Mazatlán lies along the Central Pacific Coast and is a jewel in the state of Sinaloa. It is nicknamed the Pearl of the Pacific because of its superb sandy beaches and gorgeous colonial old town. Travel deals to Mazatlán offer an enticing combination of laid-back traditions, relaxation, fun, nightlife, and nature. The city is also famous for lively banda music, delectable seafood, and daring cliff divers. Read on for more reasons to book exciting vacation package deals to Mazatlán.
Top Outdoor Experiences in Mazatlán
- Hike the 350-plus steps up Cerro del Creston to stand in front of the iconic El Faro Lighthouse, one of the highest lighthouses in the world! The high vantage point provides exceptional vistas.
- Relax at Zona Dorada (the Gold Zone), home to some of Mazatlán’s finest beaches, including the always-popular Playa las Gaviotas. Playa Sabalo has calmer waves if you want to swim, while you can head to Playa Brujas for surfing.
- Sail across the channel to visit Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island). You can discover caves, explore by horseback, drift through the mangroves, and catch some rays on the beach.
- Observe creatures of the sea on a winter whale and dolphin spotting trip. Want to get even closer? Try swimming with the dolphins in the wild.
- Have a go at various watersports, including bodyboarding, surfing, fishing, jet skiing, banana boating, and parasailing.
- Perfect your swing at Estrella Del Mar Golf Course. The beautifully landscaped 18-hole course is among the best golf courses in all of Mexico.
- Admire the sweeping views from the Malecon, an 8.5-km-long boardwalk. It’s a top place to watch a romantic sunset. Don’t miss seeing the brave cliff divers performing stunts at El Clavadista.
Best of Culture in Mazatlán
- Soak up the spiritual air in the stunning Basílica de la Inmaculada Concepción. Inside, you’ll find magnificent religious art and glorious stained-glass windows.
- Snap pictures of the many stunning buildings throughout the historic center. Buildings of note include the Mexico Building, the Mansión of Redo, and the Temple of San Jose.
- Discover the picture-perfect Plaza Machado, with French and Spanish influences. Leafy trees provide plenty of shade, and the formal flowerbeds add bursts of color.
- Appreciate local arts and crafts at Nidart Gallery. You can also pick up one-off souvenirs to take home with you.
Mazatlán with Children
- Take children to Mazatlán Aquarium to marvel at an array of aquatic life. Some of the more exciting species include sharks, crocodiles, and sea lions.
- Unwind in the scenic Bosque de la Ciudad. Follow meandering trails, ride the small train, spot wildlife, and let kids cut loose on the play equipment.
- Beat the heat at Mazagua Water Park. The pools, slides and chutes, artificial beach, wave pool, and play areas offer lots of fun for the whole family.
- Support conservation efforts at Santuario Playa El Verde Camacho. You can learn more about projects to protect sea turtles and, depending on the season, see the aquatic creatures coming ashore to lay their eggs.
- Watch a captivating performance at Teatro Angela Peralta. The Italian-inspired interiors are eye-catching too.
- Experience the local nightlife. There are lots of bars and clubs to choose between, not to mention a wide assortment of restaurants. Lively, loud, and lots of fun—Mazatlán keeps the party pumping!
Other Cool Things to Do in Mazatlán
- Take a tour of the Pacífico Brewery. It dates back to the turn of the 20th century, and you can learn about the brewery’s German roots and sample local brews.
- Shop till you drop in the bustling Mercado Pino Suárez. You’ll find everything from trinkets and novelty t-shirts to traditional crafts and fresh produce.
- Savor delicious local dishes. Mazatlán is known for its tasty seafood, especially shrimp. Don’t miss aguachile (raw shrimp with chili, onion, lime, and cilantro), ceviche, and shrimp quesadillas.
- Travel back in time as you marvel at Las Labradas. Located in the Cacaxtla Plateau Wildlife Reserve, the fascinating ancient carvings show animals, people, plants, and patterns.
Staying in Mazatlán
You can get terrific discounts on flight and accommodations in Mazatlán’s most interesting areas when you book with Ya Vas. Indeed, Mazatlán is well-known for offering great value for money when it comes to places to sleep, making it a perfect choice for anyone looking for an affordable getaway with cheap flights and hotel packages.
Mazatlán is split into several districts, two of which are especially interesting for tourists: the Centro Histórico (historical center) and Zona Dorada (gold zone). Stay in the Centro Histórico if culture and history are your main interests. Alternatively, book your all-inclusive packages to Mazatlán’s Zona Dorada if you plan on spending lots of time basking on the beaches and want a wide selection of tourist amenities at your fingertips.
Traveling around Mazatlán
You can easily explore Mazatlán’s main areas by foot. The stretching Malecon connects the Centro Histórico with the Zona Dorada; it takes around one hour and 30 minutes to walk between the two locations. Buses connect many points of interest around Mazatlán. Fares are reasonable, and you should pay the driver directly. The green tourist buses are especially convenient for visitors as they are traveling along the waterfront. Look for destination signs in the windscreens of local buses before hopping on. You can stop a bus along the road if you are far from a bus stop. Taxis are available across the city. You should agree on the price before starting your trip.
Pulmonías are unique to the city and are abundant in tourist areas. The small, white, open-top carts are a novel way of exploring Mazatlán, though do take a sweater or jacket for evening rides—pulmonía translates as pneumonia for a reason! Prices aren’t fixed so you should agree on the fare before setting off on your journey. It’s also normal to haggle. About Mazatlán Airport
Mazatlán Airport Information
General Rafael Buelna International Airport (MZT) is located 23 km from the Centro Histórico, and 25 km from the popular beaches of Zona Dorada. Public buses connect the airport with various destinations throughout the city. Services often leave shortly after flight arrivals. You can buy tickets from counters inside the airport. You can also take an official yellow airport taxi from in front of the terminal. Pre-pay for your fare first in the airport. Mazatlán Airport has one terminal building, which is open 24 hours. Amenities include shops and eateries, airport Wi-Fi, car-rental desks, and currency exchange kiosks.
When to Visit Mazatlán
You can enjoy pleasantly warm weather in Mazatlán all year round. The peak tourist season is between November and April. September to October is hurricane season, though you can often find amazing flight and hotel deals for this period.
Mazatlán Carnival is one of the city’s largest events, drawing huge crowds to join in with the revelry. It’s the oldest carnival in Mexico, so you definitely want to experience it. The celebration takes place right before Lent, so the date varies each year. Make sure you book your flights and hotels in Mazatlán well in advance to experience the vibrant carnival.
Shortly after, Easter Week is a terrific time to enjoy Mazatlán’s glorious beaches. Later in the year, Mazatlán Cultural Festival is another crowd pleaser. It is typically held between early October and mid-December. If you want to watch humpback whales in the wild, book your vacation package to Mazatlán for between December and March.
Tips for Visiting Mazatlán
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