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Mazatlán Transformed: It 'Needed a Shake-up’

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Governor says beach destination is getting a new urban image

Mexico News Daily | Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Pacific coast city of Mazatlán is undergoing a much-needed transformation, according to the Sinaloa state governor, one that will include hosting Mexico’s premier tourism event in 2018.

Quirino Ordaz Coppel made the observation at a lead-up tourism industry event yesterday where he also handed out awards to 13 commercial and media partners in recognition of their work to promote and support the destination.

“You are watching the transformation that Mazatlán is undergoing because we’re interested in giving a new face, a new urban image [to the city] because it needed a real shake-up,” he said.

Ordaz added that the city’s mayor and residents were also key contributors to the process.

He told the dozens of tourism operators and promoters present that he looked forward to seeing them again next year at Mexico’s most important tourism event, the Tianguis Turístico that will be held in Mazatlán from April 16 to 19.

International tourism to the destination is up over 8% this year, according to state Tourism Secretary Marco Antonio Garcia, and more than half a million tourists visited the destination during the summer period, a 13% increase over last year’s figures.

More international direct flights are arriving in the city, especially on a seasonal basis, and several new hotels are currently under construction including Courtyard by Marriott, Radisson Park Inn and an Ibis hotel, according to the Mazatlán Tourist Board.

The city’s historic center is also experiencing a resurgence and some visitors are including visits to the state’s magical towns on their itineraries.

The former CEO of the Mexican Tourism Board agreed with the governor’s remarks, adding that it was something that was long needed in the port city that is sometimes referred to as the Pearl of the Pacific.

“This is an admirable story that we need to communicate to the whole world and through you, who are our commercial partners [and] our allies, we ask that you help us communicate this great event that is happening in Mazatlán,” Rodolfo López Negrete said.

The director of Best Day Travel, which won an award for its internet-based travel agency services, said the new face of Mazatlán made it capable of competing against any other tourism destination in the country, adding that the beach city had become one of the company’s top sellers.

“. . . Today it’s practically at the same level as Los Cabos,” Julián Balbuena said.

Source: Milenio (sp), PR Web (en)

Mazatlán will be a stop on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Tournament

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Pack your bags, it's official! PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Tournament will be stopping at the Estrella del Mar Golf & Beach Resort in Mazatlan, Mexico from January 16-19, 2018.

The other three sites on the tour are: Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howie-In-The-Hills, Florida (January 9-12), Los Lagartos in Bogota, Colombia (January 23-26) and Pilará Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina (January 30-February 2). Entrance fees for each qualifying site is US $2,000 per player.

Application to participate in the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Qualifying Tournaments will open November 21, 2017. Membership is awarded at each of the venues to the top-35 finishers. They anticipate that each of the four qualifying tournaments will have 120 players for membership.

“We are always excited to announce our Qualifying Tournaments because it means our next season is fast approaching. The Qualifying Tournaments every year identify players who may later go on to big years,” said PGA TOUR Latinoamérica President Jack Warfield. “I expect our 2018 Qualifying Tournaments will be no different, and I’m looking forward to watching the next group of players on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.”

Mazatlán is World's #3 Destination for Retirees

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Known for its enchanting mix of beautiful sandy beaches, captivating centuries-old rich culture, and abundant nightlife, a revitalized Mazatlán is earning top honors from two independent authorities on international living and investing as cited recently by Forbes magazine as one of the top 10 places to retire abroad for North Americans.

“2017 has been an amazing year of resurgence for Mazatlán, with a big spike in international tourism, as well as a steady flow of new visitors ready to call this famous Mexican coastal resort home,” said Marco Antonio Garcia Castro, Secretary of Tourism for the State of Sinaloa. “We welcome North Americans to join the tens of thousands of expats enjoying a relaxed and cost-effective life here in Mazatlán,” he added.

The August 6th Forbes article, “The Surprising Top 10 List of Best Places to Retire Abroad,” features high praise for Mazatlán from both Live and Invest Overseas and International Living – two industry insiders in overseas investment and retirement living. Forbes placed Mazatlán third on its list, behind Portugal's Algarve Region and Valletta, Malta.

Home to more than 12 miles of golden shoreline, Mazatlán offers idyllic year-round tropical weather, first-class amenities and infrastructure, and an active lifestyle for older adults who embrace a "young at heart" mindset. Many expats embrace living like a local, enjoying the laid-back living and city life surrounding the Historic District's Plaza Machado, which offers magnificent sidewalk cafes, up-and-coming gastronomy, local arts and crafts, and a diverse theater culture.

“Mazatlán is enjoying a renaissance, and many are returning here to savor a burgeoning culture scene rich with the arts,” said Rafael Lizárraga Favela, Undersecretary of Tourism for the state. “Whether you are an empty-nest couple looking to slow your pace of life, or a prior snowbird visitor looking to make a permanent change to our incredible year-round tropical climate, you can find value and a quality of life here in our colonial city on the beach that includes luxury living, endless activities, and a booming culinary scene,” he added.

