Everyone has their own idea of paradise, for most that includes beaches and palm trees. Well, I'm no different!
When I'm stressed out or just plain tired and wish I could be somewhere else my mind often drifts off to thoughts of sandy beaches, beautiful palm trees, lots of sunshine, and water as far as the eye can see. Specifically, thoughts of Mazatlan fill my mind and fill me with joy.
My husband and I have been there 4 times so far, with intentions to return again and again. We have got to see Mazatlan through they eyes of both a tourist and as a resident on our most recent trip when we stayed for 2 months. And it is pleasurable no matter which way I look at it.
Maztlan has lots of clean and beautiful beaches to go swimming in the ocean, bask in the sun, or take in one of their many water related tours or activities. If you happen to be visiting during New Years as far as I'm concerned no party can beat the beauty and memory of fireworks from the beach directly above you, it was one of the most incredible things I've ever seen.
The people are very friendly and most will try to speak to you in the best English they can, especially if you are courteous enough to make an attempt to speak to them in Spanish. However you treat the people is how they will treat you in return, so remember your manners and you will be returned with the same.
Shopping of course is a definite must for any tourist, and there are plenty of spots for some great shopping in Mazatlan. If you stick to the main tourist strip you will find many shops lining the street with lots of fabulous treasures to take home, here you can usually barter a little bit with the sellers, and make sure you shop around because around the corner could be a better deal. But you can also go to one of the Mexican malls and shop their faboulous stores, here is not really the place to barter but there is still some fabulous things to be found.
In all honestly I have such a love for this place that I could go on and on about all the wonderful things to see and do. I definitely recommend if you are planning a getaway to a warm place that you check it out!