It’s hard to be clueless heading Mazatlan the
first time so here is our Mexico travel advice!
There are many different ways to get to Mazatlan.
The most convenient of course is to go by air.
Mazatlan are not as frequent compared to the schedules made out to
other Mexican resorts, best Mexico travel advice that we can give is to
have your tickets booked early.
The airport is located approximately 27 kilometers
from the main city, which is part of Mexico’s extensive network. In
fact, the country features about two million kilometers of airspace.
Travelling by plane to Mazatlan is the preferred
mode of travel by most of our patients because of its
convenience and short span of Mexico travel time.
Once on the ground, an airport shuttle can be taken.
This service is available from and can be reserved in advanced. Advice
the Mexico travel agents you are in touch
with to make the bookings on
There is usually a choice between the standard and the VIP
standard shuttles, the van will seat approximately 10 people and be
able to transport their luggage comfortably. VIP services are exclusive
and go directly to the hotel. Such convenience can be arranged
and still stay on budget when you're getting a great deal and here are some tips.
Another way to get to Mazatlan is by luxury bus from Mexico City or
Guadalajara. The trip takes about 20 and 10 hours,
The bus rides are comfortable and convenient
although it would be helpful if you know a bit of Spanish.
Taking a bus
is our Mexico travel advice for patients traveling on a budget because
it will be a less expensive choice while you get to enjoy the different
while you’re onboard the bus.
Travelling by bus to Mazatlan is generally safe.
But just like in any traveling opportunity, there are some precautions
that should be observed.
The bus stations are provided with security
staff. Even then, keep a close eye on personal belongings at all times.
When in transit, be careful of pickpockets and people who may snatch
the bags (this happens anywhere) so precautions should be taken.
Valuables should be kept on sight, casual clothes are
If you're looking to a more comfortable
means of travelling on land without driving yourself, we advice that
you take a train travel in
Mexico. It is recommended to pay
highest class possible.
For day trips, go for the Especial class while
overnight trips are suitable for the Pullman compartments.
service has sleeping compartments that can house up to two people.
Another popular way to travel Mexico to get to
Mazatlan is by car.
From the United States, the car
trip will typically take 10 hours. The
route to take is through Highway 15.
Once Puerto Vallrata is reached,
the road becomes
mountainous and the views exquisite. There are road
signs that can be followed although it is best to get Mexico driving
When taking your own car, there are some special
situations that should be known when driving to Mazatlan.
non-Mexican plated cars, there is no need to obtain a temporary vehicle
permit if staying within the Free Zone. The Free Zone is approximately
35 kilometers from the land border. However, all those roads that go to
the south and have guarded check points should purchase a permit for
the car. Tourists are
allowed to bring one car.
The temporary vehicle import permit is valid for
the duration of the visa. For example, tourist visas are given 180
In order to get the permit, there are certain
requirements that need to be fulfilled. These are: proof of nationality
such as a passport, Mexican visa or
tourist car, proof of vehicle
ownership, and driver’s license.
If you want to drive but don't want to bring your
own car, there is the convenient option of renting a vehicle.
provides the flexibility of getting to places without waiting for
public transportation. Make sure to take a Mexico travel map to help
you get around. There are many car rental service companies that can be
used when going to Mazatlan. It's best to stick with the established
and reputable ones such as Hertz to have access to the
best rates and
When renting a car, we advice that you reserve in
advance and way ahead of your schedule to visit Mazatlan. This is
especially true during peak seasons. Booking early will avoid the
inconvenience of having to find out that there are no vehicles left to
rent or being stuck with a car you do not like.
Taxis can be an option when going to Mazatlan. In
most of the destinations, the taxis are metered but you can agree and
negotiate on the price before getting in. Again, knowing some basic
Spanish can be an advantage when taking this route because it gives you
the opportunity to negotiate cheap price with the taxi driver.
Of course, the rates are more affordable in
especially when compared to the fares in the United States, Canada, and
European countries. The low fares mean that they are viable modes of
For safety and convenience though, have your hotel make
the taxi arrangements. Although the hotel rates are a bit
compared to taxis hailed off the streets, they offer more convenience
especially if you’re not equipped with the Spanish Language.
Regardless of your chosen mode of transportation,
equip yourself with travel insurance when making your
way to Mazatlan.
Some of the essential features it should include are medical expenses
that includes the cost of repatriation should it be necessary, personal
accident cover, theft, and third party liability. It is also
recommended to seek an insurance plan that offers travel assistance.
Assistance allows you to get in touch with local doctors and lawyers
should they be needed.
