Mazatlan is multi-faceted, like a diamond shining along the Pacific Coast . For some it means vegging out in a resort and enjoying the beach, sun and surf. For others it’s about biking, hiking, roller blading, and running along the four mile boardwalk which hugs the sea, referred to as the malecon. Daytripping to small towns and looking at old churches, and discovering quaint shops on cobblestone streets could be right up your antique alley. Then there’s the vibrant night life, if you want to dance till the wee hours.

Perhaps you want a combo of relaxation and culture? Mazatlan’s Centro Historico, the old town, has it all. The beautiful Plazuela Machado is the heartbeat of Centro. It houses eight restaurants, most with live entertainment – from jazz to special flamenco shows.

The jewel in the crown is the Angela Peralta Theater which was fully restored to its former 1840 glory, in 1992. The red velvet curtains open to over 200 events a year. It hosts opera, the Sinaloa Symphony Orchestra, Broadway musicals, Delfos contemporary dance, and other professional groups who are passing through. Most musicians and dancers make a point of performing at the Angela Peralta – it’s the only theater on Mexico ’s Pacific coast.

There are nine art galleries in Centro alone, all with revolving exhibits from artists around the world. The First Friday ArtWalk has become very popular; from November to May this free self guided tour is a must not miss. Artists open their homes and studios and this year there are 50 participating artists.

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