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Old October 2nd, 2011, 11:20 PM   #3981
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Old October 3rd, 2011, 10:21 AM   #3982
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Mazatlan is located just south of the Tropic of Cancer, so although it's in the tropics, temperatures are a little cooler than the other tourist destinations further south. Many North Americans have now settled in Mazatlan, partly because the climate is more suitable for year-round living than other coastal cities. With a population over 500,000, it can offer most of the amenities needed for year-round living. It is a very long one day drive, or preferrably, a easy two day drive from the U.S.A. border.

Mazatlan is a busy deep sea port, and a popular destination for fishers. Many charter boat companies offer a wide variety of fishing. It also has the largest commercial shrimp fishery in Mexico.
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Old October 3rd, 2011, 10:22 PM   #3983
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Old October 4th, 2011, 04:49 AM   #3984
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Mazatlán


Having outgrown its image as a chintzy mid-20th century resort town, today’s Mazatlán is one of Mexico’s most alluring and inviting beach destinations. Over the past decade, the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ has breathed new life into its historic center, and the ongoing renewal program continues to bear fruit. The result is something truly unique: a historic city with a resplendent colonial district only a short walk from a 20km-long crescent of sandy beach.
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To take the pulse of Mazatlán, don’t linger too long in the Zona Dorada (Golden Zone), Mazatlán’s traditional tourist playground. There you’ll find knick-knack shops, pack-’em-in restaurants and resort hotels lined up like dominoes, but few surprises. Instead head straight for the city’s gorgeous pueblo viejo (old town).

Here, against a backdrop of cobbled streets, crumbling edifices and an ever-increasing number of newly restored gems, you’ll find a cultural renaissance under way. Catch a performance at the wonderful refurbished Teatro Ángela Peralta and then a late-night bite at the atmospheric Plazuela Machado. Step into one of Mazatlán’s excellent small museums or go treasure hunting in one of the many new small boutiques.

One big attraction is free for all – the daily spectacle of rocky islands silhouetted against the tropical sunset, as the fiery red fades into the sea, and another starry night begins.

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Old October 4th, 2011, 10:33 PM   #3985
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Old October 5th, 2011, 09:15 AM   #3986
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History of Mazatlan

In pre-Hispanic times Mazatlán (which means 'place of deer' in Náhuatl) was populated by Totorames, who lived by hunting, gathering, fishing and agriculture. A group of 25 Spaniards led by Nuńo de Guzmán officially founded a settlement here on Easter Sunday in 1531, but almost three centuries elapsed before a permanent colony was established in the early 1820s.

The port was blockaded by US forces in 1847, and by the French in 1864, but Mazatlán was little more than a fishing village for the next 80 years. 'Old' Mazatlán, the traditional town center, dates from the 19th century.

Tourists started coming in the 1930s, mainly for fishing and hunting, and some hotels began to appear along the Playa Olas Altas, Mazatlán's first tourist beach, in the 1950s. Thus began a period of grwoth that continued steadily through the 1960s. From the 1970s onward, a long strip of modern hotels and tourist facilities has spread north along the coast.

With a population well in excess of half a million, Mazatlan continues to grow. Much of the momentum is generated by international tourism. The municipal government, dominated in recent times by the centre-right PAN, has implemented a civic beautification program in an attempt to respond to the tourist industry's increasing emphasis on ecological attractiveness. Nevertheless, part of Mazatlan's charm is that it's not just a tourist town.
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For centuries, Mazatlán was inhabited by indios whose major occupation was fishing. The city was founded in 1531 by a small group of Spanish conquistadors led by Nuno de Guzman. They used the natural harbor to ship out gold from the region. Soon the pirates, mainly French and English, used the particular shape of the coastline as a perfect hiding place to attack the Spanish galleons along the Pacific Ocean coast.

Mazatlán in 1896

In 1829 a Spanish banker named Machado arrived in Mazatlan and established commercial relations with vessels coming to Mazatlán from North and South America.

During the Mexican-American War,1846-48, the U.S. Army took the city and to avoid seeing the city shelled the Mexican army abandoned it. Almost twenty years later, November 13, 1864, a French man-of-war fired on the city twelve times but there were no casualties.

Mazatlán then became part of the Mexican Empire under Maximilian (vestiges of French influence may still be found in the architecture of many buildings in Centro Historico). On November 13, 1866, the Mexican general Ramon Corona expelled the imperialists from Mazatlán.

