Mexico Spring Break! Spring Break 2025 in Mazatlan, Mexico - Party on the beach, bar-crawl at night and enjoy zip lines and other destinations on day trips in Rural Sinaloa!
A Guide to the coolest Spring Break you will ever have: beaches, bars, music, nightclubs, nightlife, really great thing to do outside the city and Spring Break in Mexico safety tips!

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Sightseeing Attractions

Beach Guide and Free Map

Centro Historico Walking Tour

Street Food in Mazatlan

Day Trips to Rural Sinaloa

Tours and Excursions

Maps of Mazatlan Sinaloa

events • holidays

Dia de la Independencia 2024

Day of The Dead 2024

Mazatlan Carnival 2025

Spring Break in Mazatlan 2025 Spring Break Mazatlan 2025

Semana Santa Mazatlan 2025

outdoor fun • exercise

Water Sports and beach activities

Sport Fishing, ocean and lakes

Golf Courses and driving ranges

Health Clubs and outdoor sports

Bike Rental, repair, sales, tours

shopping • services

Mazatlan Shopping Guide 2024

Spas, Salons and Beauty

Veterinarians and Animal Welfare

Real Estate Guide and MLS

logistics • lodging

Mazatlan FAQ and Travel Tips

Taxis and Pulmonias

Buses: intercity, international, local

Cruise Ships Shore Excursions

Mexican Federal Highway 40 / 40D

Auto Service and Repair

WiFi Internet and Phone

health care and medical tourism

Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacies

EMS and Emergency Services Info

history • churches

Mazatlan History in English

Sinaloa History in English

Churches in Mazatlan, Mexico

2023 Mazatlan beach map and guide - download free .pdf!

Map to the docks that take you to Stone Island - download free .pdf!

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

A 2024 Guide and free maps for Mazatlan Day Trips!

2023 Mazatlan Shopping Guide

Bicycle rental, tours, repair and sales in Mazatlan!

Visit and Flota Bibi Fleet

Club de Natacion Mazatlan swim club

INAH Sinaloa

Visit the Nuestra Senora Mundo Natural nature preserve!


Download free 2023 Mazatlan medical provider directory

Read a history of Mazatlan in English

Read a history of Sinaloa in English

Join the Mazatlan community!

2024 Spring Break in Mazatlán!
Experience the best Spring Break beach party in Mexico

Why choose Mazatlan for Spring Break? | Things to do off the beach

Getting to Mazatlan by airplane or bus | Budget Hotels at Spring Break

Communicating with your parents and friends over Spring Break

What do I need to bring? | What if I have an emergency?

How to have a Safe Spring Break in Mazatlan Mexico

Deciding to take your Spring Break in Mazatlan in 2024 is one of the best choices you can make in your entire college career!

Before we offer some reasons why you're going to be really happy when you choose Mazatlan as your Spring Break destination -- and how to enjoy a Safe 2023 Spring Break in Mexico whether you choose Mazatlan or not.

Video of Spring Break in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico!

Spring Break in Mazatlán is way cooler than Cancun, Puerto Vallarta or Cabo!

Traditionally, Mexico has four important destinations for Spring Breakers from the United States and Canada: Cancun, Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.

Unlike the first three, Mazatlan was not constructed solely for tourists: it is an important Mexican port -- with a rich history dating from the 1600s -- that offers Spring Breakers a breathtaking variety of sights and attractions to enjoy during their time away from the beach!

But first, we should talk about those beaches...

Beaches and the Beach Party Scene

Girls dancing on the beach at Spring Break in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, MexicoSimply stated, Mazatlan has a lot of spectacular beaches, and they are one jam-packed party over Spring Break!

Mazatlan beaches during Spring Break are filled with partying, music and laughter.

Starting at Playa Olas Altas located on the western edge of the Centro Historico and running north to Playa Bruja (Witch Beach), Mazatlan has one of the longest stretches of uninterrupted urban beach in Mexico.

