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

Mazatlán FAQ

Is Mazatlán Safe?


Why visit Mazatlán?


Where is Mazatlán?

Mazatlán is located in the state of Sinaloa in the country of Mexico.  It is on the Pacific Ocean, i.e. western, coast of Mexico.  It is located directly east of the end of the Baja Pennisula north of Puerto Vallarta.  It is located almost at latitude 23 which is the 'Tropic of Cancer'.

How do I get to and from Mazatlán?

You can get to Mazatlán by air, land, or sea.  Mazatlán has an international airport that has international and domestic flights daily.  There is now a super highway from Durango in the north and a highway from Tepic in the south if you are driving to Mazatlán.  There is also a daily car ferry from La Paz on the Baja Pennisula that you can take to get to Mazatlán.

Ferry to La Paz from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

What are the different areas of town in Mazatlán?

Mazatlán is a big town and has many different areas that you should be aware of.  We have written up descriptions of all the areas of Mazatlan on this webpage: Areas of Town

Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico from the air

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What is the weather like in Mazatlán?


What does the word Mazatlán mean?

Mazatlán means "Land of the Deer".

What currency is used in Mazatlán?

The currency used in Mazatlán is the Mexican Peso.  Most hotels, restaurants, and shops will accept smaller US dollar bills as payment, but won't give you a good exchange rate.  Also, the bills must be perfect or they won't accept them.  Canadian dollars and coins are not accepted anywhere.  We recommend that you convert your currency to Mexican pesos and use them.

Can I put toilet paper in the toilets in Mazatlán?

No, except in the major hotels.  The sewage system in Mazatlán is at sea level and cannot handle toilet paper well.  The general rule is that if you see a waste basket next to the toilet, put your toilet paper into the waste basket!

toilet in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

Can I drink the water in Mazatlán?

No!  Always drink bottled water.  Some hotels claim to have purified water, but we wouldn't trust drinking it from the tap.  You can buy bottled water at any convenience or grocery store.  If you are staying a long time, you can buy 5 and 10 litre bottles of water at most grocery stores.

drinking water in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

What does 2x1 mean?

2x1 means "Two for One" which means that if you order 1 they will bring 2.  This usually refers to beers, but can also refer to mixed drinks as well.  We have also seen...but don't remember...3x1 at some bars!!!  You will see this at many bars and restaurants in Mazatlan.  Usually, they do not allow you to order just one beer if it is 2x1, you have to take two beers.  So when you order be sure to order the correct amount.  If we are ordering more than one, we usually say "dos for quatro", i.e. 2 for 4, or "tres for seis", i.e. 3 for 6, etc. just to be clear to the server.

2x1 sign in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

What is the big white castle in Mazatlán?

The big white castle on the point is called 'Fiestaland.  It is at the corner of Avenida Rafael Buelna and Avenida Camaron Sabalo where the Malecon ends and the Golden Zone starts.  Fiestaland is a complex of a couple of big Nightclubs, a brew pub, and a cafe.

Fiestaland castle in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

How much should I tip in Mazatlan?

It is generally accepted that tourists in Mazatlán will tip about the same as they tip in the US or Canada which is about 10%-20% on average depending on the service.

Where is the United States consulate in Mazatlán?

The United States consulate office is located on Avenida Playa Gaviotas directly across the street from the Hotel Playa Mazatlán in the Golden Zone.  If you need to get here, just tell any taxi driver to take you to the Hotel Playa Mazatlán.  They may not know about the consulate, but they definitely will know the hotel!

US Consulate Office in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

Where is the Canadian consulate in Mazatlán?


What is the Mazatlán Airport Code?

The Airport Code for the Mazatlán airport is: MZT.  The airport is called the General Rafael Buelna International Airport which is about half an hour drive from the main tourist area of Mazatlán.

How do I say "Cheers" in Mazatlán?

In Mexico, the common why to toast with a drink is to say "Salut"!

How do you pronounce Mazatlán?

You pronounce Mazatlán like: mah-zhat-LAN .  The emphasis is on the last syllable because it is accented!

What time zone is Mazatlán in?

Mazatlán is in the MDT time zone which is ....

When is the Carnival in Mazatlán?

Carnival occurs annually and is usually in February...but always is 6 weeks before easter.  For 2018, it will be from February 13, 2018 to February 18, 2017.  Check out our 2017-2018 Mazatlán Events Calendar for a full list of the Carnival events that will take place!

Carnival in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

Is Uber operating in Mazatlán?

Yes, as of November 2017 Uber was operating in Mazatlán.  We used it a number of times and found the price slightly lower than for taxis/pulmonias.  Also, you could get an Uber ride easier than a taxi if you were outside of the Golden Zone.

What are the red truck taxis in Mazatlán called?

The red pickup truck taxis that take large groups of people are called "aurigas" which means chariots!  The name evolved from the horse-drawn carriages that used to operate in the Downtown/Old Town.  If you have a group of more than 4 people you will likely have to use an auriga.  They operate similarly to how the Pulmonia taxis operate.




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