On June 18, 1868, William H. Bridge, captain of HMS Chanticleer, blockaded the port and threatened to shell the city. The captain had taken umbrage after local Customs Authorities seized 23 ounces of gold from the paymaster of the ship. During the Mexican Revolution, Mazatlán had the dubious distinction of being the first city upon which aerial bombardment was practiced. A Federalist bi-plane dropped a satchel charge containing shrapnel on the city, resulting in fatalities.

During the Gold Rush, fortune hunters from the United States East Coast sailed from New York Harbor and other Atlantic ports to Mexican ports in the Gulf of Mexico. Debarking, the aspiring miners travelled overland for weeks to Mazatlán, where they would embark from the port to arrive in San Francisco in another four to five weeks.

Mazatlán's lighthouse (El Faro) began to shine by mid-1879. The lamp had been handcrafted in Paris, containing a big oil lamp with mirrors and a Fresnel lens to enhance the light. Since the light was static, in the distance it was often mistaken as a star. By 1905 this lamp was converted to a revolving lamp. Today, the 1000 watt bulb can be seen from 30 nautical miles (60 km). Near the lighthouse shore.

Angela Peralta (1845 - 1883), a Mexican opera diva famed throughout the world, died of Yellow Fever in Mazatlan shortly after her arrival in the port. Legend has it she sang one last aria from her hotel balcony overlooking the Plazuela Machado. Her memory is held dear by Mazatlácos to this day.

Mazatlán is also the hometown of Pedro Infante, one of the most popular actors and singers of the golden years of Mexico's film industry. The city was well regarded by film stars such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper, and others of their generation as a sportfishing mecca. The hotels along Olas Altas flourished during the 40's, 50's and 60's supporting this vibrant trade.

In the 70's, tourism in Old Mazatlán declined as other, newer venues opened on the expanses of beach to the north of the city. As an example of Mazatlán's tourism expansion, one of the largest timeshare providers in Mexico, Mayan Resorts was founded in 1975 with the inauguration of Paraíso Mazatlán (Mazatlán Paradise). This time also saw the expansion of the Hotel Playa Mazatlán and the construction of many others, a trend that continues to this day.

As the 21st Century begins, Centro Historico has been rediscovered by newcomers and locals alike, spurring a renaissance of restoration and entreprenurial endeavors. Many once fine homes that had fallen into literal ruin have been restored to their former glory to house families and boutique businesses. The city has been of assistance in upgrading infrastructure, such as improved water, sewer and electrical services.
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Mazatlán is a socially and economically diverse city, with more than 350,000 welcoming people of all races. It is a popular vacation and retirement destination for Europeans, Canadians and Americans, and also provides opportunities for working immigrants.

It has several distinct inner city districts, as well as outlying suburbs that are mainly inhabited by poor and middle-class Mexicans, but there are two primary areas of interest to visitors: the Zona Dorada where the tourists go and the Centro Historico with several lovely plazas and many recently renovated 18th century commercial buildings and private residences.

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By plane

Mazatlán has an international airport - General Rafael Buelna International Airport (IATA: MZT) (ICAO: MMMZ), also known as Mazatlán International Airport. It receives international travelers from: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Houston, South Shore Harbor, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. You can reach Mazatlán from many other international origins via Mexico City.

By train

Mexico's passenger rail system including the old Nogales-Guadalajara route that passed through Mazatlán went out of service in the late 90's.

By car

Mazatlán is approximately 18 hr. drive from Phoenix, AZ. There are many considerations when bringing a car into Mexico.

By bus

Mexico has an extremely well developed bus route system and one can easily find a bus to wherever one needs to go. Mazatlán is about 12 hours away from Mexico City (~$90 one way), 6 hours from Guadalajara (~$40 one way), 15 hours from Nogales (~$50 one way), and only about 2 hours from Culiacán. Note: for whatever reason, the bus companies crank up the A/C, so bring a sweater!

By boat

Baja Ferries runs a ferry between Mazatlan and La Paz in Baja California. The trip takes 16 hours or more and leaves Mazatlan almost daily (check for weekend departures). Also, Mazatlán has a busy port which accommodates a number of cruise ships that sail up and down the western coast of the Americas. From the port, it's a five-minute taxi ride to the southernmost hotels or fifteen minutes to the more modern (and more expensive) places to the north.
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