These are the most frequently asked questions about Mazatlán. If you don't see your question listed, please let us know and we will add it!
Mazatlán is located in the state of Sinaloa in the country of Mexico. It is on the Pacific Ocean, i.e. western, coast of Mexico. It is located directly east of the end of the Baja Pennisula north of Puerto Vallarta. It is located almost at latitude 23 which is the 'Tropic of Cancer'.
You can get to Mazatlán by air, land, or sea. Mazatlán has an international airport that has international and domestic flights daily. There is now a super highway from Durango in the north and a highway from Tepic in the south if you are driving to Mazatlán. There is also a daily car ferry from La Paz on the Baja Pennisula that you can take to get to Mazatlán.
Mazatlán is a big town and has many different areas that you should be aware of. We have written up descriptions of all the areas of Mazatlan on this webpage: Areas of Town
Mazatlán means "Land of the Deer".
The currency used in Mazatlán is the Mexican Peso. Most hotels, restaurants, and shops will accept smaller US dollar bills as payment, but won't give you a good exchange rate. Also, the bills must be perfect or they won't accept them. Canadian dollars and coins are not accepted anywhere. We recommend that you convert your currency to Mexican pesos and use them.
No, except in the major hotels. The sewage system in Mazatlán is at sea level and cannot handle toilet paper well. The general rule is that if you see a waste basket next to the toilet, put your toilet paper into the waste basket!
No! Always drink bottled water. Some hotels claim to have purified water, but we wouldn't trust drinking it from the tap. You can buy bottled water at any convenience or grocery store. If you are staying a long time, you can buy 5 and 10 litre bottles of water at most grocery stores.
2x1 means "Two for One" which means that if you order 1 they will bring 2. This usually refers to beers, but can also refer to mixed drinks as well. We have also seen...but don't remember...3x1 at some bars!!! You will see this at many bars and restaurants in Mazatlan. Usually, they do not allow you to order just one beer if it is 2x1, you have to take two beers. So when you order be sure to order the correct amount. If we are ordering more than one, we usually say "dos for quatro", i.e. 2 for 4, or "tres for seis", i.e. 3 for 6, etc. just to be clear to the server.
The big white castle on the point is called 'Fiestaland. It is at the corner of Avenida Rafael Buelna and Avenida Camaron Sabalo where the Malecon ends and the Golden Zone starts. Fiestaland is a complex of a couple of big Nightclubs, a brew pub, and a cafe.
It is generally accepted that tourists in Mazatlán will tip about the same as they tip in the US or Canada which is about 10%-20% on average depending on the service.
The United States consulate office is located on Avenida Playa Gaviotas directly across the street from the Hotel Playa Mazatlán in the Golden Zone. If you need to get here, just tell any taxi driver to take you to the Hotel Playa Mazatlán. They may not know about the consulate, but they definitely will know the hotel!
The Airport Code for the Mazatlán airport is: MZT. The airport is called the General Rafael Buelna International Airport which is about half an hour drive from the main tourist area of Mazatlán.
In Mexico, the common why to toast with a drink is to say "Salut"!
You pronounce Mazatlán like: mah-zhat-LAN . The emphasis is on the last syllable because it is accented!
Mazatlán is in the MDT time zone which is ....
Carnival occurs annually and is usually in February...but always is 6 weeks before easter. For 2018, it will be from February 13, 2018 to February 18, 2017. Check out our 2017-2018 Mazatlán Events Calendar for a full list of the Carnival events that will take place!
Yes, as of November 2017 Uber was operating in Mazatlán. We used it a number of times and found the price slightly lower than for taxis/pulmonias. Also, you could get an Uber ride easier than a taxi if you were outside of the Golden Zone.
The red pickup truck taxis that take large groups of people are called "aurigas" which means chariots! The name evolved from the horse-drawn carriages that used to operate in the Downtown/Old Town. If you have a group of more than 4 people you will likely have to use an auriga. They operate similarly to how the Pulmonia taxis operate.