We hadn't been to Mazatlan in many years, and sure didn't expect the crowded Malecon, the limited views of the beach because of all the tacky businesses, and the heavy police presence. In fact, it was a little scary, and we know the area quite well, having traveled there many times through the years. The traffic at night is bumper-to-bumper, and to drive the length of the beach took almost an hour. The police cruise looking for drunks to arrest, while the bars blare techno music and advertise drinks specials. No, thanks.