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  • 1. Acuario Mazatlán

    Olas Altas | Zoo/Aquarium

    A perfect child-pleaser—and a lot of fun for adults, too—Mazatlán's homey little aquarium has more than 50 tanks with sharks, sea horses, and...Read More

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  • 2. Bosque de la Ciudad

    Olas Altas | Park/Playground

    The city's best (read: only) real park is around the corner from the aquarium. With 29 acres of shaded playgrounds, trails, and a train to ride...Read More

  • 3. Catedral de Mazatlán

    Centro Histórico | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A new lighting scheme gives nighttime drama to the bright yellow spires of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, which have towered over...Read More

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  • 4. Cerro del Vigía

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The view from Lookout Hill is fantastic, but the road up from Paseo del Centenario is steep and confusing; take a pulmonía. At the top are a...Read More

  • 5. El Faro (The Lighthouse)

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The best view in Mazatlán gets you some exercise, too—a 30- to 45-minute climb along natural trails and rough-hewn stairs to the lighthouse...Read More

  • 6. Malecón

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    A long, gorgeous waterfront makes Mazatlán a great city for walking, biking, or rollerblading. The malecón, a sidewalk atop the 10-km-long...Read More

  • 7. Mazatlán Membership Library

    Centro | Library/Archive

    If you forgot your beach reading, the nonprofit Mazatlán Membership Library will lend you English-language books one at a time for a $15 annual...Read More

  • 8. Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán

    Centro Histórico | Museum/Gallery

    The black-and-red pottery of the Totorame (an indigenous tribe that inhabited the area until 200 years before the Spanish arrived) highlights...Read More

  • 9. Museo de Arte de Mazatlán

    Centro Histórico | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 10. Playa Camarón Sábalo


    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 concessions...Read More

  • 11. Playa Escondida


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

  • 12. Playa Isla de la Piedra


    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 seems worlds...Read More

  • 13. Playa Isla de los Venados


    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. The World...Read More

  • 14. Playa las Gaviotas


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

  • 15. Playa Marlin to Playa Norte


    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...Read More

  • 16. Playa Olas Altas


    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 hotels—La...Read More

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  • 17. Plazuela Republica

    Centro Histórico | Plaza/Square/Piazza

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

  • 18. Teatro Angela Peralta

    Arts/Performance Venue

    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 the...Read More

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