Water sports abound along these beaches, including surfing, banana boats, jet skis, wave runners, parasailing, sailing and much more.

But even at the height of the season the sheer number of miles of beach mean that tranquil spaces can still be found by Spring Breakers who want to take a break from the party, kick back, and just do a little fishing -- or napping!

Shore fishing at Playa Bruja

Bars, Cantinas and Buying Liquor

Pouring Modelo beer at a bar in MazatlanCome nightfall, Spring Break moves into the bars, pubs and cantinas.

Mazatlan has every type of bar imaginable, from traditional bars to sports bars, wine bars, pubs, gay bars and Mexican cantinas.

The drinking age in Mazatlan is 18, and bars and cantinas get in serious trouble for serving underage customers.

No matter how old you think you look, you look very young to an older person: just like in the United States or Canada, carry I.D. when you go bar-crawling!

Cantinas are of particular interest, and quite different from bars American and Canadian students are used to near their campuses.

Cantinas are a type of Mexican bar traditionally patronized exclusively by men for the purposes of drinking booze, eating botanas (appetizers) and playing dominoes, cards or other table games. As politically incorrect as it is, Cantinas traditionally had signs that expressly prohibited women from entering.

Mazatlan Cantina circa 1900Luckily, cantinas in Mazatlan have moved beyond that primitive approach to cocktailing, and one of the best -- Edgar's in the Centro Historico, a Mazatlan mainstay since 1949 -- actually has a sign that explicitly states that women are welcome!

If you and your Spring Break date are looking for a little Hair of The Dog in the morning, it's worth being aware that Edgar's usually opens at about 9am...

Cantina or bar, the cost of alcohol drinks in Mazatlan is very low compared to the United States or Canada, and lots of drinks that are considered "exotic" in the US or Canada -- our hometown Pacifico beer or many brands of tequila, for example -- are dirt cheap.

Liquor of all types is sold at a variety of types of stores. Information about your booze take-out options can be found by clicking here.

Bottoms Up and drink in moderation, please...

Nightlife, Nightclubs, Dance Clubs
and more

Beyond bars, Spring Break in Mazatlan offers a healthy choice of clubs with dancing and, in many cases, open bars covered by the price of admission. Notable examples are Joe's Oyster Bar and Bora Bora, in Valentino's on the Malecon overlooking the Sea of Cortez.

Bora Bora is absolutely enormous (over 1000 capacity) and rocks nearly to dawn with electronica, pop hits, música tropical, reggaeton, banda and anything else that the DJ dreams up.

Bicycle Rental, Urban Bike Riding
and Mountain Biking

Mazatlan Malecon bike rideIf you want to take a bike ride on your Spring Break, you have a basic chioce to make: an urban ride or an off road mountain bike excursion. Mazatlan offers both, and you won't regret getting off the beach for a biking adventure!

There are a number of bike rental shops that can rent you an nice well-maintained cruiser bicycle perfect for peddling around town. Bike rentals can be hourly, 1/2 day, daily or even longer, and safety equipment -- specifically, helmets -- are provided.

Segwey tour on the Mazatlan MaleconBe aware that Mexican drivers are even less aware of bicyclists than Canadians and Americans -- you probably didn't think that was possible, right? -- so you need to be very aware when riding on streets.

A great way to avoid interacting with cars is to stick to the Malecon, which is extensive, isolated from traffic and right on the beach.

If you're into mountain biking, this Spring Break could be the adventure of a lifetime -- the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains just outside Mazatlan provide limitless spectacular off-road biking opportunities!

Several bike tour businesses and organizations conduct mountain biking tours and excursions perfect for Spring Breakers, notably Fernando Kelly of Kelly's Bicycle Shop, Rudy Valdez of Mazatlan Bike Tours and our mountain biking club Perros Sin Dueño (loosely translated, Stray Dogs).

