I reviewed the scheduled itinerary for Mazatlán and immediately looked at see where I’d be for sunset each night. I noticed most nights the sunset occurred over dinner (makes sense) but I also knew one of the restaurants. The dinner at el Shrimp Bucket would be located right on the malecón. I circled that evening. I knew I’d be able to walk outside along the seaside promenade and view one of my favorite moments of the day – the sunset.
After a few delicious shrimp appetizers highlighted by the savory shrimp aquachile, I left the goodness and gluttony of my Mazatlán shrimp crawl before my main arrived to watch the sunset on the malecón. I poured my michelada (lime juice, beer and ice) into a “to-go” cup grabbed my camera. Once outside I noticed families, lovers, and locals gathered to watch the spectacle too; I joined them.
Along the walk I noticed the statue of the mermaid and attempted to capture the sunset in the arch of its (her) back. I could not maintain the vantage point for the full sunset, so I descended closer to the water on a small path to the sea and found a seat for comfort on the water’s edge.
The bright orange ball turned slightly red as it continued its descent to the sea and clouds suddenly covered the view. I took a sip of my drink as the breeze refreshed. The smell of the sea often makes the sunset even more memorable, but in this case it reminded me of the boatload of shrimp that awaited me on my plate back at the El Shrimp Bucket. I headed back with a smile. Happy Sunset Sunday.
Stay adventurous, Craig
I’d like to thank the Mazatlan Tourism Board and the PR firm Ogilvy for the invite to visit Mazatlan. They also made sure I’d have an opportunity to watch a sunset or two on the visit.