Who is this Beauty?
She was a cheerleader for the
2002 Marathon. I think she went on to become Miss Sinaloa a
few years later. Sinaloa is known for its beautiful women, and
after living here for 18 years I can honestly say it is no
the Pearl of the Pacific, is a wonderful seaside resort that Nadine
and I lived in from 1991 until 2009.
Mazatlán is an ancient Nahuatl word for "land of the deer"
and in fact
the Mazatlán baseball team is called the "Venados,"
which is Spanish
I discovered Mazatlán almost by accident. Nadine had been coming
here since she was a young girl, and brought me down here on a
vacation. We both got very depressed the day before we had to leave,
and swore we would return. The next year we came back, built a house,
and are presently living happily ever after. The following Web pages
will try to convey to you why we have chosen to settle down in
Mazatlán, and hopefully entice you to come down for a visit and give
Mazatlán a try for yourself.
Let's start with some
Images of Mazatlán
These are some pictures I took of our neighborhood, and some
notable sights. I have sacrificed resolution for fast downloading,
so do not worry, you will not wait for 20 minutes for a picture of
The puma of Sinaloa, typical music of Mazatlán
Singing the first 30 seconds of El Navegante. This is the kind
of music you hear all the time in Mazatlán. A band just would not
be a band without a tuba!
of our wonderful city, and then proceed to learn a little about
the history of the city of Mazatlán
Did you know that the United States Army once captured and occupied
Most people come here in the winter for
Want to get your bearings? Check out a couple of
These are the best maps of Mazatlán available, if I do say
so myself. After buying a new GPS toy, I had to justify
spending all that money so I drove all around the area, wrote
some little PERL scripts, and generated the maps you will find
one of the golden zone and the other of downtown Mazatlán.
about Mazatlán, such as what travel
documents you need. What about electricity, water, guns, and
alcohol? Bringing down your pets, or even getting married down
There are more things to do
in Mazatlán than you can get to in a week, and that's not even
counting doing nothing, and there just might be a special event
while you are here.
Want to be entertained? There are plenty of things to see
baseball, cliff divers, art galleries and more. When you are
ready to leave, be sure to visit the butcher shop at the
Been there, done that? Try some of these places that are off
the beaten path!
Some of our favorite places to
, and why. You can get any kind of food here, as
long a it is Mexican. (just kidding) The range of food is
very wide, from McDonald's to beachfront palaces with waiters
Bring these coupons
to Mazatlán and get free drinks, discounts, and more from our local merchants.
Interested in retiring
in Mazatlán? Find
out more about medical care, home prices, owning property,
If you are easily amused, take a look at some of my favorite "only in Mexico
or if you are a little more analytical,
you can check out
some articles I have written
Pacific Pearl, which try to explain the world around us.
I've been collecting some snippets of Mexican culture,
Looking for a place to stay?
Before you book that hotel reservation, you really owe it to
yourself to check these out. They are all owned by private
individuals, and I have personally checked each of them out. If
you like one, you can check the availability and make a
reservation right here online. Also, Attention Rental Owners!!
You can have your property listed here. See
http://www.maztravel.com/owners.html for more info.
Try out some lovely vacation rentals that they do't tell you about in the
Feeling a little blue, and can't afford a thorough checkup in the US?
You can get a
first class medical checkup
Resomaz - Medical Imaging
Sometimes your insurance just refuses to pay for a test that
I am sure I need, so I wind up paying for it myself and fighting
with them for years, usually to no avail. Well, now I have a
better solution. Get a complete medical workup with a highly
skilled doctor and get to the bottom of what ails you. Sure, you
do not come on vacation to go to doctors, but it just might be
the best vacation of your life if you take the time to do
How about some more pictures? These
are aerial views of Mazatlán shot from the top of the El Cid
are images of
Mazatlán as it was a long long time ago!
If you need a doctor, a vet, a realtor, an architect, or a jeweler,
we can personally recommend
Whenever you are new to an area, the biggest problem is
knowing whom to trust. Well, we have just taken that burden off
your shoulders. We have had extensive dealings with all of these
people, and can recommend them as being honest, forthright, and
all around good folk. So if you are looking for an architect,
real estate agent, family doctor, plastic surgeon, veternarian,
jeweler, dentist, hair stylist, insurance agent, attorney,
pharmacist, or teacher, we can point you in the right
Read the answers to the most
before you ask. Have you found every morsel of information? Check out
our site map
Read what your fellow
have to say about Mazatlán and our humble
Have you found our info helpful? Are you
looking for a way to say
thank you, Nadine and Henry,
Do a Good Deed
Now we would not ask you for anything for ourselves, but if
you feel this site has been helpful to you we would appreciate
it if you showed your support by making a donation to an
organzation we started here a few years ago, called Los Amigos
de los Animales. With your help we have managed to set up an
animal shelter where sick and abandoned animals can receive
quality care. Please, I am sure a few dollars donated fro you
will not change your lifestyle, but it will help the suffering
cats and dogs of Mazatlán.
The Laxen family album
few photos of the wife, the kids and me. Just the thing to bore
your friends with. I can see you yawning already.
If you're curious about where we
we cordially invite you to visit our homes.
Still have't had enough,
try these links
to other Mazatlán resources.
You can now
Before you send that email
This site contains more than ten megabytes of information
about Mazatlán. Chances are, your question has already been
asked and answered. So before you take the time and trouble to
fire off that email, why not try the FAQ (Frequently Asked
Questions) or the Search feature first. You will probably get
your answer a lot sooner if you do.
these pages to find specific information fast!
Have a gripe or a recommendation?
Send us a comment here!
Visit some local
that Nadine and I recommend and tell us what you think.
Some friends of mine have gone through a lot of trouble writing
some books about Mazatlán
that you really should consider reading.