Warm and beachy Mazatlán is just a hair's breadth south of the Tropic of Cancer. This is the Me-hee-co you come to when all you want to do is lie back on the sand, tip that sombrero way down over your chin and soak up the relaxed coastal rays.
As well as being a prime resort area, Mazatlán is Mexico's principal Pacific coast port for fishing and trade. It's famous for sport fishing, with thousands of sailfish and marlin tagged and released each year, and is home to Latin America's largest fleet of commercial shrimp vessels.
Facts for the traveller
Off the beaten track