Even though the ship terminal was very industrial, the walk into town was delightful - the volunteers along the way are fantastic! And the town, cathedral and mercado were beautiful and delightful. Food on the beach was great - best ceviche we've ever had at El Fish Market on Olas Altas #3.
Visited: Jan 13, 2019
My favorite port of all 3. Got off the ship and in the port area there are guys coming up to you trying to give you a city tour. First guy said $90 total and we said no thanks. Went around the corner in the port area and the next guy said $60 for 4 hours and we took it. Luis Zuniga was our driver in the open air taxi and had was the best. He loved his country and took us everywhere. In no hurry and no pressure. He took us to see all the highlights and took our family pics for us. Took us to lunch on the beach at La Costa Marinera. The best on the beach with great food. He waited for us outside. Then he took us shopping to the Golden Zone. Nice place to shop at.
Visited: Jul 13, 2019
We went on carnival excursion to the aquarium and resort . Next time we would skip the aquarium and just go to the El CID Resort . The staff was great and loved the pools . There are people trying to sell you things on the beach but not at resort . You take a very short boat ride to the resort ( no cost ) . The buffet was ok .
The Salsa and Salsa excursion was well organized and fun! We had regular and strawberry margaritas, as well as nonalcoholic versions to choose from, for the entire excursion. We made 5 or 6 salsas including a dessert salsa. Afterwards we danced the salsa and could relax by the pool. The venue was delightful. They called for a taxi, which was included in the price, when you were ready to return to the ship.
Visited: Oct 13, 2019
I didn't realize that Mazatlan is such a large city. We did Salsa Salsa excursion which was really fun. We made 6 salsas and then learned to dance salsa. Its at a hotel so bring your bathing suit to swim in the pool afterwards.
Visited: Sep 14, 2019
I loved Mazatlan. We hired a "Pulmonia" which is an open air taxi that looks like a golf cart. The price is negotiable. Our Driver/Guide was Victor, his nickname is Scooby-Doo. He took us all over Mazatlan. We originally negotiated for two hours for $30 but were enjoying it so much we told him to just keep going. He took us to all the "tourist spots" for photos, and then took us up the hillside into the real Mazatlan to see some of the houses he liked and incredible views. He took us to some local taco stands where we ate way too many tacos. We tried a little of everything. We finished the sight seeing at Playa Brujas which is a beach at the far north end of Mazatlan. There we ate some fish tacos, Shrimp tacos and Shrimp Cocktail washed down with Margaritas and Beers on the beech. What a spectacular day!
Visited: Apr 07, 2018
Omg we did the Mexican Ruins and Festival...wasn’t to sure what to expect as we have 3 kids ages 6,10,13...but it was Aaaaaaamazing!!! Beautiful scenery, got to ride horses, Festival was awesome. Food was spectacular and drinks were great. Kids loved it, we loved it definitely recommend.
Did not do an excursion, we just wanted to get off and walk to the shopping district. They made this very simple by putting a big blue line down the middle of the streets to guide us right down to the shopping area, about a mile walk and plenty of security to watch over us. We had a very enjoyable time. Got to walk off a lot of calories.
Visited: Jan 05, 2019
Ee walked the “Blue Line” to the center of town. Part of the blue line has been repaved but there are ex-pat volunteers at each major turn and police volunteers every other block. We felt very safe and welcome. The police helped us cross a busy street that lacked stop signs or signals. We then proceeded to the shore and caught a cliff diver in his dive.
We had a Great time at Stone Island. This port didn't have much so our goal was to venture to Stone Island on our own. 4 of us got a taxi from the port to where you can get a water taxi to the island, cost was 10.00 total. The water taxi for 4 people was 7.00 total. Then we walked from there to the beach, took about 15 minutes. A nice walk watching all the locals go about their day. Ask the locals for directions, there isn't much for signs. Once we got to the beach we spent the day at Letys. For the first hour we were the only ones on the beach. Hardly anyone at the beach, there were more locals than turists. The ocean was great, very warm and you could walk out 100 feet before you couldn't touch bottom. The sand was silky grey black. Letys took care of us all day as we enjoyed the ambiance. Our total bill was only 42.00 total for 14 beers, 8 margaritas, 2 breakfasts and 3 lunches. They do take American money or pesos, but if you want to use a CC it depends on the signal. So take cash with you. Highly recommend a day trip to Stone Island.
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