We could go on and on about how cool mountain biking with Perros Sin Dueno -- or Fernando Kelly or Rudy Valdez -- is, but a video is worth much more than a thousand words. This one was shot on a Perros Sin Dueno excursion to Mexiquillo, a spectacular nearly 35,000 acre nature preserve in Durango State just up Mexican Federal Highway 40D from Mazatlan. Enjoy.

Video of mountain biking from Perros Sin Dueño

Zip Lines and Rural Excursions

Zip line in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, MexicoFeel like getting off the beach for a day and getting some (sort of) exercise? How about a zip line excursion into the foothils of the Sierra Madre mountains?

Mazatlan is home to two excellent zip line tour companies with impeccable safety records: Huana Coa Canopy Adventure and Veraneando Adventure.

Both have built spectacular zip line runs over the lush Sierra Madre forest that are some of the most spectacular in Mexico.

Both companies offer big-time fun beyond zip lines: Veraneando Adventure can take you on a 7 mile river ride where you get to experience the jungle and wildlife of Sinaloa close-up, and Huana Coa Canopy Adventure also offers horseback riding and ATV excursions.

There are also two further treats awaiting Huana Coa zip line clients on Spring Break: they take you up to the zip line start platform in a Swiss-made Pinzgau all terrain military vehicle capable of climbing 50 degree grades, and the day of zip lining ends at the La Vinata Los Osuna tequila distillery!

Video of Huana Coa Canopy Adventure zip line ride

Paintball anyone?

Mazatlan paintball venueHangover making you a little edgy on Spring Break? Sweat those aggressions out with a spirited paintball shoot-out!

Mazatlan has two companies that provide serious paintball in challenging fields and venues: Gotcha Las Espuelas and Master Gotcha ("gotcha", in case you were wondering, is what paintball is called in Spanish).

Both paintball companies have rental equipment and, conveniently for Spring Breakers, Master Gotcha is walking distance from the beaches of the Golden Zone.

Street Food Rules!

Tacos Pastor being prepared in Mazatla at a street food cartIf you want to stay in the American / Canadian fast food groove that you're probably used to at school, Mazatlan has all of the resources to sustain that.

Burger King, Carl's Jr.,Domino's; KFC; McDonalds; Subway -- the whole shootin' match, and most of them even deliver, an amenity sadly missing from most of the burger joints in the United States and Canada. But if you stick with familiar fast food you'll only be cheating yourself: Street food in Mazatlan is delicious and cheap!

A Word to The Wise enjoying their Spring Break in Mazatlan: forget about the sanitation-issue scare mongering that you hear about food -- street or not -- in Mexico. Some thoughts from our page about street food carts in Mazatlan...

Generally speaking, you can forget about the scare-tactic advice you may have read in some guide books (or from well-intentioned friends back home, most of whom have probably never been to Mexico) about supposed sanitation issues at Mazatlan street food carts.

Carts are inspected for cleanliness and the Wisdom of The Crowd -- the regular local patrons -- pretty much assures you that a popular street food vendor is serving clean food. If he wasn't serving clean street food he a) wouldn't be popular and b) probably wouldn't be in business.

Of course: use common sense.

Street TacosHeat -- like the flame charring your mouth-watering carne asada -- kills germs. Is the hot food being served really hot?

You can see with your own eyes the general appearance of the cart, and whether or not the raw food looks fresh: there is no more "open kitchen" than a street food cart!

Don't worry about the dishes -- either you will be served on styrofoam or, almost always, your plate will be wrapped in a disposable plastic bag.

There is as well, of course, the "compared to what?" question.

A friend of this website used to manage a region of international-brand fast food restaurants in Canada -- over 30 restaurants.

Unless your major is in the study of pathogenic bacteria or something similar, you have NO IDEA -- nor do you want to have an idea -- what lives in the improperly cleaned guts of a fake ice cream dispensing machine at a fast food restaurant...

The Centro Historico

Download a free Mazatlan Centro Historico walking tour map and tourist guideThe Mazatlan Centro Historico (Historical Center) is one of the colonial gems of Mexico, and walking its streets you feel history all around you.

