Mazatlan is known as the “Pearl of the Pacific” thanks to its mix of sun, sand, culture and history. It’s a destination that really offers the best of both worlds. In Zona Dorada, you’ve got hotels, bars, sports, shops and restaurants lining their top notch beaches. On the other hand, you’ve got Old Mazatlan that features quaint markets, old lighthouses, cafes and historic churches. Due to its cool, clear waters, Mazatlan is renowned for its fresh seafood, namely shrimp and tuna, some of the best in the world. Foodies will love the variety of restaurants here, from small beach shacks to luxurious upscale restaurants. The fine mix of beaches, modern comforts, great restaurants and old culture make Mazatlan a top all-in-one vacation destination.
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Why is Mexico everything to everyone? A quick visit to the east coast sums it up. Cancun’s got nightlife and a party scene while Cozumel offers outdoor adventure like diving and snorkeling. The west coast has even more to boast. Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta both offer beaches, world-class hotels and great golf courses, making them perfect family vacation spots. However, adventure-minded travelers will want to head to either Mazatlan to explore historic ruins or Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, which has a similar vibe, but with the feel of an upscale city. And for the escapist, Huatulco and Manzanillo boast virtually untouched natural beauty. While each destination is uniquely different, they all have their own special way of showing you the magic of Mexico.
Get Your Art in Motion
The Mazatlan Cultural Festival is an annual festival that rallies the best artists, dancers and musicians in the region. Each of these performers prepares months in advance to put on a fine showcase to the world.
The awe-inspiring performances leave spectators speechless and do a fine job demonstrating the grandeur of the city in a traditional operatic tradition. The festival takes place in October and is located in the heart of old Mazatlan. If you're looking to experience the unique arts and culture of the region, the Mazatlan Cultural Festival is a crash-course in all things great about the city.
From Huts to Riches
Mazatlan's origin dates back to a time when it was just a small fishing village comprised of huts. However after the colonial invasion from Europe, the population skyrocketed to over 5,000 people in 1836!
During the California Gold Rush, Mazatlan served as an entry point to prospective miners who waited in the ports before traveling to San Francisco. Today, Mazatlan is a popular tourist destination for both international and domestic travelers looking to experience the magic and luster of a city shrouded in a rich culture. With such a rich history, isn't it time to experience the grandeur of Mazatlan for yourself?
Beach Done Right
Mazatlan boasts several big-name beach resorts and has the second largest fishing fleet in Mexico. On a daily basis, the majority of the seafood processed in the city is shrimp and tuna and is said to be some of the most scrumptious around due to the cool, clean waters surrounding the area.
However, despite the industries located within the region, the main attractions for travelers are Mazatlan’s beautiful beaches. The port of Mazatlan’s beach resort is made up of 21 km of white, sandy beaches and a sea of turquoise-blue. All the ingredients you need for a top-notch beach vacation!
Light Up Your Life
In its heyday, the Mazatlan Lighthouse was one of the most notable lighthouses of the late 19th century. The lighthouse began operating in mid-1879 and was considered the highest in the world at the time.
Interestingly enough, due to the static nature of the structure, many mariners were left scratching their heads because it was often mistaken for a star. Now you can see this bright gem in the flesh. Although it’s no longer the highest lighthouse in the world, it’s still an impressive sight to see.
Calling All Sports Fans
Did you know that baseball is the most popular sport in Mazatlan? If you love baseball as much as the locals, you’ve got to check out Mazatlan’s award-winning team. The city’s local team, Venados de Mazatlan (Mazatlan Deer), plays as a part of the Liga Mexicana del Pacifico and are quite renowned for their skill and athleticism.
In 2005, Mazatlan hosted the Caribbean Series for the third time, and guess what? The Venados de Mazatlan took home the gold and won the competition for their legions of local fans. So grab your favorite cap and dig in for an all-American, Mexican vacation!
Mazatlan Quick Facts
The main language in Mazatlan is Spanish, but many in the tourism industry speak English.
The official currency is the peso, but USD is also accepted.
The standard electricity supply is 110 volts with two-prong outlets
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Mazatlan.
To be safe, it is recommended to drink and brush your teeth with bottled water ONLY.
Mountain Time Zone (UTC/GMT -6 hours)
The peak travel season for Mazatlan runs from December to April.