A few days ago the US State Department issued another travel warning for Mexico. I feel a bit better about this most recent warning, as they said travel to Mazatlán was fine if you exercise caution late at night and early morning. Most of us don’t stay out until the wee hours too often and feel very comfortable walking and driving all over the city.
Those of us who live here know that it is a lovely place. And if you who read about the violence a few weeks ago against a Canadian woman at the Riu Hotel, please be aware that the Riu is an all-inclusive hotel and that the person arrested for the beating had bypassed hotel security to enter. The Riu Hotel has hardly any relationship to the city of Mazatlán. It is way North of town and visitors there are often swept from the airport to the hotel and back without even seeing the city itself! The violence there was deplorable, but in no way represents the city of Mazatlán! Here is a picture of the Riu Hotel when we visited the Estero de Yugo a couple of years ago.
There are lots of wonderful things happening here and those of us who know the city are investing our time, energy, and money in new ventures that make the city even more wonderful.
Last weekend we went to a concert of the Sinaloa Symphony’s chamber orchestra performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. It was a delightful concert and the director asked us to Tweet, Post on Facebook, and tell all our friends that downtown Mazatlán on a Sunday is a perfectly safe place to be! We totally agree!
After the concert we had a very nice meal at the brand new Italian restaurant on the Plazuela Machado named Casa Canobbio. The meal was wonderful and it adds another choice to the already great restaurant scene here.
Today we went to an open house for another new B & B in town – Las 7 Maravillas. It is a lovely remodel in Los Pinos, and each room represents a different beautiful location. We’re sure owner Tatiana Genoud is a believer in Mazatlán and her new venture will be a success, too.
Daughter Jess was here for a week and we had a nice drive to Nuevo Mazatlán (North of Cerritos) to have lunch at the new restaurant Surf’s Up. It’s been open a couple of months, and is adjacent to a new B & B. The food was wonderful and it was lovely to have our toes in the sand while we ate. Here is Mazatlan Messenger’s recent review.
While Jess was here we also went to the beach at Playa Norte to have lunch at La Corriente. Last Monday was a holiday so the place was hopping and the banda was playing, too. La Corriente is fairly new and is a new concept for Mazatlán palapas.
The most exciting thing on our radar right now is the pretty strong possibility that we will be getting a cultural gathering place put together in the former Recrea space on Constitución. It looks like we could have a bookstore – cafe – small theater – place for classes and workshops in this well known space. Molika’s Hector Peniche and Ken Albanese are working to put it together with a few others. Our fingers are crossed that it won’t be long before it comes together. How about we all cross our fingers?
Our new Saturday organic market is a huge success. There are several other new restaurants opening soon and Carnaval is around the corner. You’ll want to keep an eye on MazatlanLife for reviews and details.
So all in all I think life in Mazatlán is pretty great. If you are thinking of coming down, I think you’ll have a wonderful time.
One last thing… at the top of the post you saw Henry and Coco in their new Huichol collars. I love those beautiful beaded bracelets the Huichol make and thought our buddies should have something cool to wear, too. I mentioned it to Casa Etnika and they made it happen!