Relaxing Mazatlan is calling! Discover its beaches, entertainment, oceanfront, and more.

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.

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Beaches, Entertainment and Live Music

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Where to stay in Mazatlan

Zona Dorada
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Zona Dorada

Beaches, Shopping, Dining

Island hopping, wildlife spotting, beaches and nightclubs are among the biggest draws to Mazatlán's lively and eclectic district of fun and entertainment.

Downtown Mazatlan
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Downtown Mazatlan

Beaches, Entertainment, Dining

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Downtown Mazatlan. A stop by Plaza Machado or Olas Altas Beach might round out your trip.

Cerritos
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Cerritos

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

Centro Historico
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Centro Historico

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

Balcones de Loma Linda
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Balcones de Loma Linda

When in Balcones de Loma Linda, you can plan a visit to Plaza Machado and Olas Altas Beach, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Olímpica
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Olímpica

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Olímpica and surrounding area, you can visit Mazatlan Aquarium and Playa Norte.

Top Hotels in Mazatlan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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thelocal Hotels Mazatlan
4 out of 5
Av. Camaron Sabalo 905, Zona Costera, Mazatlan, SIN
$83/night
Sep 21 - Sep 22
4.1/5Very Good! (241 reviews)

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. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (241 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly from Bartenders to bellhop. Martin and Abel were great!!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

thelocal Hotels Mazatlan
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The Palms Resort of Mazatlan
3 out of 5
Av. Camaron Sabalo 696, Zona Dorada, Mazatlan, SIN
$57/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
4.1/5Very Good! (1,410 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Dorada resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Punta Camaron Beach, Playa Norte, and Mazatlan Aquarium. El Cid Country Club Golf Course ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,410 reviews)

"Staff was nice and the property looks good but could use a few updates. The only thing I did not like was the pool. It was dirty and had tons of sand in it. The bar service was not very good and the prices for drinks are high for the amount you get. Also we got charged the same price for a piña colada ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2019

The Palms Resort of Mazatlan
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The Inn At Mazatlan
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Camaron Sabalo 6291, Zona Dorada, Mazatlan, SIN
$107/night
Sep 16 - Sep 17
3.9/5Very Good! (951 reviews)

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

3.9/5Very Good! (951 reviews)

"I come to mazatlan once a year. And i have had bad experiences with. The hotels i stayed in; but by far this was the absolute best. I will visit next year. And i will book my stay with. This hotel. Again!!!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2019

The Inn At Mazatlan

Popular things to do in Mazatlan

El Faro Lighthouse
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El Faro Lighthouse

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.

Plaza Machado
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Plaza Machado

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

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

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.

Witches Beach
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Witches Beach

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

Jose Maria Pino Suarez Municipal Market
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Jose Maria Pino Suarez Municipal Market

Experience a sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells and sample authentic Mexican dishes at this 20th-century marketplace.

Top activities in Mazatlan

TEN ISLANDS EXPEDITION
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TEN ISLANDS EXPEDITION

$41

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.

Mazatlan City Tour by FunBus
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Mazatlan City Tour by FunBus

$25

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.

Canopy Tour & Mezcal Tasting
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Canopy Tour & Mezcal Tasting

$75

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.

Canopy & ATV Combo Tour with Mezcal Tasting
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Canopy & ATV Combo Tour with Mezcal Tasting

$125

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.

Full-Day Tour to Malpica, Concordia & Copala
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Full-Day Tour to Malpica, Concordia & Copala

$69

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.

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

$37

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.

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Warming up in Mazatlán
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Warming up in Mazatlán

Indulging in the warmth and comfort of Mazatlan, Mexico

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