Sinaloa

Mexico
Plaza Machado showing a square or plaza and a garden as well as a small group of people

Taste some of the country’s finest fresh produce right at the source in this laid-back agricultural heartland, known as the breadbasket of Mexico.

With its seemingly endless surf breaks, traditional fishing towns and wide expanses of farmland, Sinaloa is a beautiful state for seaside getaways and market-fresh dining experiences. Try delicious seafood dishes and regional liqueurs, listen to traditional banda music or watch locals playing ulama, an ancient Mesoamerican ballgame.

Find Sinaloa’s premier beach destination, Mazatlán, in the south of the state. Once a busy 19th-century port, Mazatlán still possesses some beautifully preserved historic architecture and a string of gorgeous beaches. Hike to the El Faro Lighthouse or join a big-game fishing charter tour. Surf, kitesurf, Jet Ski or water ski in the waters off its broad beaches. Playa Bruja is a local favorite for surfers.

Head to the state’s northern end to Topolobampo, a seaport city that looks out across the gulf to Baja California Sur. Nearby is the transportation hub of Los Mochis, which has several nightclubs that host local banda music performances. Discover the nearby islet of Farallón de San Ignacio to see a towering geological formation as well as a range of seabirds, seals and sea lions.

El Fuerte is a historic city located inland with a collection of beautiful colonial-era buildings, including pretty plazas, churches and the City Hall. The city owed its wealth to the mines of the nearby “Copper Canyon” and its opulent architecture remains well preserved. Explore the nearby rural communities for the chance to witness umala ballgames and sample damiana, a sweet local herb liqueur.

Sinaloa is a northwestern state of Mexico that stretches along an extensive strip of the Gulf of California. Sinaloa’s major international airports are in Los Mochis and Culiacán. Alternatively, ride a train to Los Mochis from Chihuahua or catch a ferry between Topolobampo and La Paz. The region can be traversed by bus but it is recommended you do not travel by car outside of the resort area of Mazatlán.

Popular cities in Sinaloa

Mazatlan showing rocky coastline and a beach as well as a family
Mazatlán
Known for Dining, Beach view and Entertainment
With miles of coastline and a charming historic center, this is one of the most inviting beach destinations on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

Reasons to visit

  • Plaza Machado
  • Jose Maria Pino Suarez Municipal Market
  • Republic Square
Culiacan
Culiacan
Known for Dining, Shopping and Cathedrals
Trip time! Discover the local cuisine, entertainment, and live music in Culiacan.
Los Mochis
Los Mochis
Known for Dining, Ferries and boats and Business
Los Mochis awaits: its beaches, food, culture, and more!
Guamuchil
Guamuchil
Known for Shopping
Head to sights like Guamuchil Municipal Market and Guamuchil Municipal Square as you discover Guamuchil.
Guasave
Guasave
Known for Universities and Natural parks
Love university life and parks? Get away to Guasave!
El Fuerte
El Fuerte
Known for Walking, Rivers and Running
Come to El Fuerte and enjoy its gardens, riverfront, and history.