Mazatlán, Mexico Travel Guide | What to do, see, eat, where to stay, and more!

Mazatlán, Mexico's Pacific coast and skyline at sunset

In early 2024 we began our drive down the Pan American Highway from the USA toward Argentina which is what brought us directly to the beautiful town of Mazatlán, Mexico. About five weeks into our time in Mexico we took the overnight ferry from La Paz on Mexico's Baja Peninsula to Mazatlán where we spent five days exploring this beautiful Pacific coast town.

Our time in Mazatlán was spent walking the historic streets, sipping coffee at beautiful cafés, eating a chilaquiles burrito (yes, it's a thing and it's delicious and we'll talk more about it later...), and taking in as much fresh seafood as humanly possible in five days time.

Today we're sharing everything we learned and loved in Mazatlán, Mexico. Have a specific question? Be sure to drop it in the comments at the bottom of the blog post!

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Where is Mazatlán?

Mazatlán is a city located in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, Mexico. It lies along the Pacific coast and is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant cultural scene, and historical architecture. Often referred to as the "Pearl of the Pacific," Mazatlán is a popular destination for tourists seeking both relaxation and adventure.

Blue historic building in Mazatlán, Mexico
Blue historic building in Mazatlán, Mexico

How to get to Mazatlán

To get to Mazatlán, you can choose from several modes of transportation including bus, plane, car, and even ferry. When we visited Mazatlán we were coming from Mexico's Baja Peninsula as part of our Pan American Highway journey. We had crossed the land border from the USA to Mexico in our RV a couple of months earlier and needed to get from Baja to the mainland so we took one of the ferries directly into Baja. I guess you could say we took both the ferry and self drive option to Mazatlán!

By plane

Flying to Mazatlán, Mexico is a convenient and time-efficient option. The main airport serving the city is Mazatlán International Airport (MZT). Several major airlines operate flights into this airport, including Aeroméxico, Volaris, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines. Direct flights are available from various cities in the United States and within Mexico, making it easy for travelers to reach this beautiful coastal destination.

By bus

Several bus companies provide comfortable and reliable services to Mazatlán. Among the best bus lines in Mexico are ETN and ADO, both offering amenities such as wide reclining seats, air conditioning, and onboard entertainment. Traveling by bus offers a scenic and cost-effective way to reach Mazatlán, as routes from major cities such as Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey are readily available. For those seeking a blend of relaxation and picturesque views, the bus journey to this coastal gem is an excellent choice.

By ferry

Traveling to Mazatlán by ferry provides a unique and scenic route, particularly popular among those coming from Baja California. The Baja Ferries service operates regular routes between La Paz and Mazatlán, offering a comfortable journey across the Gulf of California. Onboard amenities include cabins, food, and basic entertainment facilities, ensuring a pleasant trip. This option allows you to enjoy stunning ocean views and take your vehicle along, making it ideal for those planning an extended stay or road trip in Mazatlán.

Note: We took the second ferry option from Baja to Mazatlán called TMC. TMC is primarily a commercial ferry line and is far less comfortable to ride on that the Baja Ferries boats. However, TMC is cheaper and has much looser rules for dogs on board.

Driving

Driving to Mazatlán offers the flexibility and convenience of traveling at your own pace, with the added advantage of exploring the scenic routes along the way. The city is accessible via Highway 15, which connects Mazatlán to several major cities in Mexico, including Guadalajara and Mexico City. It's essential to plan your journey carefully, ensuring your vehicle is well-prepared for the trip and that you have all necessary documents, such as a valid driver's license and insurance. The drive can be a memorable part of your vacation, providing opportunities to discover charming towns and natural landscapes en route to this vibrant coastal destination.

Guadalajara to Mazatlán: 479 km | 5 hr 38 min | Google Maps

Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlán: 441 km | 6 hr 4 min | Google Maps

Our Land Cruiser that we drove to Mazatlán
Our Land Cruiser that we drove to Mazatlán

Best time of year to visit Mazatlán

Mazatlán enjoys a tropical climate, making it a year-round destination, though each season offers a unique experience.

