Recently I’ve had the opportunity to spend a few weeks in Mexico on a couple different trips, first I was in Loreto on the west coast of the country above Cabo San Lucas, then I was in Cancun and following that I was back on the west coast in the city of Mazatlan. Invited to Mazatlan by the Mexico Tourism association it was a part of the country I had never really heard of before but after I had visited on this quick trip it went high on my list of “Places I will visit again”.

Mazatlan is the city of festivals with something crazy like 300 days of festivals a year, its located on the ocean so it has beautiful beaches and plenty of seafood, the weather is warm, the “old town” part of the city is classic and charming, there are tons of sculptures and art and “I hear” it has a pretty rockin’ night life.

Here are just a few shots of my time spent in Mazatlan, Mexico taken with my Nikon D5100 using a 17mm – 55mm f2.8 lens (thanks Nikon!). I hope you enjoy.

Along the waterfront near the old part of town, fishermen work at their boats.

One of the many statues found in the city and along the waterfront.

The waterfront with its broad boardwalk was somewhat reminiscent of Nice, France, except these beaches had a lot more sand.

While in Mazatlan we visited a few other hotels like the Hotel Playa Maztalan, located right on the waterfront.

Catching the sunset from in front of the Holiday Inn.

For dessert after one of our big feasts we ate “pitaya” a cactus pear brought to us cold from the freezer it was quite refreshing.

Entertainment at lunch.

And a little more entertainment.

I think it would be a lot of fun to have one of these dresses to dance in.

Mazatlan life. Starring at the crazy tourists.

A fence made from cactus, sure to keep everyone out.

I was offered more than one flower while visiting the small town of La Noria just outside of Mazatlan.

Saw dust covered religious art in a horse saddle and sandal factory in La Noria.

A glimpse of the spa at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay.

Ayngelina holding some delicious ceviche at El Shrimp Bucket.

A cute owl at the bird show featured at the Mazatlan Aquarium.

Photographed with a Nikon D5100 using a 17-55mm lens.