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Arriving in Mazatlan

The Mazalan International Airport is more properly known as the General Rafael Buelna International Airport. It is situated in Mazatlan, which is in the Sinaloa region of Mexico. It handles just under a million passengers each year. There are quite a few airlines that fly here, but as they are not in high demand tickets can be expensive. Package deals are your best hope of finding cheap flights to Mazatlan. It is not a large airport, with just one terminal. Facilities are fairly basic with a food court and some duty free shops. There are shuttle buses to most hotels within the 'Golden Zone'. Yellow taxis are the only taxies authorised to pick people up from the airport and they are quite expensive.

Getting Around Mazatlan

The Mazatlan bus service is a fairly cheap and leisurely way of traveling around the city. The green and red taxis can transport you around the area and also back to the airport. However, a cheaper option is the open-air 'Pulmonia' taxis, which look a bit like golf carts. They are not, however, the most comfortable option. Driving is reasonably safe in Mexico so hiring a car is always another option after your Mazatlan flights have landed.

Mazatlan Attractions

The beautiful beaches of Mazatlan are the primary reason tourists come to this city. All the main hotels are located along the coastal area of Mazatlan providing easy access to the beaches. A worthwhile trip is to the Isla de las Piedras, or Stone Island. It is actually a peninsula rather than an island. The best access is via a ferry trip from the Embarcedo Play Sur area of Mazatlan. There are lots of restaurants here and a beautiful, tranquil beach to enjoy. After your flights to Mazatlan have taken you to this city, the Huana Coa Canopy Adventure provides a thrilling experience with zip lines.

Best Shopping, Dining and Nightlife in Mazatlan

In the Golden Zone there are many shops to buy souvenirs from your holiday. The "Pacific Jewelry' store has a good range, from rings to bracelets featuring semi-precious stones. If you got a good deal on your airfare to Mazatlan you will be able to buy something special for your loved ones. The old market in the Centro region is where you can find special deals on a range of products. There is a wide variety of Mexican restaurants from which to choose when dining out. Topolo is a very popular restaurant and you will need reservations on the weekends. FiestaLand is an area comprising of six different venues to enjoy at night including bars and Valentino's Disco Club.

Several popular airlines fly into Gen Rafael Buelna Airport, including

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On Arrival...
  • Mazatlan is 11 mi from Gen Rafael Buelna Airport (Mazatlan, Mexico).
  • Gen Rafael Buelna Airport (Mazatlan, Mexico)
    • Right now, 18 airlines operate out of Gen Rafael Buelna Airport.
    • Gen Rafael Buelna Airport offers nonstop flights to 17 cities.
    • Every week, at least 224 domestic flights and 126 international flights depart from Gen Rafael Buelna Airport.

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