With expanded flights from many major international airports, Mazatlan is easier to get to than ever. It's also a destination that offers more fun and romance for each honeymoon dollar spent than many others, making it a great value with lots to see and do. Its location is also extremely convenient for US-based couples--in fact, Mazatlan is closer to certain cities in California than it is to many cities in Mexico!
The area of Mazatlan itself is also new-and-improved. A widened and extended boardwalk, restored colonial town, upgraded cruise ship port, newly-renovated theater, and a burst of new restaurantsgive couples more reasons than ever to make Mazatlan their honeymoon home away from home.
Thankfully, none of these improvements have changed what always made Mazatlan so special: sensational beauty, a relaxed pace, a rich culture and delicious food, and a never-ending supply of fresh ocean air. Explore Mazatlan and see what's new, as well as all those things that always made it one of Mexico's best honeymoon treasures.
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- CHANGING MONEY: ATM machines tend to be scarcer in Mazatlan than in other popular areas such as Cancun. Change your money at the hotel, and don't forget to ask for small bills for tips and incidentals.
- TOURING: Book tours at your hotel's tour desk or directly from well-known tour operators such as PRONATUR. Beware of aggressive timeshare salesmen who may approach you on the street or at the airport. They may offer "free tours" in exchange for visiting their properties, but these are time-wasting sales pitches and any so-called tour they include will be of low quality.
- GETTING AROUND: Ride pulmonias Mazatlan's, open-air buggies, for getting around locally. Normal taxis can be called for longer trips -- check rates before you enter. Hotels can help you book with a reputable company. You can also ask your hotel about booking an English speaking driver for private sightseeing trips. Hourly rates are reasonable.
- SWIMMING: Mazatlan's 14 miles of shoreline means you can almost always find a beach that isn't crowded. Waves are generally gentler in the hotel "Golden Zone," but conditions vary, so use caution even if you're a strong swimmer.
- SEE THE HISTORIC ZONE: Mazatlan's picturesque 26-block Historic Zone is perfect for a stroll or a quiet dinner. Cobblestone streets, some dating from the 1500s, are lined with exotic restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries, all linked by shaded parks and patios where romantic memories can be made.
- CATCH SOME CULTURE: Few seaside towns have such a wide array of cultural attractions. The newly-restored Angela Peralta Theatre offers an exciting schedule of film, dance, and musical theater performances year-round.
- BE A SPORT: Mazatlan is a sports lover's paradise. You can find just about every water sport under the sun in addition to championship golf courses designed by famous names. Deep sea fishing, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, tennis, kite surfing, and zip lining are just a few great options for couples to do together.
- ENJOY A SHRIMP DINNER: Mazatlan's mouthwatering shrimp are world-famous. The city started off as the capital of Mexico's bustling shrimp industry, and it continues to be a mainstay on many local menus. These delicacies come fresh from the seafood market downtown, and never cease to delight.
- SEE UNDER THE SEA: Mazatlan's modern aquarium was one of the first in the country, and is still one of the best.
- PARTY HEARTY: Every February Mazatlan stages what is known as the best carnival in the country, and the same lively party spirit prevails after dark year-round. Romance ramps up when the sun goes down, and couples can plan each night to suit their mood. Everything from quiet piano bars, sophisticated clubs, casinos filled with roulette tables, is easy to find...follow your heart after dark and fall in love all over again!
- GET SUAVE: Sample Suaves, the local candy, for an authentic sweet treat. Pop a few of these luscious coconut "marshmallows" into your mouth, and you'll feel like you're eating a bite of a delicious cloud.
- ENJOY THE MUSIC: Songs by Pedro Infante, a local singer who became world-famous decades ago, are always in the air. So are the lively sounds of strolling musicians in the streets who play a variety of horns.
- SOUVENIR SPOTS: Find a honeymoon treasure at the Galeria mall, or grab a gift for your friends back home at the public market downtown.