Mazatlan, the Pearl of the Pacific, is a tropical city on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It’s a great city to visit. We have been there twice and are going again this October. It’s just one of the stops for the Mexican Riviera cruise. It is a city of antiquity and modern as well. When we visit we enjoy just getting on a bus and going to the end of the line then back.

It has wonderful beaches and is a top vacation destination for sports fishing and horseback riding. The city is also home to many historic landmarks including the Archaeological Museum of Mazatlan. Like Acapulco, it has a Golden Zone and along with Puerto Vallarta is one of the Mexican Rivieras premier ports frequented by cruise ships. To visit another of Mexico’s resort cities, you can take a ferry across the Gulf of California to Los Cabos.


There’s a great central market that has items that can only be from Mexico. It is a seaport so there are plenty of places for mariscos (seafood). In the center of town there is a plaza that sports a typical church, fine arts theater and several street cafes. Some of the cafes even offer a 3 for 1 Corona deal. So you can bet we sat and enjoyed that scenery Mexican style.

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