But the Centro Historico isn't all about history: it is the birthplace of the Mazatlan Renaissance which has brought artists and entrepreneurs from around the world to our port.

Populated with sophisticated restaurants, galleries and, yes, bars, the Centro Historico makes for a fascinating break from the Spring Break beach scene.

When you're walking in the Centro Historico you may well see a person -- likely about your garanparent's age -- wearing a blue shirt.

That would be a Mazatlan Tourist Aide, one of a group of dedicated Americans, Canadians and Mexicans devoted to helping visitors to our port find what they're looking for.

Take advantage of these generous people's knowledge: most are long-time full-time expat residents of Mazatlan with a broad and deep reservoir of information about the community, and an unwavering desire to help tourists -- free of charge.

Mazatlan Tourist Aide volunteers do not accept tips or other gratuities. Quite the contrary: given their age, your age and if you look hungover enough from your Spring Break festivities, it is not impossible that one of them might buy you breakfast...

Mazatlán offers Spring Breakers more than perfect beaches - if you can get yourself off the beach!

Overview day trip mapOne of the most amazing things about Mazatlan -- and something that truly sets it apart from other Spring Break destinations in Mexico -- is the number of highly recommended day trips that that you can take whether or not you have a car!

The variety of terrain and the diversity of the pueblos and other destinations within day trip distances from Mazatlan is simply breathtaking.

Sinaloa State offers Spring Breakers who want to get off the beach everything from quaint colonial mountain communities to massive nature reserves and tranquil seaside getaways (OK, we're back to the beach...).

A 2024 Guide and free maps for Mazatlan Day Trips! The closest day trip destination to Mazatlan's main beaches are the beaches of Stone Island.

Just a short lancha boat ride from the Playa Sur Embarcadero near the ferry terminal at the southern end of the older part of the city, the palm-lined beaches of Stone Island are the most popular and highly recommended Mazatlan Spring Break day trip destination.

The very closest day trips you can take that are genuinely outside Mazatlan are to El Quelite and Concordia, both of which are lots of fun and give you a real experience of the magic of the pueblos of Rural Sinaloa State.

For art lovers, Las Labradas is a Mecca -- roughly 640 ancient petroglyphs dot nearly 1200 linear feet of shoreline just 45 miles north of Mazatlan. These wonderful relics evoke the mysteries of pre-Columbian mexico, and its people. If you're not so into art you are, of course, back on the beach!

Ecotourists love the nature reserves of Meseta Cacaxtla and Reserva Nuestra Señora Mundo Natural -- both of which offer experiences of ecosystems that are strikingly different from those that exist in the United States and Canada.

The list is much longer -- especially if you rent a car, which is dirt cheap split four ways, or even two -- and we invite you to review out day trips pages and consider visiting one or more of these fascinating Sinaloa pueblos and eco-destinations during your 2023 Spring Break and meet the happy people of Sinaloa...

Happy Sinaloa video with music by Pharrell Williams

How to get to Mazatlán by airplane or bus from the United States or Canada

There are two main ways that American and Canadian students can travel to Mazatlan for Spring Break: by airplane or by bus.

Airline Service to Mazatlan

Airliner landing at the Mazatlan airportMazatlan is connected to the rest of the world by airlines operating out of General Rafael Buelna Aeropuerto Internacional (MZT / MMMZ), our international airport located just southeast of town.

Now served by over a dozen airlines, the Mazatlan international airport offers flights to numerous destinations in the United States and Canada and, through connections at major hubs, anywhere in the world.

It is worth noting that two smaller Mexican air carriers with excellent saftey records -- Aereo Calafia and Aereoservicio Guerro -- offer flights from Mazatlan to Cabo.

You might want to consider popping over to visit friends who made the mistake of taking Spring Break in Cabo or -- more likely -- they might want to pop over to visit you once you've sent them texts, photos and videos depicting your way-cooler Spring Break in Mazatlan...

