I am planning a trip to Mazatlán from May 27 to June 3rd 2007. I am travelling alone and have heard that there will be fewer crowds at that time. I want to avoid the U.S. college kids but want to enjoy the nightlife (mid to late 20's age group), do some partying and mix it up with the locals. Am I going at the right time or should I reschedule for later on in the summer? Please help!!
Nadine & Henry, WOW! AMAZING! Info beyond what we hoped to find before our arrival 12/31. You have provided so much varied data that we hope we have time before our departure to review all of it. Your love and devotion for Mazatlán shows through time and time again. What we have looked at thus far makes us envious that we did not discover Mazatlán years ago. Our anticipation of our journey has increased manifold after viewing your site. GREAT JOB! Larry & Karen
I just returned from Mazatlán about a week ago, and I miss it already! An old schoolmate and I spent a week at El Cid Marina where we had a ball! Your website was essential in our good time. It was my first trip to Mexico, and I really felt as if I knew my way around upon arriving. Thank you so much for all the photos and information. Of all the Mazatlán research I've done over the past year in preparation for our trip, your website was certainly the most valuable for our needs. Thanks again! Sincerely, Amy Melvin
Dear Henry and Nadine, My boyfriend and I are planning our first trip to Mazatlán to celebrate New Year's. We will be there for eight days and seven nights, staying at the Los Sábalos (I hope it's as decent as it seems from the photos!) We have visited your site NUMEROUS times since we discovered it and have found it to be the best resource yet for nearly everything we need to know. There is just one thing missing at this point...What are all the events for New Year's Eve? All I can tell is that you have enjoyed yourselves at the El Cid, but what else is there to do? I don't know if you have the time to answer every email, as this seems to be such a popular site, but I hope you can give us some tips on all of the festivities Maz has to offer for the celebration. I would hope to run into you all sometime while we are there, we feel like we already know you! Thanks again! Judy and Lee
Dear Nadine and Henry: I love this site! Thank you for sharing your passion with the world, you've created a wonderful resource! You two make me want to retire in Mazatlán! Also, once I have more funds I wish to commission a fabulous painting from your friend -- what amazing work!! SP
Hi. My friend and I are attempting to arrange a trip over Christmas to the Orfanatario Mazaltan to spread some Christmas cheer. However, we are students and low-budget is definatly key. I was hoping someone could help me with some information with a cheap hotel (keyword being cheap) near the orphanage which is on Zaragosa Centro or maybe a campground nearby. I know I am not supposed to ask but I am finding it very difficult to find rates and precious time is dwindling. Thank you so much for anyone who can help me and give me any advice whatsoever. I have never visited Mexico before however, my friend has and says that Mazaltan is beautiful. Her trip was planned so that she could be around the touristy area which is something that I am trying to avoid. ChristyAllan@student.luzerne.edu
Henry, Thanks for the weather on the website. I check it everyday when I'm at home to see what's happening to my boat. I've noticed lately that your barometric pressure seems to indicate much lower that others in the area. On Sunday morning 11/26/06 at 10:30 am, the site in El Centro shows 29.94. The site at Playa Escondida shows 29.89. The airport shows 29.97, but yours shows 26.10. These readings were taken from wunderground.com. You might want to check the calibration of your barometer as it does seem a bit low. Vic Jewhurst, S/V Charisma, Marina Mazatlán, Elk Grove, CA
Hola, This is the second time I have vistied your web site, the first time was before our first trip to mazatlan and we were ever jazzed by what we read on your site. Now we have gone and bought a small home there. We were wondering if you could recommend or tell us how to go about finding some skilled trades people, plumber and electrican. We are coming down again early December and hope to get some work done in the month that we will be there. Thanks again for the web site and all the great information. S & P
I forgot to mention....Do not shop at Pardo's under any circumstances. I, too was ripped off for about $400.00. Long story but, suffice it to say, if you have a problem with your jewelry, you won't get your money back! Martie
Hi there, We were wondering if you are aware of any specific events during "Day of the Dead" or any other events during September 30 - November 12th, this year? Thanks....we'd appreciate any info you might have! Marilyn
Hola!! Todo gracias for your website. It was so far the most informative I found on the web. It was my second time in Mazatlán and my husband's 1st. We both found your restaurant recommendations and places to go very informative. You are right about Heather's Place. I love her Chilaquiles and french toast as well as her every Friday Ladies' Night (1/2 off the regular price menu), my husband and I loved the Coconut Shrimp and the Filet Mignon with Shrimp and bacon. The filet mignon was better there than Angelo's. We were there for breakfast 3x during our stay and once for dinner. I am quite craving her coconut shrimp. We also used your coupons for Aquario and Los Arcos, forgot to use the coupon for La Costa. We also took the Copala tour per your recommendation, it was very educational although it was unusually hot and humid when we were there (10/9-15/06), also make sure to have the banana coconut cream pie at Daniel's Restaurant in Copala(my husband hates cooked coconut but absolutely love the pie). We stayed at the Pueblo Bonito and had fun walking around. Food places worth mentioning - Angelo's for calamari and Banana flambee. PB's room service for Creme Brulee, Chilis Peppers-good service, fresh garlic shrimp ( although Heather's better/fresher) and the beef molcajete is so good that I ate the left over the next day. I will have to say I enjoyed this trip more because of your website. I must comment that it is a lot cleaner than I remembered from 4 years ago. Once person I always go to buy quality turtle carvings that always cheaper and don't have to worry about the price is a store beside Costa De Oro. Oscar's stall is about 4-5 stalls on the left side once you enter the small market area. It is not hard to miss Oscar, as he usually wear a white collared shirt and a belt bag. His stall is not hard to miss as all his stuff is glass encased. He only sells silver jewelry, masked made of shell, shell figurines, obsidian rock turtkes and hand carved spears. Not much of the tourist junk but mostly quality souvenirs. Thanks again for your website. We will be looking forward to coming back to Mazatlán as it is a good place to relax and do nothing. Glenn and Joy
