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In recent years, Mazatlan has been overshadowed by other Mexico resort destinations such as Los Cabos, the Riviera Maya and even Riviera Nayarit. But Mazatlan has a reputation for being more than just a resort destination — it’s also a hard-working city and the center of the country’s shrimp industry. So instead of taking a back seat, Mazatlan has shouldered forward to fire up its tourism engine with a full slate of new developments.“In the last five years, Mazatlan has reinvented itself as a very attractive destination,” said Raul Llera Martinez, the state of Sinaloa’s secretary of tourism. “We’ve added 2,000 hotel rooms and, when you figure in condos and villas, it’s three times that.” A major factor in Mazatlan’s burgeoning room count is last May’s opening of the 716-room Hotel Riu Emerald Bay. The seaside, all-inclusive resort has four restaurants, five bars and several meeting rooms that can host up to 120 guests. Rooms range from Double Standard Rooms with a balcony or terrace (ocean views can be reserved) to the high-end Jacuzzi Suites, with guaranteed ocean views and balconies.
The Mazatlan International Center is part of the massive Marina Mazatlan project. // (C) 2010 Mazatlán Hotel Association
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Diamond Beach 845-735 9535www.diamondbeachmexico.comEl Cid Marina Beach Hotel & Yacht Club866-796-5571www.elcid.comHotel Riu Emerald Bay 888-748-4990www.riu.comMazatlan Hotel Association 52-669-916-5782www.gomazatlan.comMexico Tourism Board 800-446-3942www.visitmexico.com