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Mazatlan

Located directly east of the tip of the Baja Peninsula, 12 gorgeous miles of coastline are what defines the “Pearl of the Pacific,” but it’s the outstanding beaches and abundant marine life that gives it luster. Experience the local culture and great dining options in Old Mazatlan, lined with 19th century architecture, markets, cafés, churches, and plazas. Ride on a local “Pulmonia” (open-air taxi) along the 4-mile long Malecón, a great place to savor stunning sunsets. Enjoy an awesome panoramic view and great photo ops from the “Faro” at Crestón Hill, the world’s tallest working natural lighthouse. Anchor down in the Golden Zone, where wonderful resorts make pampering their daily mission.

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Mazatlan Vacations

Located on Mexico's Pacific Coast, Mazatlan's gorgeous 17-mile beach make it a winner among sun destinations. Affectionately known as the Pearl of the Pacific, Mazatlan's beautiful beaches and abundant marine life make it an important site for international fishing tournaments. Mazatlan offers two marinas and fantastic golf courses with beautiful ocean views. In the Golden Zone, a stroll along the famous Malecon is great for shopping and dining. Meanwhile, history buffs will enjoy a visit to Old Mazatlan, the historic center lined with 19th-century architecture. With its markets, churches, cafes, and plazas, life in the traditional neighborhoods carries on much as it did before tourists arrived.

 

Weather

Mazatlan's temperatures average in the 70s year-round. January through March are the cooler months, with typical daytime temps in the low 70s and 80s, while July thru Sept tends to be hot and humid, with daytime average highs in the 90s.

 

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Where to Stay in Mazatlan

  • Luxury Resort & Spa Scene

    Sometimes you just need to treat yourself. For those times when your primary vacation goal is relaxation, Mazatlan’s luxury array of all-inclusive resorts offers you the freedom to just say "yes" to any and all amenities. Elevate your Pacific coast experience to VIP levels of attentive service in lush, tropical surroundings, complete with soothing ocean breezes and old-world charm.
  • Family Beach Scene

    With an endless array of entertainment options, this Pacific coast resort town has something for the entire family—from the kids who want to see and do it all to the grandparents who want to relax and enjoy the ocean breeze. Highly rated resorts like Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, El Cid, Riu Emerald Bay, and the Playa Mazatlan (which offers onsite babysitting and a mini club for the kids) are ideal destinations for the family who wants an all-inclusive resort that includes everyone. And remember, when the rest of the family is entertained, you get to leave your worries in the waves and enjoy yourself, too!
  • Adult Only Vacation Packages

    Adults Only

    Sometimes the perfect vacation means time spent with other adults. Fortunately, Mazatlan offers numerous all-inclusive resorts that cater to young adults, not-so-young adults, couples, and solo travelers, so you can find that perfect venue that allows you to enjoy your time your way, whether that means days spent relaxing in the sun, excursions to explore the area, or nights spent fireside, socializing with newfound friends. The choices are endless!

What to Do in Mazatlan

  • El Malecon

    El Malecon

    The “main drag” of Mazatlan, El Malecon offers travelers everything from beachfront dining (complete with amazing seafood) and shopping to epic sunset views, romantic strolls under streetlamps, and plenty of spots to score that perfect late-night cocktail. 
  • Surfing

    Multiple beaches in Mazatlan possess great breaks and tides, meaning you can rent a board and a wetsuit and be catching waves in no time. New to surfing? The smaller, kinder waves of Mazatlan are the perfect venue to cut your teeth—and there are plenty of venues that offer lessons. Check out the surf at Playa Brujas, Olas Altas, Cagadazo, and more!
  • Zona Dorada

    The name pretty much says it all–Mazatlan’s “Golden Zone” is prime beachfront real estate. Expect to see all the top names in everything, from resorts and restaurants to clubs and shopping. The unique twist? Your days here can also include hopping on a paraglider, going for a dip in the surf, speeding around on a jet ski, or simply parking yourself under an umbrella and enjoying a cool beverage as the Pacific sets the scene for a perfect afternoon. 

Family Activities in Mazatlan

  • Aquarium

    The Acuario Mazatlan is more than just an aquarium with over 250 species of fish. There are sea lion shows, too, or for the more adventurous, you can book an excursion to swim with sharks or sea lions. Tired of fish? There’s also an aviary, reptile and frog exhibits, a crocodile lagoon, and a botanical garden to add a little variety to your aquarium trip. 
  • Whale Watching

    Stone Island

    A short water taxi ride from Mazatlan proper, La Isla Piedras is a great destination that many tourist crowds tend to miss. Enjoy Stone Island’s host of activities such as a banana boat ride, mountain biking, beachfront restaurants, and even whale-watching if you time it right. Perhaps the most popular activity here though is a horseback ride through the surf, it’s not to be missed!
  • Excursions

    From mountain biking through beautiful tropical forests to hiking the Blue Agave Trail, Mazatlan offers all types of excursions to suit any traveler. You can take it easy on a guided tour of the old city (aka “Old Mazatlan”) and Plaza Machado, tour any one of the area’s plantations, or zipline at top speed through the canopy. There are tours of over ten different islands, plus some great fishing for the anglers among you. 

Nightlife & Entertainment in Mazatlan

  • Fine Dining

    El Presidio is pretty much always on the list of top dining destinations in Mazatlan. Here, you can savor Latin takes on old-world standards as well as dishes you never thought to try before (like an octopus burrito!). Angelo’s brings Italian cuisine to Mazatlan, while La Mayahuel focuses on authentic Mexican cuisine with a mezcaleria as well, which will introduce you to the ever-rewarding world of mezcal!
  • Club/Dancing

    For a beachy vibe, head to Joe’s Oyster bar and savor one of the world’s unsung pairings: fresh oysters and cold beer. Just know that after the sun sets, the gears shift to an all-out party! When you’re looking for the DJ and dance side of Mazatlan, Valentino’s offers several clubs under one roof, so there’s a theme for you with drinks to match. 
  • Shows

    La Pergola is an exciting venue that offers an extensive buffet and multiple show options ranging from Broadway-level productions to karaoke nights. The Mazatlan Comedy Club offers good sets and great drinks as well. If you’re a fan of the genre experience, then the Murder in Mexico Mystery Dinner Theater will exceed your expectations as one of the consistently highest-rated theaters of its kind in Mexico.