Sharon Holmes

   My first trip to Mazatlan was in 1984 for a two week vacation.  I really enjoyed the mexican hospitality and culture so brought my husband Marvin  back a couple of years later.  We both vacationed here and other places in Mexico for a number of years.   After  having 35  years of service with a major financial institution in Canada I decided to take early retirement.  We were searching for a location that was a great escape front the long, cold winters in Saskatchewan.  Our love for Mazatlan drew us back here where  we purchased a home in a mexican neighbourhood.  We are honoured to live here for six months each year and enjoy the interaction with our mexican neighbours.   We enjoy volunteering for Mazatlan Tourist Aides as we have the opportunity to meet many tourists and answer their questions therefore helping to make their vacation more enjoyable.

Next Meeting

Because we are a volunteers group, I try to keep meetings to a minium. (It can become a strain to volunteer and make meetings.) But 2 or 3 times a year we will get together just to share ideas and feedback. If you have any questions, just e-mail me at   and put "Tourist Aides Info" in the subject line. I will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Our Supporters

We receive a LOT of help from SECTUR which is the Sinaloa State Secretary of Tourism. They provide us with T-Shirts, maps, and ID badges so we are 'Official'! Our contacts with SECTUR are Pavel Jimenez and Ivan Pico. Their dedication and professionalism is a big reason why we are able to do what we do. It is also a nice fringe benefit that we get several 'extra's a year from SECTUR and from the support provided by the U.S. Consular Agent here in Mazatlan, Luis Ramirez. Between them we have had special trips, invitations to concerts, and sometimes special seating for concerts and shows. It is not ALL work!!

We really appreciate Beachfront Host who donates the server space to host this website.

We want to thank Simon Lynds who paid the bulk of the cost for our first batch of T-Shirts. Thanks Si !! Since then, the Secretary of Tourism ( SECTUR ) has been supplying T-Shirts to all our volunteers. They also supply us with hundreds of maps that we give out free to tourists who can use them. This is a huge help.

A big thanks to Beachfront Web who donated their time and talents to create this website.