Mazatlan Attractions | Things to do in Mazatlan
The beaches of Mazatlan are known for their beautiful golden sand and the most popular ones are located in the traditional area of Mazatlan or near the famous boardwalk. Some even have lookout points where you can stop to admire panoramic views of the coast. The Zona Dorada offers more exclusive beaches as well as those with private access from the hotels. These are often the liveliest beaches with the highest number of tourists and recreational activities. The quiet and remote Emerald Bay area is perfect for those wanting to enjoy a more laid-back atmosphere. Whichever you prefer, the beaches of Mazatlan are always a great place to relax, sunbathe, and have a good time.
The Mazatlan Boardwalk is considered one of the five liveliest boardwalks in Mexico. Running alongside most of the city’s beaches, it's the main venue for the Mazatlan Carnival, a popular event that fills the surrounding hotels. Its attractive design and large size makes it ideal for exercising, cycling, running or roller skating and the ocean view is beautifully complemented by the various sculptures that adorn the boardwalk. Local shops, restaurants and bars can be found all around this famous attraction.
Mazatlan has four golf courses, and some hotels have their own courses or have agreements for guests to use them. Many of them also feature driving ranges and putting greens. There are private clubs as well available for visitors who are willing to pay a fee. These clubs usually have lesson for both adults and children.
Thanks to a privileged location by the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, sport fishing is a popular activity in Mazatlan. The city has dozens of marinas where you can book a spot on a private or group fishing trip. There are also many affordable tours available, with shared or private boats. the various sculptures that adorn the boardwalk.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Located in the heart of Mazatlan, the cathedral began construction in 1875 and was completed in 1899. Consecrated to the Immaculate Conception in 1937, it is considered the most beautiful cathedral in the northeast of Mexico and houses magnificent sculptures in the atrium. The cathedral’s design displays a notable gothic influence and is primarily decorated with neoclassical baroque details, creating an incredible mosaic of styles for you to admire. Visit the cathedral, see the artwork and listen to the music of a magnificent nineteenth century organ that was originally constructed in Paris.
Located just a few blocks away from the Cathedral and surrounded by traditional restaurants and cafes, Plazuela Machado is the ideal place to savor a cool beer or a cup of coffee. This is also a preferred meeting spot for those heading out to enjoy Mazatlan’s nightlife. With numerous restaurants, beautiful seating areas and a great location near the Angela Peralta Theater, this plaza is an epicenter of relaxation and fun.
If you wish to travel around Mazatlan, you may want to try out the traditional city vehicle, known locally as the “Pulmonia”. Similar to a golf cart, this open-air vehicle allows visitors to explore the city and enjoy the coastal breeze. The use of one of these vehicles costs around the same amount as a “regular” taxi.
Angela Peralta Theater
This excellent cultural center is a beautiful example of late nineteenth century architecture. Capable of holding up to 850 people, the theater often hosts shows, operas and other cultural exhibits or even sporting events. During an evening walk through Plazuela Machado, make sure you visit the theater to check out the billboard and take in a great show for a very affordable price.
La Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island)
Visiting Isla de la Piedra has become a popular excursion for those vacationing in Mazatlan. Just a few minutes away from the coast, this island offers quieter beaches where you can relax throughout the day. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy delicious seafood, take a tour, go horseback riding and try out various water sports. Enjoy a slower and more tranquil atmosphere when you spend a memorable day on Isla de la Piedra.
An annual tradition since 1898, the Mazatlan Carnival is mostly celebrated at the city’s boardwalk. Considered to be one of the best carnivals in Mexico and the world, this exciting six day celebration includes music, parades and beautiful floats. The rhythms that accompany the festivities include the traditional ensemble style music of the “Sinaloa Tambora” and the “Papaquis”, and Aztec inspired melodies ring through the streets adding to the excitement of the participants. The carnival is complemented with fascinating cultural events like the “Burning of the Bad Humor”, the crowning of the Queen, dances and food fairs.
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