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Updated December 16, 2018


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Sightseeing Attractions

Beach Guide and Free Map

Centro Historico Walking Tour

Day Trips to Rural Sinaloa

Tours and Excursions

Maps of Mazatlan Sinaloa

events and holidays

Mazatlan Venados 2018

Day of the Dead 2018

Mazatlan Marathon 2018

Mazatlan Carnaval 2019

Spring Break Mazatlan 2019

Semana Santa Mazatlan 2019

Intl Moto Week Mazatlan 2019

Grito de Dolores 2019

Theater, Concerts, Movies

drinking and dining

Recommended Restaurants

Bar Guide | Coffee Shops

Juice Bars | Street Food Carts!

Vegetarian Dining and Food

outdoor fun and exercise

Water Sports and beach activities

Bike Rental, repair, sales, tours

Sport Fishing, ocean and lakes

Golf Courses and driving ranges

Health Clubs and outdoor sports

stores • shops • services

Mazatlan Shopping Guide 2018

Art Galleries and Artwalk

Spas, Salons and Beauty

Jewelry Stores and Jewelers

Veterinarians and Animal Welfare

Real Estate Guide and MLS

logistics and lodging

Mazatlan FAQ and Travel Tips

Hotels, Resorts, B&Bs, RV parks

Airport and Airline Flights

Car Rental Locations

Taxis and Pulmonias

Buses: intercity, international, local

Cruise Ships Shore Excursions

Mexico Federal Highway 40 / 40D

Auto Service and Repair

WiFi Internet and Phone

Banks and ATMs

health care • medical tourism

Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacies

EMS and Emergency Services Info

history • culture • news

Mazatlan History in English

Sinaloa History in English

Daily Mazatlan News in English

Churches in Mazatlan, Mexico

Download a free Mazatlan Centro Historico walking tour map and tourist guide

Mazatlan beach map and guide - download free .pdf!

The best 22 recommended bars in Mazatlan - download free .pdf!

316 recommended restaurants in Mazatlan

2018 Mazatlan Shopping Guide

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The faces of MazatlanLooking for the best vacation sightseeing; reviews of recommended restaurants; top rated bars, resorts and hotels?

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Or maybe you just want to know when, where, and what it costs to party at one of Mazatlan's many cultural events, festivals and performances -- Carnival; Semana Santa; Moto Week; the Day Of The Dead; Mazatlan Venados games or any of the countless performances at the Angela Peralta Theater and other theater venues within the city.

Malecon Cliff DiverWhether shopping for entertainment or groceries, let us provide you with the most complete and inclusive free Mazatlan tourist information available online.

Discover Mazatlán!

The foundation of Mazatlan's popularity with both Mexican vacationers and international tourists for nearly 80 years is the blessing of geography.

Our city is located on the Pacific Ocean at the lush western edge of the Sierra Madre mountains, and its latitude -- virtually identical to that of Kauai Island in Hawaii -- marks the start of the Mexican Tropics.

Latitude 23° makes Mazatlan both the perfect year-round seaside Mexico beach destination and the ideal travel portal to day trip explorations of the rustic communities and Pueblo Magico of Rural Sinaloa, south along Mexico's lush Pacific coast, and inland to Durango.

Video tour of Mazatlán from Turismo Sinaloa

A vacation destination since the 1940s

Mazatlan Olas Altas Beach 1950sSince the 1940s Mazatlan has been a top rated vacation and retirement destination for countless Canadians, Americans, Europeans and Mexicans who have found in its sophisticated yet laid back atmosphere why Maz is called The Pearl of The Pacific.

Travel to our city engages all of the senses: the beautiful sights and sightseeing; evertype of beach and ocean activity from deep sea fishing to paragliding; great club and bar music; free street concerts and dance performances; some of the best theater in Mexico and, of course, the exquisite flavors of our cuisine -- particularly our seafood, which is unsurpassed anywhere in Mexico.

Cerritos beachMazatlan has always been about play, and modern Mazatlan delivers play in all its forms! From zip lines and banana boat rides to mountain biking and eco-excurions in Rural Sinaloa, Mazatlan is the best play destination in Mexico!

And when the play is done? Soft sea breezes, the smell of the ocean and tranquility.

