Day Trip To Mazatlan

So you just pulled into port and you opted out of all the cruise line excursion… what are you going to do for the next 9 hours? Here is everything we were able to accomplish between the hours of 8am – 5pm.

We walked right out and took the free tram to the terminal. There, we found some gentlemen standing around, offering taxi/tours with what they called a “Mexican Limousine.” Haha Yes! His exact words! They were actually a decent deal, around $50 for both of us to drive around for a few hours and really see the city. Our driver, Jose, was a SUPER informative tour guide. From going up into the mountains and showing us some of the high end housing communities with “to-die-for” views, to the cliff divers and the city limits, it was quite the trip. This is definitely the way it should be done if you are looking to roam around town. Below is a small list of all the cool sights we got to visit.

  • Boardwalk
  • Downtown
  • Golden beach
  • Residential
  • Cliff jumping
  • Heart island
  • Lighthouse

Get In My Belly:

  1. Panchos

This is the first restaurant we visited in Mazatlan, and it didn’t disappoint! It is located right on the beach, where we got to watch people take off on their parasailing adventures (which we later found out was only around $25 per person!). Below is what we ordered, and really enjoyed, so we recommend!

  • Agua chilies … are the best! Great portion and Mazatlan is the camerones capital, so sticking with shrimp was a MUST for us.
  • 2-2-2 combo. This had 2 pieces of shrimp that were battered and dried, 2 bacon wrapped shrimp, and butter shrimp. All of which were absolutely delicious. It also came with rice and vegetables, but we subbed out the veggies for beans. The beans and rice were very authentic, so were glad it came with them.
  • Ice cold beer! The vacation isn’t complete without some Mexican Cervecas!

After laying out on the beach and swimming in the absolutely perfect waters that Mazatlan has to offer, we had our tour guide come back to pick us up and take us to where the locals shop. We were the only tourists in the whole area at this point, but really got to feel what it’s like to live and shop down here. The food market was incredible, with tons of vendors ready to get you what you need and on your way. This market was fairly close to the Cathedral, so we just got some ice cream and took a little stroll. The Cathedral is beautiful and if you are religious, a perfect place to say a few prayers. Note: We could have lived without seeing the street vendors and viewing the town as a local would. So if you are here for relaxation, be sure to spend more time on the beach. If you love people-watching and getting a feel for different cultures, then Downtown is a place to check out. If you have your tour guide take you there, be sure to tell him to pick you up in 30 minutes. You can see more than enough in that amount of time.

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Have a Beachin’ Day!


One thought on “Day Trip To Mazatlan

  1. Great post! So informative! I love it. Mazatlán looks so beautiful. It has been a place I’ve always wanted to see. Would you recommend it over Cabo or Canun?! 🙂

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