Spring (March to May): Spring in Mazatlán is characterized by warm temperatures and relatively low humidity, making it an excellent time for outdoor activities and beach visits.

Summer (June to August): Summers can be hot and humid, with increased chances of rain and thunderstorms. However, it’s also a vibrant time with various local festivals and events.

Autumn (September to November): This season sees a gradual decline in temperatures and humidity, providing a pleasant atmosphere for sightseeing and exploring the city’s historical sites.

Winter (December to February): Winter in Mazatlán is mild and comfortable, with cooler temperatures and minimal rainfall. This is a popular time for tourists, especially those looking to escape colder climates.

Beautiful, colorful colonial building's in Mazatlán
Beautiful, colorful colonial building's in Mazatlán

Things to consider before visiting

  • Currency exchanges: Knowing the best places to exchange currency can save a lot of hassle. Some local banks and official exchange places offer better rates than airport counters or hotels.
  • Local transportation: Understanding the local transportation options such as public buses, pulmonias (open-air taxis), and ride-sharing services helped me get around more efficiently and affordably.
  • Weather variations: Being aware of the weather patterns, especially the summer heat and rainy season, allowed me to pack appropriately and plan my activities accordingly.
  • Language basics: Learning a few basic Spanish phrases really came in handy when communicating with locals, making my experience smoother and more enjoyable.
  • Safety precautions: While Mazatlán is generally safe, knowing which areas to avoid and staying aware of my surroundings, especially at night, gave me peace of mind.
  • Tourist traps: Being aware of common tourist traps and overpriced areas let me focus on more genuine and worthwhile experiences.
  • Tipping practices: Understanding the local tipping customs ensured I appropriately appreciated the services provided.
  • Health and safety info: Having information about local healthcare facilities and necessary precautions, like drinking bottled water, helped me stay healthy during my stay.
Sara taking a sunset walk in Mazatlán, Mexico
Sara taking a sunset walk in Mazatlán, Mexico

What to pack for a vacation in Mazatlán

When packing for Mazatlán, keep in mind that the climate is tropical and you'll likely be spending a lot of time outdoors on beaches and exploring the city. Comfortable shoes, sun protection, and swimwear are all commonly forgotten items for a tropical vacation. To make it easier, we have a free tropical vacation packing list that you can download as a PDF that you can print off and use when packing for your Mexico vacation. You can find the free packing list download below.

FREE AND PRINTABLE TROPICAL VACATION PACKING LIST

Free and downloadable printable packing list

    Mazatlán's Pacific coast at sunset

    Best hotels in Mazatlán, Mexico (where to stay)

    Mazatlán boasts a vibrant hotel scene with an array of accommodations to suit every traveler's preference. Whether you're looking for luxury resorts with ocean views, boutique hotels with charming local character, or budget-friendly options, Mazatlán has it all. Given its popularity as a vacation destination among both domestic and international tourists, you'll find numerous hotels that cater specifically to vactioners, featuring amenities such as all-inclusive packages, beachfront access, and family-friendly activities.

    Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán Beach Resort

    Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán Beach Resort is a premier oceanfront property offering luxurious accommodations and top-tier amenities. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from their elegant suites, many of which feature private balconies and fully equipped kitchenettes. The resort boasts multiple dining options, a lavish spa, and easy access to pristine beaches, making it an ideal choice for those seeking both relaxation and adventure in Mazatlán.

    Address: Av Camarón Sábalo 2121, Sábalo Country, 82100 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Find the best price for Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán Beach Resort here:

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    El Cid Marina Beach Hotel

    El Cid Marina Beach Hotel offers a perfect blend of comfort, luxury, and exceptional service. This marina-front property features spacious suites, each equipped with modern amenities and private balconies providing captivating views of the marina and ocean. The hotel boasts a variety of dining options, multiple swimming pools, and a private beach area, ensuring a memorable stay for guests. With easy access to water activities such as fishing, sailing, and diving, El Cid Marina Beach Hotel is an excellent choice for both relaxation and adventure.

