On the other side of the long oceanfront malecon away from the heart of Mazatlan and its Old Town, visitors find ‘zona dorada’ or the golden zone. The strip of hotels stretch from the Hotel Playa Mazatlan on one side to the El Cid Marina and Beach on the other. Here tourists come to enjoy both days and nights at the beach.
A Day in the Golden Zone
The golden beaches provide the perfect setting for swimming, water sports, and taking strolls on the sand with a cerveza. The beachfront is lined with numerous restaurants and smaller talapas style places too. Here beach goers can order fresh seafood and I recommend the oysters.
One day I watched locals pluck a dozen oyster right from the sea and shuck them for me instantly. That’s fresh. Delicious too.
Also, visitors can enjoy numerous water sports. Surfing has gained an increased popularity after the 1st (annual) and very successful Quicksilver tournament held this past summer. On my last visit I paddled out past the break to carve a few waves myself.
But whether tourists select an active day or just relaxing to recharge the batteries, the beaches of the Golden Zone provide the chance for a perfect, your perfect, “beach day”
The Golden Zone heats up after the sun sets
As the day comes to end, most stop and savor the sunsets of Mazatlan. The colors often surprise and seem to always delight. After the final toast to the day, the night begins and so does the fiesta.
Here the restaurants, and clubs create a perfect night setting for romance or excitement. From quiet, quaint ocean front dining to a complete late night of dancing at one of the many night clubs, visitors enjoy the options available. Plus, you don’t need to travel far. Everything is a short ride in the safe and special Pulmonias (Taxi).
Mazatlan offers much to see and do outside the typical beach vacation, but sometimes you just need the beach to enjoy a few days and nights. And when you do, it’s the Golden Zone of Mazatlan.
Photos: All by Craig Zabransky