Mazatlan is laid-back, the dress code is casual.You'll find
the locals follow a casual fashion, however the younger ladies
dress very fashionably. For ballet or symphony performances,
the locals and most tourists will be attired in dresses, slacks
and jackets or suits (the absence of a tie is evident). There
is only one restaurant with a "no T-shirt, shorts"
those who prefer to blend in and to be comfortable, a combination
of clothing that corresponds to your planned activities is
recommended. This can mean using your luggage space for those
comfortable items like swimwear, shorts, and tops for the
daytime and a couple of casual slack and summer dress outfits
for special nights or a night out on the town. I'm personally
a carry-on bag traveler, and take whatever I can cram into
an overhead stored suitcase and "under the seat"
backpack. I've found the laundries in Mazatlan to be reasonable
and reliable and 4 or 5 combinations of outfits can easily
suffice for three to four weeks.
of the climate, heavy clothing is not needed. For example,
there may be some overcast days and it could even sprinkle
a little between November and April. But I've also seen
the streets overflowing after a torrential rain storm maybe
five times in over twenty years during this period. The
daytime temperature during this period hangs around 80 (80
plus starting in March). In the evening it's a comfortable
60 degrees with a soft refreshing breeze. For me, it is
always a "shirt sleeve" evening and I only wear
a jacket when I attend an event like the ballet. I was even
comfortable without a jacket at a baseball game that didn't
end till after 2:00 a.m. On the other hand my wife is not
as warm-blooded and normally takes a light jacket or a sweater
so she can enjoy the evening breeze without being chilly.
But keep in mind, we live there during this period and we
have sweaters, jackets and sweat suits on hand if they are
"muggy" between May and October with the temperature
hanging around 90 degrees. While I don't mind the "east
coast" summer type weather, I prefer
moderate back to back summers and return to Oregon during
this season. September is the rainy season and could include
late August and early October.
For footwear it's important to remember to bring comfortable
walking shoes. Watch carefully when walking as the sidewalks
in many places are uneven, or
absent. While the beaches at the resorts are cleaned daily
and quite free of litter, to be on the cautious side, some
tourists find aqua shoes a safe way to enjoy the ocean.
Tourists and locals walk and jog on both the beaches and
sidewalks, with the approximate 4 mile Malecon seawall sidewalk
being the most popular exercise area in the morning.
is an opportunity to clear out your closet of clothes you
no longer need. You can pack these clothes in an extra suitcase
and bring them to Mazatlan to be donated to a charitable organization.
A win-win situation, as now you have an empty carrier for
those gifts that you will be bringing back. If your hotel
resort isn't associated with a charitable group, take them
to The Inn at Mazatlan who will ensure your donation is given
to an organization they support.