I just wanted to say BUENAS DIAS, GRACIAS, y TAMBIEN POQUITO MAS. GOOD MORNING, I hope it is a beautiful day and that every thing is going great for you. THANK YOU for all your time and effort in creating and maintaining this wonderful website. It is very rare to find a site that is so informative, entertaining, and inspirational. Please keep up the good work. ALSO A LITTLE MORE to offer your readers some additional information. I have not covered all of your wonderful website but it seems that the two things I remember most about Mazatlán received only casual mentions in your site. Those two things are the Shrimp Bucket, or more specifically the Shrimp Quesadillas at the Shrimp Bucket; and the Scenic Highway (Accent on High) from Durango to Mazatlán.. I am just an old cowboy from Texas so the valley girls expression 'to die for' does not come to mind often, but if I were to make a list of the foods that are 'to die for', the Shrimp Quesadillas at the Shrimp Bucket would definitely top my list. Even the valley girls have not come up with an expression that adequately describes the scenic drive from Durango. I am going to try, but I really don't think it can be adequately described in print. Map makers certainly can't draw lines as squiggly as this section of road. About 2 years ago, I was extremely stressed out with work and life in general so I decided that a long drive would be wonderful. All the maps I could find showed a relatively straight shot from Waco to Mazatlán. Just go down Interstate 35, cross the border, cross Mexico, and there you are at the Pearl of the Pacific. No hay problema. In a similar state of mind a few years earlier, I had driven to Saltillo and had a very pleasant stay for a few days. That drive was approximately 12 hours including the hour or two break at the border for vehicular harassment. The maps show a much shorter drive from Saltillo to Mazatlán. Saltillo to Durango is nice but uneventful and then, I thought a little drive through the Mountains would be nice. I WAS WRONG! This road has to be 150 to 200 miles in which there is not a straight section of more than Â¼ mile. There are no guard rails or hard surfaced shoulders, there is a shear mountain face on one side and a straight drop on the other. The cartoon depiction of a mountain goat clinging to a narrow mountain trail is the best illustration I can think of. I don't really know how high we were because on the rare occasion that I could glance from the 18 wheeler ahead of me or the one coming at me, I could only look down into the clouds. Then throw in the fact that 4 out of 5 vehicles are 18 wheelers (Old 18 wheelers) pulling, sometimes one, but usually 2 trailers at a speed that tops out between 5 and 10 miles per hour. By the way, when a driver ahead of you puts on his left turn signal and the next left turn is 100 miles ahead, he is telling you it is clear to pass him. Most of the drivers in Mexico are very courteous and want to help you, however, there is one or two will put his blinker on for entertainment purposes (his entertainment not yours). Sometimes an 18 wheeler with two trailers is to long and can't make it through one of the hairpin turns. That brings your maximum speed to 0. That drive was one of the worst 6 or 7 hour periods I have ever spent. Thinking back, the stay in Mazatlán made it worthwhile. However, we did decide that rather than going back the way we came, we would go an extra 1,000 miles or so to go down through Guadalajara and back up through Central Mexico. The best advice I can give someone who is thinking of driving in Mexico is do not drive a large SUV in Mexico and if you have Texas license plates on it, visualize yourself inside a large glass piÃ±ata. I believe it was a couple of days later, over a Shrimp Quesadilla at the Shrimp Bucket, that I looked up at my wife and said 'I really like this place, we should come back soon'. I don't think she had recovered from the mountain drive and I could see that look coming. You know the look, the one you never want to see on a woman's face. I very quickly added 'I'm sure they have an airport here'. I am planning to visit Mazatlán again soon but it is still looking like I might be FLYING in alone.
Could anyone, someone please email me about what the water temp is like during Jan. We will be there from the 5th thru the 13th. Thanks, Angela
Hi, We have been Mazatlán serveral times and I still don't know where you can buy a case of beer cheaper than the Giante or the liquor stores on the street. It seems there would be a cheaper place to purchase a case of beer than paying for serveral 6 packs. We are coming down in January and if you have any tips that would be helpful. We always stay at the Torres and it is a wonderful place and the best Salsa. Take care. Cheryl
We will be in Mazatlán Dec. 28 - Jan 2. Is a drive to Morelia possible from Mazatlán going and returning in the same day? Thanks
Greetings from the Canadian Rockies!! Well I have been looking for information on Mazatlán for the past three days adn this is by far the most informitable. You have so much informaion! I am looking to leave this cold weather in Banff Canada in January to go to Mazatlán. I am very excited and have been looking everywhere for condos, villas, or cabanas that will be offordable and on or very close to the beach. I have about 7-8 people and we are comign for about a week (also smoething that charges by the week). I am looking for a few options either two small units or one big unit. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for me since I am having a hard time finding something. If you could kindly help me out that would be fantastic! Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you. Kind Regards, Daryl Black Banff, Alberta Canada email@example.com
i look at the climate link everyday and was really curious to jump on today and see what effect hurricane john was having. no rain? or anything? still loving your website. thanks again.
Hello, Thank you for having such a great site. I've been going to mazatlan every year for about the last 7 years, and love it. I noticed last year that the beach had changed, and instead of gradually going out to the ocean, that it just dropped off. We were staying at the playa, and plan on staying there again next month. Can you tell me if it's still like that. I really missed seeing all the vendors walking up and down the beach last year. I've also been watching the weather forcast for mazatlan on my computer and it's saying that your getting scattered showers there everyday, just woundering if that's correct. I'd appreciate any feedback that you can give me, thanks!!
