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Mazatlan

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Mazatlan showing rocky coastline and a beach as well as a family

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

DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
4 out of 5
Av. Camaron Sabalo 905, Zona Costera, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is $85 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Located in Zona Dorada, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Brujas, Cerritos Beach, and Mazatlan Aquarium. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (880 reviews)
"Nothing but everything good"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
Hotel Playa Mazatlan
Hotel Playa Mazatlan
3 out of 5
Ave Playa Gaviotas 202, PO Box 207, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is $97 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Dorada hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Playa Brujas, Mazatlan Aquarium, and Playa Norte. Punta Camaron Beach and Sea Shell City ...
4.1/5Very Good! (976 reviews)
"The staff was wonderful. Very helpful and accommodating."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Hotel Playa Mazatlan
Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan - All Inclusive
Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Camaron Sabalo 2121, Fracc. Sabalo Country, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is $419 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Dorada property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Brujas, Cerritos Beach, and Mazatlan International Center. Punta Camaron Beach ...
Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Marena Suites and Apartments
Marena Suites and Apartments
3 out of 5
Boulevard del Marlin # 5305, Fracc.Sabalo Country Club, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is $46 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
Located in Zona Dorada, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Playa Brujas and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cerritos Beach and Mazatlan International Center. Islands ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (188 reviews)
"Overall very clean and the staff super friendly and easy to get along with!"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Marena Suites and Apartments
Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
3 out of 5
Av Sabalo Cerritos, Esq. Lopez Portillo, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is $120 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
Nestled on the beach, this Mazatlan aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marina Mazatlan Golf Course and Cerritos Beach. Mazatlan International Center and Witches ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (256 reviews)
"The staff at Torres mazatlan are the best!"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
Villa Serena Centro Histórico
Villa Serena Centro Histórico
3 out of 5
Heriberto Frías #1610, Col. Centro, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is $62 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
Located in Downtown Mazatlan, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Machado and Olas Altas Beach. Playa Norte and El Faro Lighthouse are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (19 reviews)
"The property is in a very good location. It is walking distance to many places. The property was clean when we checked in but there was no cleaning services. We had to contact the manager for towels and toilet paper."

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

Villa Serena Centro Histórico
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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