the Five – Photos of Mazatlan

Photographs can tell a story. I pieced together these five photographs to highlight a recent trip south of the border to Mazatlan, Mexico.

Golden Zone – Playa Camarones

Known as a beach destination, Mazatlan also has surf. One morning I woke up early to head down to Playa Camarones to catch a few waves. Located in the Golden Zone, the waves were small, but it is always fun to surf in Mazatlan.

“Camarones” translates to “shrimp” and Mazatlan is the commercial ship capital of the world. I recommend you try some when you visit. Delicious.

surf in the golden zone and playa camarones in Mazatlan, Mexico

 The Pulmonia Taxi

Mazatlan definitely offers a distinct Mexican vacation experience and one unique aspect is the open-air taxi called a pulmonia (pneumonia). Nicknamed such because it was once believed (or argued) these taxis might give passengers a cold. But I wouldn’t worry that in the Tropic of Cancer destination. In fact, these supped-up golf carts are a must.

Take one along the malecon with a cerveza. It is as much a means of transportation as a souvenir.

the pulmonia open air taxi in mazatlan, mexico

The Dance Performance in El Quelite

Although you can’t take a pulmonia here, El Quelite is a short day trip from the city and perfect place for lunch. And the spot to eat lunch is at el Meson de los Laureanos restaurant. It’s more than good food, but also an experience, especially if you talk with Dr Osunas.

On my visit there was a show over lunch, I captured the colorful dance in motion.

the dance performance at el meson de los laurenanos in el quelite, sinaloa, mexico

Malecon Art Sculptures

Mazatelan boasts one of the largest malecons in Latin America. And although most people drive along the malecon (preferably in a pulmonia taxi) many art sculptures exist for that represent the city and its people. La Continuidad de la Vida – the continuation of life is one of the most iconic of these monuments.

Located just passed the famous cliff diver’s rock, this beautiful sculpture of leaping dolphins overlooked by a nude couple standing on a snail.

Old Town – Plaza Machado

The recently revitalized square in old town, the Plaza Machado, is the heart of the city. Surrounded by cafes and restaurants, the square  attracts both tourists and locals alike. It is a perfect place to take a dinner.

One of my favorite places to dine in the square is Pedro & Lola’s.

in the plaza machado old town, Mazatlan

If these photos entice you can always find  cheap flights to Mazatlan and explore the Mexican seaside destination for yourself. I know I’ll be back.

stay adventurous, Craig

A special thanks to the Mazatlan Hotel Association and Ogilvy PR for inviting me to visit Mazatlan. I look forward to returning again. And make no mistake, all opinions and words on my blog are my own.  Also, this post is currently sponsored by FlightHub

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  • Ana Silva O’Reilly

    This looks way better than my trips to Mexico. Seriously went twice and didn’t get the real thing at all.

    • craig zabransky

      maybe it is the third time that’s the charm… and maybe you need to come on one of my trips… stay adventurous, Craig

  • The World of Deej

    Pretty sure I could spend all afternoon on that square…with some beverages of course:)

    • craig zabransky

      plenty of beverages there… and you can take one with you in the pulmonia on the way there too. viva! stay adventurous, Craig

  • Leah Travels

    Your pictures tell an amazing story, Craig. I gasped at the first one of the beach. Breathtaking indeed.

    • craig zabransky

      thanks Leah… appreciate it. I plan to use this five photo approach for each destination I travel to going forward…let’s see if they all tell an amazing story. stay adventurous, Craig

  • CaptainandClark

    Incredible shots! I love all of the colors. I think the dance picture is probably my favorite. Add Mexico to my list of places I need to visit soon.

    • craig zabransky

      you must go, it is such a colorful place… stay adventurous, Craig

  • Francesca

    Me gusta Mazatlan :-) Seriously, I’m sold. Gorgeous photos. I’ll be hanging out with Deej at Plaza Machado.

    • craig zabransky

      thanks…and I hang in the square on every trip… you might find me there too. stay adventurous, Craig

  • John

    Great pictures Craig. Love the little golf cart taxis – i feel like those could work well in some of American destinations – imagine zipping through the french quarter on one of those!

    • craig zabransky

      definitely would be fun in the french quarter… Savannah, Key West also come to mind quickly… stay adventurous, Craig

  • The World Wanderer

    Such beautiful photos! Makes me want to head over there right now!

  • Ted Nelson

    That is cool you went with Oglivy PR. I went to Puebla with them. Mazatlan looks pretty cool.

    • craig zabransky

      I still need to get to Puebla… soon. Some day soon. stay adventurous, Craig

  • Raul

    Plaza Machado looks pretty neat. I had no visual images of Mazatlán. Thanks for sharing.

    • craig zabransky

      Raul, Mazatlan definitely offers much to the traveler, glad the images helped paint a picture for you… stay photographic, Craig

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