Hi, I have attempted to contact Dr. Anna Chang, but, apparently, her email address is no longer valid. I visited her in the past, so do you suggest I call her office from home to make an appointment before our trip to Mazatlán in December? Thanks in advance! CB
I'm from Mazatlán, I've been living in the US for 18 years, I just found your site and I LOVE it! specially the old pictures of Mazatlán I've never seen pictures that old ! I was recently trying to explain to my husband where the South Beach was located but He just couldn't place it, and that's because it is now so different, I was also trying to tell some of our friends that want to retire that Mazatlán is a very nice place. Thank you so much for your information and if I'm ever of any service you have mi email address.
Hello, we love your site. Thank you for all the info. We are currently visiting Ensenada, hoping to eventually relocate to Mexico. We would like to go to Mazatlán at the end of September. We were wondering if you knew any house/apt/hotel rentals that will accept a small dog(10 lb). We were interested in 2 week stay. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you *sj
Your site is wonderful. Lots of information - wish I was there. Sally
I DEY HERE ALL MAGASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL........... would be of the "singer-songwriter" type, with acoustic accompaniment (preferably on guitar), and I'm wondering if this kind of live entertainment (in Spanish of course) would be available in MazatlÃ¡n. I'm well aware that you may not have time to answer my query, but I still want to emphasize how useful I have found your site. Thanks again! rg
Hi Henry and Nadine! I have attempted to contact Vista Tours multiple times, had a lady named Victoria e-mail me back every so often but they don't seem to interested in my business even though i'm traveling with a party of 6 and we are interested in two of their tours (San Blas and Stone Island). What do you think of them? Are they reliable? Also if not, do you recommend anyone else? We are planning on taking a trip in September and we just want to book our tours! Thanks in advance for the help!
Hello your website has been very helpful. We are planning trip in July and are suppose to stay at the Maya Sea Palace. We are a little concerned over some of the reviews that we read concerning the resort, but there have been also good reviews. If you have any input please let me know. Once again, your website has been very informative of the area.
Your web site has been very helpful to me and my fiance, Curtis. We have heard wonderful things about Mazatlán and are interested in getting married there. I really enjoyed reading about the city, its history, and all the excellent resources & tips you've provided. Thanks so much!
Yes the name is really like Nadine except my mother did not know how to spell it. My husband and I are tours leaders for our local retired Teachers group and are planning a trip to Mazatlán for our group next winter. I was just doing some research and stumbled on your site. It has been very useful and will help us answer many of the questions that our travellers will have. It is an excellent and informative site. Thanks Nadene
We have had several pieces of jewellery done by Gustavo at your referral...couldn't be happier...and have been back to have 'work' done by him several times. Thanks!
have so enjoyed your web site. we are making our first trip to mazatlan in sept. i have searched and searched for info about cell phones. finally i called my server in the states, cingular and they checked for me. they said because my plan has international roaming included that my cell phone will work while in mazatlan. great info otherwise keep up the good work.
A few years a go i went to your place to see Linux running. Now I am a happy Linux User (Actually on Ubuntu and Arch-linux). Now I work as webmaster in www.pvcomm.com.mx running places on PHP/MySQL/Linux :) I just wanted tu say hello.
We really enjoy your web site. We'll be in Mazatlán May 26th thru June the 5th staying at the Hotel Playa Mazatlán. Maybe we'll see you all while we're down, that would be great! Sincerly, The Tucson Crew.
Your web site is very great - we plan to be in Mazatlán in a few weeks and will use the information on your website - thank you. Does the jeweler Gustave Cervantes, you have on your site, still make jewelry? Please let me know. Oh yes one more thing - we have several medical prescriptions - can we bring the bottles of prescriptions into Mexico? Thank you!!!
Great website. In only 24 hours we will be in flight to Mazatlán, El Cid Resort at Marina Beach Hotel & Yacht Club, for the first time. We should have posted our Mazatlán questions here long ago, but I looks like we will explore on our own those sites, beaches, shops and all that relaxes the soul. Maztravel.com gives us a great start into our adventure. We hope to post our week experience upon our return to Arizona. Nadine and Henry, where are you? Or, contact you while in Mexico. Can we get to meet you in Mazatlán. You are special people. Great pictures, info... great everything. Anyone else who is trying to buddy-up with others during their stay may contact us once you arrive. 011-52(669)913-3333 Have a wonderful visit, Richard & Wujian Bichanich
I am returning to Mazatlán in June. I am going to be there for the whole month and would like some info about helping out at the orphanage.I saw the website from your link. Just wanted to say thanks for all the great advice, it really helped when my sister and I were there in Mar. Any info would be of help, feel free to email me. Thanking you in advance- Amanda
Thrilled to have found your web site. Coming to Mazatlán next Sunday. Staying at the Mayan Sea Garden. Worried about bad reviews that I have read. Stayed at Puelo Bonito Emerald Bay last year. Might you suggest if we should stay in the Coral Tower or the 4 story building. Work in a warehouse so lots of light and a view is important to me. Bringing friends who are celebrating their 50th wedding annivsary. Big shrimp eaters. Where should we go? Tryng to locate Claudia at El Delfin jewelry store. Promised to bring English dictionaries and coloring books for her daughter. Emails were rejected. This is when networking is fun. Thank you in advance for your kindness.
