We'll be arriving in Mazatlan on October 29th. What day is the Day of the Dead? Will you be doing any tours with that specific theme? We'd be interested. But we can't take the long tours.
Let us know please?
The day of the dead is November the 2nd (main day). November the 1st is a rememberance to the children who have passed away and the big day (they are trying to make it a national holiday, which not officialy is already) That is when everyone goes to the cemetery to pay respect to their relatives or friends passed away. It is a beautiful tradition. I have taken people to the cemeteries on that day. It is a very interesting thing to see. You will be here a few days before, so you will not get to see it unfortunatly.
If there is anything else I can answer please ask. Gracias!
I have read other threads where people say that there are no interesting things to see in Mazatlan. I just wonder, if they went on there own, or perhaps on a ship sponsored tour. If so, that is why. You have to go with someone that knows the area. When I travel, the first time I go to a city, I take a tour. You can read books, you can ask around, but if you go with someone that really knows, then you will enjoy.
A lot of people take a taxi or Pulmonia in Mazatlan around the city, sure, it is fun and cheap, but they are not licensed tour guides. They just tell you what they want, some things true, many invented. In order to be a licensed tour guide in Mexico, you must study at the University. Once you pass the exam, you must renew every 3 years, but every year, go to different courses adding up 160 hours per year. The last course in Mazatlan was aprox 6 months study, plus field trips and I heard that the cost was 1500us aprox.
So this is getting to be a profession. So, if you want to really learn about Mazatlan, go with a professional. Check that he has his tour guide license.
I will mention in a next post, about the different things you can do in Mazatlan on your own or on a tour.
It has been a little while since my last post. Many things have been happening. A lot of construction in Mazatlan. For example
Crown Plaza Hotel
Opening soon the 4500 capacity convention center.
Soon to be built, The shops at Mazatlan Mall ($40 million dollar investment)
Las Gavias Grand, Escondido Towers, Penninsula, Torrenza, Hydra towers, Las Gavias Golden shores, Costa Bonita Marina, Costa bonita Golden, Quintas del Mar II, Tiara Sands, and so more to come. All this list are condo towers (full time).
Mazatlan is finally waking up and it is big!
Something happend recently in Mazatlan. We had 4 ships in port at the same time. That is a first! I always said that we had a capacity of 3 ships but I can say I was wrong. They tested the port on Dec 31 and we got the Oosterdam, Ryndam, Vision of the Seas and Sapphire Princess all in the same day. It looked soooo nice!
They are actually working on another dock between mainland and stone island so we will probably be able to recieve 5 ships someday. The port and the city are really growing!
Hi Frank, We will be in Mazatlan on the 5th Feb. I would be interested in some info. regarding your tours. The tour you gave for the first poster on this thread, Showcat, sounded great. They saw cliff divers, bakery Concordia, lunch on the beach etc. Our group would be interested in something like that.
Hola, Frank. We're sailing on the Sapphire Princess in February. This will be our 4th visit to Mazatlan. We've enjoyed the cliff divers, old Mazatlan, and the Golden Zone. This trip we plan to spend time relaxing on a beach, then do some shopping. Could you please recommend the best area for shopping?
I thank you for your questions. I am glad that you have enjoyed mazatlan. There are several beaches to go to. Many people enjoy the beaches of stone island but it is more for relaxing, not much shopping except for the vendors.
If you like to do both, beach and shopping, I would say go around the beach where the Hotel Playa is or Hotel El Cid. Those hotels are in the golden zone so once you finish doing the beach you can always go shopping. There are plenty of taxis to take you back to the ship. Now, if you want to buy things that are not touristy, like, sandals, dresses, shoes, etc, then the best place is downtown or the shopping mall called La Gran Plaza.
So think of what you want to do and then decide from these places.
If there is anything else you want to know or something is not clear, please ask again. It will be a pleasure to answer.
We really missed not being able to reach Mazatlan this past April. We were on the ill-fated Mariner cruise to Mexico that did go to Cabo but then was wisked away to SF! It was our 3rd trip to Cabo and would have been our second to Mazatlan and PV. We spent our time on Stone Island in 2006 and fell in love with the place. Hung out at Victor's half the time and Trini and Isabelle's the other half. We were pretty upset when we discovered we wouldn't be going there after all in April. Was looking forward to seeing everyone again. We're trying again in April of 2011! 8)
Gosh Frank your tours sound like a real sucess and lots of fun. My husband and I are going on our first cruise and first time in Mexico. We leave for Mexico on 9/27 and can't remember which day we will be in your port. We would love some information about what you might have tour wise. I am thinking a massage for both of us would be nice and the idea of the small villiages and off the tourist path sound interesting. I have one question and concern and that is about finding clean restrooms and food that won't cause any stomach upsets. Looking forward to hearing from you. We are so excited about our trip!
Since I see nobody else has answered you, I can answer part of your question. The Costa De Oro is nowhere near the dock. It is a lovely hotel though, so it's a nice place to "hang out" for the day. I would advise jumping on a pulmonia for transportation. They are open-air little "jeeps" and lots of fun. I'm guessing about $10US each way.
The season was good and I was busy. It is not an excuse but the reason I did not answer questions anymore. Sometimes I need the clock to have more hours.
Anyways, if I can answer some questions please ask!
Thank you Mazatlan Frank. My hubby was on your website and he found out about the Acuario Mazatlan. We had a very nice afternoon at the aquarium. Here are some shots from the aquarium. Thank you again for your informative website.:-D
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We have sailed to Mexico often since we live in San Diego but Mazatlan is our second home.
Other than sailing, we have stayed in Mazatlan for a week every year for the past 20 years and bought a time share a few years ago at Emerald Bay. We use to stay at the Playa but the mega resorts are now getting all the tourist.
Over the years we have seen a lot of changes and the golden zone seems to be dying off.
Have met a lot of locals and keep in touch with them from the states and let them know when we are coming back so that we can get together.