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Why Mazatlán, Mexico, should be your next getaway

By CNN Staff

Published May 23, 2019

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Looking to combine a little culture with your beach trip? This Mexican city has that and more.

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The second-largest city in the state of Sinaloa, founded by the Spanish in 1531, Mazatlán has a rich and intriguing history.

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Island hopping

You can hit the beach -- or explore a little further afield. There are a number of quiet islands to choose from.

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Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island)

Here, you can take a horse ride along the beach or jump on a quad bike to explore.

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Isla de Venados (Deer Island)

This island is part of an ecological reserve and can be reached directly from the hotel zone in around 20 minutes by boat.

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Mazatlán isn't all about the ocean views. Exploring the colorful streets of downtown is also a treat.

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A cultural cycle

Taking a bike ride along the promenade and into the historic center of Mazatlán is a great way to get a feel for the city.

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Culture vultures can take in a play at the Angela Peralta Theatre, a center named for one of Mexico's greatest opera legends.

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Gastronomic delights

Mazatlán is all about seafood. For lovers of spice, the local dish aguachile is fresh, citrusy and packs a spicy punch.

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Casa 46 is found in what was once the city museum and offers creative dishes enjoyed with a view of Plazuela Machado.

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El Presidio is probably the most stunning setting for dinner that you can find. The open-air central courtyard is full of old trees with roots climbing down the walls.

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Resting your head

Casa Lucila is a boutique hotel in what was once a jazz club frequented by the likes of Robert Mitchum and Ernest Hemingway.

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When to go

The best time to visit is between November and April when the weather is beautiful and not too humid.

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