Mazatlan, Mexico – A Photo Essay

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.

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    March 16, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Great photos, thanks for sharing.

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    July 20, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Great bunch of photos, I especially like the look of the cactus pears – would definitely love to try one!

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    July 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Great photos! I think my favorite is the one of Ayngelina holding Ceviche. Yum.

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      July 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Aww thanks Christy! Let me tell you that smile was a “hurry up and take my photo so I can eat this” smile.

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        July 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm

        Ha,ha that was my first thought straight after looking at that mouth watering ceviche!!

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    Mark Wiens
    July 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Those cactus pears looks awesome – would love to try them! Great photos!

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    July 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Love this photo essay! While we haven’t had a chance to visit any of these places yet, we have a big soft spot for Mexico, so it was fun to live vicariously through your post.

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    Matt Gibson
    July 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Very nice. I will have to retort with my own essay of photography ;)

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    Samuel @ Backpacking Travel Blog
    July 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Mazatlan looks gorgeous! You really captured it well with yours photos Cailin.

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    July 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

    An owl at an aquarium? That’s going to be one confused avian.

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      July 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      hahaha it was very confusing that there was a bird show at the Aquarium… maybe they need to reconsider the name. :)

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    July 5, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Nice photos, we want to explore Mexico at some point.. So how do you eat pitaya?

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      July 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      You should definitely spend some time enjoying it!
      With the pitaya you grab the cactus rind and kind of turn it inside out and eat it. You have to be careful not to eat the outside/rind as apparently its bad for you.

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    Brock - Backpack With Brock
    July 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Beautiful! Wish I was there.

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      July 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Wish you had been with us! Hope you are having a blast touring around North America :)

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    July 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Gorgeous! I love that pool — and Ayngelina cameo! And that little baby owl is so cute.

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      July 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks Abby! I was focusing more on the food but then Ayngelina got in the way ;) haha

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    July 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Love that scary cactus fence!

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      July 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      It was very scary and went on forever but was pretty at the same time! Didn’t want to get too close for a photo though haha

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