AVOID PARDO JEWELLERS!!! While on a cruise in November 2005 I purchased a Mexican Fire Opal pendant from Pardo Jewellers in the Golden Zone in Mazatlán. As the price was negotiated I noticed the sales people quoted all prices in USD and encouraged purchases on credit cards as they negotiated prices. When I received my credit card bill I noticed I was over charged. Trying not to jump to conclusions I called and e-mailed the jeweller figuring there was a problem with the exchange and they could refund the difference. They did not respond. I returned to Mazatlán April 2006 on another cruise and went to Pardo in person with my original receipt and credit card statement showing I was overcharged and asked for a refund. THEY THREATENED TO CALL THE POLICE AND HAVE ME ARRESTED!!!! It was the craziest thing I have ever experienced. Not wanting to take my chances with the Mexican police, I boarded the cruise ship and reported my experience to the shopping consultant on the ship. I was informed MANY, MANY people have been taken advantage of by PARDO JEWELLERS and they are to be avoided. He relayed people losing as much as $7000.00. Please save yourself the headaches I have experienced and avoid this dishonest establishment.
Thanks for the past comments of the Mayan Sea Garden, My wife and i decided to stay there a couple of years ago and loved it. Its away from the Golden Zone but we were given a presentation and decided to purchase two weeks of vacations with mayan resorts. since then we have been to the resort in acapulco and nvo vallarta. It is breathtaking. we will be there for bike week. Thanks Again for the tip.
We are staying for a week at Mayan Palace-Sea Gardens in May. Are there any restaraunts you can recommend withing walking distance from the hotel (not including the 3 that are located inside)? If none, how far is it to the nearest and will a taxi be needed? Any help is appreciated.
I am flying down at the end of April for a few days of mental and spiritual defibrillation during the semester break. I am a nursing student. My intention is to walk as much of the area as I can, eat where locals eat, and just take in a little of Mexico sans bars and disco bands. Do you have any recommendations on where to start?
I am having a lot of trouble finding info on hotels in Maz. that offer wedding packages. We really enjoyed our stay @ The Playa in Feb. and their facilities look great, but we've heard that there are some resorts that will handle everything, from flowers and cake, to music and photography. If there is anyone out there with some advice, please feel free to e-mail me.
Enjoyed reading you web site. Leaving Monday for Mazatlán. Staying at Royal Villas. After reading you web site am really looking forward to going. We shall see if what you say is true.
Hello and thank you for your nice website. My name Guy Stieglitz and I am thinking about taking a teaching job at the ITESM - Campus Sinaloa. The salary is 30,000 US a year. I have a wife and a 2-year-old daughter. I am concerned about the price of renting a 2-bedroom house or apartment in such a nice area. Can you give me an idea of how much I might pay? Just a general range. I know that tourists pay a lot per night, but what about someone who is living and working there? I am hoping I can find a nice place for around 600 U.S a month. Also, if you have any information on the reputation of the school that would be helpful too. Thanks again for you nice site. I like your cat pictures! :)
your website is very nice and i hope that you can reply to the following request: Do you manage rental properties in mazatlan or do u know people/bussines who does and what information can you provide me, thanks Francisco Medina i also wanted to add that i live in oxnard ca, a short distance from moorpark where nadine's sister lives and i am the godfather of Carlos Gonzales (your insurance agent) little daugther "sofia".
Hello Henry & Nadine! Love your site. My husband and I will be in Mazatlán Apr 2-9, we are staying at the Sea Garden, but I don't see it on any of your maps--was this a bad choice? I was just curious how far out of town our resort is. Anyway your site is great, very helpful and informative! Hopefully we'll have the good fortune to run into you guys while we are there, if not take care of one another and keep up the great work!!! Thanks, Cindy
We love Mazatlán, but I need to sell my Timeshare at Costa de Oro. It is paid off in full and has about 9-10 years left on it. I am looking to sell it for around $3500.00. Do you know someone from Mexico or anywhere really, who might be interested in buying it or could tell me about how to sell it to someone that lives near Mazatlán? Please give me any feedback. Thanks. Carla
We love Mazatlán, but I need to sell my Timeshare at Costa de Oro. It is paid off in full and has about 9-10 years left on it. I am looking to sell it for around $3500.00. Do you know someone from Mexico or anywhere really, who might be interested in buying it or could tell me about how to sell it to someone that lives near Mazatlán? Please give me any feedback. Thanks. Carla
Your website is wonderful!!!!!! Was just wondering what the most inexpensive way to call home from Mexico is? Someone suggested using the payphone at certain pharmacias. Thank you sooo much, Sandarella
I would also like to make a comment about Pardo Jewelers. Buyers beware. We were in Mazatlán on the second week of February. We went o Pardo Jewelers to purchase a ring. We were pressured and mislead, I wish we would of walked out. We did purchase a ring for $790.00 and returning home found out the worth was only $350.00. Makes us sick!!!!!!!!!!! After constant calls & faxs NOTHING. I am now in the process of filing a dispute form through our credit card company. You can bet your bottom dollar the next time we're in Mazatlán---I will stand in front of their store and discourage customers from going inside. Thanks for letting me vent!!!!!!!!!!
We will be down to Mazatlán April 2nd thru 9th, staying at Playa Mazatlán. Was there last year at the El Cid and did a ton of walking. Like to walk, but also other forms of exercis; does anyone know of a place to rent bikes by the day? And what time does the sun set and rise there? Last year, had dinner at Sheik's (on your recommendation). It was fabulous! Much thanks in advance, Barb
Well We have been going to Mazatlán for almost 8 yrs now. But this year was the worst, was there 3 1/2 days when my wife tripped on those wonderful Mazatlán sidwalks and broke her ankle in 3 places. I had them stabelize it and I took her home, I have heard to many horror stories of people breaking a leg or what not and getting home and finding out things were not done right. So she ended up having eleven screws and a plate put in her ankle. she did a god job on it...so BEWARE OF THOSE SCREWED UP SIDEWALKS!!! All in all we always have a great time there. Senior frogs has sure gone to the dogs. It use to be a very fun place in the evening, went out to Mambo cafe it was ok, but a steady dose of salsa is like a steady dose of tecmo, after 15 min of it you have heard it all. Joes oysterbar played Rap crap!...sooooooo i guess we will be going to cabo sometimes for some good ole rock and roll and r&b...not bad for a couple of 50 yr olds, we meet alot of Canadians and what a bunch of people to have fun with...See ya next year
Thats right officer (over the music) theres a riot in the school online casinos He laughed and flipped the magazine over An ad for Van Heusen Shirts .