    Address: Boulevard El Cid, Unidad 15, Km. 3, 77580 Puerto Morelos, Q.R., Mexico | Google Maps

    Find the best price for El Cid Marina Beach Hotel here:

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    Estrella del Mar

    Estrella del Mar is an exquisite beachfront resort that offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Nestled along the pristine shores of Mazatlán, this luxurious retreat boasts spacious accommodations, world-class amenities, and a breathtaking golf course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Jr. Guests can unwind at the expansive spa, dine at gourmet restaurants, and experience unparalleled service in an idyllic oceanfront setting. Whether you're looking to relax or engage in recreational activities, Estrella del Mar provides an unforgettable vacation experience.

    Address: km. 10, Cam. a Isla de la Piedra, 82267 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Find the best price for Estrella del Mar here:

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    The Inn at Mazatlán

    The Inn at Mazatlán is a charming beachfront hotel known for its warm hospitality and exceptional service. The resort features well-appointed rooms and suites with private balconies offering spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Guests can enjoy a variety of on-site amenities, including a full-service spa, an inviting swimming pool, and multiple dining options. The hotel is perfectly located for exploring the vibrant local culture and attractions that Mazatlán has to offer.

    Address: Av Camarón Sábalo 6291, Zona Dorada, 82110 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Find the best price for The Inn at Mazatlán here:

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    Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel

    Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel offers a serene and intimate retreat with its elegantly designed rooms and personalized service. Located along the Malecón, this charming hotel provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and easy access to Mazatlán's historic downtown area. Guests can indulge in the exquisite culinary delights at the on-site restaurant or relax by the rooftop pool while soaking in the panoramic vistas. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a tranquil escape, Casa Lucila promises a memorable and luxurious stay.

    Address: Av. Olas Altas 16, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Find the best price for Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel here:

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    Best things to do in Mazatlán, Mexico

    Explore the Malecón

    The Malecón is one of Mazatlán's most iconic attractions, stretching over 13 miles (21 kilometers) along the stunning Pacific coastline. We absolutely loved running along the Malecón to get our daily workout before indulging in all the delicious food that Mazatlán has to offer. This scenic boardwalk offers not only breathtaking ocean views but also a vibrant atmosphere with plenty of shops, restaurants, and local attractions to explore.

    Mazatlán's Malecon at night
    Mazatlán's Malecon at night

    Visit the Historic Centre

    Dive into Mazatlán's rich history by exploring its Historic Centre, also known as Old Mazatlán. This vibrant area is filled with well-preserved colonial architecture, charming plazas, and the stunning Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Wandering through its cobblestone streets, visitors can discover local shops, art galleries, and quaint cafés, offering an authentic glimpse into the city's cultural heritage. It's a delightful way to spend an afternoon immersed in the past while enjoying the contemporary vibrancy of the local community.

    Address: Constitución s/n, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Note: This address will take you directly to Plazuela Machado which is in the heart of the Historic Centre.

    Pedestrian in front of beautiful historic building in Mazatlán's historic district
    Pedestrian in front of beautiful historic building in Mazatlán's historic district
    Streets in Mazatlán's historic centre
    Streets in Mazatlán's Historic Centre

    Relax at Playa Olas Altas

    Playa Olas Altas is a popular beach destination in Mazatlán, known for its picturesque setting and inviting waves. It's an excellent spot for both relaxation and adventure, where visitors can soak up the sun, take a refreshing dip in the ocean, or enjoy water activities such as surfing and paddle boarding. The beach is also lined with numerous bars and restaurants, perfect for enjoying a meal or a drink while taking in the stunning sea views.

    Address: Google Maps

    View of Mazatlán at sunset

    Observatorio Mazatlán 1873

    Observatorio Mazatlán 1873 is a must-visit historical site that offers panoramic views of the city and the Pacific Ocean. Perched on a hill, this former observatory has been meticulously restored to provide visitors with a glimpse into Mazatlán's past. One of the highlights of the observatory is its first come, first serve bar, which is the perfect place for a date night. Enjoy a stunning sunset with a refreshing cocktail in hand, creating an unforgettable romantic experience.

