Mazatlan, also known as the Pearl of the Sea is one of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations. It sits on the Gulf of Mexico. It has a population of 450k it is the second-largest city in the state after Culiacan and Mexico's largest commercial port. It is also a popular tourist destination,with its beaches lined with resort hotels. It was founded by German Immigrants who arrived in Mexico in search of Gold, and Silver. But who helped establish it as Mexico's largest Pacific Seaport. With them they brought their culture and influenced the beer of Mazatlan. Known as Pacifico which resembles a German lager, and in music where they brought Bavarian folk music which heavily influenced Banda.
Things to Do in Mazatlan
While most tourists spend their time in the Zona Dorada aka Golden Zone which is the primary tourist zone in Mazatlan I really recommend a few other places and activities in Mazatlan. In fact during my entire trip I spent only maybe a few days in the Zona Dorada.
Plaza De Revolucion
Old Mazatlan also known as the Historic District is home to some amazing architecture and sites. The Plaza Revoluccion is no exception. It is surrounded on all sides by cobblestone streets, and on one side has an amazing cathedral. There are taco carts, and food carts on all sides with some fine selection of affordable sea food, and traditional mexican food at great rates.
Isle de Piedra (Stone Island)
Stone Island is really a peninsula, it is located south of Mazatlan. A sea trolley takes you across for around a dollar. It is home to about 4,000 residents, it has a lot to offer tourists, but without the crowds of the mainland. It is home to a gigantic coconut grove. Rumoredly the fourth largest in all of Mexico.
No trip to Mazatlan would be complete without a trip to the Centro Mercado. To us it would be the Central Marketplace. It is an open air market with an interior building as well that is broken down into a variety of sections based on what people are selling including locally produced baked goods, cheeses, butcher shops, and Boar's Heads. There are juice bars, and fruit vendors, just about anything you can possibly imagine and a few things you couldn't imagine.