About 4 miles north of downtown lies the Sábalo traffic circle in the Zona Dorada (Gold Zone) near the Punta Camarón, a rocky outcropping over the water. The Zona Dorada begins where Avenida del Mar intersects avenida Rafael Buelna and becomes avenida Camarón Sábalo, which leads north through the abundant hotels and fast-food restaurants of the tourist zone. From here, the resort hotels, including the huge El Cid Resort complex, spread northward along and beyond Playa Sábalo. The new Marina Mazatlán development has changed the landscape north of the Zona Dorada considerably, as hotels, condo complexes, and private residences rise around the new marina. North of here is Los Cerritos (Little Hills), the northern limit of Mazatlán.
A pulmonia is a taxi that looks like a souped-up golf cart. Hundreds of these roam the streets. They are very popular among locals.
Tell the driver what are you interested in seeing or simply tell him to drive you around and get familiar with Mazatlan. You can have a Pacifico or Corona beer if you want.
The name Pulmonía (pneumonia) comes from the idea of old residents that riding an open air car can give you a cold !!
Viejo Mazatlán, or Old Mazatlán, lies at the southern end of the 15-mile Mazatlán peninsula. The Plaza de la Repubica is the central city plaza, and sits in the center of the historic district. Nineteenth century mansions can still be found here, together with the upscale shops and restaurants of Plazuela Machado, the restored opera house, Teatro Angela Peralta, and the twin-spired cathedral, Basilica de la Purisima Concepcion. Across the street from the cathedral is the popular Panamá Restaurant and Pasteleria, home of the best pastries in Mazatlán.
Two blocks north of the cathedral is the Pino Suárez market, the sprawling central market that covers a full city block. The bustling Pino Suárez market is the real heart of old town Mazatlán, a 110-year-old "super" market that is as colorful as it is functional. From the northeast corner of the Pino Suarez market, the shrimp ladies can be found just five blocks north on Aquiles Serdan.
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