    Address: P.º del Centenario 218, Cerro del Vigía, 82040 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Go to the Angela Peralta Theater

    Restored to its former glory, the Angela Peralta Theater is a beacon of cultural significance in Mazatlán. This historic venue, originally built in the 19th century, now hosts an array of performances ranging from classical music concerts to contemporary plays. Stepping inside, visitors are transported to a bygone era, with its ornate décor and grand architectural details providing a stunning backdrop for any event. Whether you're a lover of the arts or simply looking to experience a piece of Mazatlán's rich history, a visit to the Angela Peralta Theater is an absolute must.

    Address: Carnaval S/N, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Outside of Angela Peralta Theater
    Outside of Angela Peralta Theater

    Discover the Mazatlán Aquarium (Gran Acuario Mazatlán "Mar de Cortés")

    Discover the Mazatlán Aquarium (Gran Acuario Mazatlán "Mar de Cortés"), an enthralling attraction that offers a deep dive into the marine life of the Sea of Cortez and beyond. Boasting a wide array of exhibitions, including interactive touch pools, vibrant coral reefs, and exciting performance shows, this aquarium provides both educational and entertaining experiences for visitors of all ages. As one of the largest and most renowned aquariums in Mexico, it serves as a haven for marine enthusiasts and a perfect family-friendly outing.

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    Admission: Adults: $460 pesos, Children: $360 pesos, Seniors (65+): $350 pesos, Disabled: $0

    Address: Av. de los Deportes 111, Tellería, 82017 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Mirador Mazatlán

    Mirador Mazatlán offers one of the most spectacular views of the city, providing a panoramic perspective of Mazatlán's stunning coastline and bustling urban landscape. However, reaching this vantage point requires ascending a really steep hill, which can be quite a challenge on foot, especially in warm weather. We recommend taking one of the open-air taxis, known locally as pulmonías, to not only ease the journey but also to enhance your experience by combining it with sightseeing some of the other popular places in town. These unique taxis provide a breezy and enjoyable ride, allowing you to take in the sights and sounds of Mazatlán while comfortably reaching the Mirador.

    Address: P.º Vista Hermosa 74, Balcones de Loma Linda, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    View at the top of Mirador Mazatlán
    View at the top of Mirador Mazatlán
    Sara taking in the view from the top of View at the top of Mirador Mazatlán
    Sara taking in the view from the top of View at the top of Mirador Mazatlán

    Spend a beach day at Stone Island

    Stone Island, or Isla de la Piedra, offers a serene escape just a short boat ride away from Mazatlán. Known for its tranquil beaches and unspoiled natural beauty, this island is the perfect spot to unwind. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely day soaking up the sun, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, or indulging in delicious seafood at one of the beachside restaurants. With its laid-back atmosphere and picturesque scenery, Stone Island provides a perfect getaway for those seeking a peaceful retreat.

    Address: Google Maps

    Enjoy the views from El Faro Lighthouse

    The El Faro Lighthouse offers some of the most breathtaking views in Mazatlán and is well worth the hike to the top. The trail to the lighthouse spans approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) and features an elevation gain of about 157 meters (515 feet), providing a moderate workout for most hikers. It's important to note that dogs are not allowed on this hike, so you will have to leave your furry friends behind as you set off to enjoy the stunning vistas from this iconic spot. We recommend going first thing in the morning when it opens to avoid the heat and the crowds.

    While entering the park and hiking to the top to reach the lighthouse is free, the glass floor overlook (Crystal Viewpoint) costs $30 pesos per person. Crystal Viewpoint was closed for renovations when we visited and we still had a great time taking in the views from the top!

