Journey: Why Mazatlan made me rethink Mexico

Journey: Why Mazatlan made me rethink Mexico


The view from a lodge room at Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan Seaside Resort in Mazatlan, Mexico. | Dennis Lennox

I used to be in Mexico final week for the primary time in two years.

My go to to Mazatlán, a coastal metropolis within the state of Sinaloa, got here two months after this column warned readers in opposition to visiting the nation. And sure, Sinaloa is residence to that Sinaloa – the infamous cartel and drug traffickers.

Regardless of what I’ve written beforehand and official warnings from the US authorities, Mexico stays a very fashionable vacation spot for vacationer demographics that take pleasure in solar and sand. Formally, Mazatlan shouldn’t be topic to authorities journey warnings. As an alternative, it is simply all over the place else in Sinaloa. Method apart, I wished to expertise first-hand what it is like to go to Mexico today.

Whereas I may have gone to Cancun, Mazatlan was a greater possibility.

Except for the curiosity issue, given its location inside the forbidden state of Sinaloa, the environment guests expertise – Mazatlan is a very genuine Mexican metropolis – is rather more engaging than the ridiculously faux Cancun. You get the perfect of each worlds: resorts with seashore entry on the Sea of ​​Cortez and a wealthy cultural scene courting again centuries. In different phrases, that is the actual Mexico.

My go to fell on Day of the Useless, a Mexican vacation that mixes Halloween, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day with parts of indigenous pagan traditions. Mainly, Day of the Useless is to Mazatlán what Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) is to New Orleans.

Spanish colonial structure of Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay. | Dennis Lennox

Over the course of some days, I stayed at two inns inside the similar Mexican chain, Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan Seaside Resort and Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay. From a location standpoint, Mazatlan Seaside Resort is the perfect as a result of it’s positioned inside strolling distance of the greater than four-mile-long bridge (Malecon). However discerning vacationers will seemingly choose Emerald Bay, which holds a coveted AAA four-diamond ranking.

On the finish of the day, neglect the whole lot Uncle Sam says about touring to Mexico.

Unhealthy issues can definitely occur when vacationers act stupidly and put themselves in dangerous conditions.

The reality is that visiting Chicago or Washington today is extra harmful than going to Mexico this fall and winter. I had no issues in Mazatlan in any respect.

when you go

Touring to Mazatlán will virtually definitely require a connection in Mexico Metropolis on Mexican airline Aeromexico, though the small airport has a couple of direct flights to and from a couple of US airports on American Airways.

If I had to decide on, I might keep at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay once more. Whereas it leans extra towards the timeshare selection, the attractive Spanish Colonial structure and manicured grounds make the property pop.

Contemplate visiting Gran Aquario, the brand new 300,000-square-foot aquarium, and the historic Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Particularly, the Roman Catholic Cathedral, positioned within the Plaza de la Repubblica, is a tremendous instance of Nineteenth-century structure.

Dennis Lennox writes a journey column for The Christian Publish.

Dennis Lennox writes about journey, politics, and spiritual affairs. His writing has been revealed within the Monetary Instances, The Unbiased, The Detroit Information, The Toronto Solar and different publications. He follows @denislenox On Twitter.

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