Overview Mazatlan

Visiting Mazatlan

The largest city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, Mazatlan’s picturesque landscape, great nightlife and over 20 miles of beaches have made it a wildly popular destination for beach bums, spring-breakers and honeymooners alike.

Once a thriving commercial seaport, Mazatlan’s primary industry now is tourism, and it shows. With over twenty miles of beaches, lined with resort hotels, the city is packed with opportunities for almost any visitor. Any number of tours ferry visitors between the city and nearby Deer Island and Stone Island, where activities like banana boating and horseback riding are perennial favorites. The area also boasts a thriving snorkeling scene, with tropical fish, sea turtles, dolphins and whales gracing its waters.

Not all of Mazatlan is beaches and bikinis, however; Old Mazatlan boasts historical mainstays like the Angela Peralta... Read More
The largest city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, Mazatlan’s picturesque landscape, great nightlife and over 20 miles of beaches have made it a wildly popular destination for beach bums, spring-breakers and honeymooners alike.

Once a thriving commercial seaport, Mazatlan’s primary industry now is tourism, and it shows. With over twenty miles of beaches, lined with resort hotels, the city is packed with opportunities for almost any visitor. Any number of tours ferry visitors between the city and nearby Deer Island and Stone Island, where activities like banana boating and horseback riding are perennial favorites. The area also boasts a thriving snorkeling scene, with tropical fish, sea turtles, dolphins and whales gracing its waters.

Not all of Mazatlan is beaches and bikinis, however; Old Mazatlan boasts historical mainstays like the Angela Peralta Theater and the Centro Mercado that remain perennial favorites. Named after the famed Mexican opera singer, the historic Angela Peralta Theater hosts many of Mazatlan’s most important cultural events, from ballet to opera to rock concerts. The Centro Mercado is the thriving commercial hub of the city, a packed marketplace teeming with people, produce, seafood and handicrafts.

Once you’ve booked your flight and picked a hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers who’ve had their share of tan lines and cervaza fria. See you on the beach.    Close

Stories and Tips Mazatlan

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Other To-Dos

Written by HeatherPat on 28 Jan, 2003

--Get your hair braided. One of the vendors on the beach will want to braid your hair. You can have just part done, or your whole head. Beads are negotiable. The cost is $10-40 US. You get what you pay for, but bargains can be…Read More


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Fun days

Written by Ken & Alice on 04 Feb, 2001

The things we really enjoyed were: the swims in the very warm water, the boogie boarding till we couldn't even walk anymore (including the crashes when we tried to double up on a board), the sailboat ride, the games in the pool, the beer drinking…Read More


SINALOA NARCO-CULTURE

Written by javili on 02 May, 2001

My home state, Sinaloa, has the biggest and most intense narcotics industry in North America. Never mind about the famous Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez "cartels": they are dependent upon Sinaloa financing, production, and control. Apart from most of them having come from Sinaloa…Read More


MAZATALAN MUSICPart IV:Trios

Written by javili on 02 May, 2001

Some of the most beautiful Mexican music, and the music which is easiest for foreigners to appreciate, is Trios. I don't mean that in the jazz or classical sense of anything played by or written for three musicians: Trios is a special kind of…Read More


MAZATALAN MUSICPart I: Country/Northern

Written by javili on 02 May, 2001

Musically, Mazatlan is a major spot on Mexico's musical map. Not as much so as Mexico City or Guadalajara, perhaps, but for a city of our modest size (currently about a quarter of a million souls, another few thousand of the soul-less), and isolation…Read More


Beisbol - Venados Baseball

Written by tedblais on 24 Jan, 2004

This was great. We're big baseball fans, so when we found out the Mazatlan Venados had a playoff game, we had to go. Our concierge was able to get us tickets---not usually a problem but these were the playoffs---for about $10 each. It's very much…Read More


Tips for Mazatlan

Written by imop on 07 Mar, 2004

Getting around in Mazatlan is very easy. Grab a bus for just a few cents and you can get anywhere you want to go. Pulmonias are open-air taxis that are also very reasonable. Taxi drivers are not tipped in Mazatlan, though I…Read More


The Central Market -- A Taste of Mexico!

Written by katyjill on 30 Mar, 2004

Each year when we spend our week in Mazatlan the first thing we do is hop on a bus to the market in the central downtown area. What a colorful place! You will find bakeries, cheese makers, vegetable and fruit stands, and a…Read More


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Mazatlan is a Mood

Written by Coronado Bob & Berie on 12 Nov, 2004

As soon as we arrived in Mazatlan, we felt the general air of fun. Tourists and locals alike just seem to be happy, relaxed, and friendly. While there are guidebook recommendations of places to eat, we are convinced that it would be difficult to have…Read More


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Outside of the Golden Zone

Written by jump4joy on 10 Aug, 2003

Highly recommended is a trip or two or three by bus to downtown Mazatlan. By this, we do not mean the Golden Zone, but the streets outside of the market, Viejo Mazatlan, and all the areas of the ocean walkway known as the Malecon. It…Read More


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