    Address: Cap. Joel Montes Camarena s/n, Cerro El Crestón, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Chris enjoying the view from the top of El Faro at sunrise in Mazatlán, Mexico
    Chris enjoying the view from the top of El Faro at sunrise in Mazatlán, Mexico
    Steps up to the top of El Faro in Mazatlán
    Steps up to the top of El Faro in Mazatlán
    Crystal Viewpoint at El Faro
    Crystal Viewpoint at El Faro
    Enjoy the views from El Faro Lighthouse

    Visit Catedral Basílica Menor de la Inmaculada Concepción

    Catedral Basílica Menor de la Inmaculada Concepción is a striking example of neogothic architecture located in the heart of Mazatlán. Built in the late 19th century, this majestic cathedral features impressive twin spires, intricate stained glass windows, and a beautifully adorned interior. It serves not only as a place of worship but also as a historical and cultural landmark, inviting visitors to appreciate its architectural grandeur and spiritual ambiance. Whether you're there to attend a service or simply to marvel at its beauty, the cathedral provides a serene and inspiring experience.

    Address: C. Benito Juárez, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Catedral Basílica Menor de la Inmaculada Concepción
    Catedral Basílica Menor de la Inmaculada Concepción

    Try local cuisine at Pino Suárez Mercado

    Located in the heart of Mazatlán, the Pino Suárez Mercado is a bustling marketplace that offers a true taste of local culture and cuisine. Established in 1900, this historic market is home to an array of vendors selling everything from fresh produce and seafood to traditional Mexican dishes and handmade crafts. A visit to the Pino Suárez Mercado provides an authentic and sensory experience, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant flavors and sights of Mazatlán.

    Address: Melchor Ocampo, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Attend a baseball game at Estadio Teodoro Mariscal

    Attending a baseball game at Estadio Teodoro Mariscal is a fantastic way to experience the exuberance and passion of Mazatlán's sports culture. Home to the Venados de Mazatlán, a team that competes in the Mexican Pacific League, this stadium offers an electric atmosphere that captivates both locals and visitors alike. Watching a game here, with the crowd's enthusiastic cheers and the thrill of the sport, provides an authentic glimpse into the community spirit and love for baseball in Mazatlán.

    Address: Justo Sierra S/N, Estadio, 82140 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Deep-sea fishing excursion

    For those with a penchant for adventure, embarking on a deep-sea fishing excursion in Mazatlán offers an unparalleled experience. The waters off the coast are teeming with a variety of fish species, making it a favored destination for anglers. Whether you are a seasoned fisherman or a novice, the thrill of reeling in a big catch while enjoying the open sea is an unforgettable highlight of any visit to Mazatlán.

    Bay with fishing boats in Mazatlán at sunrise
    Bay with fishing boats in Mazatlán

    Golf at Estrella del Mar

    Estrella del Mar is one of Mazatlán's premier golf destinations, offering an 18-hole championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Set along the stunning Pacific coastline, the course provides challenging play for golfers of all skill levels combined with breathtaking ocean views. In addition to golfing, visitors can enjoy the resort's luxury amenities, including a spa, fine dining restaurants, and pristine beaches. Whether you're an avid golfer or simply looking to relax in a beautiful setting, Estrella del Mar caters to a variety of interests.

    Address: Carr. Barrón, Cam. a Isla de la Piedra km. 10 s/n, 82266 Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Where to eat in Mazatlán, Mexico

    El Presidio Cocina de México

    Located in the historic district of Mazatlán, El Presidio Cocina de México offers a unique dining experience that blends traditional Mexican cuisine with modern culinary techniques. Set within a beautifully restored colonial building, the restaurant provides a charming and elegant atmosphere perfect for any occasion. Guests can enjoy a range of expertly crafted dishes, featuring fresh local ingredients and bold flavors, all while soaking in the rich cultural and architectural history of the venue.

    Address: Blvd. Niños Héroes 1511, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Looney Bean Coffee Olas Altas

    Looney Bean Coffee Olas Altas is a beloved cafe located near the beach in Mazatlán, known for its relaxed vibe and delicious offerings. This local favorite boasts an impressive selection of freshly roasted and brewed coffees and delightful pastries, making it an ideal spot to start your day or enjoy an afternoon break. One of the standout items on their menu is the chilaquiles burrito, a unique twist on a classic Mexican dish, which provides a flavorful and satisfying meal option for visitors and locals alike (we highly recommend it!)

