|I first decided to stop at Mazatlán because it was on the coast and was to make a wonderful stop before going back inland. I didn't have much expectations about the city because I knew it was a quieter place than two big Spring Break destinations on the Pacific coast of Mexico (Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta). But I was surprised by many aspects of it.|
Yes, Mazatlán is by the ocean an has
great beaches around which the city was built, there is also a rich
history with an old town packed with historic buildings but it's also
a very enjoyable city, with kinda a Californian feeling, influenced
by the ocean omnipresent in town. I feel for the first time since
I'm in Mexico, I really met with the Mexican life... I went to the
market to get my bread and other commodities, I shopped at the
convenience store for other articles.. since there is no supermarket
downtown that's what everyone is doing here. I also went outside
downtown with the local bus to reach large retailers get some other
It probably doesn't have the nicest
beaches (narrow and steep mostly) but I totally enjoyed walking on
them working on my tan... walking an hour a day shirtless on the
beach did great for my skin tone (I'm getting more careful since my
Boston experience). I experienced the salty and very warm water in
different conditions, in different tides, etc. I watched wonderful
sunsets, and ate great fish and shrimps (the local speciality). Just
walking along the beach and seeing small fishermen boat come back
with their catches was worth the stop.
I walked around along the malecon
(sidewalk along the beach) a lot... and explored the old city, using
a self-guided tour map. I learned to better navigate through the
streets and find my way around. I loved the many sculptures all over
the city, and the various thoughts written on walls.
Health wise, I felt better most of the
week... but at the end I had some signs of sickness again... so I
stayed indoors the last two days, working and brushing up my Spanish.
My body definitely has some problems getting used to Mexico... I
hope it settles down quickly.
Would I return to Mazatlán? Yes, in a
heartbeat. I love the general feeling of the city, especially
downtown and the old part... with its narrow streets and its
sidewalks covered with street vendors. And I love to see and feel
the presence of the ocean everywhere. Even when you're in one of the
markets off the port... you see the products of the sea through the
stalls offering you many varieties of fresh shrimps.