Mexico and America share a number of passions, but maybe first on that long list is a love for the sport of Baseball. Baseball has been known as America’s pastime for over a hundred years, but did you know that is equally beloved here in Mexico? It is true! Especially in Mazatlán, where we have a true love for the sport. If you are a baseball fan visiting Mazatlán for vacation, you are in luck, because we are home to one of the most historic teams in the country, the Mazatlán Venados!
About Venados baseball
Considering the fact that the Mazatlán City Guide lists visiting Estadio Teodoro Marsical for a Venados home game as one of Mazatlán’s top tourist attractions, we would call this a can’t miss event. The Venados de Mazatlán participate in the Mexican Pacific League, which is Mexico’s largest winter baseball league. So, if you are a baseball fan visiting Mazatlán, you might want to consider scheduling you trip during the winter!
History of the team
The Venados de Mazatlán are one of Mexico’s oldest professional baseball teams, founded way back in 1945. You might be wondering, are they also one of Mexico’s most successful baseball teams? Well, the answer is yes! They have won eight Pacific League Championships, the first one coming in 1974, and the most recent in 2009. The success of the Venados has spanned nearly four decades! And that isn’t all, in 2005 the Venados won the Caribbean World Series!
The Estadio Teodoro Marsical Stadium
Not only will you get a chance to watch one of Mexico’s greatest teams, you will get to watch them in one of Mexico’s finest baseball stadiums. Estadio Teodoro Mariscal was originally built in 1962, but it has since undergone full renovations. It seats 14,000 individuals in incredible comfort. If you have a night free in Mazatlán, what better way to spend it than at Estadio Teodoro Marsical watching the Venados?
Whew, we have spent a lot of time this month talking about essential Mazatlán experiences. The list keeps growing. Now, we don’t want to give you the idea that this list is comprehensive in any way. This is just a brief overview of a few of the activities you can find yourself engaged in when visiting Mazatlán and staying in Hotel Playa Mazatlán Beach Hotel. Let’s add a few more experiences to the list! It looks like you are going to have some busy days ahead of you.
The beautiful Baluarte Bridge
This is an attraction you might not find on most lists of essential Mazatlán activities, but we think visiting the Baluarte Bridge is unique and incredible experience. The Baluarte Bridge is a wonder on modern engineering which spans the length of a massive gorge between Mazatlán and Durango. It is not exactly close – approximately a few hour’s drive outside the heart of Mazatlan, which is actually one of the bridges appeals. The drive gives you time to observe and become immersed in Mexico’s natural beauty. After taking in Mexico’s splendor by car, you arrive at the tallest cable stayed bridge in the entire world. A day enjoying nature and taking in the wonder of man’s engineering capabilities? Sounds like a great day to us!
And don’t let us forget….
It probably shouldn’t have taken us three blog posts to get here, but we wanted to save the best for last. The number one, most important thing to do when visiting Mazatlán should be obvious –you must spend time at the beach. Our beautiful, legendary beaches are what Mazatlán is really know for. The problem is, if you visit our beaches first, you might never be able to tear yourself away from them to enjoy the rest of the sites!
If you have any other questions about things to do in Mazatlán, please don’t hesitate to ask! We love talking with people about our fantastic city. We can’t wait to hear from you.
Did you know that the legendary “The Love Boat” that starred the famous American television series broadcast by the ABC between 1977 and 1986 arrived today in Mazatlan in a commemorative trip for the 50th anniversary of the shipping company Princess Cruise Line?
638 international passengers will have the honor to make this journey through the Mexican Pacific, the first route that made this boat in the 70′s in Mexico; therefore, the Ministry of Tourism of Sinaloa, the Port Authority (API) in Mazatlan and the Town Hall prepared a great reception for this emblematic ship.
Cultural shows, folk dances, joy, music and fun is what will be offered to the visitors where the participation of the Band of Music of the Third Military Region and the assistance of municipal authorities, of the State and API Mazatlan is also confirmed.
Likewise, the Secretary of Tourism of Sinaloa, Francisco Cordova Celaya; Mayor of Mazatlan, Carlos Felton Gonzalez and the Director of API Mazatlan, Alfonso Gil Diaz, will exchange plates with the ship’s crew.