For more information about Mazatlán, visit

About Mazatlán
Mazatlán is a Mexican resort town along the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 1571, its Historic District, 19th-century landmarks include the performance hall Teatro Ángela Peralta and the towering Immaculate Conception Basilica. Sandy beaches line its 4 mile-long malecón (boardwalk), the newly developed Nuevo Mazatlán area where two marinas and two professional golf courses sit, and the modern district of Zona Dorada which is known for nightlife and hotels to suit any budget. Old villages with its unique charm such as El Quelite, Concordia, Copala and El Rosario surround Mazatlán and guided tours are available from all hotels. Direct air service is available to Mazatlán from most US and Canada markets.

Contact Author
Margie Gostyla
Mazatlan Tourism Board
+1 (310) 324-9155 Ext: 14

Sun Country Airlines Offering Nonstop Service to Mazatlán from Denver

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Sun Country Airlines has just announced a new seasonal nonstop service from Denver to Mazatlan, Mexico starting January 24, 2018 through March 7, 2018.

This will be a new international destination for Denver International Airport (DEN) into Mexico.

The new seasonal service will operate once a week on Wednesdays. Mazatlan ranks as DEN’s second-largest unserved market in Mexico with 6,000 annual passengers. Flights are available now for booking. Go to to make your plans today!

Mazatlan's Olas Altas Promenade Upgrades

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Mazatlan's Mayor, Fernando Pucheta Sánchez, announced last week that the beautification work to the Olas Altas promenade will become a pedestrian-only zone after 6pm each evening.

This effort will help revitalize the Olas Altas area of the Centro Historico neighborhood and to make the zone more tourist-friendly. 

Continued works on many of the streets in Centro Historico are underway and we are looking at most of the sections being reopened as the summer comes to an end. 

United Airlines Returns to Mazatlan!

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Houston to Mazatlan flights on United Airlines

Houston to Mazatlan flights on United Airlines

United Airlines announced on Twitter today that they will be adding two nonstop flights to Mazatlan, one from Chicago and another from Houston.

“We are pleased to offer the only nonstop service between Mazatlán and Chicago O’Hare and Houston Bush Intercontinental,” said Jake Cefolia, United’s vice president of Sales. “United has provided nonstop service from the U.S. to Mexico for the last 50 years and we look forward to serving Mazatlán, United’s 24th destination in Mexico.”

Seasonal, Saturday-only service between Mazatlan and Chicago will begin Dec. 23, 2017 to April 7, 2018. Houston will offer both winter and summer seasonal service beginning Dec. 21, 2017 through August 13, 2018.

We are so excited United is finally coming back to Mazatlan after a long time being away.

A total solar eclipse will make it's way to Mazatlan, Mexico in 2024

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Missing this year's total solar eclipse and wishing you could be closer to the action next time? Start making plans to be in Mazatlan, Mexico on April 8, 2024!

This path of totality will be making it's way through the city at 6:07PM UT with the sun being completely blocked by the moon for 4m13.1s, creating complete darkness. Start making your plans for the Total Solar Eclipse in Mazatlan, Mexico now.

2024 Total Solar Eclipse to pass over Mazatlan, Mexico

2024 Total Solar Eclipse to pass over Mazatlan, Mexico

Mazatlan is One of Top 10 Best Places to Live or Retire

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After months of researching for the Top 30 Destinations for their Annual Overseas Retirement Index, Live and Invest Overseas has finally compiled their list for the world to see. We are so proud to see that Mazatlan made #3 on the list! 

Their 2017 Index is said to be the most comprehensive ever produced with 13 categories represented during the selection process. 

"The categories are cost of living, crime and safety, English spoken, entertainment, environmental conditions, expat community, health care, infrastructure, real estate affordability, real estate restrictions, recreation, residency options, and taxes. As a bonus, we cover climate, but everyone’s idea of perfect weather is different, which makes it difficult to give a grade on climate without a heavy dose of subjectivity."

43rd Annual Tianguis in Mazatlan Will Be Best Yet

Sophia Boccard

The single most important event of the tourism sector in Mexico, Tianguis Turistico, will be held in Mazatlan for the first time next year. Tianguis Turistico is the location where individuals of the tourist industry such as travel agents, meeting planners, hoteliers, tour operators, and specialized media and in-bound operators from 80+ countries in the world gather together to learn about all the destinations Mexico has to offer. 

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Sunsets: The Elusive Green Flash

Sophia Boccard

Mazatlan is known for her amazing and striking sunsets (check out our post about sunsets here). What most people don't realize is that sometimes an elusive green flash will accompany the sunset or sunrise. An optical phenomenon, the green flash appears above the upper limb of the sun's disk as it is it's final stages of setting, for the sunset. The atmosphere can cause the sun's light to separate out into different colors, thus emitting a green flash. Quite frequently, the green flash will grace us with it's presence from the stoops of Casa Lucila Hotel Boutique.

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