Yes, Mazatlan has a popular baseball team. Actually, it is the city’s most popular sport. Surprised? I was, but after attending a game last winter, I can attest to its popularity. And baseball probably isn’t the only surprise you’ll find in Mazatlan, it offers many.
- Baseball. Although I was not surprised to see the game being played, I heard of winter ball in Mexico, I was surprised to see the stadium packed with cheering Mexican fans. This was not a tourist event. Yes, some tourists came to watch (I did), but it was a Mexican fiesta. A good one too.
- Mazatlan is on the same line as Hawaii. I don’t often think where Hawaii is located, I just dream of an idyllic American vacation spot. And that dream includes a perfect climate. Well, I was surprised to learn Hawaii and Mazatlan are on the same latitude. So, that means similar climate, right? I can tell you, I enjoyed the weather in Mazatlan.
- It’s not an Old Spanish Colonial City. Old Town, the Heart of the City, doesn’t date back to the Spanish Colonial times. The famous Plaza Machado, the Opera Theatre, and colorful cobble stone streets are all from a more recent history. Mexican history. And an afternoon or evening in this part of town is something to cherish.
- Cliff Diving. Wait that’s Acapulco, right? Yes, Acapulco is famous for it’s cliff diving shows. But in Acapulco it is a show; it is on a schedule. Here in Mazatlan, visitors can just head down to the water, on the south end of the Malecon and watch. Then after a diver is satisfied with enough the pooled tip money – they’ll dive. Watching the fearless plunge to the sea never ceases to amaze me.
- Mardi Gras. The Mazatlan Carnaval ranks as one of the world’s biggest and best. Some estimates put the party as the third biggest (behind Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans, I suspect) in the Western hemisphere. Knowing how much fun I typically have in Mazatlan, I look forward to the day my trip coincides with Fat Tuesday.
Well those are some of the many surprises Mazatlan offers its visitors. Tell us, what surprised you most?
Photos: Both by Craig Zabransky