Mazatlán’s Morning Workout

March 5, 2016

Do you like to work out in the morning? I am partial to a brisk 3 to 4 mile walk on the malecón, early enough that it’s light out but not so late that the sun has risen high enough in the sky to hit the walking surface. The photo at the top shows one of the many morning swimmers who regularly set out from the Club de Natación at Playa Norte. The malecón between 6 and 8 in the morning is a fun place to be as we all enjoy the lovely environment and work out however we like.

Some people do Zumba or surf or bike or roller blade and some do yoga and meditation, like the group below.


Some like to swim in the newly renovated saltwater pool.

Some gather to work out on the bars and ropes just next to the water.


Some do stretching and yoga.


Some paddleboard.


Some swim in groups, or run on the beach, or swim by themselves.


Some stretch before or after their workout.


Some run on the beach.


A group of lifeguard candidates run, too.


The day before they were doing calisthenics.

Sometimes people stop just to look out at the water. What a great way to start your day!

There is a new installation of outdoor exercise machines across from the skate park at Playa Norte that is very popular in the morning.

It is still perfect weather for working out in the morning, that cool breeze is lovely. I always enjoy myself, greeting regulars and listening to music. Can your morning workout compete with mine? I bet not!

– Sorry the photos aren’t better, they were taken with my phone.

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. Nancy,

      The more I see and hear about Mazatlan the more it appeals to me. The malecon sounds wonderful. I like to run and also do low impact workouts. I’m also a morning person. Mazatlan just checked another box on my list of retirement requirements.

      Are there a lot of rentals available within walking distance of the malecon? What is the range of rent for a 2 BR apartment, condo, or small house?


      1. Troy, I’m sure you would be able to find something affordable, you would probably pay between 400 to 1000 USD depending on size, location and length of lease.

    1. Barco’s arrival has paid stop to my morning 4-mile walks. He is not old enough yet to join me without spending most of his time selling and looking for things to put in his mouth.

      1. Steve, I bet Barco is smelling not selling but if he is selling I would be curious what it is and how much. 🙂

    1. Looks fabulous, especially the swimming, my favorite form of exercise, by far!


      Kim G
      CDMX, México
      Where it has been too bloody cold to even think of swimming, never mind the lack of pool.

    1. Thanks Nancy! Mazatlan just seems so nice. Has tourism but isn’t overrun with tourists like Cancun or Tulum. Has a nice expat population but again isn’t overrun with them like the Lake Chapala or Sand Miguel areas. Has old centro district but also newer suburbs. Beautiful malecon. Haven’t found any negatives yet. What would you consider as some of the drawbacks to living in Mazatlan as opposed to other cities/areas of Mexico?


      1. Troy, this is a discussion probably best saved for over coffee some day but I have written something like 700 posts on life in Mazatlan and I don’t find too many negatives. You might also want to participate in some of the local forums (see the @Maz page, above) and things like that. Hope to meet you one day!

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