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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.

biking in mazatlan

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.

Can’t-Miss Race: Gran Maraton Pacifico

Sophia Boccard

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

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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How to Be A Conservationist in Mazatlan

Sophia Boccard

Summer travel is usually reserved for hitting the beach and lounging around. This June, join us in doing something different. June is known as National Aquarium Month in the U.S., and we want to dedicate the entire month to learning about our eco-system and raising awareness about conservation as some of our local friends have done. This month, we honor them and the ocean life, located steps from the front door of our boutique hotel.

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8 Things The Kids Will Love To Do In Mazatlan

Sophia Boccard

For years, families have been coming down to Mazatlan to relax and play around in the sand. Now, the city has much more to offer than just visiting the beach. A fantastic city for the whole family to visit, Mazatlan has some fun activities that will, without a doubt, tire the kiddos out. Here are some of the highlights that are not only kid-friendly but parents will enjoy partaking in the fun as well.

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Motorcyclists Rejoice! Mazatlan's Favorite Event Honors Motorcycles

Sophia Boccard

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. 

atv mazatlan

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

Sophia Boccard

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.

Calling all Indie Filmmakers, CineSeptiembre is Back in Mazatlan!

Sophia Boccard

cineseptiembre in mazatlan

Independent stories for the screen have been around for years. If you're the Sundance Institute and Film Festival, you've been around for 30+ years. So it’s not a new concept, but it’s hard for so many inspiring filmmakers to penetrate through the mountain of submissions and standout from the rest of the applications that get submitted to Sundance each year.

Cineseptiembre is Mazatlan’s Sundance.


In it’s eighth year, Cineseptiembre International Festival of Independent Cinema will take place September 17 through September 23, 2015 at the Angela Peralta Theater in the Historic Center.

This annual international film festival has an emphasis on Spanish-language shorts and features, with over 80 films selected under the Official Selection, for competition each year. Some of the subject matters get active support from National Institute of Anthropology and History as well as the Archaeological Museum of Mazatlan.

Here’s a unique space for independent storytellers to showcase their films and new audiovisual forms to spark a dialogue with the audience who are looking to explore quality films that are not in the mainstream. 

To quote Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Film Festivals. “Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us." 

The event is carried out by CINESEPTIEMBRE, A.C. with the support of CULTURA Mazatlan, and in coordination with the Cinematography Training Center (Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica). If you are an inspiring indie filmmaker looking for an outlet to feature your work, look no further than Mazatlan’s Cineseptiembre as the venue to showcase your work.

Admission is FREE but ticketed. You can get your ticket(s) at the Angela Peralta Theater Box Office. Make sure to get your passes fast as the events sell out.