Mazatlán

Travel Guide
Mazatlan featuring 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 MariaPino 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 Mazatlán

The Palms Resort of Mazatlan
The Palms Resort of Mazatlan
3 out of 5
Av. Camaron Sabalo 696, Zona Dorada, Mazatlán, SIN, 82110
The price is AU$156 per night from 10 Sep. to 11 Sep.
Stay at this 3-star beach resort in Mazatlán. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,003 reviews)
"Stay was wonderful, love the diiñning options the distance to the beach. Check in did take me 40minutes"

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2022

The Palms Resort of Mazatlan
DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
4 out of 5
Av. Camaron Sabalo 905, Zona Costera, Mazatlán, SIN, 82148
The price is AU$157 per night from 12 Sep. to 13 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Mazatlán. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,090 reviews)
"Great location with wonderful views."

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2022

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, Mazatlán, SIN, 82110
Stay at this 3.5-star beach resort in Mazatlán. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,006 reviews)
"The service from the staff was awesome. Liked the upgrades the hotel is doing. And very clean."

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2022

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.
Villa Serena Centro Histórico
Villa Serena Centro Histórico
3 out of 5
Heriberto Frías #1610, Col. Centro, Mazatlán, SIN, 82000
The price is AU$125 per night from 1 Sep. to 2 Sep.
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Mazatlán. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (34 reviews)
"It was the exact right place for me. It felt like Melrose Place meets Mazatlan. Iveru beautiful. I am going to actually live there soon!!!"

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2022

Villa Serena Centro Histórico
Luxury Suites By Estrella del Mar
Luxury Suites By Estrella del Mar
4 out of 5
Carretera Estatal, Barron Isla de la Piedra km10, Mazatlán, SIN, 82266
The price is AU$244 per night from 18 Aug. to 19 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Mazatlán. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Popular attraction Estrella de Mar Golf Course is located ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (189 reviews)
"So lovely the environment everything was so nice"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2022

Luxury Suites By Estrella del Mar
Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
3 out of 5
Av Sabalo Cerritos, Esq. Lopez Portillo, Mazatlán, SIN, 82112
The price is AU$302 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Mazatlán. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (343 reviews)
"This is a very safe property. All staff members are very alert and attentive to specific needs. The Kids Club is great and the staff there welcoming! We had a super time and will be returning next year!"

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2022

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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