    Address: P.º Olas Altas 166-LOC G, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Coffee and cinnamon roll at Looney Beans
    Coffee and cinnamon roll at Looney Beans
    Chilaquiles burrito at Looney Beans in Mazatlán, Mexico
    Chilaquiles burrito at Looney Beans in Mazatlán, Mexico

    Casa Hindie

    Casa Hindie is an exquisite dining destination in Mazatlán that offers a fusion of traditional Mexican and Indian cuisine. Nestled in a vibrant setting, the restaurant stands out for its innovative dishes that combine the rich flavors of both culinary traditions. With a menu that features an array of well-crafted, flavorful options, Casa Hindie provides a unique and memorable dining experience for those seeking to explore diverse tastes and cultural influences.

    Address: Constitución 620, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    CaffeRium

    CaffeRium is a charming coffee shop located in the heart of Mazatlán. Known for its inviting atmosphere and artisanal coffee, CaffeRium is a perfect spot for coffee enthusiasts and casual visitors alike. The café offers a variety of specialty drinks, freshly baked goods, and light snacks, making it an ideal destination for a leisurely morning or a cozy afternoon break. With friendly service and a comfortable setting, CaffeRium provides a delightful experience that caters to both locals and tourists.

    Address: Belisario Domínguez 2006, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Pino Suarez Mazatlán Market

    Pino Suárez Mazatlán Market, also known simply as Mercado Pino Suárez, is one of the city's most iconic and bustling marketplaces. Established in 1900, this vibrant market offers a rich array of goods ranging from fresh produce and seafood to handcrafted souvenirs and traditional Mexican attire. Wandering through its lively aisles, visitors can soak in the local culture, sample delicious street food, and discover unique local crafts, making it a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the essence of Mazatlán.

    Address: Melchor Ocampo, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Helarte Sano

    Helarte Sano is a delightful ice cream parlour located in the heart of Mazatlán. Known for its healthy and natural ingredients, this charming spot offers a variety of refreshing ice creams and smoothies. Each treat is prepared with a focus on quality and taste, making Helarte Sano a perfect destination for anyone looking to indulge in a guilt-free dessert. Whether you're seeking a cool treat on a hot day or a wholesome snack, Helarte Sano provides a delightful and satisfying experience for all ages.

    Address: Constitución 1112, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Helarte Sano gelato shop

    La Olivia

    La Olivia is an elegant and charming restaurant nestled in the heart of Mazatlán. Known for its sophisticated ambiance and exquisite cuisine, La Olivia offers a menu that emphasizes fresh, locally sourced ingredients and culinary craftsmanship. The restaurant provides a memorable dining experience, whether you're enjoying a romantic evening or a special celebration. With its exceptional service and inviting atmosphere, La Olivia stands out as a treasured dining spot for both locals and visitors alike.

    Address: Belisario Domínguez 1216, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Tótem

    Tótem is a vibrant and eclectic bar located in the heart of Mazatlán. Known for its lively atmosphere and dynamic decor, Tótem offers a unique nightlife experience for both locals and visitors. The bar features an extensive selection of expertly crafted cocktails and various international spirits, ensuring that there's something to suit every taste. With its energetic vibe and friendly staff, Tótem provides the perfect setting for a fun and memorable night out.

    Note: Their rooftop patio is dog friendly!

    Address: C. Heriberto Frías 1504, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Upstairs patio at Totem in Mazatlán, Mexico
    Upstairs patio at Totem in Mazatlán, Mexico
    Brunch foor at Totem
    Chris at a post-run brunch at Totem in Mazatlán
    Chris at a post-run brunch at Totem in Mazatlán

    Tres Islas Brewery

    Tres Islas Brewery is a local gem in Mazatlán, renowned for its craft beers and vibrant atmosphere. This boutique brewery offers a range of expertly brewed beers, with the IPA being a standout option. We really enjoyed finding a good IPA at Tres Islas, especially since good IPAs can be hard to find in Mexico. The brewery's dedication to quality and innovation makes it a must-visit spot for beer enthusiasts looking to savour unique and flavorful brews.

