Mazatlan Mexico General
Mazatlan has many events and
festivities during the year. Carnival, in February, brings the cities colorful
lifestyle to the forefront as thousands of costumed celebrants throng the
resort's streets & beaches making Mazatlan's
mardi gras the third largest in the world. Fishing and other sporting
tournaments, as well as cultural events and various Mexican holidays fill out
Mazatlan has three distinct zones.
The port and downtown area, Old Mazatlan,
are at the southern end of a peninsula that separates the Pacific from an
enormous saltwater estuary. To the north some four miles is the
Zona Dorada (the golden zone), home to
nearly all of Mazatlan's visitor attractions beach hotels. Between the two is a
long curved stretch of mostly underveloped beach that serves as a sort of buffer
between the port and resort zone. This separation allows the resort community to
co-exist nicely with one of Mexico's busiest commercial ports.
Golf Mazatlan has two high
caliber Championship Courses and an older 9 hole course at which a round of
golf is a very economical event. The El Cid
championship course features 27 challenging holes of golf, designed by Lee
Trevino. This beautiful course is situated in the heart of the Golden Zone
and is surrounded by the El Cid marina. The course at El Cid is open to the
public only during the off season or on a limited basis during high season
- call ahead fro reservations.
course at Estrella del Mar on Stone Island is likely to become one of your
favorite Mexican courses. Estrella del Mar is situated along the shores of the
Pacific ocean and is surrounded by a new resort development. The setting is
very tropical, very exotic. This picturesque 18 hole course was designed by
Robert Trent Jones Jr. This
course is accessible by a road very close to the entrance to the airport. Open
to the public.
The third course in
Mazatlan is Club Campestre Golf and Country Club. This is an older nine hole
course, that leaves much to be desired, but for $15.00 U.S. per round you can
hardly complain. The "Country Club"? I think there was something lost in the
translation of that term. Take a taxi, as it is not very easy to find.
Tennis Mazatlan has more
than adequate tennis facilities.
Many of the hotels have
their own courts.
The beachfront courts at
the Hotel Playa Real can be rented reasonably and the setting is hard to beat.
The Los Sábalos Hotel, in the Golden Zone, has two courts which are open to the
public. The El Cid Mega Resort has 13 courts, open to the public on a limited
basis. Racquet Club Gaviotas, is a small tennis club with 2 clay courts and 3
hard courts. The club and condos are located near the golden zone and usually
have courts available. They have two lighted courts for evening play (one clay,
one hard court). In high season it is advisable to call ahead as you may need
There are tennis
courts and more at Mundo Deportivo Kaoz (Sports World Kaoz) situated in a sports
complex that includes a giant pool with water slides, tennis courts, squash, a
soccer field, snack bar and cocktail bar. This complex is located directly
behind the bull ring, just off Av. Rafael Buelna, near the Golden Zone.
has focused worldwide attention on Mazatlan for many years. Before many of the
other popular Mexican resorts were even thought of, Mazatlan was attracting big
game fishermen from all over the world. The sportfishing fleet in Mazatlan is
spread out, with many boats in the old harbor near the lighthouse. Many more
are located in Marina El Cid or Marina Mazatlan, in the golden zone.
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