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9 Articles of the Mexican Constitution Worth Learning About

Sophia Boccard

tips for romantic weekend in mazatlan

On February 5, 1917, the Mexican Constitutional Congress approved and signed into effect the Mexican Constitution that today, still stands exactly as it did 101 years ago. What started as a social and cultural movement led to a violent Revolution that claimed many lives. Today, the date the Constitution went into effect is celebrated with many businesses, government offices, postal services, and schools closing-down for a three-day holiday weekend that includes festivals and street celebrations. We’ve called out some of the most significant Articles that helped frame the social and political backdrop for Mexico today. Let’s get your Mexican history on!

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Articles

Article 1 can be summed as giving the rights that are listed in the Constitution, outlawing slavery and protection from all types of discrimination, to every single Individual in Mexico. 

Article 3 is a long one, but it’s one of the most important elements that helped shape the Mexican government to allow for education to be church-free. The standard of education shall allow that education be “maintained entirely apart from any religious doctrine and, based on the results of scientific progress, shall strive against ignorance and its effects, servitudes, fanaticism, and prejudices.”

A fair trial is a requirement under Article 14 that lists “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, property, possessions, or rights without a trial by a duly created court in which the essential formalities of procedure are observed and in accordance with laws issued prior to the act.”

Relatos e Historias de Mexico

Relatos e Historias de Mexico

Cruel and unusual punishment is prohibited, according to Article 22. Specifically, penalties of death, mutilation, infamy, marks, physical punishments, torments, excessive fines, and even confiscation of assets are all abolished.

As long as each person does not constitute an offense punishable by law, Article 24 states that every individual is “free to embrace the religion of his choice and to practice all ceremonies, devotions, or observances of his respective faith, either in places of public worship or at home”. 

Uniquely a Mexican right, Article 27 states that the government has the right to seize property for the good of the nation. This led to the creation of ejidos, a piece of land farmed communally under a system supported by the state, and thus allowing individual community members to farm and own said land.

100 Aniversario de la Promulgación de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos

100 Aniversario de la Promulgación de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos

In order to be elected minister of the Supreme Court of Justice, according to Article 95, the individual must be a Mexican citizen by birth and not be over 65 or less than 35 at the time of his or her election.

Article 123 gave workers the right to strike, receive a day’s rest per week, work a maximum of eight-hours each day, and be given the right to equal pay for equal work, regardless of sex or nationality.  

Article 130 helped separate church and state, and restricts churches from having any kind of legal status. It denies individual ministers and the church from any right to vote or freedom of speech, preventing the religious entities from criticizing the law or government.

A Coastal Affair: Tips for a Romantic Weekend in Mazatlan

Sophia Boccard

tips for romantic weekend in mazatlan

We like to call Mazatlan the Paris of Mexico because we consider it the “Mexican City of Love.” Beauty stems from the beaches and the colonial historical center; our gastronomy, ‘Cuisine Mazatleca’ and fresh produces farmed right outside the city; to the people and the malecon (boardwalk). With live music every night, laughter, dancing, singing and a bit of romance, it’s easy to see why Mazatlan is the Paris of Mexico.

If a romantic getaway is something that is on your mind, and Paris is too far away, look no further than Mazatlan and check out some of our suggestions for creating your romantic getaway.

romance in mazatlan

If a romantic getaway is something that is on your mind, and Paris is too far away, look no further than Mazatlan and check out some of our suggestions for creating your romantic getaway.

Photo:  Casa 46

Photo: Casa 46

EATING: Mazatlan’s gastronomy is an understated aspect of our culture. Noted with having some of the best seafood and beef in all of Mexico, it’s easy to see why dining out is a must-do when in town. Splurge at El Presidio and get a fabulous steak in the beautiful courtyard area, or visit Lucila’s Restaurant for a delicious dinner for two with an order of ceviche de la casa and a bottle of wine, or head to La Bahia for a relaxed vibe in a very small, yet intimate courtyard and share some shrimps dishes.

