Mazatlan Malecon Walking Tour

A Mazatlan Malecon walking tour along the entire length of the beachfront promenade can take between 90 minutes and more than two hours, depending on how much you want to stop along the way. The Malecon runs along the city’s coast for close to six miles, beginning in the Golden Zone north of downtown and going past the Centro Historico to the south of the city. This is where the bulk of the Mazatlan hotels, most popular dining spots, and best nightlife are located—as well as the finest beaches. Along its course, you will also see most of the monuments in Mazatlan that celebrate the city’s cultural heritage and events from its rich history.

Continuity of Life

Continuity of Life
Continuity of Life

La Continuidad de la Vida is one of the most iconic of the monuments in Mazatlan, a beautiful sculpture representing a school of leaping dolphins overlooked by a nude man and woman standing atop a huge snail shell. The man holds a protective arm around the woman and points to the horizon. The snail shell is of significance because many cultures have adopted this creature to represent the eternal cycle of life in the universes.

Fisherman’s Monument

Fisherman’s Monument
Fisherman’s Monument

One of the best known sights on a Mazatlan Malecon walking tour is the “Monumento al Pescador” paying homage to the roots of the city as a small fishing village. Even today, one of the of the largest shrimp fleets in the Pacific calls Mazatlan home. The camarones these boats bring back to port will be found on the plates of virtually all dining establishments in the city. The monument includes a replica of a tall lighthouse (El Faro) that is often used as a Mazatlan Malecon walking tour orientation point. This is, fittingly, the city’s oldest monument.

Fishing Boats

Fishing Boats
Fishing Boats

Just south of the Fisherman’s Monument is the stretch of the city beaches where the fishermen come onto land. It’s not really a port, as the colorful fishing boats are simply dragged up onto the sandy beach. They push out at about dawn, and come back up onto the beach around mid-afternoon with their catches of Dorado, red snapper, and yellow tail tuna. This fresh catch is apt to be found in the Mazatlan Centro Mercado—the Central Market—later in the day.

Mermaid Carpa Olivera Monument

Mermaid Carpa Olivera Monument
Mermaid Carpa Olivera Monument

This is one of the monuments in Mazatlan along the Malecon about which little is known. She is “La Sirena,” the mermaid, and she sits at a point where she can overlook the area where the famous cliff diving occurs. Beside her is a figure of Cupid poised to strike her lover.

Mazatleca Woman

Mazatleca Woman
Mazatleca Woman

The Mazatleca Woman Monument—La Mujer Mazatleca—celebrates the women of the city who said to be among the most beautiful in the world. The lovely bronze statue was cast in Mexico City and unveiled by Mexican composer Gabriel Ruiz in 1983.

Pulmonia Monument

Pulmonia Monument
Pulmonia Monument

If you aren’t on a Mazatlan Malecon walking tour, chances are you’re puttering along in a pulmonia, one of the unique local taxis built on the chassis of aging Volkswagens. Since the Malecon stretches for about six miles along the city’s lovely beaches, not everyone can walk its entire length. If you are one of those who cannot or don’t want to walk the entire length, flag down a pulmonia for a scenic drive. There is even a bronze monument to this unique form of transportation along the Malecon.

Other Malecon Monuments

There are many statues and monuments in Mazatlan to enjoy along the Malecon. The Little Deer (El Venadito) is set along Olas Altas Beach and represents the Native American heritage of the region. “Mazatl” is the local Nahuatl Indian word that means deer. There is a large concrete monument with the shield of both the Sinaloa state and the city of Mazatlan, a nineteenth-century cannon, the Pacifico Monument that pays homage to the brewery producing one of the country’s most popular brews, the Aquarium Monument depicting three children feeding a leaping dolphin, the Lopez Saenz Monument with its stylized Sinaloan family, the Immaculate Conception Monument, the Don Cruz Lizarraga Monument that pays homage to the city’s musical heritage, the Waterworks Monument that honors the workers who brought clean drinking water to the city, and the Man of Universal Peace.

Bike Rentals

Bike Rentals
Bike Rentals

Another form of transportation in lieu of a Mazatlan Malecon walking tour is cycling. There are a number of outlets along the Malecon to rent a bicycle, which provide a leisurely way to explore the seaside promenade, as well as a chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery and warm weather at your own speed.

Restaurants

Restaurants
Restaurants

All along this six-mile stretch of glorious beaches, you will find nightclubs and beach bars and excellent restaurants. Many of these specialize in the bounty of the sea. Camarones (shrimp) is the most important catch, along with tuna, Dorado, and other Pacific Ocean fish. Here also are the famous Senor Frog’s restaurant and shopping mecca and the Looney Bean Coffee Shop.

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