Mazatlán

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Mazatlán

Port of Mazatlan
View of Mazatlán from El Faro
View of Mazatlán from El Faro
Nickname(s): 
Pacific Pearl
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Country23x15px Mexico
StateSinaloa
MunicipalityMazatlán
SettledMay 14, 1531
Government
 • MayorJorge Abel López Sánchez
Area
 • MunicipalityTemplate:Infobox settlement/metric
Population
 (2005)
 • Total352,471
 • Demonym
Mazatleco(a)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
Postal code
82000-
Area code(s)669
Websitehttp://www.mazatlan.gob.mx

Mazatlán (Spanish pronunciation: [ma sat ˈlan]) is a city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa; the surrounding municipio (municipality) for which the city serves as the municipal capital is also called Mazatlán. It is located at Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. on the Pacific coast, just across from the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula.

Mazatlán is a Nahuatl word meaning "place of the deer." The city was started in 1531. By the mid-1800s a large group of immigrants had arrived from Germany. These new citizens made Mazatlán into a successful commercial seaport, importing equipment for the nearby gold and silver mines. It served as the capital of Sinaloa from 1859 to 1873. They also influenced the music, banda, which is an form of Bavarian folk music, and also started the Pacifico Brewery on March 14, 1900.

Mazatlán, with a population of 352,471 (city) and 403,888 (municipality) as of the 2005 census, is the second-largest city in the state (after Culiacán) and Mexico's largest commercial port. It is also a popular tourist destination, with its beaches lined with resort hotels. A car ferry across the Gulf of California from Mazatlán to La Paz, Baja California Sur exists. The municipality has a land area of 3,068.48 km² (1,184.75 sq mi) and includes smaller communities such as Villa Unión, La Noria, El Quelite, El Habal and many other small villages.

Mazatlán is served by Gral. Rafael Buelna International Airport.


Sister towns

Cityscape

Communities and neighborhoods

Beaches and parks

Viejo Mazatlan & Centro area:

    • Olas Altas
    • Playa Norte
    • Los Pinitos

Zona Dorada (Golden Zone):

    • Gaviotas
    • Sabalos
    • Playa Camaron

Nuevo Mazatlan area:

    • Cerritos
    • Playa Bruja
    • El Delfin
    • Marmol

Isla de la Piedra:


Gallery

Weather chart for Mazatlán
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References

Spanish

Other websites

Official websites

Spanish