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Shopping in Mazatlan

 Mazatlan is known for its charming laid-back atmosphere and authentic old town style. For those seeking a little piece of Mexico to take home, the city offers a great selection of open markets, stores and vendors that have everything from fresh juice to handmade arts and crafts. The Central Market, located between B. Juárez and Aquiles Serdán streets, is where you'll find a wide variety of small shops, food vendors and juice bars. Enjoy fresh fruit and vegetable juices and iced Agua Frescas while you browse through the wares. Keep in mind that the clothing and tourist items are usually negotiable and bargaining is expected! To get there from the Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan Resort in the Golden Zone, take the Cerritos-Juárez bus. From downtown, walk over to Av. Miguel Alemán and take the Juárez bus. Small shops can also be found in the downtown area, with items such as liquors, vanilla, leather goods and handicrafts like baskets, wickerwork and embroidery from nearby villages and communities. For basic items and department store shopping, visit La Gran Plaza, a large shopping mall just 3 blocks inland from the waterfront on Avenida de los Deportes. There are over 120 stores with a wide variety of services and products. The plaza is open daily from 10am to 9pm, and also has a large supermarket and specialty shops. If a beautiful token of the Mazatlan beach life is what you seek, make sure to take a trip to Sea Shell City on Avenida Rodolfo T. Loaiza. As the name implies, Sea Shell City is home to a vast selection of sea shells, both naturally and artistically decorated. The shells make perfect gifts and souvenirs from your Mazatlan vacation. Shopping in Mazatlan ranges from tourist items to authentic food stands to beautiful local art. Visit the NidArt Galería in Old Mazatlán to see work from a nest (group) of artisans. Located in a 19th century house in the heart of the Old Mazatlan next to the Angela Peralta Theater, this charming gallery features crafts made from wood, mother pearl, coconut shells, clay and glass, as well as photography and acrylic paintings. (tel. 669/981-0002, or 985-5991 for after-hours appointments; www.nidart.com) Our Mazatlan hotels Emerald Bay Resort & Spa and Mazatlan Resort are ideally located for visiting all the great shopping locales in the area. Mazatlan Resort is located in The Golden Zone, or Zona Dorada, a popular area with shops throughout carrying a good selection of clothing, fabrics, silver jewelry, leather, art and crafts. Emerald Bay, set away from the bustle for the ideal relaxation vacation, is just a short free shuttle ride away to the Mazatlan resort.

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