U.S. Citizens entering Mexico:
• Valid Passport only. Get one here:
Travelers to Mexico who are under 18 need a signed parental release.
NON-US CITIZENS: You must obtain proper travel documentation from
the consulate of your nationality.
Most hotels have a currency exchange desk, but you will get the
best rates at banks and exchange houses. Mexican banks are generally
open from 9am to 2:30pm weekdays. Exchange houses are open longer
and provide faster service. Banks will give cash advances in pesos,
for a fee, if you have a major credit card. Most restaurants, bars
and shops accept major credit cards. ATM machines are available
and most bank cards with Cirrus or Visa/Mastercard status can be
used; check with your bank before you leave to be sure. Keep in
mind the machines will dispense Mexican Pesos, not U.S. Dollars.
Getting around Mazatlan is easy since almost everything is located
within walking distance in the Golden Zone. When you don’t
feel like walking though, Mazatlan’s famous Pulmonias will
take you wherever you need to go for around 3 dollars. Open-air
Volkswagens, they’re more go-cart than they are taxi.
As a college student every dollar counts, but don’t forget
to tip the people who are good to you (bartenders, waitresses, maids,
Casual spring and summer weight clothing is the dress of the day,
and night too, unless you decide otherwise. There are no restrictions
other than a cover-up for swimwear when leaving the beach or pool