    Address: Av. Miguel Alemán 923, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    IPAs at Tres Islas Brewery
    IPAs at Tres Islas Brewery

    Taqueria Playa Sur

    Taqueria Playa Sur is a beloved taco stand in Mazatlán that has garnered a loyal following for its authentic and delicious tacos. Specializing in a variety of mouth-watering options like carne asada, barbacoa, and al pastor, this taqueria is a go-to spot for both locals and tourists craving a genuine Mexican street food experience. The friendly service, fresh ingredients, and vibrant flavors make every visit to Taqueria Playa Sur a delightful culinary adventure.

    Address: C. Playa Chametla S/N, Playas del Sur, 82040 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Taquería El Paisa Olas Altas

    Taquería El Paisa Olas Altas is a popular taco spot situated in the charming Olas Altas area of Mazatlán. Known for its vibrant atmosphere and delicious selection of tacos, this taquería has something to satisfy every palate. Specialties include mouth-watering tacos al pastor and succulent carne asada. With its friendly service and inviting setting, Taquería El Paisa Olas Altas has become a favorite for both locals and tourists seeking an authentic taste of Mexican street food.

    Address: P.º Claussen 259, Balcones de Loma Linda, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    tacos in Mazatlán
    Tacos in Mazatlán

    Taquería Los Sobrinos

    Taquería Los Sobrinos is another culinary gem in Mazatlán, celebrated for its mouth-watering array of tacos and authentic Mexican street food. With a menu that highlights fresh ingredients and traditional flavours, this taquería is a favourite among both locals and visitors. The casual and welcoming atmosphere, coupled with friendly service, makes Taquería Los Sobrinos a perfect spot to savor delicious tacos and experience the vibrant local food culture.

    Address: Av. Rafael Buelna 14, Tellería, 82149 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico | Google Maps

    Looking down at Mazatlán from Mirador

    F.A.Q.

    Is Mazatlán, Mexico safe?

    Mazatlán is generally considered safe for tourists, but as with any travel destination, it's important to stay vigilant and take precautions. Stick to well-populated areas, avoid traveling alone at night, and be aware of your surroundings. The tourist zones are typically well-patrolled and cater to visitors, ensuring a pleasant experience for those enjoying the city's attractions.

    What time is it in Mazatlán?

    What state is Mazatlán in?

    Mazatlán is in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico.

    How to pronounce "Mazatlán"

    "Mazatlán" is pronounced as "mah-saht-LAHN." The emphasis is placed on the last syllable, ensuring a smooth and rhythmic pronunciation.

    What is Mazatlán famous for?

    Mazatlán is famous for its beautiful beaches, vibrant cultural scene, and historic old town. It is also renowned for its annual Carnival, one of the largest and most colorful celebrations in Mexico. Additionally, Mazatlán is known for its seafood cuisine, bustling markets, and as a popular destination for sport fishing and golf. The city's rich heritage, combined with its modern attractions, makes it a favorite spot for both relaxation and adventure.

    Final thoughts

    Mazatlán is a destination that truly has something for everyone. From its historic landmarks and stunning natural vistas to its vibrant markets and lively sports culture, the city offers a well-rounded experience that caters to a wide array of interests. Whether you're savoring the local cuisine, exploring the picturesque old town, or indulging in an adventurous deep-sea fishing trip, you're sure to create unforgettable memories. We hope this guide helps you make the most of your time in Mazatlán, ensuring a trip filled with excitement, relaxation, and discovery. Safe travels!

    View of Mazatlan's historic center skyline including string lights and a church steeple
    Guy and dog sitting along Mazatlán's Malecón at night
    Chris and Kramer sitting along the Malecón in the evening
    Colorful orange and green building in Mazatlán's historic center

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