Mazatlan is thought by many to be the first resort town in Mexico. The word Mazatlan means “deer,” in Nahuatl, the language of the ancient Aztecs who once populated the region. Today, Mazatlan is considered the Pearl of the Pacific. Located at 23 degrees longitude, identical to Kauai Island in Hawaii, Mazatlan marks the starting point of the Mexican Tropics. Here are five fun things to visit or do in Mazatlan.
The Malecon boardwalk is four miles long – easily the longest in Mexico. The boardwalk connects the Zona Dorado (Golden Zone), which houses most of the area’s hotels, with Old Mazatlan. Old Mazatlan is now called the Centro Historico (Historic Center), and is the location of the Olas Atlas (High Waves) region of hotels and beaches. Especially in the morning, or just before sunset, strolling along the Malecon makes for some of the best people watching anywhere.
Plaza Machado lies at the heart of Centro Historico. The beautiful Angela Peralta Teatro (Theater) constructed in 1874, is located just off the Plaza. The theater is named after an internationally famous Mexican opera singer who died in Mazatlan in 1883 while on tour.
El Faro Lighthouse
El Faro, the lighthouse at Mazatlan, was constructed in 1879, and remains the second highest in the world. Only the lighthouse at Gibraltar is higher. Located on the peak of Cerro de Creston, El Faro’s beacon is visible for 30 nautical miles, and provides a perfect vantage point for viewing Bird, Deer and Goat Islands. Hiking to the lighthouse requires a 523 foot trek at high tide.
Cliff Divers of Mazatlan
You may be familiar with the cliff divers of Acapulco. Those fearless individuals take death defying leaps off the high cliffs into the water, risking concussion or worse if they fail to clear the rocks. A similar spectacle occurs at Mazatlan, where the 45-foot cliffs are just as treacherous, and the water below just as shallow. This breathtaking spectacle is a cultural phenomenon, and the way several of these divers make their living.
Street Food of Mazatlan
You could eat fast food in Mazatlan, but why would you, when there is such a delicious selection of street food available? Burritos, elote (corn on the cob), fresh caught fish on a stick, churros, and ceviche are just some of the tasty dishes on offer. Street vendor ceviches often takes the form of tostadas topped with shrimp, squid, tuna, mackerel, or other seafood marinated in citrus juice, seasoned with varying combinations of cilantro, chili, & onions, and paired with fresh tomatoes, carrots, and slices of creamy avocado.
Of course, you don’t have to venture all the way to Mazatlan to experience the flavors of the region. 210 Ceviche features the delicious foods of Mexico’s Pacific coast region. Come by for lunch or dinner today!