Its days as Hollywood's playground are long gone but in the case of Mazatlan, that's probably a good thing. Now, all inclusive vacations to Mazatlan are ideal for travellers on a budget without any of the tacky elements that are usually associated with low-cost destinations. Over the past decade, the city has undergone a transformation that has seen Mexican history, culture, and tradition come to life again in its Pueblo Viejo (Old Town), and the numerous hotels, resorts, restaurants, and shops blend seamlessly into the city's waterfront area, providing a wide variety of options ranging from one-of-a-kind specials to ridiculously cheap.
Outdoorsy types will enjoy the Olimplaya Mazatlan, a sports and culture event held over two months which involves the public in a range of events and has enthusiasm as the only requirement for participation. For everyone else, Carnaval Mazatlan provides fun, excitement, and large doses of Mexico's vibrant energy. The self-guided Artwalk through the city's historic centre is a great way to get an introduction to Mazatlan's rich history on the cheap, and gives you an opportunity to pick up some one-of-a-kind pieces of art, pottery, and sculpture.
Locals and visitors alike rave about the sunsets here so grab your front-row seat and a beer on the Malecon, and enjoy some of Mother Nature's best work as colours explode over the Pacific coast.