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Mazatlan
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 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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $71 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Located in Zona Dorada, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Brujas, Cerritos Beach, and Playa Norte. Mazatlan ...
4/5Very Good! (1,020 reviews)
"Dulce at reception was exceptional great! And Alonso the baggage gentleman was superb. Great place to stay. The service was awesome! I would definitely come back."

Reviewed on Jun. 1, 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 $101 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
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! (817 reviews)
"The location was awesome."

Reviewed on Jun. 4, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
Riu Emerald Bay All Inclusive
Riu Emerald Bay All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Calzada Camaron Sabalo, Zona Costera Cerritos 3404, Mazatlan, SIN
Nestled on the beach, this Cerritos property is within a 5-minute walk of Mazagua Aquatic Park and Witches Beach. Cerritos Beach and Mazatlan International Center ...
3.9/5Good! (973 reviews)
"The staff was exceptional in every area of the hotel from room to pool to restaurants as well as front desk! The sit down restaurants were delicious, the buffets were expansive with lots to choose from. If I had anything that I would have wished for it would be room service coffee or coffee in room ..."

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

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.
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 $56 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 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! (174 reviews)
"good price for a 1 night stay while just passing thru, northbound for Arizona. Weak internet, no elevator - second time i've stayed here. friendly and clean, close to main drag, recommended for commuting thru Mazatlan but not if you're looking for waterfront."

Reviewed on Apr. 18, 2021

Marena Suites and Apartments
Torrenza Boutique Resorts
Torrenza Boutique Resorts
4 out of 5
Av Sabalo Cerritos sn Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $173 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
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! (212 reviews)
"Pool hours need to be extended couple hours more"

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Torrenza Boutique Resorts
Villa Serena Centro Histórico
Villa Serena Centro Histórico
3 out of 5
Heriberto Frías #1610, Col. Centro, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $120 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in Downtown Mazatlan, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Machado and Olas Altas Beach. Playa Norte and El Faro Lighthouse are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (14 reviews)
"Small and cute stay in place, good price"

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Villa Serena Centro Histórico
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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