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Why Now Is The Best Time To Visit Mazatlan

Sophia Boccard

It’s been a little more than 10 years since the ‘War on Drugs’ was declared by former President Felipe Calderon, and Mexico has had the pressure of trying to redeem itself ever since. Blow after blow, the country was hit with each outbreak: drug violence, Swine Flu hysteria, and hurricanes. Tourism in Mexico didn’t cease completely, as visitors were aware of possible areas to avoid, but also knew to look beyond the negative media coverage. Destinations such as Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas saw minimal decrease in visitors, while cities like Mazatlan unfortunately struggled. Major cruise lines halted stops in Mazatlan in 2011, which caused a ripple effect throughout town. However, Mazatlan persisted in moving forward, improving and renovating from the inside out.

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9 Most Authentic Souvenirs to Get in Mazatlan

Sophia Boccard

When you’re visiting Mazatlan, it can be challenging to decide on gifts to buy your family, friends, colleagues and even yourself! Instead of getting generic items like magnets or shot glasses that are sold all over Mexico (and the world), we wanted to help you find items that are exclusively made or produced in or around Mazatlan. Bring home something authentic and local to our community.

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International Women's Day: Women of the World

Sophia Boccard

The United Nations first celebrated International Women's Day on March 8 during International Women's Year in 1975. On that day, a photo of my mother (a single parent who had returned to Teacher's Collage at the age of forty to rebuild her life) braiding her teenage daughter's hair appeared in the Truro Daily News in small town Nova Scotia, Canada. That daughter was me and I remember the pride I felt knowing that my mother and other women like her around the world were being acknowledged, celebrated, and honored for the important roles they played and the hardships they endured raising and nurturing their children in a male dominated society. We danced in the kitchen to Maria Muldar’s I'm a Woman on her “Breakfast in a Doughnutshop” album and in that instant I realized I was witnessing a powerful shift...that there was a voice for women all over the world.

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Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Mazatlan

Sophia Boccard

Mazatlan is one of Mexico’s most romantic cities. We love Mazatlan for its excitement, live music, drool-worthy food, and rich culture, all of which make it Mexico’s City of Love. The sunsets alone are reason enough to label Mazatlan romantic, and sharing the spectacular views with a significant other can be an incredibly bonding and special experience. 

The people, the food and the slower pace give Mazatlan extra brownie points as a romantic’s paradise. Read on for our list of the top ten most romantic things to do in Mazatlan.

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Mazatlan Revisited: Why Kerouac is Really Mistaken

Sophia Boccard

There seems to be this misconstrued version of a town that is disproportionately untrue. There’s an illusion of cheapness, and I don’t mean affordable, although it is an inexpensive place to live. Mazatlan seems pigeonholed in a cross between a ‘50s Beat Generation stylized ideology mixed with a town overrun by timeshares, thus giving it an outdated 1980s façade. While the city has maintained this steady and consistent reputation, the city’s historic center has been going through a complete revitalization that began as early as the late 1980s

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How to Spend 36 Hours in Mazatlan

Sophia Boccard

We’ve got a secret to share with you: we love reading The New York Times travel section – it’s our little indulgence. Thus, the theme for this post pays tribute to the Times’ “36 Hours” series. 

Mazatlan began as a simple fishing and hunting destination in the early 1930s in the area known today as the Historic Center. This was a time when the likes of John Wayne, Ernest Hemingway, Rock Hudson, Robert Mitchum, Tony Curtis and many more were visiting the inconspicuous town. The Hotel Belmar, built in 1896, was a staple for years before the deep water fishing lovers of Hollywood began to make their way south of the border from Los Angeles.  Over by Mazatlan’s Golden Zone, known as the Zona Dorada, her first resort, Hotel Playa, opened its doors in 1955. But it wasn’t until the 1970’s when more and more resorts were being built that Mazatlan got the tourism boost that lasted well into the early 1990’s.  

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10 Travel Tips For Your Trip to Mazatlan

Sophia Boccard

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.

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6 Ways Mazatlan Will Steal Your Heart (And Make You Relocate)

Sophia Boccard

Of all of the resort beach towns Mexico is known for, we’re looking at you Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan is authentically Mexican.  We have kept up traditions since the late 1700's and our local community is made up of families that have remained in town for hundreds of years (not an easy feat in this day and age). With hundreds of festivals, parties, events, and shows, sometimes even nightly, Mazatlan knows how to show both locals and visitors alike a good time. Any traveler who has ventured to Mazatlan knows that it’s a coastal town that offers so much it makes it difficult to ever want to leave.

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