Safety in Mazatlan

walking.jpg (19514 bytes)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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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 out.

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!