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Why Go To Mazatlan

Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, Mazatlán is once again a coveted beach escape. The sidewalk cafés and scenic Malecón are just as busy as they were when film stars like John Wayne and Gary Cooper used to come to town. Residents are thankful for the renaissance -- this "Pearl of the Pacific" definitely experienced a low point in the 1970s and 1980s. And they support and enjoy the revitalization efforts of the Centro Histórico and the refurbished museums and theaters just as much as the tourists. You should do the same.

Mazatlán may never be the celebrity playground that it once was (that distinction now belongs to Cabo San Lucas), and its beaches aren't quite as golden as Puerto Vallarta's gorgeous strip. But for that you can be thankful. Instead, this city has carved a niche for unpretentious travelers who want to enjoy the beach on a budget.

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Best Months to Visit

The best time to visit Mazatlán is the fall, specifically October or November. The rainy months of summer are over, and the expensive, hectic winter travel season has yet to start. Beginning your search early is crucial; if you're lucky you could book a weeklong trip to Mazatlán for less than $700 per person (airfare, hotel and taxes included). You can also save a buck by visiting in April or May. 

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Mazatlán doesn't have many annual events. It's most prominent is Carnaval, held at the end of February or beginning of March.

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