To start with, this is a very nice format! A great new message board. I would like to start this thread again and I hope that you also post some questions because sometimes I do not know what else to write. So please start your questions!
Mazatlan is more then just a little fishing village as many have thought. It was at one time, but now it is a City with around 600,000 īpeople. At this moment there is a construction boom and Mazatlan is growing. We have a new company that is working on the New Marina, which was stopped for about 10 years. They are going to have a Golf Course, Convention Center, Shopping Center, several exclusive residential areas, Condominums and rumors of a Hilton. Plus on the main avenue (malecon) they are building several full time Condominiums and many other businesses. So it still is a fishing Port, but it is more then that!
Frank we plan to hire a van to tour the city. We really love it there!!. Was wondering if there were any factory tours worth going too.. We don't drink, but any pottery or any that allows public tours....
The new Marina will be for smaller vesels like sailboats and yachts. The ships will still dock at the older marina. The cars that you saw are Hyundai and Mitsubishi and they are imported in Mexico by Chrysler from Japan and Korea for sale around Mexico. Mazatlan is the entrance to Mexico for these cars now. They also export some cars and pickups thru Mazatlan to other countries of the world. kittycruiser
Perhaps the Pacifico Brewery but you must reserve in advance. There are artisans and artists that do beautiful artwork also. I think that there is a lot to do here. I hope that you have a great time also!
I am sure that many here about the Golden zone and do not have a clue of what it is. Well the Golden zone is a certain area North of Mazatlan where all the big Hotels, shops, jewelry stores, boutiques and restaurants are. It was called that way in the 70īs because they wanted a new area for Hotels, similar to la Zona Rosa (pink zone) in Mexico City, but with a different color. I would say it should be the Green zone, because many things are in US dollars, hahaha, just joking.
But, if you are going there, you will find great jewelry stores like PARDO (Fire opals), Pacific Jewelry, Diamonds International, Diamond Marquis, Maya (Great real Talavera) and many many little shops selling from t-shirts to silver. A taxi ride from the ship to the Golden zone is around $10us each way, per taxi. The time to get there is about 20-25 minutes.
If you want to go to the shopping mall, we have a nice one that is called La Gran Plaza. It has a Mega (which is like a Walmart), a nice Department store and also Movie cinemas, Recorcholis (video games, very nice!) for kids, Sanborns (a chain of nice restaurants and stores), a fast food area (including Burger King and Dairy queen) and many other little shops. This is not a tourist mall, you will find things that we locals buy, like sandals, shoes, cloths, food, etc. It is all air conditioned so that is great! Specially for these months. If you like to go there, just tell the taxi driver to take you to La Gran Plaza. It should be aroud $10us one way from the ship. It is also 5 minutes away from the Golden zone, next to Sams Club. Enjoy it!
This week we started the cruiseship season with the Dawn Princess on Monday and the Vision of the Seas on Wednesday. We start again tomorrow (Sat) thru Thursday. Then on Sat again. So this will be the busiest cruiseship season I remember! We are happy! Hope to see you all down here!
The Port Authorities just set up at the Passengers Terminal Building a big sign that gives you the rates that the Taxis should charge to the different areas in Mazatlan. I think it is a great idea, because you might know that the Taxis do not have a meter, so they charge as they want. With this you know how much you should pay.
We are 2 couples that will be visiting on the Star in late February. We plan on just getting a taxi in the port and having them show us the town and then drop us off at a beach. Is there any tours of factories that you would recommend and can we just walk into them or do we need to make reservations. Also, can you recommend a beach that would have places to eat and drink?