Bus Service from the United States
to Mazatlan

Intercity buses in MexicoSome Canadians and most Americans have a prejudice against travel by bus.

Much of this aversion -- particularly for Americans -- stems from the deterioriated state of Greyhound and its buses in recent decades.

Coupled with the "chicken bus" stereotype of buses in Mexico, many Spring Breakers never consider traveling to their Spring Break destination by bus.

This is a really-really big mistake, particularly if your destination is on the Pacific coast (like Mazatlan or Puerto Vallarta) or within the Baja Peninsula, like Cabo.

Mexico Bus RoutesForget about the Chicken Bus: buses are the primary interstate transportation modality in Mexico, and Mexican interstate buses are top-class land yachts usually manufactured by Mercedes or Volvo.

Primera Clase (First Class) interstate buses from major carriers in Mexico only seat roughly 36 passengers in 2x2 seating, some even higher-line express buses just roughly 27 in a 1x2 seating configuration.

Mexican intercity bus passenger cabinAs befits modern transportation used by all classes of Mexicans -- including well-off Mexicans and business people -- these buses are equipped with bathrooms (sometimes both his and hers); in-transit movies (usually of the poor quality that you would experience on most airline flights) and wifi (so you can stay in touch with parents and friends and show them what a good time you're having).

A number of bus lines offer cross-border buses that make Spring Break travel to and from Mexico seamless and easy:

TAP (Transportes y Autobuses del Pacifico) -- offers cross-border buses that depart from Phoenix and Tucson in southern Arizona and travel south down Mexico's beautiful Pacific coast.

Transportes del Norte has the most extensive route map in the United States, offering departures from not only cities in Texas -- its original United States origins -- but in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and even Illinois!

Tufesa serves a number of cities in Arizona, Nevada and California.

The road in from the east

Mexican Federal Highway 40 Map

Spring Breakers visiting Mazatlan from Texas or points further north and east are in for a special bus travel treat: a journey down Mexican Federal Highway 40 / 40D through the Sierra Madre mountains.

(Note: if you're not coming from the very southern tip of Texas -- McAllen / Reynosa -- don't worry: your bus to Mazatlan will join Highway 40 / 40D at Torreon, which is before the really spectacular scenery starts!)

Baluarte Bridge under constructionThis newly re-engineered highway traverses some of the most spectacular terrain on the planet and includes 115 bridges (including the world's highest suspension bridge) and 63 tunnels in just 140 miles!

We're sure some of the flatland dust on the way to South Padre Island can look sort of OK in a certain light but, come on, this is a real grownup international adventure travel bonus to your Spring Break vacation!

More information about Spring Break buses to Mazatlan can be found by clicking here for the buses page of this website.

Cheap recommended Mazatlán hotels for Spring Break 2024 - if you book now!

Cheap hotels in Mazatlan MexicoMazatlan has an excellent number of recommended budget hotels that are perfect for Spring Breakers. lists 15 cheap hotels in Mazatlan that are anything but "cheap" in their amenities -- amenities that are usually only available at higher room rates in other Spring Break vacation destinations within Mexico. Some even have kitchens!

Mazatlan budget hotels are located throughout the city, so Spring Breakers have a choice of staying in the Golden Zone, the Centro Historico, right on the Malecon or even just a lancha boat ride away on Stone Island!

It is also worth noting that Mexican hotels are generally fairly liberal about the number of people that can stay in a hotel room for the base room rate so, if you don't mind a bit of crowding, the cost per person gets even lower.

We invite you to go to our budget hotel page and review your 2023 Spring Break lodging options.

If you feel like getting funky and paying next-to-nothing for your Mazatlan Spring Break lodging, check out the Funky Monkey Hostel by clicking here or on Facebook, a massively well-reviewed hostel right in the heart of Mazatlan!

A note about hotel occupancy rates: Mazatlan is an extremely popular beach destination throughout the Winter, and these budget hotels fill up quickly, especially if your 2024 Spring Break is earlier in the season.

If you really want to score one of these value-priced rooms, the time to book is whenever you are reading this!

