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10 Travel Tips For Your Trip to Mazatlan

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10 Travel Tips For Your Trip to Mazatlan

Sophia Boccard

travel in mazatlan

Traveling to Mazatlan or even Mexico in general should never be something to stress about. Rules and etiquette are pretty standard when traveling to another city or country. In Mazatlan, we locals call ourselves Mazatlecos and we have a few rules that we’d love to share with you. Here is a short and simple list of etiquette rules you should know before coming down to Mazatlan.

smiling boys in mazatlan

DO: SMILE OFTEN

Mazatlecos are some of the friendliest people in the world and are known for being cheerful with their salutations. Return the cheerfulness and smile back. If you make eye contact we promise a happy greeting will always follow suit. 

DON’T: BE RUDE OR IMPATIENT

This goes without saying, obviously it’s not the best solution to be rude or impatient anywhere in the world. It’s just uncouth and most people don’t respond well to rudeness. The pace in Mazatlan is m-u-c-h slower than most cities with 500,000+ residents. If you ask for a check and get it 20 minutes later, don’t be too surprised. Just sit back and relax! 

DO: CAPTURE THE SUNSET

Go for a walk along the malecon during sunset hours and take a seat on a bench or alongside the railing facing the ocean. All the locals do the same from time to time so blend in and take in the view. Mazatlan has some of the most majestic sunsets that you will not see anywhere else in the world. 

sunset in mazatlan

DON’T: UNDER TIP

Wait staff in Mazatlan are some of the hardest working people in town. Even if it is your best intention to tip the waiter directly, always remember that the tip ultimately gets split by all the staff members from the cooks to the cleaning staff. So try not to under tip them and always make sure to carry around enough cash!

DO: READ UP ON MAZATLAN’S HISTORY

Mazatlan is an incredibly unique destination that traces back its modern history to 1500’s and its ancient history back to the end of the Archaic Period (1000 B.C.) with the Las Labradas Archeological Zone.

las labradas mazatlan

DON’T: JUST VISIT THE BEACH

Most people lay around in the sun at the beach when visiting a beach town. Don’t reduce your trip to simply getting a tan that won’t last longer than a week upon returning home. Explore the city and expand your experiences with activities ranging from mezcal tasting to touring the Pacifico Brewery.

DO: SUPPORT THE LOCAL SHOPS

While it can be extremely inviting and convenient to visit the malls or buy souvenirs at the tourist shops around the Golden Zone, the boutique shops in the Historic Center are the ones that will provide the best service at the price you want. 

DON’T: EAT EXCLUSIVELY AT YOUR RESORT

Mazatlan has some of the best seafood and beef dishes in all of Mexico. If you decide to stay at an all-inclusive don’t forget to branch out and explore some of the local restaurants all over the city. 

aerial view of mazatlan

DO: DISCOVER LOCAL TALENT

Walk around Historic Center and you’ll find all kinds of shops with jack-of-all-trades. People who can build you an armoire, meld an iron rod, upholster your furniture. Break your favorite leather handbag? One example, stop by to Reparacion de Calzado “Rafa” on Mariano Escobedo and Teniente Jose Azueta where the owner Rafa can restore your favorite handbag or shoes back to its original glory. It’s inside these mom + pop shops that host treasured and talented folks. Instead of buying brand new shoes why don’t you fix the one you loved so much.

DON'T: BE "CHEAP"

Don’t get us wrong, it’s ok and great to be frugal or to seek out low-budget experiences. Mazatlan is already an affordable and fairly inexpensive destination especially compared to the other coastal tourist areas like Cancun and Cabo San Lucas. When we say “cheap” we are speaking to those who are trying to get a free deal out of something that is already affordable. Always keep in mind that the merchandise, product, or meal was put together by a hardworking Mazatleco. We take pride in everything we do so please don’t reduce our efforts simply to save $2 on a $5 item.