Mazatlán’s long-awaited 2.5 million-liter shark tank, which opened on Dec. 23, includes an acrylic tube you walk through to be completely surrounded by fish. The light in the kids’ eyes as they realize they’re in the middle of a tank with 23 sharks is most definitely delightful.
Some of the freshest, most savory food in Mazatlán is to be had at street food carts. Street food is all the rage worldwide, and is a delicious, friendly and affordable local cultural experience. Carretas or street carts are a great way to get to know some of the most typical Mazatlecan cuisine and meet some very interesting people.
Kids love Mazatlán! There’s so much to do. If you’re hosting grandchildren over the holidays, here on family holiday, or are looking for something exciting to do with the kids during school break, check out these ideas. I’ve included phone numbers where appropriate, and most places have Facebook pages and/or websites for more information. Enjoy!
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Julio Birrueta, the friendly, no-nonsense Director of both the 25-year-old Mazatlán Tourism Board and the Mazatlán Hotel Association.
For decades Mazatlán welcomed a similar number of national and international tourists. However, that percentage quickly fell to 80-20 after the Bird Flu of 2009, the bust in Mexico’s economy in 2010 and the pull-out of the cruise ships in 2011. Mr. Birrueta explained that it was the active engagement of Mazatlán’s foreign community that turned things around. Many visitors and foreign residents recorded videos talking about their experiences here, addressing safety issues in particular. Mr. Birrueta and others played those videos at every industry event for nearly two years. Audiences believed the message because they saw people like them saying it.
Whether we live here year-round or part-time, most of us love our beautiful Mazatlán and we also tend to have a bit of wanderlust to discover new places and experiences.