Mazatlán's malecón is often quoted as being 13 miles (21 km) long. By this definition, it begins at La Puntilla restaurant at Playa Sur and stretches all the way up past Olas Altas and Playa Norte to the Golden Zone, Cerritos and Nuevo Mazatlan.
However, when most people refer to the malecón, they are talking about the 3 1/2 mile stretch of wide footpath between the road and the sea, starting from the motorbike statue at Playa Olas Altas, going north along Playa Norte and finishing at Valentinos. People use it to get somewhere, hang out, exercise, walk their dog, skateboard, rollerblade, etc.
There are 2 lanes of traffic on each side, broken by parking in the middle. Steve loved driving along there, and we would usually go that way and take the appropriate turn-off to get where we wanted to go.
View of malecón and Icebox Hill, driving south. Note the pulmonia (little golf-cart taxi) in front, and the concrete benches and light posts. This was an unusual cloudy, windy day.
View of malecón during Semana Santa. Note the college kids hanging out, and the benches, light posts and planters which were painted within a few days (all 3 1/2 miles of them!)
A flight of pelicans gliding over the malecón. This was quite a common sight.
We particularly liked seeing them in V formations, like Canada geese!