Wifi in Mazatlán and other telcom options to keep you in touch over Spring Break

Internet café locations, WiFi, and ISPs in Mazatlan MexicoIt is only natural to want to share your Spring Break experiences with friends in real time via social media and other electronic communication.

But let's cut to the chase: your parents are going to worry about you whether you take Spring Break in Mazatlan or somewhere boring like Miami Beach or South Padre Island -- and they need to be reassured that you are safe!

One of the most common objections that parents raise about proposed Spring Breaks anywhere in Mexico are based -- conciously or unconciously -- upon the mistaken notion that their beloved young college student will have fallen into a bottomless black hole of non-telecommunication. Nothing could be furher from the truth!

Mazatlan -- and every other major Spring Break destination in Mexico -- is awash in telecommunication options, starting with ubiquitous free wifi. Simply stated, if you have Skype on a wifi-enabled mobile device, you're good to go.

Cell telephone towerBeyond wifi, if your 850 / 1900 GSM phone is unlocked (it does need to be GSM), it is trivial to get a Telcel (mobile phone provider) Amigo Express sim card with a local (area code 669) phone number.

These sim cards are sold in a very wide variety of locations including OXXO convenience stores, which are so numerous that in parts of Mazatlan you can literally see from one OXXO to the next.

Telcel Amigo Plan sim cardTelcel Amigo Express sim cards now cost under $2 USD, with a roughly $3 USD required initial minute charge-up. If wifi isn't sufficient for you, Telcel offers very inexpensive prepaid data plans.

If your phone or other mobile device isn't GSM and you simply want to make phone calls, you could simply buy a Mexican Telcel mobile phone.

The most basic phones cost about $15 USD and, in some cases, actually come pre-loaded with more than $15 USD in prepaid minutes! While these phones are sold locked to Telcel, if you're clever you might be able to unlock them and use it as a spare back home...

If you're not comfortable just walking into an OXXO and buying a chip, Telcel is there to help you choose telcom products and services!

In Spanish, a Customer Service Center is a Centro de Atención a Clientes, and Telcel has a number of them in Mazatlan where you will get the personal attention you deserve.

Probably the easiest to find are in the Gran Plaza Mall and in the new Galerias Mall (right beside the entrance to Sears) in Nuevo Mazatlan.

Both of these Telcel customer service centers are open from 11am until 8pm every day, accept credit cards and virtually always have at least some English-speaking service folks.

Word to the Wise Spring Breaker (and his / her parents): Carlos Slim -- the owner of Telcel -- did not become the richest man in the world by making it difficult to get telcom in Mexico...

For a more complete overview of your telecommunications options while on Spring Break in Mazatlan visit our WiFi, Internet and Mobile Phone page.

What you need to bring on Spring Break in Mazatlán

United States passportGenerally speaking, you don't need to bring anything on Spring Break in Mazatlan -- beyond your passport -- that you wouldn't bring on Spring Break to any destination in the United States.

It is probably better to carry a little more cash that you might in the United States or Canada: the folks selling lots of the fun stuff like street food, beach shots of tequila or bananana boat rides will likely not be able to accept credit cards.

Sunscreen is a must: at latitude 23° you're roughly as close to the equator as Kauai Island is in Hawaii, which is a lot closer to the equator than most of us are used to!

If you're smart-phone crazy (and who isn't?), you might want to download a translation app if you don't speak Spanish -- many work remarkably well, including for reading signs using your camera.

The Travel Tips and FAQ page of this website offers lots of detailed information about lots of little details.

Medical and other emergencies on
Spring Break in Mazatlán

Mazatlan EMS and emergency services can be reached by dialing 911

We certainly hope and expect that your 2020 Spring Break in Mazatlan will be emergency-free, but emergencies do happen and it's never a bad idea to be prepared...

Medical Emergencies and Medical Care

Mazatlan medical doctors clinics hospitals EMS 24-hour pharmaciesFor less than absolutely crisis-moment medical services, Mazatlan offers a wide and deep pool of competent physicians, hospitals and medical clinics.