Just a short note to say that your Web site does not lie. Was in Mazatlán from 18 February to 25 February the wife and I had a wonderful time. The locals were super friendly did not try to take advantage and the weather was great. I will now be researching retirement in Mazatlán the trip was so good. jim
Hola everyone, Was nice to see you and Nadine on our plane. WE were about 4 rows behind you. I thought I know these ppl and then it clicked in. Also ended up being 2 ppl behind you in the airport. Was at Christines and she said that you were at a celebration at home. Anyway. Had a great time like always. The person that has a message on Jan 16th is right on. Big problem though. This was our 9th time there and always took a beer for a walk on the beach. Headed south our first morning and the police on the melecon called me up and wanted to arrest me. The person I was with was drinking non alcohol beer and left them alone. Me on the other hand I was doing my thing in my pants.(Not really) but felt like it. They hand the handcuffs out and were persistant. They were even going to go across the street to a hotel to get someone to translate. He then radioed in and he showed me to throw the beer in the garbage. I told him I would do that as soon as they called us up. I always take 2 bottles of COLD water for the police on their bikes in the Zone everyday and asked one of them about it. They said to make sure that it's in a plastic cup. No cans or glass bottles. Never went down that stretch of beach again. As we found out I wasn't the only one. Saw a guy sitting on the wall across from the Playa and a police car had stopped and was giving him hassle. Wanted to stick around to see what happened but was forced to keeep walking. Any info on the law would be good as you know that what you hear isn't always right. Just couldn't believe it as we saw MANY ppl walking around with beer. Did the Sheik. Great as always. Can't beat the atmosphere and the food and service. If you want to be right by the ocean make sure that you make a reservation at least in the morning. Tried Ambrosia(?) vegetarian cafe downtown. Not my style but the person I was with wanted to try it. they loved the garlic soup and whatever else they had. Saw clubsand on the menu and thought I was safe. NO. It had tofu, slimmy mushrooms, and phoney meat on it. If you are a person that likes vegetarian food I think that it would be great but just not my style. Told a customer of mine what I had and they thought it would've been great. A must is to go to the Freeman Hotel at the roof top pool area. Just can't beat the view. Still have never made it there for a sunset but they say that it's beautiful. Maybe next year as we are allrady booked. Went on a catamaran ride to see the sealions. We've gone with Captain David (independent man south of balboa tower) He speaks good English and is very informative about the ocean. 350p for the trip. Reasonable for 1 1/12 hrs of his time. He remembers us from year to year. Al Capone is what he calls us. To anyone that may try him, tell him that we sent you. They can always use the referrals. A bunch of us Canadians hang out at Arre LuLu's. Behind the shrimp factory. 3 beer for 33p. Hard to beat that. The food and service is great. The kabob for 75p is hard to beat. Large with rice and vegs. Went to Margaritas. Between all the jewelery stores. Good atmosphere and entertaining. Never had their ribs (as I allready had ribs twice otherplaces) but they say that they are very good. Anyplace that we've eaten, which is lots, always gives you a good sized portion so you better be ready to eat. Find that the beaches were much cleaner this year. (maybe no bottles or cans allowed) Even the short distance that we went south was much cleaner. The main sandcastle scupture was magnicient!!!! It was still (almost intact) for 2 weeks. No one distroyed it. Last time we went to it 2 yrs ago they had invited 4-5 other professionals to take part and that really was something to see. If you're staying somewhere where you cook you can get some drops at the mega store in the veggie area to purify your water to wash your veggies etc in. Instead of using the pruified water that you pay for. Mix 5 drops of that stuff with every 1 liter(a little bit less than a quart for my US friends) of water, mix and put the veggies in for 20 mins. drain, that's all, and let air dry for 20 more mins and they're ready to go. Anyone looking for non Alcohol beer is in luck this year. We had a hard time finding it last year and bought what we could. They seemed to never restock it in the 3 weeks that we were there. This year we had friends pick us some up before we got there to make sure we had some. When we went shopping when we got there we found it all over the place and plentiful. So let's hope that keeps up for the ppl that drink it!!! Which obviously there's lots. Hope I was some help. Any questions feel free to mail me. Adios Pedro
Thank you Nadine/Henry for your recommended restaurants. We were in Mazatlán for a week in Feb. 06 at the beginning of Carnaval and truly enjoyed our visit. The Saloon was fun, Mary's simple/clean and very good, but Torres was so good we went back 3 times. The best food and people during our short visit. Your tips are so helpful and made our week that much more enjoyable. Word of caution for visitors, the Mayan Sea Garden does live up to many of the tales posted and has some problems. We did sit through the time-share presentation and like so many other stories the free comps were not as good as promised. We were treated fairly but my advice if you stay there; keep all dealing with the Mayan at arms length. Eat off site.
I would like to make reservations for Chrissy's Luxury Apartment, but your unupdated site will not allow it! Is it possible to update your site or do you have a e-mail address to contact her directly?!
I found your site most imformative and I thank you. However, I cannot find an email address for you on the site. I would love to ask you a few questions as I see you are sitting in your office but do not know how to reach you.
