The US Press has beaten Mexico up for no good reason, except to keep tourist dollars from flowing out of America and into Mexico. You can come to Mazatlan Mexico for Vacation and be safer then, most cities in the US and Canada.
Come enjoy the wonderful food in Mazatlan. There are restaurants of every type in the Golden Zone, where the tourists hand out. If you want more authentic Mexican cuisine at half the tourist price, venture into town and hit one of the local places that is family run. Drink the water, it comes from the Ciel bottles!
Everyone needs a place to stay, and Mazatlan has hotels, motels, cabanas and villas of all sizes and price ranges for your use while visiting he city. If you plan to stay for an extended period of time, consider a Mazatlan Rental.
Although it is a little airport, the place is International in stature, which means several non-stop flights from US and Canada every day. Not need to fly through Mexico City to get to Mazatlan. Just come straight here on Frontier, US Airways, Continental, United and Aero Mexico.
Once you get here, there is plenty to do. On the beach, in the water, on the streets, you name it! The beaches front into the Sea of Cortex, so the surf is mild, letting you take you kids out with you.
Although everyone warns about the dangers, para sailing is one of the most fun things to do in Mazatlan, as once you get up there, there is so much to see.