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What to Do in Mazatlan: Must See Attractions

Mazatlan 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 and scheduling the dates you wish to visit.

Things to Do in Mazatlan with Kids

Mazatlan boasts loads of nearby fun activities for you and your kids. Our family friendly experiences will keep the crew happy for hours.

Free Things to Do in Mazatlan

A visit to Mazatlan need not cost a fortune. You can leave your wallet behind if you go to:

Old Mazatlán - If you plan to explore the history of the area through its landmarks, add this one to your to-do list.

Republic Square - This vibrant location is a popular rendezvous point for both locals and visitors.

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

Immaculate Conception Cathedral - Enjoy some quiet reflection and find out a thing or two about this site's religious significance.

Olas Altas Beach - Keep a lookout for pretty shells and other little treasures peppered along the coastline here.

Caverna del Diablo - Kick back and let the natural surrounds here quieten your mind.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Mazatlan

Zona Dorada

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

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.



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

Centro Historico

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

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.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I not miss in Mazatlan?

Impress your loved ones back home by snapping a selfie in front of El Faro Lighthouse.

What can you do in Mazatlan for free?

You'll hardly have time to grab your wallet out of your pocket with so many great free things to do:

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