First saw Mazatlán during a cruise in 2005 and am intrigued. Possible interest in a week there in 2007 to check it out up close for potential snow-birding at least. Have you updated the living cost comparisons recently? Gotta retire someplace why not Mazatlán!
when is bike week in mazatlan mexico for 2006 and 2007 thank you very much
Have been looking for a match with our timeshare company for first week in April and just got a call that there is a 2 BR available at the Condominium de Sol in Matzatlan *Avinida Camarón Sábalo Numer 696). There is very little information about this hotel on the website. Do you have any feedback/comments that I would find helpful? We would be traveling with our 4 kids (age 8-18), and have only traveled out of the country x 1 to Acapulco last year. So we are newbies! It's scary to commit to a vacation when you are blindly going to a hotel that offers very little info about itself or area!
Hi Nadine & Henry Love your site. Great info for local dining and site seeing. Do you have info on what's happening in March 2006. We will be arriving the weekend of the 25th leaving (reluctantly,I'm sure) on April 1st. I saw last year they had motorcycle week that same time, are they doing it again this year? Thanks for your help
Hello Nadine & Henry, You have a real nice site with lots of great Mazatlán info. BUT it would be better if I could find some contact info. For example, I'd like to take a look at the home rentals when I visit in March, but there are no phone numbers, no e-mails, no addresses. I'll never make a reservation sight unseen. Christine's coffee shop looks familiar, I know I've passed by it, I'd like to give it a try as I am a coffee lover, but - no address, no phone number, no e-mail. Her apartments look great too, but....you get the idea! Your live office cam page says you'll likely respond to my e-mail soon...but yours isn't given or at least I couldn't find it - I am easily confused. Your house looks wonderful!
Hi am coming down to mazatlan in a couple weeks, i have been there many times but this time iam stayying at a hotel that i have not been to before.. it is the SunSpree Holiday Inn.. it is on the Golden Zone. Usually i stay at Los Flores.. can you tell me exactly how far away and on what side of las flores this hotel is? Thank you so much. tayler
Hi, I am looking for a female plastic surgeon whom I visited about 8 years ago. It was not Dr. Anna Chang; rather a wonderful Mexican doctor who seemed to be very popular. I cannot remember her name. Her office was in the medical building just northeast of Sam's Club. She also is a dermatoligist. Can you, perhaps, give me any information? Many thanks in advance! Chris Borden
does anyone have an email address or website for Antonio's van tours. I heard they are very reasonable?
We went on the Tequilla Tour last Christmas day. The Tequilla plantation is not the only site you visit on the tour. You go to a small village first, and have lunch in a Mexican home. The tour guide is amusing and full of information. We went on another tour with the same guide several years ago. The tour, we felt, was well worth the cost.
Love your site. When looking for something new to do in Mazatlán, I found it! Was particularly interested in the shopping in Juarez section. Couple questions: How often does the bus run to and from Juarez from Mazatlán? How long does the trip take? How early does the market open? And finally, your directions said take the bus heading south; if your in the golden zone, is old town south or is el cid marina south? Finally, on a different topic. You have nothing on your site about the tequila distillery tour. I was wondering if you had taken such a tour and if it was worth the time and money. thanks much
Hi. (The other email address is wrong, this one is correct~sorry) I think I read on your site that we could rent a van for $75 a day. Could you tell me if this is correct and if who and where? I am assuming this comes with a driver? We usually go to Puerto Vallarta and rent a taxi for the day ($100) but we are trying Mazatlán for something new. We like to stay away from most of the tourist attractions (even for food), seeing how people live etc. Any suggestions? Thanks!!
Hi. I think I read on your site that we could rent a van for $75 a day. Could you tell me if this is correct and if who and where? I am assuming this comes with a driver? We usually go to Puerto Vallarta and rent a taxi for the day ($100) but we are trying Mazatlán for something new. We like to stay away from most of the tourist attractions (even for food), seeing how people live etc. Any suggestions? Thanks!!
Henry and Nadine, thank you for answering my question regarding scotch. Do you know what time they stop selling Alcohol at Gigante and maybe what time they close? Last year we went to purchase alcohol and they roped that section off! I'd like to avoid that hassle again. Thanks for everything! Matt
19 year old college students looking for a cheap hotel to stay! let me know where the parties at!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ya k now, where all the other college kids stay! and any info on what to do when we're there!?
