Marvelous Mazatlan

It’s a story of old and new – a colonial city, laid-back beach bars and perfect sunsets.

From the Historic District (Old Town) with its cobblestone roads to the Golden Zone with its new eight-km malecón (boardwalk) to the nearby charming town of El Quelite, Mazatlan has it all, offering visitors the best of a two-world getaway – a relaxing beach vacation and an authentic, cultural Mexican experience, reports assistant editor, Greg Coates in this week’s digital edition of Travel Courier.

Located on Mexico’s Pacific coast, north of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan – which just survived a scare from Hurricane Willa – is known as “The Pearl of the Pacific,” but remains a bit of a hidden secret among Canadians, especially those in the east.

This is due, in part, because of a lack of direct access. But Sunwing is doing its part to take care of that, offering more direct service than any other carrier.

New for this winter are weekly flights from Montreal, operating from Dec. 18 until April 16, 2019, to go along with service from Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon.

The tour operator recently hosted a fam of about 160 travel agents to Mazatlan, and the feedback has been very positive. “It’s very authentic,” said one. “It’s got that Mexican feel, you feel like you’re really in Mexico.”

For Andrew Dawson, chief operating officer for the Sunwing Travel Group, it was his first trip to the destination and he was suitably impressed.

“It’s a good, affordable option. It represents the real Mexico,” he said. “Guests will feel like they’ve had a real Mexican vacation, not just a stay at an all-inclusive complex.”

He added that it’s a great option for those that love Mexico and the “been there, done that” crowd who have been to Cancun, etc. many times.

“There’s so much to do,” said Dawson. “I would encourage guests to get out of their resorts and explore. We have a full range of Sunwing Experiences.”

For the full story, check out this week’s digital edition of Travel Courier.