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Sandy Beaches, Tasty Shrimp & Pulmonia Rides in Mazatlan, Mexico with Carlos Berdegue

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Mazatlan offers 12 miles of sandy beaches

I’m really excited to interview Carlos Berdegue, the CEO of El Cid Resorts about Mazatlan, Mexico. Carlos’ tips for the best things to do in Mazatlan are awesome because he grew up in the city and his family has lived there for generations. Carlos grew up in the business of hospitality and has moved up the ranks in the family business. He knows Mazatlan like the back of his hand.

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Walk down the malecon (aka boardwalk) with your family or special someone.

Mazatlan, Mexico

Mazatlan is located on the West Coast of Mexico. It is directly across the Gulf of California from Cabo San Luca, another popular tourist destination. The city was founded in 1531 by an army of Spaniards and indigenous settlers. It is now a thriving seaport and is known as the best place for seafood in Mexico. Beer lovers will recognize the city as the home of Pacifico Brewery, which was founded in 1900.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Go Mazatlan, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Mazatlan offers many thrilling experiences, like parasailing

Getting around Mazatlan

The local airport is Mazatlan International Airport (MZT), which is only a 20-minute drive to the tourist zone of Mazatlan.

Carlos says that there’s no need to rent a car. The city’s public transportation is inexpensive and easy to use. Uber and Lyft are also excellent ways to get around. If you need to rent a car, click here for the best offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

And the local pulmonias are a fun way to explore the city. They’re like a bigger version of a golf cart. You can even hire them by the hour as your personal ride.

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Pulmonias will take you everywhere in Mazatlan

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Carlos Berdegue about Mazatlan, Mexico. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Mazatlan, Mexico
  • Green dots = best things to do in Mazatlan, Mexico
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Mazatlan, Mexico

Who is Carlos Berdegue?

Carlos Berdegue is the CEO of El Cid Resorts. It is a family-run business that now has locations in Mazatlan, Cancun/Riviera Maya, and Cozumel. And in Mazatlan, there are actually four El Cid Resorts to choose from. He was born in Mazatlan and took over the family business from his father, who founded the company. Carlos loves doing business in the city, taking care of tourists, and permanently living on vacation!

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Here are a few articles about Carlos and El Cid Resorts:

You can connect with Carlos and his team on their website and on social media on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Best things to do in Mazatlan Mexico Carlos Berdegue The Lighthouse

Hike up and take in breathtaking views from El Faro Lighthouse

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Stay tuned for our next episode

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Ian with his son while exploring the forest

Listen to the next episode when Ian Snyder of Family Flys Free shares his tips for Humboldt, California. Ian and I talk about hiking through Redwood National Park, exploring the picturesque Victorian Village of Ferndale, and visiting the Trees of Mystery. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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