December 2017 Update: We are currently building our 2017-2018 fall/winter Mazatlán Events Calendar. Check it out to see what is happening this season! Also, if you have an event that you want us to add please let us know.
We also just got back from Mazatlan. Please read our trip report at the bottom of this page.
This is a guide for visitors to and residents of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico. Mazatlán is a colonial city located in the Mexican state of Sinaloa on the west coast of Mexico on the Pacific Ocean. Mazatlán is known as the 'Pearl of the Pacific'!
Mazatlán is a beach resort tourist town with tens of miles of fabulous beaches and fantastic weather especially during the winter months! From the beginning of November to the end of April, tens of thousands of tourists and snowbirds come from the United States and Canada. Mazatlán is also a popular year-round tourist destination for Mexican travellers.
Olas Altas (old town) in Mazatlán
Golden Zone in Mazatlán
Mazatlán is also known for it's nightlife. There are huge open-air nightclubs and bar/restaurants along the beach front. There is also live music and dancing nightly. There are also hundreds of restaurants to eat and drink in! The old town of Mazatlán is quickly becoming a popular artsy destination with art walks, theatre shows, and upscale restaurants!
Mazatlán is also a medium-sized city with a large port which accomodates Mexico's largest shrimp fleet and many visits by cruise ships. This is a benefit to tourist because it keeps prices lower than other Mexican resorts because it is not just a tourist town. Also, because there are so many residents there are more activities and attractions than many other resorts.
Joe's Oyster Bar in Mazatlán
So, Mazatlán is the best of all worlds by allowing you to have the vacation that you want...anything from a lazy lay at the pool all-day at an all-inclusive resort to shopping to eating well to a full on partying...Mazatlán has it all!
We have been travelling to Mazatlán for almost 30 years for extended vacation and will tell you everything that you need to know to visit or reside in Mazatlán.
Check out all our Mazatlán pages (Attractions, Activities, Accommodations, Food and Drink, Entertainment, Shopping, Only in Mazatlán, Areas of Town, Events , Services, How Tos, and General) below to make your trip to Mazatlán better!
Enjoying a sunset on the beach in Mazatlán
Fiestaland in Mazatlán
We just returned from Mazatlan. The main theme for this year in Mazatlan is "Construction"! There is construction everywhere! A good portion of the Malecon is currently destroyed and being rebuilt. Many streets in the downtown are still under construction. They are putting in fancy crosswalks across Avenida Camaron Sabalo in the Golden Zone. Then, there is the construction of the the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Local Hotel, and Savoy Hotel. Then, there is the construction for the condominium project where the Dairy Queen used to be. All this construction made traffic a mess. Also, the amount of dust in the air is crazy! We had to wash our air conditioner filter multiple times during our stay!
Another theme for this year is the heat! At the end of November it was still over 30 degrees celsius and humid.
As usual, there have been lots of changes. The Dairy Queen and adjoining strip mall has been torn down and a condominium project has been started. The Saloon has closed down and Rin Rin Pizza has taken over the space. The Mega supermarket has been rebranded as a Soriana so now it is confusing because there are many Sorianas in town when before there was only one Mega! Mariscos Puerto Azul restaurant on the malecon has re-opened after being burned down a few months ago. These are just some of the changes that we ran across during our recent trip!