This is a 2023 guide for visitors to and residents of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Mazatlán is 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 both a colonial city and 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 was founded on May 14, 1531 by 25 Castilians sent by Don Nuño de Guzmán, after founding Culiacán. So, Mazatlán is 491 years old in 2022!
Olas Altas (old town) in Mazatlán
Golden Zone in Mazatlán
Mazatlán is 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 Mexican resorts so you won't be bored...unless you try to be!
Mazatlán is also known for it's culture, fabulous restaurants, and vibrant nightlife! There are nightclubs for the younger set and many bars/restaurants along the beach front. There is also live music and dancing nightly. Check out our 2023 Live Music Calendar. Also check out our 2023 Mazatlán Events Calendar to see what's happening in Mazatlán.
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 attempt to 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
Punto Valentno in Mazatlán
There is a new mayor in town and he is making his mark. He has cancelled the plans to make the Plaza de Banda near El Faro Lighthouse. He has ripped out the giant speed bumps on the main road through the Golden Zone(Avenida Camaron Sabalo). He has changed the rules at Central Park so you can bring in food and bring in your pets. We expect much more to come.
There is lots going on with the Cultura Mazatlan organization which runs all the Carnival, Day of the Dead, and other cultural activities. They fired the top guy for overspending the budget and there may be money missing!
Mazatlán is still growing like crazy that it is hard to keep up! Here are some of the changes, new, and planned things in Mazatlán in 2022. Also, just some tidbits on what is happening in town!
As Mazatlán grows and more people live near the beach there is an effort by these newcomers to make things more quiet! The Banda bands that go up and down the beach and play for people are having conflicts with some of the hotels due to the noise and beach access. Also, the Pulmonias and Aurigas are under presssure to lower the volume of their music as they drive on the Malecon and in the city. Mazatlán has always been loud, but now there seems to be some pressure to turn down the volume!
There is a new live rock and roll music venue called: Legends BFD that opened in October 2022. It is in the Golden Zone in the spot where Simbas used to be next to Que Pasa. We will add their shows to our 2022-2023 Mazatlán Live Music Daily Calendar.
Puerto Viejo restaurant in Olas Altas has been torn down. There is a 10 story residential condinium planned to built on the site. Supposedly, the residents of the area didn't want a condo, but it went to court and the developer won so they are proceeding with building a condo.
The owner of Twisted Mamas restaurant/bar in the Golden Zone, Cindy, passed away. The restaurant has closed permanently. Overtime Sports Bar has moved into this space from a couple blocks away and has reopened as of September 2022.
There is a plan to build a 40 metre by 5 metre dock with a restaurant at Olas Altas at the Pedro Infante esplanade. Also, there will be a tunnel under the road to the Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel for it's clients.
For those that don't know, Mazatlán banned plastic shopping bags in stores in 2021, so remember to bring reusuable shopping bags when you go grocery shopping.
As of September 2022, there are 2 new attractions in Mazatlan's Central Park. There is now an Animal Kingdom that has over 20 enclosures of reptiles and birds. Also, there are 7 Dancing Fountains that shoot water up to 10 meters high and have computer controlled multiple-color lighting.
Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Liverpool Alley
There is a new Jacques Cousteau monument on Paseo Clausen. It cost over 1.5 million pesos to create. This monument resided in Central Park for a short time before being moved here.
The mayor announced that when the new Sea of Cortez Aquarium opens up in February 2023(planned), the current Mazatlán Aquarium will be converted into a Wax Museum.
A video surfaced showing a second glass viewpoint, similar to the one at the El Faro Lighthouse, on Paseo Centenario. The video shows a terraced walkway down to the lookout. This is currently called 'El Corazon'. The city has already started remodelling the upper part of the viewpoint. The mayor said that this will add to the tourist corridor to the future Plaza del la Banda. So, the idea of a glass lookout seems plausible.
There is now a phone number to book a Pulmonia taxi. The number is: 669-164-9770
There are plans to build a new 21 kilometer highway direct from the airport to Cerritos parallel to the railway line. It appears that the land has been acquired from the railway, but there is no budget to build it in this year's budget.
The private runway of the Mazatlán Aerospace park has been completed. This is another step in the ongoing construction of the aerospace park.
There are hopes that the 3rd and final stage of remodelling of the Pino Suarez Market (main downtown market) will be completed in 2023. It was delayed due to the Covid pandemic.
There are plans in 2024 to build a World Trade Center location in Mazatlán on the property where the bull fighting ring is. This will be one of over 300 WTC locations aroung the world.
Mazatlán is changing and growing so fast it is hard to keep up! Here are some of the changes, new, and planned things in Mazatlán.
A new soccer stadium, Mazatlán Stadium, affectionately called 'the Kracken' was built. The Liga Mx 1st division team from Morelia moved to Mazatlán and was renamed the Mazatlán FC Soccer Club. They have already started playing!
The former Fiestaland (white castle on point) entertainment complex is being redeveloped. It has been renamed Punto Valentino. Bora Bora nightclub has been torn down. So far, a outdooor beach club, Onaki Beach Club, and a seafood restaurant called Onaltica have opened. There are plans for 6 more bars and restaurants to open by the end of the year!
Part of Central Park has been completed and open to the public. It was planned to have a new giant Mazatlan Museum shaped like a pearl and and IMAX theatre, but we are not sure if these are being built yet.
The Mazatlán Aquarium is undergoing a huge renovation and enlargement. It will be renamed the Sea of Cortez Aquarium and will be the largest aquarium in Latin America. So far, a few new exhibits have opened.
Mazatlan's newest attraction is the 1873 Observatory. You take a funicular train up to the Observatory. The observatory has been restored to the 1873 time frame. There are tours related to birds and mescal making that you can take here. Also, the views are fabulous!
The rebuilding of the Malecon seems to be complete..at least until the next mayor takes office and rebuilds it again!
The roundabout in front of Punto Valentino has been redeveloped. There is now a fountain with a new monument in the middle.
As of December 2021, they are still working on the upgrades to the streets and sidewalks in the Golden Zone.
There are a few new Hotels, and condos. For example, the Courtyard Marriott is supposed to open in October 2021 and the Ramada Mazatlán has changed it's name to be the Gaviana Resort.
A zip line to/from the El Faro Lighthouse was planned, then scrapped, then possibly on again. Who knows whether this will happen or not.
A new cruise state of the art cruise ship terminal has been planned in the port near where you catch the boats to go to Stone Island. Not sure where this project stands now due to the Covid pandemic.
A new aerospace park is being built on the outskirts of the city. We will see if this becomes a big job creator or not.
There are also rumours of a big new container terminal to be built just south of Mazatlán. This terminal would be part of a big rail link that would go all the way to Canada!
There are rumours that Mazatlán is trying to get a team in the LMB (Mexican Baseball League) that will play during the summer in the baseball stadium. The Venados will still continue in their league.
The Inn at Mazatlán has just had a huge mural painted on it. The artist is Sergio Ramirez from El Rosario, Sinaloa.
Diego's Beach House has put up a roof and new kitchen in the back section. They have temporary walls that they can put up and air-condition the space during the hot summer days when required. As part of the new kitchen, they have a stone fired pizza oven and hence a new menu! A new stage setup will be used for Brenster's Beach Bash to allow more people to be seated on the beach.
On October 13, 2021 Hurricane Pamela hit Mazatlán as a category 1 hurricane. There was damage, but Mazatlán mostly survived. Most notable was that the roof of Tony's Terraza was destroyed and there was extensive flooding in the Cerritos area.