Top 10 Reasons Travelers Should Visit Mazatlan, Mexico



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Mazatlan is booming as a tourist destination for its beautiful beaches and first-class services to domestic and international visitors. Also known as “The Pearl of the Pacific”, it offers a lively cultural and sporting program throughout the year. These are the ten reasons why travelers should visit Mazatlan.

Historic Downtown Mazatlan

Although it built its tourist fame as a seaside destination, Mazatlan is an old town founded in the 16th century by the first wave of conquerors, who needed ports to send the exploited wealth to Spain. Old Mazatlan is a haven of peace with its streets and traditional buildings. The cathedral, several squares, the Angela Peralta theater, the archeology museum and the cozy outdoor cafes stand out.

Mazatlan Cathedral Basilica

This eclectic building in the historic center is the city’s main Catholic temple. It was completed in 1899 and has two towers, three main halls of the same height and an octagonal dome. The main facade has three pointed arches with neo-Gothic lines. The high altar is Gothic in style and features beautiful images carved from Carrara marble. At the back of the main altar there is a magnificent sculpture of the Immaculate Conception, to whom the basilica was consecrated.

Republica and Machado squares

Mazatlan is also known for its small landscaped squares, cozy havens of peace, most located in the historic downtown area. The Plazuela Republica is the most emblematic, prestigious for the buildings that surround it, in particular the cathedral, the municipal palace and the old buildings of the Post and Telegraph Office. It has a beautiful kiosk with French lines. The oldest square in the city is the Machado, dating from 1837, with a kiosk installed in 1881.

The Malecon

The modern space that symbolizes Mazatlan is its long and active promenade. On its 21 km oceanfront, there are spectacular beaches, open-air art, natural formations, establishments and services for tourists. One of its most frequented areas is the one in front of Olas Altas beach. On this walk you can admire monuments such as the State coat of arms of Sinaloa, El Venado (Mazatlan means “Land of the deer” in the native language), the Mazatleca woman and the continuity of life.

Beaches in Mazatlán

Mazatlan has heavenly beaches and a network of first-class hotels and services to make your vacation in the Pearl of the Pacific truly unforgettable. In the Old Mazatlan area, opposite the promenade, is Olas Altas, the most traditional beach in town. In the Golden Zone, Playa Gaviotas is very active, for its calm sea which invites you to swim. Due to its space, Gaviotas beach is frequented by practitioners of outdoor sports, such as volleyball and beach soccer. Camarón Sábalo, north of Gaviotas, is a beach of moderate waves that sometimes increase their intensity, and it’s great for surfing. Others include Playa Norte, Cerritos, El Delfín, Isla Venados, and Isla de La Piedra.

Venados Island

It is the largest of the three islands opposite the city of Mazatlan, 1.4 miles from the coast. It is also known as “Isla del Medio” or “the middle island” because it is located in the center of the group of islands. It is guarded by Isla de Chivos and Isla de Pajaros, and has almost virgin beaches. Typically, visitors arrive by boat, although there are people who go around swimming or kayaking, departing from the hotel beach across the road. Venados has clear, calm waters, ideal for underwater entertainment.

The aquarium

It is probably the best space in Latin America to illustrate and recreate marine life. Fish of all kinds and sizes, including several species of sharks, turtles, jellyfish, sea lions, aquatic plants, birds, and more, you will find in the spacious and comfortable spaces of the place. It has a section of ecological games in which children have fun while being educated in the preservation of the environment.


The iconic Mazatlán Lighthouse is located at the top of the Faro Mazatlán Natural Park. At nearly 500 feet in height, it is the tallest active lighthouse located on a natural elevation in the world. To visit is a steep 30 minute walk, where you will have the best observatory you can imagine on the four cardinal points. When you reach the highest point, you can walk to a viewpoint with a glass floor, from where you can enjoy an incredible view of the sea. From there you can take spectacular photos of the ocean, beaches , city, mountains and other surrounding areas. The Lighthouse was commissioned in 1879 and continues to assist sailors.

Gold Zone

This exclusive area of ​​Mazatlan stands out for its beaches, top hotels, jewelry stores, designer stores, classy restaurants, and places to have fun. It is located along Avenida Gaviotas and was a place known as Laguna del Camarón, which was dredged to develop the most exclusive area of ​​the city.


The carnival festivities of Mazatlan have positioned themselves as the most colorful and exciting on the entire US Pacific Coast. Specialized publications place it in the top 3 of the best in the world. Sunday’s parade draws more than 600,000 people to the streets. The sound of music, mainly Sinaloan groups, beautiful floats and decorated cars, is a parade of groups or stooges with their members dressed in striking allegorical costumes and streets decorated with giant puppets. One of the events that surprises foreign tourists the most is the “Bad Mood Burn” (referred to in other places as “Judas Burn”), in which a gigantic puppet is set on fire which symbolizes a particularly noxious character or figure. disastrous event.

Are you ready to enjoy Mazatlan’s beaches, festivals and exciting sites? Don’t forget to include this exciting and vibrant destination on your next trip to Mexico.

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