• Friday Night Art Walk in Mazatlan, Mexico

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    Mary and Julie cruisen down the street for the art walk

       An interesting event held here in Mazatlan is the Friday Night Art Walks.   There are 27 different artists whom open up their homes and studios to the general public on the first  Friday of every month from November to May.

     My Aunt Mary, myself and several of our other guests from here at the Mariana Hotel, banded together in a pulmania for the trip along the Malacon on our way to Olas Altas.  Here is a piece of advice for you.  Do not try to stick 5 people into a pulmana (open air taxi)  They are meant for 4.  We were squished in like sardines and going around corners, my door kept  popping open.  Good thing Marg is quick on the draw and the pulminias don’t drive too fast.  She was hauling my butt back into the cab. Read more

  • 3 Kings Day in Mazatlan, Mexico

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    Roscos de Reyes

     I had been out shopping on January 5th, when I went into the bakery to buy bread. Inside the bakery, there was nothing BUT these cakes called Rosca de Reyes.  No bread, no buns, no sweetbreads…nothing but this Rosca de Reyes.  When I questioned Alfredo about it later, he explained that the 6th of January is the 3 Kings Day. 

    Here in Mexico, 3 kings day is a continuation of Christmas and is a celebration around the arrival of the 3 wise men with gifts for baby Jesus.   So on 3 Kings Day the Mexican children receive gifts from the 3 wise men.  The children write letters asking for what they want and examples of them being good.  (sound familiar?)  So they go to sleep on Jan 5 and wake up on the 6 with gifts by their shoes. Read more

  • Our Mexican Christmas Party

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    Christmas in Mazatlan, Mexico

    We just had the best Christmas here at the Mariana Beach Apartments and Hotel.  A seriously good time!   It is the custom in Mexico to  celebrate Christmas on the 24 th, Chistmas Eve.   The parties start around dinner time and the  kids anxiously wait for midnight because that is when the presents come out.  Then everyone sleeps in the next day as the 25th is a day of rest.

    Not one to buck tradition, we decided to have a shin-dig right  here at the hotel.  We invited all our guests,  friends and family.   A big blend of North America…Mexican, American and Canadian!  It was a great crowd.  The blend of languages and voices, laughing and singing…..’course the beer and tequila might have had something to do with the singing. Read more

  • The Local Chicken Guy

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    A great way to have an inexpensive traditional Mexican meal in Mazatlan is to hit one of the local chicken joints.   Seriously!  This is true picnic fare for a typical Mexican family.

    You buy a couple of chickens from your neighbourhood “Chicken Guy”.  The one by the Mariana Beach Apartments and Hotel is Pollo Loco.  It is actually part of a chain but there are chicken venders in every neighbourhood in Mazatlan and most of them are small independent family run businesses.  They sell wonderful rotisserie chickens for about $5. They are usually accompanied by tortillas and salsa.  That and some fruit is a great meal on the beach.  It is fast, inexpensive and healthy. Read more

  • The Hurricane in Mazatlan

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    Last November there was a hurricane that came into the waters near Mazatlan.  What a storm it was!  Alfredo has been through several hurricanes and storms but it was a first for a Canadian girl like me.  I have seen my share of lightning storms but never the fury of a wind that can whip ocean and sand like that.  And we didn’t even catch the hurricane full on..(Thank-God!)   The storm was freakin’ amazing.  It was ripping and pulling and throwing and chucking.

    On one side of the hotel is a private street.  It turns into a path between two walls that lead to a beautiful stretch of sandy Mexican paradise.  The storm picked up all of the sand from the beach and basically tossed it at our hotel. The next day, all the rooms were full of sand. It was mounded up everywhere. You would pull back the sheets from the beds and they would be sandy and gritty.

    The next afternoon,  I walked to the beach and I was amazed to see a wall at the the end of the path were it meets the beach. Who the heck would build a wall here in the public walkway?  And how did they build it so fast, only a few hours after a hurricane?  Who are these people?  What the…? Read more

  • Visiting the Mazatlan Aquarium – el Acuario

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    The Mazatlan aquarium is a great place to spend an afternoon.  The cost is 75 pesos (about $6.50) for adults, 50 pesos ($4) for kids under 12,  and kids under 3 are FREE.

    El acuario de Mazatlán es un lugar ideal para pasar una tarde. El costo es de 75 pesos para adultos, 50 pesos para niños menores de 12 años, y niños menores de 3 años son gratis.

    Besides all the different tanks filled with odd and interesting fish (labeled in both English and Spanish), there is also a marine life museum with a tide pool learning tank, a small zoo that holds different groups of exotic animals such as alligators, frogs, and various other reptiles and birds, a botanical garden and three different feature shows that run about every half hour starting at around 11am and ending about 5:30pm.

    Además de todos los diferentes tanques llenos de peces curioso e interesante (con la etiqueta en Inglés y español), también hay un museo de la vida marina con un tanque de la marea aprendizaje piscina, un pequeño zoológico que tiene diferentes grupos de animales exóticos como cocodrilos, ranas, y varios otros reptiles y aves, un jardín botánico y tres espectáculos diferentes que funcionan cada media hora a partir de las 11 y termina alrededor de las 5:30 pm.

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  • Touring the Malecón in Mazatlan! – El Malecón

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    The Malecon in Mazatlan

    The Malecon in Mazatlan - a must see

    One of the best parts of Mazatlan (along with the beaches) is the Malecon.  The Malecon in Mazatlan is a very wide sidewalk/seawall that runs along 10 km of beachfront.  It is the width of a double lane highway…so lots of  room for all the people that use it.  It runs the distance between the Golden Zone and Olas Altas (meaning “high waves”, classically ‘old mazatlan’).

    Una de las mejores partes de Mazatlán (junto con las playas) es el Malecón. El Malecón de Mazatlán es un dique de acera muy ancha que se extiende a lo largo de 10 km de la playa. Es la anchura de una carretera … un montón de espacio por lo que utilizan. Se ejecuta la distancia entre la Zona Dorada y de Olas Altas (“Viejo Mazatlán”). Read more

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