Mazatlan is a city in Mexico. Origin of the name of the town Mazatlan. In language “Nahuatl” means Mazatl deer or deer, and by the same Mazatlan (“lugar de Venados”) the country or countries of deer and deer. The deer were present long before the Indians native to this region. Today we see more deer, but nearby residents say the deer and the deer are still there, around the city, in the surrounding countryside.
Mazatlan – the pearl of the Pacific or the Mexican Riviera, the city state of Sinaloa . Just across the tip of Baja California ( Baja California ) on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, has 35 km south of the Tropic of Cancer and separated from Cabo San Lucas in the Sea of Cortez also called the Gulf of California. (See map). Mazatlan is the largest fishing port on the Pacific coast. Capital of shrimp fishing, Mazatlan is also known for tuna and billfish. Among the local culinary specialties there are Tuna Smoked and Smoked Marlin.
The city was officially founded on Easter Sunday 1531 by a group of 25 Spaniards under the command of Nunio Guzman. But during the next three centuries, Mazatlan was a small town from which came periodically galleons and Spanish frigates laden with gold from the mines of Copala located a hundred kilometers to the interior. Some legends say that the pirates have buried their treasures all along the coast, north and south of Mazatlan. It was not until later dates from the early nineteenth century (19th) to the 1820s, the city began to develop.
This city, now called the “Old Town” (Centro Histórico Histórico or Districto), was the first Mexican port on the Pacific to develop a tourist industry. The port of Mazatlan was besieged several times, first in 1847 by U.S. troops during the war between Mexico and the United State, then in 1864 during the French occupation of Mexico (do not worry the French are well regarded in Mazatlan). Later, Mazatlan was even ruled by Southerners trying to perpetuate the ideals of the Confederacy in southern USA. The two main assets of this region, were and are still hunting and fishing. The constant efforts of the Mexican government to protect wildlife, are now the hunt is highly regulated.
The mild climate throughout the year as well as heat and magical sunsets attracted sun-seekers and beach from the 30. Even today the abundance of aquatic fauna of the Pacific Ocean remains a key strength. At the end of year 1940 the first tourist hotels appear on the “Playa Olas Altas” (the beach from the big waves). This beach is still today and although it is very close to the center remains very little traffic. The ideal beach for surfers. The beach “Olas Altas” has several hotels, including a recently refurbished (2003-04), the hotel part of the Freeman chain “Best Western”. Another hotel in Playa Olas Altas, the “Siesta” hotel, located in the same building as the famous “Shrimp Bucket” restaurant.
Hotel “La Siesta” on Olas Altas added a pool, and has just been refurbished 2009-2010
These old hotels, with the exception of the hotel Freeman, who has been refurbished, are still relatively inexpensive compared to newer hotels.
For example the Hotel Del Mar (a hotel full of history, much of Hollywood has stayed. First prize 270 pesos per day (summer 2005). (Updating by January 2010 a room rented by the month traded sea view 3500 pesos / month). This hotel is old but clean and relatively cheap considering the location.
These old hotels have a past, a history, and although less modern than those of the Zona Dorada, they are very nice and have a beautiful ocean view. All are in the vicinity of the “Centro Histórico”, the “Plazuela Machado, Mazatlan Cathedral , the Market Hall . All these excursions can be done on foot, when one resides in the historic center. By cons if your hotel is located in the Golden Zone, or the “Malecon” (beachfront promenade), you should use taxis and buses to make these visits. The cost of living is always more attractive to Mazatlan, which is reflected in our day, by the construction of ambitious hotel projects north of the city, designed to accomodate the growing flow of tourists.
The city today has probably between 550,000 and 900,000 inhabitants (the figures vary, but nobody is able to state the actual number of population MAZATLAN). In early 2010, local authorities conducted a census of the population, the figures have not yet been published. This population lives in different districts called Colonia. For example the center is called Colonia Centro, near the tourist harbor south of the historic district we have the “Colonia Playa Sur” (South Beach neighborhood). Going to the airport from “Playa Sur” we have the “Colonia Juarez” another neighborhood with its own central market, flea market every Sunday morning … Later in the direction of the airport we the district called in English “boys’town” (the city boys), the bar area with the girls’ red light district in English “. This is actually a very old neighborhood located yaa it a few years outside the city but which today is completely surrounded and encompassed by recent additions. The number of colonias or neighborhoods is difficult to estimate; everyone knows the oldest neighborhoods by cons it is difficult to estimate the number of new neighborhoods. Despite all these people, we never feel like in a big city. Each neighborhood is actually a village within the city.
To the north we have the new tourist city built in the 70s the “Zona Dorada” or golden zone (English Golden Zone),