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MazatlanMexico

With miles of coastline and a charming historic center, this is one of the most inviting beach destinations on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

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.

Where to stay in Mazatlan

Zona Dorada featuring a sandy beach, mountains and general coastal views

Zona Dorada

4/5Very Good!(761 area reviews)

Travelers to Zona Dorada praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Sea Shell City Museum and Playa Brujas.

Zona Dorada
Plaza Machado featuring cafe lifestyle

Downtown Mazatlan

4.5/5Wonderful!(64 area reviews)

Downtown Mazatlan is a destination visitors seek out for is beaches, abundant dining options, and seaside views. You might want to check out attractions like Plaza Machado or Olas Altas Beach while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Downtown Mazatlan
Mazatlan featuring waves and a beach

Cerritos

4/5Very Good!(71 area reviews)

While visiting Cerritos, you might make a stop by sights like Witches Beach and Cerritos Beach.

Cerritos
Mazatlan featuring a sunset, a coastal town and a sandy beach

Centro Historico

While visiting Centro Historico, you might make a stop by sights like Plaza Machado and Olas Altas Beach.

Centro Historico
Balcones de Loma Linda, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico

Balcones de Loma Linda

While visiting Balcones de Loma Linda, you might make a stop by sights like Monumento Mujer Mazalteca and The Mazatlan Malecón.

Balcones de Loma Linda
Great place to visit. Follow the blue line.. Lots to see.

Federico Velarde

Though Federico Velarde might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Mazatlan Aquarium and Teodoro Mariscal Stadium.

Federico Velarde

Top Hotels in Mazatlan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Palms Resort of Mazatlan
The Palms Resort of Mazatlan
3 out of 5
Av. Camaron Sabalo 696, Zona Dorada, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is $50 per night

Located in Zona Dorada, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Brujas, Cerritos Beach, and Playa Norte. Mazatlan ...

4/5Very Good! (1,014 reviews)

"Everything about our trip and stay at the resort was great!!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

The Palms Resort of Mazatlan
Holiday Inn Resort Mazatlan
Holiday Inn Resort Mazatlan
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Playa Gaviotas 220, Zona Dorada, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is $64 per night

Located in Zona Dorada, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Punta Camaron Beach, Playa Norte, and Mazatlan Aquarium. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (645 reviews)
Confirmation

"Brno and Holiday Inn did NOT have the same confirmation. Confusing to everyone involved..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Holiday Inn Resort Mazatlan
Costa De Oro Beach Hotel
Costa De Oro Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Av. Camaron Sabalo No 710 Zona Dorada, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is $58 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Dorada resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Brujas, Playa Norte, and Mazatlan Aquarium. Punta Camaron Beach and Islands and ...

3.8/5Good! (953 reviews)

"Great hotel, very clean and sanitized rooms. Air conditioning a little noisy but let’s you sleep"…"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Costa De Oro Beach Hotel

Popular places to visit in Mazatlan

Plaza Machado
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Plaza Machado

4.5/5(304 reviews)

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.

Olas Altas Beach
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Olas Altas Beach

4.5/5(130 reviews)

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.

Playa Norte
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Playa Norte

4/5(132 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Playa Norte, a popular beach in Mazatlan. Stroll along the seaside in this family-friendly area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

El Faro Lighthouse
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El Faro Lighthouse

4.5/5(176 reviews)

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.

Witches Beach
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Witches Beach

4.5/5(124 reviews)

Swim, surf big waves and work on your tan at this beautiful and quiet beach located along Mexico's Pacific shoreline.

El Mirador
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El Mirador

4.5/5(117 reviews)

Ascend the staircase to reach the romantic restaurant atop this cliff for the panoramic views of the ocean and its rocks.

Top things to do in Mazatlan

Stone Island Cruise & Beach Day
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Stone Island Cruise & Beach Day

$37
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Mazatlan City Tour by FunBus
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Mazatlan City Tour by FunBus

$25
Per adult
Deer Island Catamaran Tour with Lunch
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Deer Island Catamaran Tour with Lunch

$65
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Canopy Tour & Mezcal Tasting
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Canopy Tour & Mezcal Tasting

$75
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Tequila Factory Tour
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Tequila Factory Tour

$50
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
El Quelite Rural Tour
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El Quelite Rural Tour

$44
Per adult

Reviews of Mazatlan

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
474
5 - Excellent 60%
4 - Good
237
4 - Good 30%
3 - Okay
62
3 - Okay 7.848101265822785%
2 - Disappointing
12
2 - Disappointing 1.518987341772152%
1 - Terrible
5
1 - Terrible 0.6329113924050633%

5/5 - Excellent

Anonymous

Apr 7, 2020

Greatest beach and coastal city in Mexico

4/5 - Good

Ray

Apr 2, 2020

They are replacing and upgrading the streets causing some traffic delays,but by next year the work should be done and should have smooth sailing.

5/5 - Excellent

Oswaldo

Mar 28, 2020

Its a beatiful place where you can relax, have fun, eat excellent and meet arts and diversity. You won't regret it!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 27, 2020

We love Mazatlan! We have been coming here for 30 years.

5/5 - Excellent

ND

Mar 23, 2020

Great food everywhere . Pulmonia tour a must.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

We loved going to the Lighthouse, but be prepared for a hike. And bring water! Also take a ferry taxi to Stone Island for the day! Lots to do there. Explore downtown! Casa 46 is an excellent restaurant! Take a red truck at night to the local bars!

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