Mazatlan

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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 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

The Palms Resort of Mazatlan
The Palms Resort of Mazatlan
3 out of 5
Av. Camaron Sabalo 696, Zona Dorada, Mazatlan, SIN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $59 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Located in Zona Dorada, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Playa Brujas and Islands and Protected Areas of ...
4/5Very Good! (1,006 reviews)
"I like the service , I don’t like that the rooms has mosquitos a lot, and how if you don’t turn on the ac the rooms get very humid and have water all over the tiles where you can slip and fall easy."

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2021

The Palms Resort of 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 $98 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
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. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (931 reviews)
"Always great service when staying at the doubletree Hilton Mazatlán."

Reviewed on Sep. 10, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
Gaviana Resort
Gaviana Resort
3.5 out of 5
Av. Playa Gaviotas 100, Zona Dorada, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $73 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Dorada resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Playa Brujas, Mazatlan Aquarium, and Playa Norte. Punta Camaron Beach and Sea Shell City ...
4.1/5Very Good! (627 reviews)
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Reviewed on Aug. 21, 2021

Gaviana Resort
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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 $59 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
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! (195 reviews)
"Great place to stay !! Great location, great food."

Reviewed on Aug. 10, 2021

Marena Suites and Apartments
Luxury Suite By Estrella del Mar
Luxury Suite By Estrella del Mar
4 out of 5
Carretera Estatal, Barron Isla de la Piedra km10, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $130 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
This Mazatlan aparthotel is on the beach, 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Estrella de Mar Golf Course, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Fisherman's Monument and Playa Norte. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (87 reviews)
"Beautiful and broad green areas, big and nice suites."

Reviewed on Aug. 23, 2021

Luxury Suite By Estrella del Mar
Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
3 out of 5
Av Sabalo Cerritos, Esq. Lopez Portillo, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $146 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Nestled on the beach, this Mazatlan aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cerritos Beach and Marina Mazatlan Golf Course. Witches Beach and Mazatlan International ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (267 reviews)
"The staff at Torres mazatlan are the best!"

Reviewed on Jul. 22, 2021

Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
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