Mazatlan is a city in Mexico. It is located on the Pacific coast, just across from the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula. By the mid-1800s, a large group of settlers had arrived from Germany. These new citizens developed Mazatlan into a booming commercial seaport, importing equipment for the nearby gold and silver mines. They also influenced in the music, Banda, which is an alteration of Bavarian folk music. Mazatlan, with a population of about 360,000 residents, and is the second-largest city in the state and Mexico's chief commercial port. It is also a popular tourist destination, its beaches lined with resort hotels. Mazatlan has been called the "Pearl of the Pacific" for its superb beaches.
Every year, Carnival is celebrated during the week before Ash Wednesday. There are a lot of festivities, including the election of a Queen, parades, and balls. This is the third biggest Mardi Gras in the world, behind the celebrations held in Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans.
If that is too much excitement for you then take a quiet trip to the Archaeological Museum of Mazatlan. Check out art from locals and also from around the world.