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MazatlanMexico

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 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.

Where to stay in Mazatlan

Zona Dorada featuring mountains, a sandy beach and general coastal views

Zona Dorada

4.5/5Wonderful!(173 area reviews)

Travelers to Zona Dorada praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Sea Shell City Museum and Playa Brujas.

Zona Dorada

Top Hotels in Mazatlan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Emporio Mazatlan
Emporio Mazatlan
3 out of 5
Ave Camaron Sabalo 51, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $82 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Dorada hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Playa Brujas, Playa Norte and Mazatlan Aquarium. Punta Camaron Beach and Monument to the ...

3.8/5Good! (991 reviews)

"This motel was very accomodating..checkin went fast,the room was very big with a balcony overlooking pool area. Restaurant was very good food and the breakfast buffet was amazing and was included in the cost of the room so was free..the only bad part was construction of the road in front of the property ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 29, 2020

Emporio Mazatlan
Oceano Palace Beach Resort - All Inclusive
Oceano Palace Beach Resort - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Ave Camarón Sábalo 2601, Sábalo Country Club, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $119 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Dorada resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Brujas, Cerritos Beach and Mazatlan International Center. Punta Camaron Beach and ...

3.6/5Good! (108 reviews)
excellent servers and attention

"i was given the best service attention by the following servers"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 3, 2020

Oceano Palace Beach Resort - All Inclusive
Holiday Inn Resort Mazatlan
Holiday Inn Resort Mazatlan
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Playa Gaviotas 220, Zona Dorada, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $107 per night

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. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (638 reviews)
Confirmation

"Brno and Holiday Inn did NOT have the same confirmation. Confusing to everyone involved..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

Holiday Inn Resort Mazatlan

Popular places to visit in Mazatlan

Plaza Machado
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Plaza Machado

4.5/5(106 reviews)

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

4/5(64 reviews)

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.

El Faro Lighthouse
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El Faro Lighthouse

4.5/5(57 reviews)

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.

Witches Beach
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Witches Beach

4.5/5(28 reviews)

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

El Mirador
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El Mirador

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Ascend the staircase to reach the romantic restaurant atop this cliff for the panoramic views of the ocean and its rocks.

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

4/5(84 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Mazatlan

Mazatlan City Tour by FunBus
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Mazatlan City Tour by FunBus

CA $34
Per adult
Stone Island Cruise & Beach Day
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Stone Island Cruise & Beach Day

CA $50
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Canopy Tour & Mezcal Tasting
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Canopy Tour & Mezcal Tasting

CA $102
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Canopy & ATV Combo Tour with Mezcal Tasting
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Canopy & ATV Combo Tour with Mezcal Tasting

CA $169
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
TEN ISLANDS EXPEDITION
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TEN ISLANDS EXPEDITION

CA $98
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Tour to Malpica, Concordia & Copala
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Full-Day Tour to Malpica, Concordia & Copala

CA $93
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Mazatlan

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 58.18181818181818%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 34.54545454545455%
3 - Okay
12
3 - Okay 7.2727272727272725%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 23, 2020

The people here are friendly and helpful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 2, 2020

I love Mazatlan! I went there for Carnival, my first time ever. Its a Zoo as Carnivals are meant to be. There was music on the street for 5 days, free concerts, lots of special events. Due to that, some services where at premium rates as expected.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 27, 2020

Mazatlan is a working city first and tourist destination second, a very different experience than our usual go-to of Puerto Vallarta. Getting around is easy once you get familiar with the layout and transportation options. I'd go back.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2020

Many improvements such as the Malecon, new hotels, wonderful Historic Old Town, beautiful beaches, great restaurants.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 11, 2020

Kind of crowded and busy but very friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 8, 2020

Very safe, great food scene, transit accessible.

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