A detailed overview of the healthcare resources available to Spring Breakers in Mazatlan can be found on the Hospitals, Doctors, Pharmacies and Emergency Medical Services page of this website.

It is widely believed that Atlantic Health International Hospital SHARP is the Roll-Royce of healthcare in Mazatlan.

SHARP treats many foreign patients and has an established relationship with Tourist Health Care, who process the medical paperwork for foreign patients with medical insurance from their country of origin.

Consulates and Counselor Assistance

It is highly unlikely, but not impossible, that you might run into a problem over Spring Break 2023 in Mazatlan that would cause you -- or your parents -- to reach out for consular assistance.

Mazatlan has consulates representing seven countries: Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Guatemala, Holland and the United States.

The full list consulates in Mazatlan with contact information can be found on the Travel Tips and FAQ page of this website but, since most of our Spring Breakers are from the United States and Canada...

United States Consulate FlagUnited States Consulate

Avenida Playa Gaviotas 202 / Golden Zone - Zona Dorada

Hours: Monday - Friday 9am to 1pm

Calls to the United States Consulate in Mazatlan are answered by a central call center that handles all calls for all of the 9 Consulates and 9 Consular Agencies in Mexico. The call center will connect an individual to the appropriate consulate upon their request.

Telephone within Mexico 01 800 681 9374

USA Telephone 844 528 6611


Canadian Consulate FlagCanadian Consulate

Boulevard Marina Mazatlan 2302, Suite 41 / Marina Mazatlan

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30am to 12:30pm

Telephone 669 913 7320

Fax 669 914 6655


How to have a Safe Spring Break in Mazatlán - or anywhere in Mexico!

Many Americans and Canadians -- and not just Spring Breakers, people your parents and grandparents age -- appear to believe that there are no laws or rules governing their behavior when they are in Mexico.

This is simply not the case, and the consequences of behaving like an idiot in Mexico are just as dire as in the United States or Canada.

We offer six simple tips that, if you follow them, will virtually guarantee a safe, 100% enjoyable, experience of your 2022 Spring Break in Mazatlan -- or any other destination in Mexico you might choose to visit.

Some -- perhaps all -- of these tips may seem obvious, but it is remarkable how many Americans and Canadians of all ages get in trouble each year over one or more of these "obvious" issues...

DO BRING prescriptions for all medications you bring into Mexico

Bring original prescriptions to Mexico over Spring BreakIt is important to have prescriptions for any prescription medications you bring into Mexico and, despite whatever you may have heard, getting a prescription filled in Mexico requires a prescription from a physician.

Mexican pharmacies -- and border control people -- generally don't like photocopies, so get an original from your doctor before your Spring Break trip to Mazatlan.

This advice is particularly true if you are taking interesting opiate-based medications such as Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Morphine and Oxycodone, or commonly abused medications such as Valium or Hydrocodone / Paracetamol (Lortab, Norco, Vicodin).

These types of medications -- in the absence of a prescription -- can be viewed as being for re-sale...

DO NOT bring firearms or ammunition into Mexico

Do not bring guns or ammo into Mexico over Spring BreakMexico has extremely strict laws regarding firearm ownership. If you are caught with a weapon -- or even ammunition -- you will be in big trouble. Leave that .50 caliber bullet necklace that looks so cool on the quad back at your school during Spring Break. Even if it doesn't have any gunpowder in it, it could be cause for a lot of unpleasant conversation with border patrol / immigration folks...

DO NOT bring illegal drugs
into Mexico
(Illegal Drugs Part One)

Do not bring illegal drugs into Mexico over Spring BreakTalk about obvious, right? Well, some people try this stunt, and it is a giant mistake.

Mexico has strict drug laws -- arguably stricter than in many states in the United States or provinces in Canada -- and you do not want to face a drug smuggling charge in Mexico as a consequence of your Spring Break in Mexico because, no matter what the final outcome of your attempt to smuggle drugs into Mexico, your booty will be in a Mexican jail for a considerable period of time...

