The first time we came thru Mazatlan we were in a hurry. Didn't get away from the marina district while there, and left feeling real indifferent about it. The second time thru we came to like it a lot.
Old town Mazatlan is very European. Many of the buildings date back to the 1860's, a time in US history when settlement west of the Mississippi consisted of scattered ranches and cow towns.
Leather wall hanging
Universities, music conservatories and artist galleries are prominent fixtures of Old Town, along with a plethora of really good resturants. We look forward to returning this coming spring while returning to the Sea of Cortez for one more summer.