Getting ready to go to Mazatlán here pretty soon, This is for any of you fine people that like to go to clubs, I have heard that Senior Froggs is turning in to a dive on friday and Saturday nights, we use to have such a great time there, is this true or false also have anyof you been to the Mambo club out at the shopping center, let me know, Thanx Darrel
Forgot to ask on my earlier comments-is the water purified in Mazatlán? Thanks-Ann
A group of 20 will be visiting Mazatlán in mid-June. Your web-site was extremely helpful! Thanks! Am a bit worried about the jellyfish invasion. I read somewhere that June is not a good month to visit because of that. We will have teenagers who love to snorkel with us. Do you think this will be a problem? Thanks for all of the info! Ann
We leave for MZT on Jan 28, is it possible to purchase a bottle of Single Malt Scotch at Gigante, or should I bring a bottle from the states? You may want to add Playa Bruha to your restaurant list, especially on Sunday nights. Where can we catch the Superbowl game? Your website is great, after reading the post from Mark (MN) I became excited for our upcoming visit. Gracias, Matt
Henry, THIS ISN'T NECESSARILY FOR POSTING ON YOUR SITE...IT'S INTENDED MORE AS A FRIENDLY COMMENT. You've got a great web site - my wife and I have been going to MZT for about a dozen years and I check you site for what's new each year. Some of the things we've learned over the years that I haven't found on your site: Getting around - You've got four choices. You can walk, take a bus, take a taxi or take a pulmonia -- (pronounced 'pull-ma-KNEE-ah'). Walking gives you more of an opportunity to learn about the city. The buses are cheap and plentiful; but they stop running late at night. So if you go to Senior Frogs and stay late, realize that you're gonna have to take a taxi or a pulmonia home. The taxis are all small and they are generally cheaper than the pulmonias. pulmonias are a cross between a golf cart and a Volkswagen that most tourists (and locals) use. You'll often also see little pick-up trucks with bench seats in the back carrying folks around. They're called an aurega (sp?) and that's pronounced 'owl--REE--ga' (you gotta roll your 'r'). If you've got more than three people and you need to go further than you want to walk -- they're cheaper than getting two pulmonias. Both taxi and pulmonia fares are negotiable. ALWAYS tell the driver where you want to go and ask how much. You can usually get the ride for about half to two-thirds of their initial quote. The same things true about buying treasures from the tourist oriented shops in the Golden Zone. If there isn't a price marked on the item…negotiate. Managing Money -- I usually bring a few hundred dollars in American cash in ones and fives. I also usually bring some fifties in case of some emergency. We bring a few hundred dollars in Traveler's Checks. There are lots of places in the Golden Zone where you can trade them in for pesos -- the exchange rate varies almost daily but, generally, the difference between money exchange places doesn't amount to much. I've found that bartering in American cash often gets you a better deal, be it with taxi/pulmonia drivers or at the Golden Zone shops. When dining out or buying food at one of the super stores (Leys, Giaganti, Wal-Mart), I use a credit card (Mastercard and Visa are commonly accepted. Sometimes they take American Express, but Discover Card isn't accepted in MZT). The reason, the exchange rate for credit card purchases is much better than at the MZT money exchanges. Also, NEVER pay for a meal or other purchase with Traveler's Checks -- the restaurant or merchant's exchange rate will cost you at least 5% on your money. I also take a few $2 bills along (when I can find them) -- for whatever reason the Pulmonia drivers seem to like them and you can usually get a better price if you show them the bill when you're bartering. The Greatest Show on Earth -- Most days the sunsets in MZT are breathtaking. In February, the sun sets about 6 PM. Be near the beach and away from behind the off-coast islands. Depending on the day, the most picturesque time is about 15 minutes AFTER the sun sets. Some days the sunsets are nothing to note…but a at least a couple of times a week they're unbelievable. Beverages -- Your choices for soda in MZT are limited. You're pretty much limited to Coke, Sprite and (sometimes) Pepsi. Diet varieties are available for all of those except that the Diet Coke is called 'Coca Cola Light'. I think it's actually better tasting than Diet Coke…they use a different artificial sweetener. Mexican beer is without parallel. 'Pacifico', the local brew, is exceptional. Shopping -- If going to be in MZT for only a week and you're not in a unit that allows cooking, you can pick up snacks at the numerous little grocery stores located everywhere. If you're going to be doing some of your own cooking you'll need to go to Gigante or Leys. They've got a good selection of food, fresh meat, bakery goods and liquor. They're kinda like a Mexican version of a Super Target or Wal-Mart. (There is a Wal-mart and a Sam's Club in MZT, but I can shop there state-side). The real experience -- and one you've got to do -- is to go to the Central Market (Mercado) in the old part of MZT. There's a wide variety of shops including fresh fruit/vegetable stands, clothing shops (it's the only place that has 3X Mazatlán t-shirts) and lots of tourist type stuff. Go EARLY in the day -- especially if it's a hot day -- otherwise the meat market can be...'distracting'. To get there, catch the 'Sábalo Centro' bus and it takes you there. To go back to your hotel, remember that the streets on each side of the Mercardo are one-way streets. So go to the corner of Benito JuÃ¡rez and Leandro Valle (which is on the west side of the Mercado) to go back to the Golden Zone or catch a pulmonia back. Make sure you go to the Cathedral (about a block away from the Mercado) before you head home. Timeshare sales -- We've learned that more often than not if a local (even a cab driver) starts talking to you and seems interested in where you came from, etc. they're lining you up for a time share pitch. We've learned that WHENEVER anyone asks how long we're gonna be in Mazatlán, we answer that we're leaving tomorrow. With that response, the sales folks usually lose interest because then they can't talk you into a tour. Fiesta Mexicana -- This is a dinner show event at the Hotel Playa. The variety show includes folk dancing, comedians and musical entertainment. It's Tuesday and Saturday at 6 pm. It has an excellent Mexican all-you-can-eat buffet including both Mexican and gringo food. The drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are included in the price. I think it's still about $25/person. I enjoyed it and would go again. Keeping up with world events -- Most of the hotels have cable, which means you can catch CNN on occasion. Gringo newspapers are tough to find. You might find a USA Today in a few places but they're expensive (about $2-3 a copy) and it's often a day old. Mazatlán Restaurants - The restaurants you didn't rate that we like include: Ponchos -- This used to be our favorite place, but it's getting more and more modernized. It's right on the beach and the food and service is exemplary. I'd recommend the pork chops -- they're grilled and very tasty. Tony's On the Beach -- This is fast becoming our favorite place. Again, right