s advisable for girls not to roam around alone late at night. The boy to girl ratio is around 2:1 and it’s relatively easy for a man to find a girl here.
What to eat?
There’s a restaurant to suit everyone budget and all tastes. Prwans (camarones) and steaks are found in plentiful.
Señor Frog’s – is a party place; A sign outside proclaiming “Drunk Crossing” is a prelude to what lies inside. Costanzas, Old Maz., Comida corrida (daily special), prices vary but it’s always good. Enjoy crab, shrimp, and marlin tacos for a little over 50 pesos at Chon. Local budget restaurants offer ham and eggs, with tortillas, toast and beans for 30 pesos.
How is the beach?
With over 15 miles of pleasant beaches to enjoy, Mazatlán’s most popular tourist beaches lie in the golden zone, located north of Fiesta Land that is also the nightlife hub of the resort town. The area between Joe’s Oyster Bar and Hotel Playa Mazatlán is one of the most popular areas.