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ACTIVITIES: Enjoy a romantic picnic at any of the beaches located along Mazatlan’s 20 k.m. of coastline. From Olas Altas to Nuevo Mazatlan, there’s bound to be an area of beach that fits your needs. Interested in a more heart-pumping, adrenaline-filled outing? Go zip-lining at Huana Coa, or visit the Golden Zone for parasailing lessons.

mazatlan boardwalk

SCENERY: Take a stroll on the malecon, the longest boardwalk in all of Latin America spanning 8 k.m. Not up for the entire length? Take a pulmonia to a specific section and walk back to your original location.  If you want a more relaxing atmosphere, head to Casa Lucila’s infinity pool and catch the mesmerizing sunrise  sunset while wading in the pool by your partner’s side.

Our Top 5 Favorite Instagram Accounts To Follow in Mazatlan

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With so many Instagram accounts to check out (as of May 2017 there are over 700 million monthly active Instagrammers), it’s so easy to get lost on the best Instagram accounts to follow when trying to follow local businesses in a new city. Here in Mazatlan we have countless of businesses that we want to call out and feature but we decided to dwindle it down to our top five faves. Check our friends out and make sure to give them a follow! 

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14 Monumental Events from Mexico’s Revolutionary War

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Revolution Day in Mexico is celebrated every year on November 20 to commemorate the official start of the Revolutionary War to overthrow dictator Porfirio Diaz. The revolution itself spanned 10 years, from 1910 to 1920, and led to the signing in of the Constitution in 1917. The Revolution of 1910-1920 helped shape Mexico’s fundamental direction as a country and her government. It’s important to note 17 of the most significant events that took place during this time that led to its conclusion.

1. General Porfirio Díaz had been in power for more than 30 years (1876-1911) and was known to lead with an iron fist. During his tenure, Mexico grew railroads, increased foreign capital, and maintained political stability. However, peasants and labor workers began to fight back, and soon, there was political unrest.

2. Ricardo Flores Magon created the Mexican Liberal Party on September 28, 1905 to help defend the two sectors.

3. A particular strike of miners on June 1, 1906 in the Cananea mine in Sonora became known as the Cananea Massacre after conflicts between the miners and many American cavalry caused 22 fatalities.

4. Francisco I. Madero, born from a wealthy family from Coahuila, founded the Anti Reelectionist Party 1909 and was selected to run for President during the elections of 1910.

5. On June 6, 1909, Francisco I. Madero was imprisoned for “inciting rebellion and offending the authorities,” and taken to a prison in San Luis Potosi.

6. On November 20, 1910 Madero fled from prison and called for a National Insurrection, declaring the electoral process in which Diaz won again, invalid and fraudulent.

7. Puebla, Coahuila, Chihuahua and Sonora were the first states to lead the uprising.

8. Francisco “Pancho” Villa led the charge in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua with Pascual Orozco. Here, Madero set up his provisional government. Porfirio Diaz resigned and fled the country.

Pancho Villa. By Bain News Service, publisher. Photographer is unknown. Public domain.

Pancho Villa. By Bain News Service, publisher. Photographer is unknown. Public domain.

9. New elections took place in 1911 with Francisco Madero becoming the newly elected President of Mexico. 

10. Victoriano Huerta, appointed by former Porfirist generals to lead a military coup at the Mexican capital, participated in the Ten Tragic Days – a series of events that took place over ten days from the coup d’état to the assassination of Madero and his Vice President Jose Maria Pino Suarez on February 22, 1913.

11. Huerta led Mexico as a reported self-serving dictator for only a short time. Prior to his exile, revolutionary armies continued to grow their movement with Emiliano Zapata, Pancho Villa, Alvaro Obregon and Venustiano Carranza leading their respective charges.

12. With the promulgation of a new revolutionary Mexican Constitution in 1917, Venustiano Carranza was elected president, serving from 1917 to 1920.

Emiliano Zapata.  Wikipedia

Emiliano Zapata. Wikipedia

13. The Constitutionalist Army was renamed the Mexican National Army with the first order of business to eliminate threats, particularly Emiliano Zapata, who was assassinated in 1919.

14. As Carranza’s appointed commander of the revolutionary forces and his minister of war, Alvaro Obregón betrayed Carranza and launched a revolt against him leading to his assassination; he won the subsequent election with overwhelming support and was President of Mexico from 1920-1924, by which time the Revolutionary War had already ended.

