Meals Beyond Mazatlan

Main Course

Those tourists seeking “authentic” Mexican experiences – I use the quotations to connote both irony and self-recognition – will do well to check out tours to Puerta de Canoas (city of canoes in homage to its canoe building history) and El Quelite, both about one hour from Mazatlan. I recognize that for many authenticity seekers, […]

Sweet Sinaloa

Making Jamoncillos

Sometimes a person just wants to eat something sweet, either to finish a big meal or between meals to quell a rumbling stomach. Or, frankly, sometimes because dulces, as the Mexicans call them, are just so delicious. No visit to Mazatlan and its environs would be complete without a sampling of their sweets. I could […]

Spirits of Mazatlan


When is tequila not tequila? When it is made in Mazatlan. Much in the way the French legislate that only sparkling wine made in the Champagne region can be called such, the Mexican government has decreed that only blue agave based spirits made in Jalisco and three other states can be labeled “tequila”. This creates […]

Hotels in Mazatlan

Marina El Cid

  Even as Spring nears, parts of the US remain blanketed in snow. What better place to thaw out a winter chill than sunny Mazatlan. With no lack of sea sports, great food and culture, Mazatlan is the perfect place to do as much or as little as a traveler wants. Mazatlan offers three distinct […]

Amazing Mazatlan

El Meson de los Laureanos Restaurant

  Recently I spent five days in Mazatlan with a group of writers exploring the food and drink of this port city. No small feat, though I dug into my assignment with enthusiasm. Here are a few things I learned: *The seafood is exceptional, especially Matazlan’s world famous shrimp ceviche. *So is the local tequila, […]

Seeing San Javier Mission

The Mission

Some of my most memorable travel memories have been the result of what I call happy accidents. My friend Daniel, who had come with me for a chance to scuba dive in the Sea of Cortez, received a free trip to the San Javier Mission as consolation for treacherous currents canceling all water activities. Seeing […]

Loreto and the Islands of Loreto

Mission de Loreto

  Back before Cabo San Lucas became CABO!!, it was a fishing village a lot like the town of Loreto is today. Popularity and growth have eaten away a lot of the Mexican charm one still finds in Loreto. Don’t just take my word for it; in 2011 the New York Times called Loreto one […]

10 Reasons to Visit Villa del Palmar, Islands of Loreto

Villa del Palmar

For snowbirds wishing escape to a warmer climate, I can think of no better place than Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto. Especially now – since the hotel is building clientele, package deals abound.  For example, rooms were recently available for $119 per person per night including airfare from LAX plus taxes and […]