A Historic Colonial City on The Beach

Plaza Machado Centro HistoricoMazatlan is a historic Mexican city with a magnificent post-colonial 1800s central district and deep traditions that is directly adjacent to a spectacular Malecon -- miles of wonderful beaches.

The best Mazatlan beaches -- and their majestic waves -- draw visitors from around the world. But Mazatlan is far more than just pretty beaches, and international tourists long-ago let their experienced travel instincts guide them to the unique combination of beach vacation entertainment and cultural activities that Mazatlan offers.

Plaza Machado Centro HistoricoThe Centro Historico has been reborn, and Mazatlecos, tourists and seasonal visitors daily reap the fruits of the infusion of new ideas and international sophistication.

Both international and Mexican travelers visit annually to play on the beaches of Nuevo Mazatlan and Golden Zone hotels -- knowing that just minutes distant in the Centro Historico they can enjoy sophisticated art galleries, delicious gourmet restaurants and modern shops that sell handmade artisan crafts and Sinaloa art.

The Centro Historico Renaissance

Basilica Centro HistoricoThe Centro Historico perfectly encapsulates the Mazatlan Renaissance.

Within a fantastic maze of of cobbled streets and hauntingly beautiful post-colonial 1800s buildings that is home to our magnificent Basilica, an ever-increasing number of entrepreneurs and homeowners have restored grand historic structures and have created businesses that reflect this New Mazatlan sensibility.

These popular new restaurants, bars, cafés, art galleries and artists studios express the sensibilities of the countries of origin of their owners -- which is often not Mexico -- and that reflect a true international fusion of culture and artistic taste.

Download free 2017 Mazatlan Centro Historico walking tour map and directionsDownload a free self-guided
Centro Historico Walking Tour map!

The combination of the old and the new; the sacred and the sensual; quintessentially Mexican culture and the contributions from cultures of residents hailing from countries all over the globe has created something truly unique.

Great things to do on a Mazatlán vacation

Mazatlan Satellite Photo Walk the Malecon in the morning -- or just before sunset -- and enjoy some of the best people watching anywhere! This self-guided walking tour of our beaches is available 24/7/365, free of charge...

Take a walking tour of the Centro Historico during the day and visit Mazatlan's delightful museums -- or go shopping in the many new boutique shops and art galleries!

Enjoy sunset dining at one of the many top rated gourmet restaurants in the Centro Historico -- or take a pulmonia taxi and let him guide you to anywhere you want, and dine on whatever type of food you dream of!

Visit the Plaza Machado in the Centro Historico at night and catch a performance at the gorgeous restored 19th Century Teatro Ángela Peralta.

Mazatlan has a vibrant theater scene, and as a result of the efforts of Cultura Mazatlan, every year The Pearl of The Pacific hosts several cultural festivals that showcase theater, dance and music not only from Mexico, but from around the world! Annual Mazatlan cultural festivals and events include the Mazatlan Cultural Festival; the Sinaloa Cultural Festival; Temporada Primavera; Dia de la Musica; Festival Escena Mazatlan and Festival Jose Limon.

Download a free updated 2018-2019 Mazatlan cultural festival, theater, dance concert calendarDownload a free 2018-2019 Mazatlán theater, dance, concert and festival schedule!

Mazatlan MaleconYou don't have to spend a lot of money to have fun in Mazatlan -- many of the most popular attractions that set Mazatlan apart are free!

Our beach, the glorious ocean, the changing beauty of our islands as the sun moves across the sky are all free for the taking, as is the golden tropical glow fading into the ocean while the lighthouse beacon of El Faro signals another sensual tropical night.

We invite you to travel to Modern Mazatlan and experience a perfect blend of sun, fun, rich cultural heritage and history blended with the best of the new, including world-class art galleries, restaurants, high-line bars, luxury resorts, hotels B&Bs and spas, exciting sportfishing and Rural Sinaloa tours, excursions and adventure.

What's near Mazatlán? Pueblos Mágico!

Mazatlan is located in the southern part of Sinaloa State, one of the most beautiful and historically interesting states in Mexico. provides you comprehensive and constantly updated travel resources that enable all of the most popular day trips and overnight excursions to Sinaloa towns and pueblos.