on the beach with great food and service. La Casa Country -- I like this place more than my wife does. The food is great but the atmosphere is pretty "USA". Jungle Juice -- This place has also modernized since we started going to MZT. Their breakfasts are good. They also have a couple of computers they'll let you use to check your email -- while you're waiting for your food. my wife loves their fresh fruit 'smoothies'. Munchkins -- This is more of a 'hut' than a building. It's a place frequented mostly by gringos. The food and service is good and the prices are very reasonable. La Marina Tennis & Yacht Club -- This is where we stay. Their restaurant caters mostly to the condo residents. They have great breakfasts and excellent lunch sandwiches (BLT, cheeseburgers, etc.). On Friday nights (and sometimes other nights of the week) they have a supper 'special' which is usually very good and not expensive. Otherwise they close about 3 in the afternoon and aren't open for supper. Kathleen and I agree that, regardless of what other web sites say, La Marina has the best cheeseburgers & fries in MZT. La Fonda -- This is a favorite of Kathleen and mine. It's hidden away in the 'El Rancho' condo complex about a block south of Torres Mazatlán (it's not even on MazTravel's maps). We don't go there so much for the food (and the food is good) but for the atmosphere. This is basically a grass hut on stilts that overlooks the beach. At sunset the view is breathtaking. If you don't see exactly what you want on the menu, the cook (her name is Lupita) will custom prepare whatever you want. It's the only place in Mazatlán where I regularly tip the cook. No Name CafÃ© -- This is a sports bar that has, what I think, the best BBQ ribs in MZT. The other food is good as well. Pedro & Lolas -- This is a great restaurant located in old Mazatlán. It's kinda tough to find, but the food and atmosphere was great. Bings -- This is an ice cream only place. But it has spectacular ice cream. Also, in the little stores around the tourist zone, look in the ice cream freezers for a ice cream bar called 'Magnum'….they make Dove bars obsolete. Stuff to bring along: Binoculars (especially if you have an ocean-side room), Anti-bacterial hand cleaner (a little bottle to carry with you and use before you dine), a windbreaker (it can get cool at night), and tanning oil (the good stuff is REALLY expensive down there). Take care Henry...see you at the fundraiser on Feb 5! By the way...what's the appropriate attire for that event? Mark K.
Hello Nadine and Henry, I would like to email you directly, could you send me your email address? Thanks Dave
Thanks so much for this wonderful site... I am planning on visiting Mazatlán for the first time Feb 4-11. Your site has been awesome and I often come back to find more info before my trip. There are several things I have found out and have found very useful. I would of never knew nearly as much If I had not found your website. I almost feel like I know you guys he he...I have been to this site so much. I do want to ask the same question someone else asked. Where is a good place to watch the superbowl?(in English) As I will be there during the event. Yeah I know, the superbowl is here in Michigan and I will be in Mexico.. go figure. Anyway, thanks again for this awesome site. Very well done!! I will write again once I get back to let you know about the time I had in Mazatlán.. Sincerely, Shawn
Hi Henry and Nadine! we are about to embark on our second family vacation to Mazatlán (I wrote back in Feb of 2001) this time we will be there for Super Bowl... where is there a good sports bar that will play the game in English???
I found the info I was looking for on the Mision del Angel. Here's a link to it. http://www.pacificpearl.com/mison%20del%20angel/
Hi, Sorry to use this for asking questions....but I couldn't see a direct e-mail address. I recently came across a item on the Mision del Angel, supposedly on Icebox Hill. It has 17 rooms. The e-mail address that was listed is not valid, and I've bee trying to get more info about the place, rates, availability etc. Someone gave me an address for the Apartments del Angela, but this is not the same place. I hope maybe since you are there, you may have some first hand info or someone reading this might know. Thanks, Brian
I was amazed to read one reader's comments about the Mayan Sea Garden and the terrible experience they had there. We stayed there in January, 2005, and really liked it. We were told it was a "new" building (I guess you can't believe anything), but we had no problems with odors. Our room did overlook the parking lot and we were told that "non-owners" got those rooms. Owners got rooms overlooking the pool and bay. We preferred the Sea Garden to the larger newer ones because it was so compact, close to the pool and grocery/convenience store. Everything was paved when we were there. This year we are visiting Mazatlán January 23-30th. I bought a book at a book sale about moving to Mexico and have to say I'm definitely considering the idea in a couple years, or so. Would love to make contact with you and get first hand information about that possibility. A friend who lives near Reno gave me your Reno phone number and address, but I knew you would be in Mazatlán at this time. We are both still working and wondering if we can ever afford to retire in Des Moines, Iowa. Real estate and other taxes are very high, and, worst of all, it is COLD.
Anyone know if there is a motorcycle rally week planned for this year and what the dates are? Thanks
First I have to say how much I love your site. I return to it often and always find information that I'd missed earlier. My husband and I are giving serious consideration to purchasing a home in Mexico, and Mazatlán is our first choice as we love the town. We have not been able to spend an extended period of time there as yet. Can you give me more detailed information on the climate during the "off season" of June through October? Does rainy season mean typhoons or simply to expect showers on a daily basis? Also, any updates to your comments and observations on the various neighborhoods would be appreciated. Again, thanks so much for the site. It is really the best I have found.
We are planning a trip to Mazatlán in February. Several years ago we hosted two exchange students from mexico and would love to contact them before our trip. Is there directory assistance for Maxico?? I have not had any luck finding anything. They lived in Los Mochis. Any help would be appreciated.
Hello, I'd like to thank you for your web site. I have never been to MazatlÃ¡n but I have a (solo) trip booked for Feb. 7-21, and I've found a goldmine of information on your site, much of which I'm printing out for reference once I get there. I haven't come across any info (yet) concerning laundry; Might the hotel (I'm registered at Azteca Inn) have a laundromat facility, or might there be such facilities in the Golden Zone area? My preferences in music - I call myself a "superannuated folkie" - would be of the "singer-songwriter" type, with acoustic accompaniment (preferably on guitar), and I'm wondering if this kind of live entertainment (in Spanish of course) would be available in MazatlÃ¡n. I'm well aware that you may not have time to answer my query, but I still want to emphasize how useful I have found your site. Thanks again! rg
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