We prefer Pueblo Bonito ($155-$300; 1-800-990-8250 or www.pueblobonito.com) or Inn at Mazatlán ($150-$700; 1-800-262-0526 or www.innatmazatlan.com.mx). If these hotels are booked, try Playa Real or Playa Mazatlán.As soon as you check in, head for the beach. Order a drink
from the bar, and watch the setting sun paint the sky with ribbons of gold, orange, and pink.
Brush the sand off your toes, hail a pulmonía (open-air taxi), and go to Pancho's Restorán. A favorite at this restaurant is Special Shrimp Pancho's ($17), wrapped in bacon, grilled, and smothered in a light, cheesy sauce.
If you're not exhausted yet, continue your celebration at Joe's Oyster Bar. When you get back to your room, open the balcony door, and let the whisper of the waves lull you to sleep.