I will admit that everything that I knew about Mazatlán I learned from watching the Love Boat. In planning our trip from La Paz to Yelapa (more about Yelapa in another post), we decided to stay just a couple of nights in Mazatlán. Originally it was going to be one night, but I read a few comments on a blog about the pretty downtown with a square and a church, so we decided to stay for two nights instead so we could visit the sights. We stayed for three nights because I fell for Mazatlán.
While planning this trip, we knew we would leave Baja at some point, and we had a choice, we could drive over a thousand miles back up where we had already been or put the car on the ferry and ride across the Sea of Cortez.