DO NOT buy or use illegal drugs
in Mexico
(Illegal Drugs Part Two)

A very high percentage of really nasty problems involving jail time -- or even worse consequences -- that Americans and Canadians of all ages get into in Mexico relate to the purchase and use of illegal drugs including but not limited to Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin and Methamphetamines.

Again: Mexico has strict drug laws and simply associating -- even briefly -- with the people who sell illegal drugs carries not only substantial legal risks, but risks to your physical safety.

Mazatlan is home to Pacifico Beer, and tequila of all qualities and at all price points is ubiquitously available.

Generally speaking, you can get as messed up as you want on those beverages over Spring Break without serious consequences (except a hangover) unless you violate a couple of common-sense rules such as not driving drunk in Mexico (see below)...

DO NOT drive drunk in Mexico

No drunk driving in Mexico over Spring BreakIt is remarkable how many Americans and Canadians of all ages imagine that it is perfectly OK to drive blasted out of their minds in Mexico.

These same people wouldn't ever think of driving drunk in Houston or Vancouver but, somehow, they think it's fine to drive drunk in Mazatlan or elsewhere in Mexico.

Word to The Wise Spring Breaker: it's not fine, and there are very real and very nasty consequences if you get caught.

Be advised that Mazatlan has equipped many of its police cars with breathalyzers.

If you blow drunk you're very likely to end up in jail, at least overnight, and face a substantial fine. That is a best-case scenario.

If you are involved in a crash while drunk -- in the worst case scenario where injury or death is involved -- you could be in jail for years.

Think you can bribe your way out of this or other kinds of trouble? Think again...

trying to bribe a Mazatlán police officer

Bring original prescriptions to Mexico over Spring BreakYour parents, grandparents, older siblings or older aquaintances may have regaled you with stories from their youth about their purported adventures bribing Mexican police -- perhaps even over a long-ago Spring Break in Mazatlan!

That was then (maybe, possibly, if the story wasn't exaggerated or wholly fabricated) -- this is now.

Policing throughout Mexico -- and Mazatlan in particular -- has come a long way, and is far more professional than it was even just a few years ago.

While you might find a Mazatlan policeman willing to accept a bribe to look the other way, you are at least as likely to encounter a policeman or policewoman that takes deep offense at your offer (just like in the United States or Canada) and piles an "attempting to bribe a police officer" charge on top of whatever else he or she stopped you for in the first place (just like in the United States or Canada).

Why choose Mazatlan for Spring Break? | Things to do off the beach

Getting to Mazatlan by airplane or bus | Budget Hotels at Spring Break

Communicating with your parents and friends over Spring Break

What do I need to bring? | What if I have an emergency?

How to have a Safe Spring Break in Mazatlan Mexico

Spring Break 2024 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico - FAQ about beaches, bars, clubs, nightlife and safety tips for the best Spring Break destination in Mexico!


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Spring Break Mazatlan 2025

Easter Week / Semana Santa 2025 - español


Centro Historico

Free Centro Historico Walking Tour - español

Plaza Machado

Angela Peralta Theater

Basilica de La Inmaculada Concepción

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

Mexican 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


Spa and Salon

Veterinarians, Pet Care and Shelters

Real Estate MLS

Pulmonia and Taxi

Bus lines, routes and terminals - español


Medical Care, Doctor, Dentist, Pharmacy

Emergencies and EMS

Auto Repair

WiFi and Phone

Free maps of Mazatlan and Sinaloa

History of Mazatlan

History of Sinaloa State



Centro Historico Walking Tour Map - español

Beach Guide Mazatlan 2023 - español

Day of The Dead Parade Map - español

Stone Island Day Trip 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

Medical Services and Medical Tourism

City Bus Map

Map to Mazatlan Airport

Grocery Shopping words in Spanish

Emergency Services

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Updated 9 May 2024