Mazatlan

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 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

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 AU$95 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Dorada resort is within a 15-minute walk of Playa Brujas, Punta Camaron Beach and Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of ...
3.8/5 Good! (985 reviews)
"Good customer service"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2021

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 AU$116 per night from 17 Nov. to 17 Nov.
Located in Zona Dorada, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Playa Brujas and Islands and Protected Areas of ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (963 reviews)
"i loved the location. everything was excessible."

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan
Holiday Inn Resort Mazatlan
Holiday Inn Resort Mazatlan
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Playa Gaviotas 220, Zona Dorada, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is AU$111 per night from 7 Nov. to 7 Nov.
Located in Zona Dorada, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, just steps away from Punta Camaron Beach and Playa Brujas. Islands and Protected ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (966 reviews)
"Nice rooms. Great location. Too noisy however."

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2021

Holiday Inn Resort Mazatlan
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Torrenza Boutique Resorts
Torrenza Boutique Resorts
4 out of 5
Av Sabalo Cerritos sn Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is AU$147 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
This family-friendly Mazatlan aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Cerritos Beach, Mazatlan International Center and Galerias Mazatlan. ...
3.5/5 Good! (228 reviews)
"Pool hours need to be extended couple hours more"

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

Torrenza Boutique Resorts
Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
3 out of 5
Av Sabalo Cerritos, Esq. Lopez Portillo, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is AU$179 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (282 reviews)
"It’s a great place, great location, but gym was closed and no one knew why, and a lot of regulars who monopolized some facilities…overall though I would recommend..,"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2021

Torres Mazatlan Condominiums
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 AU$193 per night from 16 Nov. to 16 Nov.
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! (97 reviews)
"Food sas wonderful, property is beautiful, and the sky is dark enough to watch the Milky Way and a lot of stars and constellations."

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

Luxury Suite By Estrella del Mar
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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