For anyone traveling to any coastal city in Latin America, malecón is a crucial word to know. It means "pier" in Spanish, and always refers to the city's waterfront street or walkway. Mazatlan's malecón is a splendid waterfront promenade that stretches between Mazatlan's historic city center and Zona Dorada. As you stroll along the malecón amidst a whirlwind of people from all around the world, you will be treated to some of the most beautiful ocean vistas to be had. The promenade is lined with splendid beaches, food stalls, shops, bars, clubs and bustling restaurants that keep the malecón buzing all day and all night long. The malecón is also a great place to get some exercise. Don your walking shoes and indulge in an invigorating stroll, or join the many cyclists and skaters who can be found whizzing up and down this stretch. The Malecón is often used as a venue for a number of the city's major events including the International Motrocycle Week, the Pacific Great Marathon and the annual Carnaval.
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