|One of the reason
why people keep coming back to Mazatlan is that it's exceptionally safe
for tourists. Though Mazatlan isn't exactly crime-free, generally speaking,
tourists don't get messed with.
Here are a couple
of safety tips:
- Mind your own business. The old "if
you leave them alone they'll leave you alone" is as true here
as it is anywhere. If you don't have a good reason to be in the
colonias, it's better to stay in the tourist areas.
- Travel in groups. It's more than ok
to walk around after dark here, even downtown, but make sure there
are at least two of you.
- Don't wear flashy jewelry, watches,
etc. The less attention you draw to yourself, the more likely you'll
be to get left alone.
In fact, if you do have any problems
on your trip to Mazatlan, (which is unlikely in any case) they're
more likely to be from too much heat and exertion. Here are some things
to keep in mind.
- I know you've heard it before - don't
drink the water. Actually, this is becoming less and less true.
Many of the hotels have their own water purification systems and
you can drink the tap water in your hotel room. There is usually
a sign posted if this is the case. If you are unsure, ask. Bottled
water is fine to drink, and it's available at any little store.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen. If you're
prone to sunburn, keep in mind that the tropical sun here is at
a much higher angle than you're probably used to and can get hot
fast. If you don't make sure you get plenty of fluids, sunstroke
can be a real danger.
- Be careful where you eat. Generally
speaking, anywhere in the zone or Old Town is safe. I've never had
any problem with bad food or diarrhea while I've been here. On the
other hand, if you don't like the way a place looks don't be afraid
to move on. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from!
- Until you get your bearings, write
down the name of your hotel and take it with you. The city is a
little convoluted and it's not hard to get lost your first time
That's about it! Mazatlan is a very friendly
place to visit and if you get into trouble, more than likely there
will be someone around to help you out!