National Geographic : 1968 Aug
Tourism has increased threefold in the past decade. It brings in nearly a billion dollars a year-almost half the total earnings in for eign exchange-making it Mexico's biggest industry. The Olympic Year should draw more than two million visitors. All Roads Lead to Mazatlan If Acapulco, still far south of us, is the king of Mexican resorts, Mazatlan is surely the crown prince. Long Pacific rollers and miles of broad beach permit surfing and swimming (pages 166-7), but the tropical atmosphere encourages relaxation, too. Ocean bathing in Mexico sometimes brings its own surprises. National law decrees that all beaches are public-and the public includes its birth. Nine years later the cone had W grown to today's 1,500 feet. Plants De slowly take hold again amid the lava. its commercial fishermen. One morning as I en joyed the surf, a huge haul of mackerel was netted and dragged ashore in front of Maza tlin's Hotel Playa where, moments before, dozens of guests had been sunning. If there were complaints, I didn't hear them over the whir and click of cameras. After four weeks of hard traveling, we decided, as thousands of visitors do each year, to make Mazatlan our home for a while. Our camper found plenty of company: Mazatlan berths up to 600 trailers at a time, mostly within a block of the beaches. Not all of Mazatlan's immigrants hail from north of the border. At the elegant beachside Balboa Club we dined with an attractive Mexican couple, Sergio Pruneda and his wife aves of sand: The ever-moving Samalayuca sert, 75 miles south of Ciudad Juarez, reshapes dunes at the whim of westerly winds. 173 KODACHROMF; (r N.r.