Travel Tips

Bridging the Digital Divide
28th annual IAMSLIC conference, Mazatlan, Mexico, 6-11 October, 2002

Conference Host, Clara Ramirez, has graciously offered to arrange for buses to transport
attendees from the Mazatlan airport to the conference hotel (Hotel Playa Mazatlan).

Buses will be available:
two different times, on Saturday, 5 October,
two different times on Sunday, 6 October.

If you plan to arrive by air in Mazatlan on either 5 or 6 October and you would like transportation from the airport,
please send the following information by email to Clara at

Email address
Date of arrival in Mazatlan
Time of arrival
Name of airline
Flight number

To enter México some travelers need to obtain a Tourist Card (FMT -- folleto de migracion turistica) and some travelers need to obtain Visas.

About Mazatlan

Mazatlan is located just south of the Tropic of Cancer, so although it's in the tropics, temperatures are a little cooler than the other tourist destinations further south. Many North Americans have now settled in Mazatlan, partly because the climate is more suitable for year-round living than other coastal cities. With a population over 500,000, it can offer most of the amenities needed for year-round living. It is a very long one day drive, or preferrably, an easy two-day drive from the United States border. Mazatlan is a busy deep sea port, and a popular destination for fishers. Many charter boat companies offer a wide variety of fishing. It also has the largest commercial shrimp fishery in Mexico. Surfing beaches can be found at Olas Altas. In addition, it is a terminus for the car/passenger ferry to La Paz and Baja Sur. Mazatlan is a comfortable place for North Americans to live. English is widely spoken, and there are many English speaking doctors and dentists, and the hospitals are excellent. Mazatlan is the terminus for the 18 hour ferry trips to La Paz on the Baja peninsula. These ferries carry cars, but commercial traffic is given priority, and in peak times it may be difficult to get your car aboard.

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Revised: September 24, 2002