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Mazatlan
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Mazatlan

DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
4 out of 5
Av. Camaron Sabalo 905, Zona Costera, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $83 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Zona Dorada, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Brujas, Cerritos Beach, and Mazatlan Aquarium. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (703 reviews)

"Clean and with great service plus a beautiful location"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
Hotel Playa Mazatlan
Hotel Playa Mazatlan
3 out of 5
Ave Playa Gaviotas 202, PO Box 207, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $87 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

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

4.1/5Very Good! (989 reviews)

"Loved my stay there .Staff,Facility were all very Helpful. I very recommended it. This was my first time here. It was best experience"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2021

Hotel Playa Mazatlan
Holiday Inn Resort Mazatlan
Holiday Inn Resort Mazatlan
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Playa Gaviotas 220, Zona Dorada, Mazatlan, SIN
Free cancellation
The price is CA $84 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

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! (789 reviews)

"Todo fue super bien, la vista, el servicio, el personal excelente"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2021

Holiday Inn Resort Mazatlan
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.

Vacation Rentals in Mazatlan

Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
3 out of 5
Av Sabalo Cerritos, Esq. Lopez Portillo, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $134 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Nestled on the beach, this Mazatlan aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marina Mazatlan Golf Course and Cerritos Beach. Mazatlan International Center and Witches ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (220 reviews)
One of the best values in Mazatlan

"This is one of the best values I have ever experienced in a resort. The location, room size, and pool areas were amazing. The staff was amazing, and very helpful. I also felt safe with the pandemic precautions they have in place now. The only critique I have is the bed and couch were firm (as others ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 5, 2020

Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
Torrenza Boutique Resorts
Torrenza Boutique Resorts
4 out of 5
Av Sabalo Cerritos sn Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $96 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

This family-friendly Mazatlan aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Cerritos Beach, Mazatlan International Center, and Galerias Mazatlan. ...

3.5/5Good! (207 reviews)

"It was good just for the dust in the kitchen"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 18, 2020

Torrenza Boutique Resorts
Marena Suites and Apartments
Marena Suites and Apartments
3 out of 5
Boulevard del Marlin # 5305, Fracc.Sabalo Country Club, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $39 per night from Mar 19 to Mar 20

Located in Zona Dorada, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Playa Brujas and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cerritos Beach and Mazatlan International Center. Islands ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (157 reviews)
afe spot in mazatlan

"Always a good value"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2020

Marena Suites and Apartments
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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Reviews of Mazatlan

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 23, 2020

The people here are friendly and helpful.

5/5 - Excellent

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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

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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

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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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