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

Park Inn by Radisson Mazatlán
Park Inn by Radisson Mazatlán
3.5 out of 5
Av. Sábalo Cerritos 3170-A, Cerritos, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $55 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Nestled on the beach, this Mazatlan hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mazatlan International Center and Witches Beach. Playa Norte and Mazatlan Aquarium are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (543 reviews)
"Modern, but very reasonable price for January 4-8, 2022. Coffee maker, coffee and 1 water daily in room. We received an upgrade with ocean view and balcony. Spacious, clean room and restroom. Affordable prices at restaurant. Hotel by the beach. For some, they will prefer a bigger swimming pool and ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 10, 2022

Park Inn by Radisson Mazatlán
Costa De Oro Beach Hotel
Costa De Oro Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Av. Camaron Sabalo No 710 Zona Dorada, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $75 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Dorada resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Brujas, El Cid Country Club Golf Course, and Mazatlan Aquarium. Punta Camaron Beach ...
3.8/5 Good! (966 reviews)
"I liked that there was a door out to a small patio for more ventilation, and there were bars on the patio where I could hang dry my bathing suits and other clothes."

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2022

Costa De Oro Beach Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
4 out of 5
Av. Camaron Sabalo 905, Zona Costera, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is CA $96 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Zona Dorada, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Brujas, El Cid Country Club Golf Course, and Cerritos ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,004 reviews)
"Especially we are satisfied of the bar supervisor Augustine"

Reviewed on Jan. 10, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton 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.
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 $51 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in Zona Dorada, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Playa Brujas and within 3 mi (5 km) of El Cid Country Club Golf Course and Cerritos Beach. Mazatlan ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (227 reviews)
"It was great for my needs"

Reviewed on Dec. 30, 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 $138 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
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. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (112 reviews)
"The property was beautiful. We stayed in a villa with ocean view and everything was wonderful. The food was amazing. The only thing that I did not like was the restroom. The shower was missing a door so water got everywhere. A boutique/souvenir store would have been perfect since its location is ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 26, 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 $186 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (305 reviews)
"Staff has been there for years and years. Compliments to the organization that keeps their staff happy as this passes down to the guests"

Reviewed on Dec. 16, 2021

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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