Pictures from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Mazatlan is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, across the Sea of Cortez from Baja California. The city is well known to surfers for its multiple beaches, big waves and gorgeous weather. Many of the guests and the owner of the Funky Monkey Hostel were there to catch some waves. Make sure you pay attention to the flags on the beach, as these will warn you of dangers such as jellyfish.
The ocean is a wonderful respite from the heat. Averages range from the high 20’s to the mid 30’s (Celsius). Highs can reach near 40 degrees. I was unused to the heat and found it important to not only drink lots of water but include rehydration salts as well. I spent a good deal of time near the beach, enjoying the breeze and a cold drink.
Lovers of seafood will love Mazatlan, it has a thriving fishing industry. You can find all sorts of fresh fish in the many restaurants catering to both tourists and locals.
The tourism industry has slowed down in the recent past, partially due to cartel activity in the state. Mazatlan is considered to be the safest city in Sinaloa and has specific tourist police charged with the safety of visitors to the city. I found that it was safe to walk around both during the day and at night. In fact, walking after dark was much more comfortable as the oppressive heat was lessened. Make sure you use common sense though, wearing flashy jewellery or carrying expensive cameras after dark will make you more attractive to thieves.
While in Mazatlan, don’t miss out on walking the Malecon, one of the longest boardwalks in the world. It has numerous monuments and beautiful scenery. The city also boasts a large aquarium near the historical centre.
I went on to Guadalajara, Jalisco
To learn more about visiting Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, check out the Wikitravel page