Known as “the pearl of the Pacific,” Mazatlán has ample sun, sea and sand. Blessed with blue skies and balmy temperatures, this resort is popular with everyone from families to honeymooners to vacationing college students. Discover its beaches, islands and pulsating nightlife.
This oceanfront town came to prominence in the mid-1900s after Hollywood celebrities such as Robert Mitchum and Tony Curtis visited. Today, the city remains a popular vacation spot.
Get a feel for Mazatlán’s colonial history by wandering the cobblestone streets of the Old Town (Centro Histórico). Dine at the open-air restaurants on Plaza Machado and attend concerts at Angela Peralta Theater. Admire the opulent Immaculate Conception Cathedral and people-watch at the tree-shaded Plazuela República. Also worth exploring are the food stalls of José Maria Pino Suárez Municipal Market.
Adjacent to the Old Town is Olas Altas Beach, a much-loved surf spot. If you tire of the beach, head for the Mazatlán Archaeological Museum and Mazatlan Art Museum. A short walk south leads to the Cerro del Creston hill. Hike to the El Faro Lighthouse at the top for panoramic views.
Winding around the coastline from Olas Atlas Beach is the Malecón, a buzzing beachfront esplanade lined with bars, food stands and shops. Stop to see the jaw-dropping stunts performed by locals at Divers Point.
Continue on the Malecón to Playa Norte, an almost 3-mile (5-kilometer) long beach ideal for water sports. Spot colorful marine life at Mazatlán Aquarium and dine at restaurants with ocean views.
Find the bulk of Mazatlán’s hotels and nightlife options in the northern Golden Zone (Zona Dorada). Playa Gaviotas and Playa Sabalo offer safe swimming and water sports, while the nightclub complex Fiesta Land is perfect for dancing.
Reach Mazatlán by flying into Mazatlán International Airport. Rent bikes or use pulmonias (open-top golf cart-style cabs) to get around. Escape the crowds by taking daytrips to the unspoiled Bird Island, Deer Island and Goat Island.
Beaches, Entertainment and Live Music
Hike to this hilltop lighthouse, located on one of the area’s highest points, to enjoy a superb bird’s-eye view of Mazatlán’s beaches, Old Town and peninsula.
Admire colonial-era mansions, listen to live music and people-watch from sidewalk cafés at this sophisticated square in the heart of Mazatlán’s historic center.
Look on as surfers and boogie boarders ride the waves, or take to the water yourself, and enjoy picturesque sunsets from waterfront bars at this centrally located beach.
Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Playa Norte, a popular beach in Mazatlan. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside or experience its entertainment choices.
Swim, surf big waves and work on your tan at this beautiful and quiet beach located along Mexico's Pacific shoreline.
Experience a sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells and sample authentic Mexican dishes at this 20th-century marketplace.
The insular areas (islands, islets, and rocks), of the Gulf of California, represent approximately 50 percent of the insular territory of Mexico and in this route you will be able to know the most important ones for Sinaloa, the ones that are located in front of the port of Mazatlan.
Set out for a guided exploration of Mazatlán’s iconic sites as you take in its bustling shopping districts, historic architecture, and seaside scenery from a comfortable van or motorcoach.
During this Canopy Tour & Mezcal Tasting you will cross eastern Mazatlan’s semi-desert roads on a 45 minute drive to Huana Coa Canopy Adventure ecological park.
Combo: Canopy + ATV Tour is the ideal adventure for adrenaline’s lovers. Explore Mazatlan’s wonderful sceneries with a quiet walk along Sierra Madre paths and, upon arrival almost to the top, be amazed by its panoramic views from above, with an exciting 9 zip-lines canopy tour.
Copala Country Tour begins with a visit to a traditional rustic brick factory, next to the Presidio River, where you can find out the secrets of the traditional art of making these materials by hand. Upon arrival at Malpica village you will discover why its colourful mosaics are so famous.
With a drink in hand, set out from Mazatlán for a scenic cruise to Stone Island, where you can enjoy lunch with your toes in the sand. Then spend the afternoon soaking up the tropical ambiance and swimming in the turquoise waters.