Mazatlán

Travel Guide
Mazatlan showing rugged coastline and a sandy 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 MariaPino 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 Mazatlán

DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
4 out of 5
Av. Camaron Sabalo 905, Zona Costera, Mazatlán, SIN, 82148
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $153 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Mazatlán. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,057 reviews)
"Nice option"

Reviewed on Jun. 28, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
Hotel Playa Mazatlan
Hotel Playa Mazatlan
3 out of 5
Av. Playa Gaviotas 202, Mazatlán, SIN, 82110
The price is CA $593 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Mazatlán. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (965 reviews)
"We had a great stay at HPM. Staff was friendly and property was in great condition. Food was great, although we only tried the snack bar as we didn’t have the all inclusive package. Pools were very nice and so was the beach area. Room was adequate for our needs and had a great ocean view. We had ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 13, 2022

Hotel Playa Mazatlan
Riu Emerald Bay All Inclusive
Riu Emerald Bay All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Calzada Camaron Sabalo, Zona Costera Cerritos 3404, Mazatlán, SIN, 82110
Stay at this 3.5-star beach property in Mazatlán. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
3.8/5 Good! (959 reviews)
"We have stayed at several Riu’s in Mexico and we have always thought the food was good and the place was clean. The Riu in Mazatlan was the complete opposite! We never saw anyone cleaning. The pools were cloudy, the chairs and pool deck were dirty and common areas have obviously not been cleaned. ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 22, 2022

Riu Emerald Bay 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.
Zafiro Beach Boutique Resort
Zafiro Beach Boutique Resort
4 out of 5
Av Sabalo Cerritos sn Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlán, SIN, 82112
The price is CA $189 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 29
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Mazatlán. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in ...
3.4/5 Good! (243 reviews)
"The ocean was couple feet away ! Beautiful view , great service, great customer service, condo are amazing"

Reviewed on Feb. 27, 2022

Zafiro Beach Boutique Resort
Luxury Suites By Estrella del Mar
Luxury Suites By Estrella del Mar
4 out of 5
Carretera Estatal, Barron Isla de la Piedra km10, Mazatlán, SIN, 82266
The price is CA $207 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Mazatlán. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Popular attraction Estrella de Mar Golf Course is located ...
4/5 Very Good! (160 reviews)
"It’s a beautiful property. We loved the pool. The only thing, is there’s still a lot of construction and no bar service available in pool bar or activities in pool. Staff very friendly. Food is good!"

Reviewed on Jun. 26, 2022

Luxury Suites By Estrella del Mar
Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
3 out of 5
Av Sabalo Cerritos, Esq. Lopez Portillo, Mazatlán, SIN, 82112
The price is CA $233 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Mazatlán. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (328 reviews)
"This is a very safe property. All staff members are very alert and attentive to specific needs. The Kids Club is great and the staff there welcoming! We had a super time and will be returning next year!"

Reviewed on Jun. 29, 2022

Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
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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