My 22 Favourite Stops on the Longest Malecon in Latin America



The unique article was revealed in Journey Awaits on April 14, 2022

A malecon is
a seafront promenade the place individuals take pleasure in strolling, jogging, biking, or simply respiration
contemporary ocean air. Whereas spending our winters in Mazatlan, I’ve by no means been ready
to stroll the total size of the
Mazatlan Malecon in a single go. At 13 miles, it’s thought of to be the
longest in Latin America.

A visit to this
Malecon treats anybody not solely to wonderful sunsets, unique islandscapes, and enchanting
views of the Sea of Cortes. It provides you Mazatlan in a nutshell: eight monuments,
4 seashores, eight close by landmarks, a spread of consuming locations, loads of lodging
choices, and nice buying. Actually, it turns into the social gathering zone when it’s
closed to vehicular site visitors throughout festive holidays.

The primary boardwalk
is spacious, over 30 ft. huge at its broadest with a separate biking lane, rental
bike stations, and even free wifi. Throughout the days of the
Carnaval which runs alongside Avenida del Mar
that hugs the Malecon, big monigotes (puppets) make it much more colourful. It stretches
about seven miles from south of the Zona Turistica (Vacationer Zone), the Centro
Historico, to the sting of the Zona Dorada (Golden Zone), the well-known buying
district. Past the boardwalk, the Malecon goes farther north as walkable
seashores behind resorts.

The Eight Monuments

Simply added
in 2018, the colourful Letras de Mazatlan, the backdrop for a lot of a memento
photograph, marks the beginning of the boardwalk on the southern fringe of Zona Dorada. Let
me take you on an imaginary stroll to the southern finish, stopping on the eight
vital monuments that introduce you to what makes the town tick.

The primary comes
only a few yards after the signal.
The Household Monument was designed by Antonio Saenz Lopez as a beautiful bronze
sculpture meant to welcome the 2000s. It depicts a Mazatlecan household: father, mom,
and youngster, searching with nice optimism for the arrival of the brand new

designed by the identical artist, The Monument to the Baseball Participant is subsequent. The Venados de Mazatlan
(Mazatlan Deers) is the beloved baseball crew of the town, a member of the
prestigious Mexican Pacific League, which selects the Mexican consultant to
compete for the Latin American title.

One of many
most iconic symbols of Mazatlan follows: the distinctive
Pulmoniya Monument. Resembling a souped-up golf cart, it’s of a
life-size open “taxi,” the signature well-liked transport possibility within the metropolis, so
named as a result of, being open to robust winter winds, using in a single may very well give
you pneumonia.

Following the
Pulmoniya is a tribute to the California sea lions that make a small rocky island,
now an ecological reserve on the Sea of Cortes, their dwelling each winter.
The Sea Lion Monument depicts 5 life-sized sea lions, a
massive distinguished male on a rocky rise with 4 others surrounding him.

Afterward, we
encounter the massive, imposing
Fisherman’s Monument and Fountain positioned earlier than you attain the
fishermen’s piers. Sculpted by Rodolfo Becerra Gomez, it celebrates Mazatlan’s
heritage as a fishing heart. The putting monument incorporates a man and lady, a
tall construction representing El Faro, the town’s well-known lighthouse, and a
ribbon-like sculptural factor representing the Tropic of Most cancers, Mazatlan’s

Subsequent is The Mazatleca Girl, unveiled in 1983, saluting the town’s
ladies who’re reputed to be a number of the most stunning on the planet. She has outstretched
arms, and on the base are the names of Mazatlan personalities like Lola
Beltran, the well-known Mexican singer from El Rosario on the outskirts of

After which we come
upon the magnificent monument highlighting dolphins leaping out of and into the
water with a person and lady calling out to them. It’s referred to as
The Continuity of Life Monument symbolizing the start and finish of
life and celebrating life stability and respect for nature.

Lastly at
the tip of the boardwalk, a monument pays tribute to the Mexican celebrity, singer,
and actor Pedro Infante (1917 to 1957). Erected in 2004,
The Pedro Infante Monument reveals him on a motorbike reminiscent
of his well-known 1951 film “A Todo Máquin.” It additionally celebrates Mazatlán’s
Motorbike Week, held yearly round Easter.

The 4 Seashores

monuments are distributed across the 4 seashores of Malecon. As we flip round
from the Infante Monument, we first see the prized seashore
Playa Olas Altas, Seaside of the Large Waves. Throughout the
summer season wet season, it isn’t suited to swimming, nevertheless it attracts surfers and
vacationers from around the globe due to its stunning waves. At its northern
finish there may be an enclosed, saltwater pool referred to as La Carpa Olivera which native households
notably take pleasure in.

