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2021 Visitor and Resident's Guide to Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

This is a 2021 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 was founded on May 14, 1531 by 25 Castilians sent by Don Nuño de Guzmán, after founding Culiacán.  So, Mazatlán is 490 years old in 2021!

Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

Olas Altas (old town) in Mazatlán

Golden Zone in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

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 2021 Live Music Calendar.

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 Update from November 2019

We just returned home from Mazatlán.  Finally, the construction on the Malecon and the Teodoro Mariscal Stadium has been completed!  There is still lots of construction happening.  A new football(i.e. soccer) stadium is being built.  A few hotels are under construction: Courtyard and Fiesta Inn.  Construction on the condominiums where the Dairy Queen used to be was halted due to a worker death.  The previous construction of crosswalks on Avenida Camaron Sabalo was done poorly and the stones are starting to come up causing problems.  These will need to be re-done.  Construction on the Central Park continues.  Work on Avenida Rafael Buelna from Fiestaland inland is slated to start soon.  So, it appears to be another year of construction!

The weather fluctuated up and down during our visit rather than the usual slow decline in temperature.  We even had a few days of rain which is unusual for November!

There weren't any major changes to the Restaurants and bars.  Gus and Gus restaurant moved their stage and Joe's Oyster Bar changed where the Men's washroom is.  There is more live music than ever.  Check out our 2021 Mazatlán Live Music Daily Calendar and 2021 Mazatlán Events Calendar for listings of this music!

Mazatlán Update from November 2018

We just returned home from Mazatlán.  The main theme for AGAIN this year in Mazatlán is "Construction"!  There is construction everywhere!  The Malecon is just re-opening after being re-paved with concrete!  The Teodoro Mariscal baseball Stadium has been rebuilt and is just being completed.  It is awesome by the way!  There are new condos and hotels(Marriott Courtyard) still being built.  They are almost finished building the new road parallel to the malecon and the associated park next to the Mazatlán Aquarium.  All this construction made traffic a mess during our visit.  Just before we left traffic seemed to be improving daily so hopefully it will be ready for December.

This year we barely avoided the hurricane in late October and overall was significantly cooler than the last couple of Novembers which were unusually hot and humid.

As usual, there have been lots of changes around town.  The Dairy Queen and adjoining strip mall has been torn down and a condominium is taking shape.  Jungle Juice is still closed down.  Por Que No has changed ownership again and is called Simba now.  There are a number of new Restaurants in town.  Also, there are a number of new hotels that have opened up, e.g. Local, IBIS, and AV Inn.  New this year is an Art Walk in the Golden Zone.  Also, there is now a glass bottom lookout at the top of the El Faro Lighthouse.  There are also multi-coloured signs at the bottom of El Faro and next to Fiestaland on the Malecon for tourists to take photos of.  Mazatlán is definitely on the upswing now!

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