Welcome to Mazatlán. With a shoreline sprinkled with beckoning islands, a lovely seaside promenade, miles of golden beaches and blue lagoons, it really lives up to its name, “The Pearl of the Pacific”. The beautiful colonial town is skirted by 20 kilometers of pristine sandy beaches, like Olas Altas (high waves), located within walking distance from the historic center. The locals (Mazatlecos) are friendly, the food is delicious, the weather is perfect and the ocean is inviting in this historical Mexican city.
Population (2010): 438,434
Airport: General Rafael Buelna International Airport
It is easy to see why Mazatlán is known as the ´Pearl of the Pacific´ when you visit this popular Mexican destination. This city has become a popular for tourism due to its Pacific Coast location and resort hotels with many affordable activities for everyone. Take a walk through Plaza Machado in Mazatlan’s centro historico and marvel at the architecture or at street vendors during the day and feel the city´s pulse beating at night. Take a stroll down the longest promenade in Latin America at dusk to see the sun setting. Hike the surrounding mountains for great city and ocean views. Grab a water taxi and head to Isla de las Piedras for a day of sun and surf and to see life in the palapas, eat freshly caught seafood, and go horseriding. Don´t miss a day trip to Las Labradas, a beach area speckled with petroglyphs, ancient carved stones with indigenous spiritual symbols. Its even better to visit here in February as Mazatlán hosts the world’s third largest Carnival celebration following Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans. Party to mariachi music, witness fireworks displays, and enjoy the amusement arcades and food fairs.
- Beach Bumming
- Kite Boarding
- Scuba Diving
- Historic Centre
- Eco Parks
- Spanish Schools
- Night Life
- ATV Adventures
- Deep Sea Fishing
The historic center of Mazatlán (which means ‘place of deer’ in the indigenous Aztec language) dates from the 19th century. What started as a small fishing village grew to one of the largest ports on the Mexican Pacific coast. Its fame as a tourist destination began in the 1960s when people were drawn to the fabulous white sand beaches leading to its expansion to become Northwest Mexico´s prime holiday destination.
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Mazatlan is a perennial favorite with North American sunbirds and snowbirds alike because of the amazing hotels and scenery.
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In Mazatlan there is much adventure to be had and picture perfect beaches to relax on. Choose your style of vacation