Can’t-Miss Race: Gran Maraton Pacifico

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Instagram:  @mazatlan_interactivo

If your running shoes are the first things tossed into your travel bag, why not participate in a race while on the road?  The Gran Maraton Pacifico takes place in Mazatlan every year around November or December, and there is no better time to run in our coastal town than at the start of its perfect weather. This year’s race is on December 2 and 3, 2017, and registration is limited to the first 6,500 entrants.

According to Worlds Marathons, the Gran Maraton Pacifico is rated one of the top ten marathons in the world for its ideal landscape, warm weather and international presence. If running is your thing, start making plans now for your trip down to Mazatlan for the race!

Instagram:  @voltarealtraining

Instagram: @voltarealtraining

Here are some facts to know about the race:

DIFFICULTY: The course of the marathon stretches down Mexico’s longest coastal boulevard.

HIGHLIGHTS: It is run with a backdrop of breathtaking ocean views and sunny terrain.

Instagram: @gatogc

Instagram: @gatogc

OVERVIEW: The course takes the runners through Arranque Y Meta Estadio De Beisbol, Playa Delfin, Playa Brujas and Monumento Al Pescador. The course is certified by AIMS, IAAF and FMA.

Local to Mazatlan? Start a team or join one like Café Race Runners or get training with Volta Real Training.

Going to the event? Make sure to hashtag this year's marathon using #granmaratonpacifico!

Instagram:  @eldestiempo

Instagram: @eldestiempo

5 Ways to Drink Los Osuna Blue Agave “Tequila”

Sophia Boccard

Agave Mazatlan

Did you know the word “tequila” is reserved exclusively for the distilled spirit produced in the state of Jalisco, Mexico? Like champagne, cognac and other spirits, tequila has an appellation of origin. In honor of the U.S. National Tequila Day on July 24, we wanted to give a shout out to our friends Los Osuna Blue Agave for producing some of the best (not technically tequila) Blue Agave.

All five of the Los Osuna Blue Agave products go through the same initial process to get their desired outcomes. Each of the agave plants are cultivated for 7-8 years until their spines are removed and the piñas are transported to the distillery. Once at the distillery, they go through a four-step process, beginning with steam cooking the piñas in traditional underground ovens. This process helps transform the starch into fermentable sugars and soften the piñas to help ease the extraction of their juice, which is done by milling and mashing them, often using traditional methods.

Next, the sugar goes through its fermentation process to transform it into alcohol. Distillation officially completes the process, and the final product is obtained from the fermented musts. The two-step distillation process allows the rough product to consist of 60 degrees of alcohol per volume.  Once the product is obtained at 60 degrees of alcohol, the next steps are taken to determine the type of Blue Agave it will become.

Los Osuna produces five unique types of delicious Blue Agave products:

 

1.       Blanco
In order to successfully create a blanco bottle, the bottling process lowers the degree of alcohol to about 35 degrees by adding distilled water, creating the Blue Agave Blanco. These are typically not aged at all with the higher concentrate of distilled water to discern it from the rest of the products. The bottle is about 80 proof. Characteristic flavorings include citrus, licorice and pepper accents. 

 

2.       Reposado
To achieve the reposado, the white product is introduced in oak barrels for a period of 3-11 months, giving it an oaky aroma and flavors. The bottle is about 80 proof. Characteristic flavorings include floral, vanilla and almond accents.

 

3.       Añejo
For the añejo, the white product remains in white oak barrels for at least one year. The bottle is 80 proof. Characteristic flavorings include vanilla, oak, caramel and a hint of tobacco accents.

Vanilla Tequila Mazatlan
 

4.       Vanilla
This product goes through a very similar process as the reposado, and it is generally aged up to 11 months. With the addition of vanilla flavoring and additional sugar, the proof is brought down to 40.  

cinnamon mazatlan
 

5.       Cinnamon
Exactly the same as the Vanilla process, except with the addition of the cinnamon flavoring. Again, the added sugar brings the alcohol to 40 proof.

A Guide to Eating in Mazatlan Right Now

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A Mazatleco’s Walking Tour Through Centro Historico

Eating in Mazatlan

If you find yourself making a trip to Mazatlan, the place to be is in the Centro Historico neighborhood. This is where you can eat your heart out at some of the best restaurants our city offers. La Nueva Cocina Mazatleca is the latest culinary experience, serving up delicious plate after plate of pure flavor.

