Mazatlan: (Sinaloa state)

Mazatlan sits on a Pacific coast peninsula. An old port city, at the turn of the 20th century it became the first of Mexico's Pacific ports to develop a tourist industry.

Now a year-round resort, Mazatlan has 35 miles of scenic coast offering varied water recreation and a beautifully restored, colonial downtown area. For the meeting planner, there are more than 150 hotels, with 9,800 rooms. Most of the hotels are located north of town, just 20 minutes from the airport. The biggest hotel in Mazatlan is El Cid, a small convention city unto itself. The resort has its own fishing fleet, golf course, and tennis club.

Meeting Needs, at a Glance

Attractions: With an ideal winter climate and sandy beaches, Mazatlan offers water skiing, skin diving and deep-sea fishing. Sport fishing ranks among the best anywhere. There are also two championship golf courses as well as a botanical garden.