The best we have seen is through Insure My Trip. We recommend MH Ross
or Travel Guard.
They offer trip cancellation, baggage, medical,
dental, emergency evacuation, 24 hour traveler assistance, baggage
delay, travel delay, and accidental death coverage.
Some policies also
have options for collision/damage coverage for rented cars, flight
insurance (a form of accidental death coverage while flying only) and
added emergency evacuation insurance. Some package policies include
coverage for children at no extra charge.
The trip cancellation is important if you need to
cancel your trip for any reason. It must be bought with 15 days of the
first payment for you trip, and you need to let the insurance company
know at least 48 hours prior to your cancellation.
If you are leaving tomorrow, and today decide to
cancel your trip, then your claim will be denied. You need to let them
know at least 48 hours before departure.
The trip cancellation or interruption part of
these policies, do not cover you when you are already on your trip,
unless there is a death, accident, or sickness in the family.
If you need to extend your trip anytime when you
are already in Mazatlan, then you will need to pay whatever fees apply
to your airfare ticket, usually from $50 to $150 per person, and
whatever extra your hotel will charge for the extra nights.
Airline companies have different policies
regarding changes in travel dates, so you need to check this out in
In some cases, when you book an air and hotel
package on certain websites, then it is very difficult and expensive to
change the travel dates. Please check this out in advance as well.
Mexico Travel Advice: Bring along a handy Mexico
travel Map during your Mexico travel to Mazatlan.
Here is a large overview of where Mazatlan is in
Mexico; you can see the U. S. border in relation to where our clinic is
Map of Mazatlan In Mexico
Here is a Mazatlan map itself; it shows an
overview of the city with some of the major streets outlined.
Below is a
detailed view of Mazatlan city map and shows you where our office is
Mexico Travel Advice:
Read this Important Advisory from the U.S. Department of State Website
Before heading to Mazatlan for your dental tourism
though, please read this important notice from the U.S. Department of
"The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention
Act of 2004 requires that by January 1, 2008, travelers to and from the
Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada have a passport or other
secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States. In
order to facilitate the implementation of this requirement, the
Administration is proposing to complete it in phases following a
proposed timeline, which will be published in the Federal Register in
the near future.
In the proposed implementation plan, which is
subject to a period of initial public comment, the Initiative will be
rolled out in phases, providing as much advance notice as possible to
the affected public to enable them to meet the terms of the new
guidelines. The proposed timeline will be as follows:
December 31, 2006 - Requirement applied to all air
and sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America,
the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
December 31, 2007 - Requirement extended to all
land border crossings as well as air and sea travel.
This is a change from prior travel requirements
and will affect all United States citizens entering the United States
from countries within the Western Hemisphere who do not currently
possess valid passports. This new requirement will also affect certain
foreign nationals who currently are not required to present a passport
to travel to the United States. Most Canadian citizens, citizens of the
British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, and to a lesser degree, Mexican
citizens will be affected by the implementation of this requirement."
Travel Advice: Stay in a comfortable bed and breakfast or any of the
affordable Mazatlan Sinaloa hotels.
Once in Mazatlan, you can checkout Casa
Leyendes, a bed and breakfast located 1/2 a block from the
beach, and 3
blocks from our clinic. It has a warm, cozy feel to it,
and is perfect
for any of our patients to stay while getting their dental work done!
Another bed and breakfast to note is The
Oro Bed and Breakfast. It’s located at the heart of
Old Town District and is also walks away from the beach and our clinic.
Yet another accommodation from which you can get a
great deal even for a full week's stay is Mazatlan Timeshares which is full of
amenities that makes you feel like home.
Travel Advice: Stay safe
throughout your vacation by knowing the peace and order
of the place you're visiting.
Aside from the directions,
travel deals and recommended accommodations. The best Mexico travel
advice that we can give any traveller is to always stay safe throughout
your vacation period. This wouldn't only apply to your Mexico travel
but to any travel destinations that you may visit in the future.
peace and order situation in any place that we visit is of course one
of the most important things to take into account so it's also best to
learn ahead of time if whether or not Mexico is a safe place for your
Of course, you wouldn't know if you haven't been
to the place and if you're hesitant due to some false stories that you may have
about Mexico. Take it from someone who's travelled through and from
Mexico for almost a decade. You'll be surprised to find more gracious
and courteus people in Mexico. Here's my personal evaluation of the peace and order situation in Mazatlan, Mexico.
But just don't take it from me, come
and see for yourself! I'm sure you'll love it.
That wraps up our Mexico travel advice, you can
choose any of the options that suits your budget!