Food is life down in Mazatlan with offerings of everything from seafood to gourmet dining. Here are a few of our local favorites. 


Casa Garcia | El Presidio
Best for: romantic dates and exquisite indoor scenery

Casa Garcia is tucked away inside a partially restored colonial house, and was formally owned by the chef’s grandmother. Come here for the ambiance and the ribeye and two glasses of wine with candlelight setting the scene. Make sure to book reservations as this is a popular place for celebrations and parties.

Casa 46
Best for: smaller tapas style plates; gourmet + fine dining

Instagram:  @casa46

Instagram: @casa46

This restored colonial home houses countless plates featuring faces of prominent Mazatlecos. Beautiful well-known lyrics from singer-songwriter Fernando Valades animate the walls and romance visitors. Opt for the balcony so you can view the happenings of Plaza Machado from above.

Topolo
Best for: casual date night

A very popular spot for Americans visiting from out of town, this Minnesota-owned establishment has been a staple of Centro Historico for years. With an extensive wine collection, the ambiance is very relaxed and the complimentary guacamole appetizer always hits the spot.

El Ajibe de San Pedro
Best for: Spanish food and hanging out below ground level in an old cistern

Photo: El Ajibe Facebook

Photo: El Ajibe Facebook

Located in an old cistern, this place is only open from 5-10 p.m. and closes for most of summer. That makes visiting a must during peak season in Mazatlan to experience dining in a semi dark, semi-exotic restaurant with strange paintings and artwork. If you aren’t sure that you can make small talk, this is the place to go as the art will give you plenty of things to talk about!

Lucila’s Restaurant
Best for: breakfast with a side of Pacific Ocean view

casa lucila hotel boutique - lucila's restaurant

Located right next to the beach, this location is our favorite spot for breakfast or brunch. Sitting al fresco with an exquisite view of the Pacific Ocean is our preferred method. Some noteworthy favorites are: Huevos Rancheros, Lengua, Machaca con Huevos and the Chilaquiles. Go for a bike ride right after if you get too stuffed!

4 Reasons to Visit Mazatlan

Sophia Boccard

It goes without saying that Mexico has an extensive portfolio of incredible destinations. Glamour cities such as Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and Playa del Carmen provide the luxuries with high-end resorts.

Quaint picturesque villages like Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende and Ajijic charm the pants off visitors. Large metropolises like Mexico City, Monterrey and Puebla provide an abundance of activities that once you leave, you’ll want more.

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Sun Country Airlines Offering Nonstop Service to Mazatlán from Denver

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mazatlan to denver flights

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 Visitsuncountry.com to make your plans today!

Mazatlan's Olas Altas Promenade Upgrades

Sophia Boccard

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. 

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

Sophia Boccard

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."

Spotlight: When Did Mazatlan Become So French?

Sophia Boccard

Most people who know of and think about traveling to Mazatlán do so because the city has a reputation of being an affordable, resort-friendly destination with beaches, a handful of outdoor water activities, and eating an average meal at your all-inclusive resort. We personally see Mazatlan as so much more than just a stop-over for a cruise heading towards the ports of Puerta Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

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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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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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Motorcyclists Rejoice! Mazatlan's Favorite Event Honors Motorcycles

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motorcycle in mazatlan

International Motorcyle Week in Mazatlan (Semana Internacional de la Moto Mazatlan) is one of the biggest bike rallies in Mexico and one of the most exciting in the world. It’s very existence in Mazatlan honors one of our very own, Pedro Infante, a Mexican actor and singer who is hailed as one of the greatest actors of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Some of his more iconic roles in A Toda Máquina and ¿Qué te ha dado esa mujer? feature him on a motorcycle which is only fitting that he is the symbolic representative of the yearly week event.

motorcyclist in mazatlan

Formally and officially created back in 1996, the annual event generally takes place the week after Easter. This year’s weekly events will take place from Wednesday April 19 and run through Sunday April 23, 2017. This event has grown to about 20,000 bikers that come from all over the world to make the trek across Mazatlan over the course of five days.

