Mazatlán is a city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. It is located at on the Pacific coast, across from the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula.
Attractions in Old Mazatlan include a Moorish-style cathedral, Plaza Republica, downtown’s central gathering place with an impressive Victorian bandstand, the Central Market (Mercado Pino Suarez) and the Teatro Angela Peralta, located on Plaza Machado, which dates back to the 1800s. Plaza Machado is also home to many cafes, colonial-style historic buildings and galleries.
For more information on local galleries, maps and general visitor information, head to the Tourist Office on Mariano Escobedo.
Museums here include the Museo de Arqueologia and the Museo de Arta.
Stretching from the Golden Zone all the way to Old Town and beyond, Mazatlan’s waterfront street, called the Malecón, is nearly 21km long. This is where you can find many beachfront restaurants, discos, nightclubs and hotels.
Head to the Golden Zone for shopping, people-watching and relaxing on golden beaches. Playa Sabalo and Playa Las Gaviotas are two such beaches which offer activities such as snorkelling and parasailing.
Mazatlan Aquarium is located between downtown and the Golden Zone, and boasts sea lions, exotic bird shows, and around 300 species of marine life. Nearby is an enormous sculpture of a nude woman, reclining on an anchor, known as Fisherman’s Monument (Monumento al Pescador).
For amazing views, keen walkers can hike up Cerro del Creston, Mazatlan’s highest hill (523ft), to El Faro lighthouse.
Stone Island is a quick water taxi ride from the cruise terminal, here you will find a long sandy beach, with shallow waters, popular with both visitors and locals alike, and activities such as kayaking.
Nearby islands such as Deer Island, a protected national reserve, Wolf Island and Bird Island provide opportunities such as birdwatching, kayaking, hiking, sailing and snorkelling.
Golfers can head around 30 minutes north of the city, to Estrella del Mar Golf Course.
The old mining towns of the Sierra Madre foothills, can be explored, villages of note include Concordia, founded in the 1500s and known for pottery and handmade wooden furniture, and Copala, now an artist colony.
The disabled cruiser visiting Mazatlan
Where You’re Docked
Cruise ships dock at Mazatlan Port, which is a busy commercial cargo port. There is also ferry service to La Paz from here.
A free tram is usually on hand to take visitors to the cruise terminal. Here you will find craft vendors, shops and a chemist. A second, quieter craft market is located across from the cruise ship terminal.
It’s around a 20-minute walk to Old Mazatlan via the “blue line”.
The city’s ‘Golden Zone’ is around four miles from the pier and a taxi is required to get to here or the seafront malecon. Car hire is located either in town or at the pier.
A ‘pulmonia’ is a sort of golf cart-like taxi cab, which can be hired around to travel around the city for a few pesos. Both these and regular taxis are available at the cruise terminal.
Good to Know
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
The official currency is the Peso.
The official language in Mazatlan
Souvenirs include Mexican handmade crafts and silver jewelry, artwork and hand-made Carnival masks in local galleries.
Fresh fish and seafood, especially shrimp, oysters and tuna as well as Mexican favorites such as tacos, carne asada (grilled beef), burritos and quesadillas can be found in restaurants and local food stalls. Italian, American, Mediterranean and Cuban cuisine can also be found.
Points of Interest
- Mazatlan – a seven-
Mazatlan Accessible Excursions
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Mazatlan Accessible Guided Tour
This 4 hour accessible