Till you
attain the Letras de Mazatlan, there are three different seashores. The primary is Playa
los Pinos, a brief stretch of wonderful sand the place fishermen promote their catch within the
morning. Subsequent is the Playa Marlin the place tunnels join the seashore to accommodations
throughout the road. At this seashore, you’ll start to see many palapas the place you
can have cheap meals and drinks. The final seashore is Playa Norte, an extended
stretch of uncrowded tan sand that ends on the Letras, only a few steps from

The 9 Landmarks

Valentino’s is that mystical construction generally
used to grace the beachfront in lots of artworks. A Moorish type palace, it
was a disco icon of the 70s and 80s, outfitted with essentially the most superior particular
results and alternatives of music. After monetary struggles, it’s slowly
experiencing a rebirth. If we flip round and stroll the Malecon a 3rd time, I
can level out to you the eight different landmarks close to and across the boardwalk.  

For instance,
the Monument to the Baseball Participant appears out to the 16,000-seat
Teodoro Mariscal Baseball Stadium only a brief block from the Avenida
del Mar. It’s named after the person who launched the game to the town. Additionally a
brief block from the Avenida a little bit farther south stands
The Acuario,
the Mazatlan aquarium that provides well-liked reveals that includes sea lions, divers,
and even sharks. Persevering with south, earlier than reaching Olas Altas, the Previous Mazatlan
Signal graces a kids’s plaza.

At the beginning
of Olas Altas, there may be an attraction inaugurated solely in December 2021. 
The Beatles Callejon options the bronze statues of the 4
Beatles crossing Liverpool Alley that begins from Avenida del Mar. They’re
accompanied by the ever present London purple cellphone sales space, a basic purple British automobile,
and even a yellow submarine!

Proper in
entrance of the Beatles is a roundabout the place the
Deer Monument stands. It’s a bronze sculpture of a spirited
younger buck, a testomony to the indigenous roots of Mazatlan which accurately
interprets because the Land of the Deer. On the finish of Olas Altas, on one other
roundabout, you see the
Monument to the Protect of Sinaloa (mosaic, on the aspect going through north) and Mazatlan
(on the opposite aspect).

Quickly after
this final monument is the fishermen’s pier, a piece of the Malecon dotted by
many boats and the place many birds flock. Then there may be often a throng of individuals
Punta de Clavadistas or Divers’ Level. That’s the place
divers regale onlookers, leaping from the 50-ft cliff, avoiding big rocks,
plunging into the water, swimming in opposition to large waves hitting the rocks, and
returning to the small park to do it once more, all for a number of pesos.

Professional-Tip: The
Centro HIstorico with the grand Basilica, the favored
Mercado Pino Suarez, and the gathering space Plaza Machado with the Angela
Peralta Theater is only a few blocks east of Olas Altas.

The place to Eat on the

Now we have
talked about the palapas, meals shops alongside the seashore
the place you will get contemporary and cheap fish, shrimp
and beer. There are additionally two nice seashore eating places on the Malecon: Restaurante
Playa Norte and El Muchacho Alegre. Much more consuming locations are throughout Avenida
del Mar, particularly within the Olas Altas part.

Professional-Tip: We
had lunch as soon as, farther north, at Roca Mar the place bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp and
different dishes had been an awesome different to all-inclusive meals on the resort.  

The place to remain on the

Avenida del
Mar is lined with non-public condominiums and accommodations throughout from the Malecon,
starting as little as $29 an evening. There are 4 4-star accommodations averaging $110+ a
evening, and 9 2-and-3-stars averaging $80+. Resort Hacienda is a type of.
It was the place we rented non permanent raised platform seats from which to look at the
Carnaval in 2018.

Resort Miramar is the identify of
the non-public condominium on the Malecon the place El Chapo was arrested by US Navy

The place to Store on the

boardwalk can be lined by many cellular memento kiosks. I’ve purchased a Panama
Hat for $6 there, fake Gucci glasses for $10, and different cool stuff. Many memento,
seashore necessities, and comfort shops are additionally interspersed among the many
accommodations, condominiums, and eating places.

A go to to
Mazatlan would by no means be full and not using a stroll alongside your complete seven miles of
the Malecon boardwalk. Keep there and train, sight-see, swim, find out about
the town’s historical past, values, and traditions, take memento pictures, store, and eat…all
in a single place! It’s a complete vacation spot; as I mentioned at first, it’s Mazatlan
in a nutshell.


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