Mazatlan once served as a port for Spanish galleons loading up on gold and silver.
Mazatlan is Mexico's largest commercial port.
Mazatlan is just across the Gulf of California from La Paz, Baja California Sur.
Mazatlan's lighthouse (El Faro) was built in 1879. Today, the lighthouse has a 1000 watt bulb that can be seen for 37 miles.
Near the lighthouse shore, divers perform daring jumps off high rocks into the Pacific Ocean.
John Wayne, Gary Cooper, John Huston, and others of their generation were regulars on Mazatlan's sportfishing scene.
Mazatlan is typically has very little rain from February to May. The weather is usually very rainy July to September.
Mazatlan means "place of deer and venison", in the Nahuatl dialect.