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Area Code -- The telephone area code for Mazatlán is 669.

Banks -- Most banks are generally open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, and some open from 9am to 2pm on Saturday.

Climate -- As the northernmost major beach resort on the mainland, Mazatlán does not get as hot as beach cities farther south. The wettest month is September, and evenings during the winter months can be cool.

Consular Agencies -- The Canadian Consular Agency (tel. 669/913-7320; Mon-Fri 9:30am-12:30pm) is in the Inn at Mazatlán, Av. Camarón Sábalo 6291. The U.S. Consular Agency (tel. 669/916-5889; Mon-Fri 9am-1pm) is at Avenida Playa Gaviotas 202.

Drugstore -- Farmacias Moderno, German Evers and Hidalgo s/n (tel. 669/985-4545), is open from 8am to 9pm.

Emergencies -- Dial tel. 066. For medical emergencies, contact the Sharp Hospital, Rafael Buelna and Las Cruces (tel. 669/986-5676, -5678). The Tourist Police can be reached at tel. 669/914-3222.

Post Office -- The correo is downtown at Benito Juárez and 21 de Marzo, on the east side of the main plaza (tel. 669/981-2121). Hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5:30pm, Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.