Travel Life - Fall Issue 2019

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THE MAGIC OF MAZATLÁN Go to Mazatlán for the lively fiestas, but stay for the sun, surf, cuisine and local experiences BY ILONA KAUREMSZKY

As the heat sizzles by this beachfront stage, a frenzy of bobbing dancers gyrate to a wave of spectators clamoring to get in on the seaside fun. But the ultimate moment happens when Mazatlán’s night sky crackles into a blaze of fireworks. Each year fiestas rumble through the only colonial city on the beach in Mexico. Tourism insiders gather for Fiesta de la Mazatlán which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, while everyone else anticipates the annual Day of the Dead holiday (Dia de los Muertos) when revelers don toothy, grinning skeleton costumes called calacas (a colloquial name for skeletons). But no matter when you visit Mazatlán, there are always ways to celebrate this diverse area of Mexico–whether hanging out among friendly locals or dancing the night away at your resort.