Finally, it is contemplated that the vessel will sail at 23:59 pm, at which time a show it will offer a spectacle of fireworks as a farewell.
Just like it is impossible to experience everything Mazatlán has to offer in one brief trip, it is just as impossible to discuss all the essential Mazatlán experiences in one blog, which is why we are going over additional experiences today! We may even end up needing a third post (there really is a lot to do)! Last time we talking about visiting the Mazatlan market to immerse yourself in our culture and then going zip lining for a shot of adrenaline. Today we will stop by the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and take a tour of a tequila distillery.
Visiting Immaculate Conception Cathedral
When you think about touring incredible, picturesque cathedrals, you probably think about vacationing in Europe. Europe isn’t the only place with rich history and amazing architecture. We have all of that right here in Mazatlan, just miles away from the beach. The Immaculate Conception Cathedral was built in the 1800s in traditional gothic style. Its beauty has been described as breathtaking, overwhelming, and humbling. Whether you are interested in Catholicism, architecture, or history, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. We guarantee visiting it is an experience unlike any other.
Taking the Los Osuna tequila tour
Tequila isn’t just fun and delicious, it actually possess some historical significant to the Mazatlán area as well. Tequila, which is distilled from agave, has been produced in the Mazatlan area for hundreds of years. The Los Osuna distillery itself is over 130 years old. Visitors can tour the grounds and take in the beautiful acres of blue agave plants just waiting to be turned into tequila. But don’t forget the most important part of the tour – sampling the legendary product of the Los Osuna distillery. That is right, you get to see where the tequila come from, than you get to sample it for yourself. We are going to be jealous we don’t get to join you on the tour!
It is almost impossible to visit Mazatlán and not find yourself swept up by fun and adventure. In fact, one vacation to Mazatlán usually isn’t enough. You can hardly scrape the surface of our incredible culture in just a few days. We will help you make the most of your time in our beautiful city by guiding to you a few essential Mazatlán experiences.
Visit the market at Mazatlán
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a culture, to really learn about what a city is all about, is through food. And the best way to learn about food? Well, go to where it comes from. Visit the Mazatlán market. Centro is a traditional market in Mazatlán, and it terms of things to see and taste to experience, it cannot be beat. If prices are not set on items, feel free to barter to the best of your abilities. Don’t forget to check out Fishermen’s Beach Market as well, where local fisherman will sell their catches from earlier in the morning. It is some of the most fresh and delicious seafood you can find anywhere in Mexico.
Zip lining trough the Mazatlán canopy
Are you looking for a little more excitement than you could find in the Mazatlán markets? That is okay! Bartering is a great rush for some people, but it sounds like you are looking for a little more of an adrenaline shot. How about flying through the forest canopy by a zip line. Speed, heights, sites, and adventure, sounds like a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. To our guests looking for adventure, we almost always recommend a zip lining canopy adventure which can arranged through a number of local companies right here in Mazatlán! Make sure you digest your meal from the market first though, we don’t want you making a mess!
Thanks to its privileged geographical location the port of Mazatlan, Sinaloa offers to its residents and visitors a wide variety of sports and recreation but…
Do you know what is the king of sports in our state?
Effectively, the Baseball.
The story takes us back to the era of the businessman Don Teodoro Mariscal Ahumada who in a taxi toured the coast of Mexico from Mazatlan to Hermosillo promoting the initiative to consolidate a circuit of professional baseball in the Pacific Coast. Thus was born the Professional Baseball League of the Pacific Coast that managed to show for the first time the King of Sports in its professional nature.
On November 20, 1942 was inaugurated Mazatlan baseball stadium which was later named “Teodoro Mariscal” in honor of who was a fundamental part in the history of the baseball of the port.
The Teodoro Mariscal Stadium is the stage of the ‘Venados de Mazatlan’ (Mazatlan Deers), professional baseball team of first class that participates in the Mexican Pacific League, where the highest level championship is played during the winter in Mexico and whose champion represents the country in Caribbean Series.
