Getting there & away
Shop around for the best rates, which begin at US$40 per day during the high season. There are several rental agencies in town:
Alamo (913-10-10; Av Camarón Sábalo 410)
Budget (913-20-00; Av Camarón Sábalo 402)
Hertz (913-60-60; Av Camarón Sábalo 314)
Baja Ferries (985-04-70; www.bajaferries.com; tickets adult/child M$800/400; ticket office 8am-3pm Mon-Sat, 9am-1pm Sun), with a terminal at the southern end of town, operates ferries between Mazatlán and La Paz in Baja California Sur (actually to the port of Pichilingue, 23km from La Paz). The 17-hour ferry to Pichilingue departs at 3pm (you should be there with ticket in hand at 1pm) on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from the terminal. Strong winter winds may cause delays. Tickets are sold from two days in advance until the morning of departure.
Rafael Buelna International Airport (MZT; 928-04-38) is 27km southeast of the Zona Dorada. Carriers servicing the airport include the following:
Continental (800-900-5000; Airport) Direct service to Houston.
US Airways (981-11-84; Airport) Direct service to Phoenix.