Mazatlan Sights

The Zona Dorada—the start of which is marked by a kitschy white castle that houses a dining and dancing complex—has blocks of high-rise hotels, shops (including car-rental offices and a few pharmacies), restaurants, and nightclubs, along with the city's best swimming beaches. The malecón connects this zone with the historic center to the south. The southern part of the city is where all of

Mazatlán's charm lies, along with most of the museums and sights. There are some stunning viewpoints from the seaside promenade on this end, but there's virtually no beach access unless you want to do as the locals do and pick your way over rocks to catch the sunset from one of the jetties.

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Museo de Arte de Mazatlán

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The revival of the Centro Histórico has injected new relevance into this small museum. Beyond recognized Mexican artists like José...

Playa Camarón Sábalo

  • Beach–Sight

This beach is just north of Playa las Gaviotas on the map but a couple of notches lower on the energy scale. Although hotels and sports...

Playa Escondida

  • Beach–Sight

Relentless condo construction is creeping along the 6 km (4 mi) stretch of sand between Marina Mazatlán and Punta Cerritos, so Hidden...

Playa Isla de la Piedra

  • Beach–Sight

Stone Island is where locals come on weekends, and it's a wonderful adventure for visitors—a short trip to a side of Mazatlán that...

Playa Isla de los Venados

  • Beach–Sight

The most memorable way to get to Deer Island—one of three islands that form a channel off the Zona Dorada—is on an amphibious tank.

Playa Marlin to Playa Norte

  • Beach–Sight

This 6-km (4-mi) arc of sand runs below a seawall walkway along the waterfront road known as Avenida del Mar, from Punta Camerón (Valentino...

Playa Olas Altas

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In this small cove, named for its high waves and edged by rocky hills, you can forget that the rest of Mazatlán exists. A couple of...

Playa las Gaviotas

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Seagull Beach, Mazatlán's most popular, parallels the Zona Dorada hotel loop. Streams of vendors sell pottery, lace tablecloths, silver...

Plazuela Republica

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Also known as the zócalo or Plaza Revolución, this shaded square at the center of downtown—near the cathedral, city hall, and post...

Teatro Angela Peralta

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The restoration of this 1860s-era opera house—named for a touring diva who died of yellow fever before she could give her concert—ignited...


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