Thus, in a tribute to the baseball club, Mazatlan Deers, their fans and history, was placed in front of the Hotel Olas Altas Inn the Monument to the Baseball Player by the artist Antonio Lopez Sainz for tourists and Mazatlan community have the opportunity to appreciate and take a photo with one of the symbols representative of the port.
Nestled in the best beach area of the heavenly port of Mazatlan, Sinaloa and being an icon in the local hospitality, Playa Mazatlan Beach Hotel opens its doors daily to offer its visitors a unique spectacle in unrivalled atmosphere that shelters the recognized El Venado Theatre Hall whose architecture and ambiance list it one of the hidden gems within the Hotel.
El Venado Theatre Hall is a beautiful place whose interior finishes reflects part of the cultural riches of our state. Its spacious and accessible facilities can accommodate up to 500 guests that from any place can comfortably enjoy an exquisite Dinner-Show which will explore the cultural diversity of Mexico and the world.
Luis Tomas Show
Adults – $20 | Children – $13 *
All ages are welcome and we invite you to see our schedule of events and join us for an unforgettable evening full of fun.
* Every day except holidays, includes domestic soft and alcoholic drinks. Subject to availability (19:00 – 22:00 hours).
With a record participation of 12,206 athletes from throughout the Mexican Republic and other parts of the world, 27 music bands glad the competition and with a great atmosphere, the past weekend was held the seventeenth edition of the Great Pacific Marathon Mazatlan 2015 where the Kenyan Benjamin Kiplimo Meto and the Michoacana Misha Elena Ruiz Fernandez won the first positions of the 42 km race.
In addition Mazatlan authorities reported that all the visitors left an important economic impact in the port surpassing the expectations that had been estimated.
WINNERS MARATHON 42K
1. Benjamin Kiplimo Meto | Kenia | 2:21:07
2. Juan Carlos Romero Bernal | Zacatecas | 2:27:46
3. Mark Kipkosgei Chepses | Kenia | 2:30:07
1. Misha Ruiz Fernández | Michoacán | 3:00:15
2. Ruth Chepkoech Kimutai | Kenia | 3:00:47
3. Julia Cortés Hernández | Estado de México | 3:30:07
Congratulations to all participants and winners and remember it, See you in 2016!
Sometimes, when people ask us what they should do for fun when they come to visit Hotel Playa Mazatlán, we have trouble given them an answer You see, the problem is, there is simply too much to do for fun! We don’t know where to start. Sure, you can always enjoy the miles of perfect beaches, experience unparalleled food and dinning, or explore the rich culture of our city, but that is just the start. We get pretty excited talking about all the fun that can be had in and around Mazatlán. Today we will just be scratching the surface, but it will give you a good place to start.
The incredible Mazatlán Lighthouse is one of Mazatlán’s premier tourist destinations. This historic landmark was built during the reign of Porfirio Diaz. It rises 157 meters above sea level. Back when the lighthouse was used for its intended function, its light could be seen more miles out to see. Who knows many hundreds of ships the MazatlánLighthouse led to safety over the years? Today tourists can hike the beautiful hills of Creston’s Island and explore the history wonder of the Mazatlán Lighthouse.
The Mazatlán Aquarium can be found in Mazatlán’s “Forest City” which is an extensive outdoor tourist complex featuring a lake, planetarium, botanical garden, and outdoor theater. It is a fantastic place for tourist to immerse themselves in the beauty and wonder of Mazatlán’s ecological diversity. One of our favorite features of the Mazatlán Aquarium is the sea lion show. The aquarium supports a large sea lion family. They put on a delightful show and are full of fun. We don’t believe in playing favorites, but if anyone was to ask, we would probably have to tell them that loveable 700 pound Bony just might be our favorite. We encourage you to go out to the aquarium and see the show for yourself!
The organizing committee of the Great Pacific Marathon Mazatlan 2015 announced that so far 10,000 have enrolled in this major sporting event to be held on 28 and 29 November in the heavenly port of Mazatlan where one of the biggest attractions at its seventeenth edition will be the “Marathon of the Bands” where along the 42 km of the route will participate 26 bandas sinaloenses gladdening with their musical notes to the competitors.
Also we present the roads to be closed because of the competition. We recommend you take your precautions and opt for alternate routes.