Two hundred kilometers (124 miles) north of Mazatlan and 45 minutes from Culiacan, which is the capital of Sinaloa state, Altata’s pristine dunes and beautiful deserted beaches are about to get a facelift.
Back in 1830, this small town began its glory days as a shipping port. Railways connected Altata with Culiacan and the north of Mexico. Invaded by French troops, Altata was scenario for a battle won by Mexican army. Now, plans for the north side, called New Altata, call for the development of several beach resorts.
If you visit Altata today, you’ll enjoy rustic hotels and peaceful streets with a provincial atmosphere. Don’t hesitate to try seafood cocktails and fried prawns in small family-owned restaurants with prices that won’t break the bank.
In this protected area full of mangrove trees, you will also find a huge variety of local fauna, Altata is a birdwatcher’s dream. The Federal Government plans to gentrify Altata as it did Cancun, the most successful tourist destination in Mexico. Why not see it before the chains of resort hotels, restaurants, spas and other attractions change it forever?
If coming from Mazatlan, drive north and take highway 15D toward Culiacan. Avoid the capital city by turning left toward Navolato and keep west on Highway 20.