For this summer, my family and I went on a trip to Mazatlan, Mexico.
Mazatlan is a lesser known Mexican beach along the pacific coast in the state of Sinaloa. It used to be really hard to get to Mazatlan since you have to go through a very big mountain range and it took 8 hours just to cross the mountain range. However, in 2013 they finally made a new and faster highway to get there through the Sierra Madre Occidental. -You literally go through it.-
The highway Durango – Mazatlan is 230 km long. It has more than 60 tunnels and 115 bridges, one of those the Baluarte bridge, which is supposedly the worlds highest suspension bridge.
I think this is the fastest highway I have every been to because the view is so breath taking that you are not really thinking about getting out of the car, unless you want to jump and hug a pine tree…
In Mazatlan, we stayed in a condominium called Costa Bonita. It is located in a new zone called Nuevo Mazatlan -how original-. To be honest, Costa Bonita wasn’t my favourite. It is small and not modern at all. It is decorated ridiculously Mexican, and obviously, most of the condominium owners aren’t even Mexican -because if they were Mexican, they wouldn’t have had it looking that ridiculous-.
As Mazatlans beach is in open ocean, the waves and current and really dangerous, we weren’t able to get in the ocean most of the time. And when we did, it was only in the edge -waiting for the waves to knock you down-. I’m not really sure if it was just the time we stayed there or is it always happened, but the guards at the beach told us to be very careful in the water because there were jellyfish. Thankfully none of us got stung by one, at least not a jellyfish.
What did we do in Mazaltan?
As in any other beach, there are tons of things you can do, and of course, we didn’t get to do everything since we were just there for a week.
So apart from swimming in the pool, laying under the sun, and getting knocked down by the waves, this is what we did:
- The Malecon is a big side walk that goes along the coast. Here, there are usually lots of restaurants and night clubs. During the day there are a lot of people selling beautiful crafts from the region. It’s a really good place to spend hte evening and watch the sunset.
- Rent a yacht
- Instead of spending the day at our apartment, we rented a yacht that took us anywhere we wanted. We sailed past the bird island, the white island, and finally stopped at the deer island. In the deer island we jumped into the water and had a short swim. This short swim happened because an evil sea creature attacked my sister and ate her alive. OK maybe she just got stung by a jellyfish. But everyone acted like that had happened.
- Shopping at a Market
- There are so many markets around town and I’m not even sure in which one we were but this is the place where you can buy Ray-Ban sunglasses for only 90 pesos, and they are totally -not- real. -But it’s okay because it doesn’t matter if the ocean steals them away from you!-
- Mr. Lionso Playa Bruja
- This is one of the best restaurants in Mazatlan. It is by the beach and has a big variety of delicious sea and non-sea foods. While we were there, there was a Mariachi band playing typical Sinaloa music, and let me tell you, Sinaloa has the best music and dances in Mexico. With that being said, they obviously know how throw the best parties.
So as you can see, we didn’t really do much. We really just wanted to take advantage of the sun and the ocean, because really, what else could you want?
But, if you are one of those people that loves doing different activities at the beach, here are some things you can do at Mazatlan:
- Jet skiing
- Get a massage on the beach
- Horseback riding tour by the beach
- Sightseeing tours to:
- Deer island
- Bird island
- White island
- Dolphin Watch
- Visit aquarium
- The Mazagua Aquatic Park
To conclude this post, I will leave here some photographs that I took on this trip. -Maybe they will convince you even more to visit Mazatlan.-
And if you want to see more in depth of how my trip went, go watch the video on our youtube channel.
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