- Everything you need to know about visiting and residing in Mazatlán Mexico!

Visitor and Resident's Guide to Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

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.

Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

Olas Altas (old town) in Mazatlán

Golden Zone in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

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, Sinaloa, Mexico

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!

Sunset in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

Enjoying a sunset on the beach in Mazatlán

Fiestaland in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

Fiestaland in Mazatlán

Mazatlán Attractions

Attractions There are so many attractions to see in Mazatlán.  Mazatlán has one of the longest seawalls, called the Malecon, in the world right along the bay!  There is also the El Faro lighthouse which is the second highest lighthouse in the world.  The Mazatlán Aquario is one of the best aquariums in latin america.   More info about attractions...

Mazatlán Activities

Activities There are so many things to do in Mazatlán.  Some of the activities that you might do are go to the beach, swim in the ocean, golf, fishing, tennis, hiking, biking, tours, eating, drinking, shopping, and many other activities. More info about activities...

Mazatlán Accomodations

Accomodations Since Mazatlán has the largest city of any beach resort, there are many different accomodations.  You can stay in hotel, motels, condos, rooms in houses, trailer parks and there is even a hostel. More info about accomodations...

Mazatlán Food and Drink

Malecon(Seawall) Since Mazatlán is a large town, there are many restaurants and bars where you can indulge in food and drink.  Mazatlán is known as the shrimp capital of Mexico so you can normally find shrimp on most menus!  There are all types of food and drink available in Mazatlán. More info about food and drink...

Mazatlán Entertainment

Entertainment There is lots of entertainment in Mazatlán.  Every night in Mazatlán you can find local bands playing in open-air restaurants that you can dance to.  There are a bunch of large indoor and outdoor Nightclubs that you can dance and drink until really late.  There are weekly all you can drink parties, and even movies in english is you want! More info about entertainment in Mazatlán...

Mazatlán Shopping

Shopping One of the favorite activities of visitors to mazatlan is shopping.  Mexico has always been famous for it's silver jewelry, but you will find all types of shopping in Mazatlán from beach vendors, to traditional mexican markets, to fancy malls, mazatlan has it all! More info about shopping in Mazatlán...

Only in Mazatlán

Only In Mazatlán There are so many cool things that you will experience and see only in Mazatlán!  From the open air pulmonia taxis to the shrimp ladies, to the beach vendors and local characters, these only in Mazatlán things make Mazatlán what it is! More info about Only in Mazatlán things...

Mazatlán Areas of Town

Areas of Town Mazatlán is a large town and as such has many different areas of town.  The area of town that you stay in will make a huge difference in your stay.  Mazatlán is most famous for being a beach resort with tens of miles of beach.  The main beach and party area is called the Golden Zone where there are many beachfront hotels that are mainly frequented by Canadians and Americans.  The malecon strip is the older, less expensive, more mexican area where the hotels are across the street from the beach.  The old town in mazatlan has many many old buildings and is more an artsy, cultural scene!  To the north are many beach front and marina condos which offer a more quiet experience. More info about the areas of town of Mazatlán...

Mazatlán Events

Events Mazatlán is a fun town.  There are so many annual and special events that make Mazatlán what it is.  Mazatlán has one of the largest Carnivals (i.e. Mardi Gras) in the world!  Other events include Semana Santa, International Motorcycle week, International triathlon and marathon, among other events.  The Day of the Dead parade is becoming one of the year's favorite events.  We have information about all the major events in Mazatlán! More info about events...

Mazatlán Services

Services When you are in Mazatlán, you may need to make use of some of the local services such as doctors, dentists, real estate agents, property management companies, laundry, seamstresses, lawyers, florists, etc.  We tell you how to make use of these services and where you can find them. More info about Services...

Mazatlán How To

How To We have How To information for the things that you may need to know for your visit to Mazatlán, such as how to use a taxi, how to take the local buses, how to use pay phones, etc. More how to info...

Mazatlán Trip Update from November 2017

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!