, with the largest marina grouping in all of Mexico, is very popular with the yachting set and casual boaters. Located on the central Pacific Coast of Mexico, this city of nearly 700,000 draws one million visitors annually. Marina Mazatlan is the larger and more luxurious of the two main marinas, and will have over 1,200 slips on completion of construction, (it is being built in phases.) It also has full amenities, 24-hour security, a golf course and a yacht club. Marina El Cid has over 100 slips and also features full service, security and a beach club. The Captain of the Port is also located at Marina El Cid, where check-in is required by the Mexican government. Aside from yachting, Mazatlan is known for its’ deep-sea fishing, and its’ annual Carnaval that dates back to the 17th century. It has an evolving golf scene, and swimming, surfing, diving and most types of other water sports are also available here. Often called the “Shrimp Capital of the World,” the city processes nearly 40 tons of shrimp each year, and probably best represents the delicious, fresh seafood that appeals to visitors. Two of the city’s most popular beaches, Playa Sabalo and Playa las Gaviotas are filled with vendors selling pottery, lace, silver, and renting windsurfers and other types of boats.