But before you start planning your Sinaloa adventures, get happy!

Happy Sinaloa video with music by Pharrell Williams

A 2018 vacation guide to recommended sightseeing, shopping, restaurants, bars, guided tours, theater, art, hotels, resorts, culture and history of Mazatlan, Sinaloa


Grito de Dolores / Dia de la Independencia Mazatlan 2018

Venados de Mazatlan 2018 - español

Mazatlan Venados News! - español

Day of The Dead • Dia de los Muertos 2018

Mazatlan Marathon 2018

Mazatlan Carnival 2019 - español

Spring Break in Mazatlan 2019

Easter Week • Semana Santa 2019 - español

Mazatlan Intl Motorcycle Week 2019 - español

Theaters, concerts, cultural calendar


38 Seafood restaurants

47 Mexican Restaurants

51 International and Fusion restaurants

8 Steaks, Ribs, BBQ restaurants

19 Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Asian

33 Pizzerias and pizza places

36 Burgers, Hot Dogs, Wings

20 Ice Cream Parlors, Gelato and Brownies!

12 Vegetarian dining recommendations

15 Rural Sinaloa restaurants

22 Bars with popular menus! - español

19 Coffee Shops with top rated menus!

7 Juice Bars

Street Food in Mazatlan


Centro Historico

Free Centro Historico Walking Tour - español

Plaza Machado

Angela Peralta Theater

Basilica de La Inmaculada Concepcion

The Malecon

Cliff Divers

Fine Art Museum

Archaeology Museum

Pedro Infante Museum - español

Pino Suarez Market

Acuario Mazatlan Aquarium

Carpa Olivera saltwater public pool

El Faro Lighthouse

Bosque de La Ciudad central city park

Estero del Yugo nature preserve

Cruise Ship Arrivals and things to do

Tours and passenger excursions


El Quelite

La Noria

Meseta de Cacaxtla and Barras de Piaxtla

Las Labradas Petroglyphs

San Ignacio

Lake El Salto


Reserva Nuestra Señora Mundo Natural

Mexico Federal Highway 40D - español

Victoria de Durango, Durango



El Rosario

Playa Caimanero

Teacapan / Playa Espiritu

Stone Island - español

Deer and Goat Islands

Bird Island


Sport Fishing, ocean and Bass lake trips

Golf Courses and driving ranges - español

Bike Rental, Repair, Sales, Tours

Fitness, Exercise, Yoga

Water Sports


Art, Artists and Artwalk 2018-2019

Jewelry Stores

Spa and Salon

Veterinarians, Pet Care and Shelters

Real Estate MLS


15 Budget Hotels

33 Mid-range Hotels and Resorts

21 Luxury Resorts and Hotels

8 RV Trailer Parks


Car Rental

Pulmonia and Taxi

Bus lines, routes and terminals - español


Medical Care, Doctor, Dentist, Pharmacy

Emergencies and EMS

Bank and ATM

Auto Repair

WiFi and Phone

Free maps of Mazatlan and Sinaloa

Current Local News

History of Mazatlan

History of Sinaloa State



Beach Guide Mazatlan 2018 - español

Stone Island Day Trip Map - español

Dia de la Independencia 2018 Grito and events

Mazatlan Venados 2018-2019 Season Schedule - español

Day of the Dead Parade Map - español

Carnival 2019 Events Calendar - español

Moto Week 2019 Events Schedule - español

Day of the Dead Parade Map - español

Centro Historico Walking Tour Map - español

Concordia Day Trip Map

Copala Day Trip Map

Cosala Day Trip Map

Durango Day Trip Map

El Quelite Day Trip Map

El Rosario Day Trip Map

La Noria Day Trip Map

Lake El Salto Day Trip Map

Las Labradas Petroglyphs Day Trip Map

Meseta Cacaxtla - Barras Piaxtla Day Trip Map

Playa el Caimanero Day Trip Map

Reserva Nuestra Señora Mundo Natural Day Trip Map

Teacapan Day Trip Map

Bar Guide Mazatlan 2018 - español

Upcoming concerts, theater and dance performances

Cruise Ship Arrival Schedule 2018 - 2019

Medical Services and Medical Tourism

City Bus Map

Grocery Shopping words in Spanish

Emergency Services

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