What to do in Mazatlán

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Mazatlán Attractions

Mazatlan is Mexico's Pacific Pearl and is one of the top tourist cities on the west coast. Mazatlan has many beaches and local fun spots for a vacation and when you travel here, you'll be welcomed to a coastal city where you can kick back and enjoy your time relaxing. There are countless things to do in Mazatlan and many places to note on the map, but here are a few, which may catch your eye.

One of the best places to start your Mazatlan activities is at the Plaza Machado. This plaza is lined with palm trees, cafes, and courtyards, with an iron gazebo in the middle of the plaza serving as a center stage for street performers and other shows. This place is a good location to take a walk or dine in the evening after a day of touring the city.

A must see in Mazatlan is the Angela Peralta Theater, a beautiful and lively performance center where you will be treated to excellent performances and fancy seating. Put the Huana Coa Canopy Adventure on your list of Mazatlan tours, which features a zip line through the woods and the hills of the Sinaloa area. One of the chief attractions in Mazatlan is the Mazatlan Cathedral, one of Mexico's most magnificent churches. Included in the cathedral are 28 stained glass windows and a pipe organ built by Aristide Cavaille-Coll, one of the best organ builders of all time.

Other Mazatlan excursions might include scuba diving in some of the reefs off the coast of the city, surfing, or parasailing. Or you may be interested in an afternoon of golf at the Club de Golf Campestre, one of Mazatlan's top golf clubs. Whether you're in the mood to go on long sightseeing trips, or just spend a day at one of Mazatlan's beaches or spas, you can book your visit here by searching Expedia.com and scheduling the dates you wish to visit.

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Free Things to Do in Mazatlan

There's no need to run your credit card hot in Mazatlan. The following won't even cost a penny.

Old Mazatlán - Get educated on some of the historical events of the region through this attraction.

Republic Square - Discover for yourself why locals and visitors alike love the vibe of this place.

Jose Maria Pino Suarez Municipal Market - Widely recognized among those who live here, this site is worth exploring.

Immaculate Conception Cathedral - Work on your spiritual side or simply savor the peaceful ambiance at this sacred site.

Olas Altas Beach - Bounce rocks across the water, watch the sun rise or simply appreciate the views from the shore.

Caverna del Diablo - Contemplate the contrast between the urban jungle and nature's rugged beauty at this beautiful location.

Things to Do in Mazatlan with Kids

Mazatlan is a superb destination for a family vacation. Take the youngsters along and enjoy these top family friendly experiences together:


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Frequently asked questions

What should I not miss in Mazatlan?
Impress everyone back home by snapping a selfie at El Faro Lighthouse.
Are there cheap things to do in Mazatlan?
What can you do in Mazatlan for free?
You’ll barely have time to pull your wallet out of your bag with so many wonderful free things to do:

  • Plaza Machado
  • Olas Altas Beach
  • Cerritos Beach
  • Playa Norte

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