The seeds of this event began back in 1985 when several motorcyclists made a weekly ritual of riding in and around Mazatlan as a unified group. The group gradually grew and by 1987, a new Moto Club Mazatlan A.C. was soon created in an official capacity with weekly meetings, scheduled outings and eventually the host of the yearly event that was inclusive of all fans of motorcycles and riding. 

cyclist in mazatlan

By 1995, the demand for hosting an event became a necessity that by May of 1996, the first annual Bike Week was held. Year after year the annual event kept growing and in order to include the multinational visitors from all over the world, the name grew from Bike Week to International Motorcycle Week.

Spectators and motorcyclists alike can experience all the events that International Motorcycle Week has to offer with the biggest and most spectacular of the events being the Grand Parade on Saturday, April 22, 2017 that starts by the Valentino roundabout and makes the trek all the way to the end of Paseo Olas Altas where the Pedro Infante statue is situated, right across the street from Casa Lucila Hotel Boutique. 

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Now in its 22nd year, this year’s International Motorcycle Week in Mazatlan will continue to grow in its demand, helping sustain and support tourism in Mazatlan. Some of the exciting events to look forward are listed below.

For more information on how to participate or view some of the events, check out Legendaria Semana de la Moto Mazatlan.

How To Embrace Bike Culture in Mazatlan

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Photo: Baikas

Photo: Baikas

One of the best way to enjoy Mazatlan and discover everything it has to offer is by exploring the city via bike. Not only are you reducing your carbon footprint AND getting a work out, but you are also able to see the city in a different way. You’ll discover history, architecture, culture, food and much more while riding.

In an effort to help our friends at Baikas promote a healthy alternative to touring the city, we’d like to share two of their tours; Baikas will even deliver a bike to you at Casa Lucila Hotel Boutique!

Photo: Baikas

Photo: Baikas

Baikas’ City Bike Tour is a combination of history, architecture, food and all-around fun. Starting at the Baikas Station at Hotel Pelayo, located at the end of the boardwalk, you begin your ride along the promenade, stopping at the various statues and monuments along the way. Next, you will head into the Historic Center, where you can appreciate the beautiful mix of Spanish, French and German architecture styles. A visit to the cathedral is also on the agenda, as well as a side of raspado (flavored shaved ice) or an ice cream cup. Two must-see historic stops will be determined by the group, before pedaling back to the Baikas station, but not before stopping to remark at the cliff divers and hydrate with a cold coconut.

Photo: Baikas

Photo: Baikas

Baikas’ Sunset Tour is a little less historical, but much more colorful. You’ll begin at the end of the boardwalk by the Hotel Pelayo Baikas Station. As you start making your way through town alongside the beach on the promenade, you’ll notice the colors of the sky vibrantly changing as the sun starts setting. The ride features many locals walking and biking along the boardwalk, as this is the optimal time for exercising, socializing or simply just gazing into the horizon. You’ll learn insiders’ tips on the best swimming beaches and most famous surfing spots, and discover the meaning behind some of the unique monuments located throughout the promenade. Fall in love with Mazatlan the way the locals do, and you’ll find yourself longing for it to be your forever home.

Photo: Baikas

Photo: Baikas

Customized Private and Group Tours are also available through Baikas, and the team at Baikas will help you create a custom itinerary. Ask Mary, Jorge or Enrique at Casa Lucila’s front desk about embarking on a bike adventure!

Photo: Baikas

Photo: Baikas

All photos credited to Baikas.

Movember: 30 days of action to prevent men from dying too young

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The Movember Foundation is the only charity taking action to raise global awareness and address some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.  Who knew growing a beard or ‘stache would come back in a big way?
 

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15 Facts About El Faro Lighthouse

Sophia Boccard

Climbing to the top of the Cerro del Creston – a former island and home to one of the highest lighthouses in the world – is no easy feat. First, hike about 10 to 15 minutes, then climb hundreds of steps before reaching the top of the hill. However, once you make it to the top of the hill, you’ll experience unobstructed views of Mazatlan, especially on a clear day. Finding the entrance to start making your ascent is fairly simple, with large signs directing to the foot of the hill, past the fishing fleet shops. Read on to learn more about El Faro, and brush up on Mazatlan’s history.

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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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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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