Set at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains on a peninsula that reaches into the Pacific Ocean, Mazatlan is one of the Mexican Riviera’s leading resort areas. It has a festive atmosphere and a wealth of outdoor activities. Mazatlan is also the largest port in Mexico, both for industry and on the cruise ship circuit; that duality adds an interesting cosmopolitan flavor to this city. The weather is pleasant from November until May. There is an intense rainy season and it’s not recommended to visit between July and September.
Because it was a city long before it transformed into a beach resort, Mazatlan is not as touristy as some of its neighbors. The city is concentrated in two areas. In the north is the Zona Dorada (Golden Zone), where most hotels and restaurants are located. In the south is El Centro, the downtown district. These two centers are connected by Avenue Del Mar, also called the Malecón, which is a curving, 17-mile-long beachfront avenue. Stroll through Old Mazatlan to see the historic landmarks, dine at one of Plaza Mechado’s outdoor cafes and at night enjoy the lively bars, dance clubs and live music venues.
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El Cid Marina Beach Hotel
This all-inclusive resort is located on the beach and near the restaurants and nightlife of the Golden Zone. The El Cid Marina Beach Hotel has a marina front and waterfront suites, a swimming pool, lagoon, private beach and marina. It's only 20 miles from the airport and near nightclubs, shops and other attractions.(more)
Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay
This new resort is located on 20 acres of beach and overlooks "New Mazatlan." The Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay is an all-suite luxury resort features rooms with panoramic views, private terraces, air conditioning and satellite television. The hotel also has Jacuzzis, a salon, pool, spa and nearby tennis courts.(more)
Playa Mazatlan Hotel
This oceanfront hotel has 408 rooms, a restaurant, folkloric dinner shows and a fitness center. Each room comes with a terrace or private balcony and is equipped with air conditioning, television and internet jacks. Located on the beach, the Playa Mazatlan Hotel is a great spot for a beach vacation.(more)
El Rancho Villas
This hotel consists of 28 individual villas; some directly across from the beach and others just yards away. Each villa at the El Rancho Villas has two bedrooms, two complete bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows with great views and 1,100 square feet of living space. The resort is located on a secluded beach and also has a beachfront restaurant and tropical garden.(more)
Estrella del Mar Golf and Beach Resort
This oceanfront luxury resort s located on an 816 acre lot in a gated community. The hotel has 3.5 miles of beach and is anchored on an 18-hole premier golf course. The Estrella del Mar Golf and Beach Resort consists of plush villas and condos, a restaurant and bar, pro shop and is 30 minutes from the city of Mazatlan.(more)
Valentino's and the Fiesta Land Complex
Fiesta Land Complex is where people come to play. It’s a place to dance or try your voice in karaoke, or catch up on March Madness and you don’t even have to leave the building. Valentino’s is a huge complex with several options for clubs all under one roof. Valentino’s is very popular and this has caused it to expand over the years. It’s set on a high rocky overlook with a sea view and is styled after an all white Moorish-looking building. It has a high tech light show complete with laser beams. There are pool tables and some quiet areas for those wishing to engage in conversation. Foam parties are the scheduled event for Thursday nights.
Ginger's Bilingual Horses
This is a family owned business with bilingual guides. Children five and older are welcome. The ride lasts for about one hour and it is suggested that you book ahead of time to make sure space is available. You can call before you arrive in Mexico and book for a time during your vacation. There is a weight limit for riders of 240lbs. The stable is located in Playa Bruja an area of natural beauty.(more)
Patricia Belle - Sail Bandido
The Patricia Belle offers a variety of sailing cruises that include sunset cruises, sailing tours, deer island excursion tours and a dinner cruises. You can watch the sun set and the dolphins play while enjoying a relaxing cruise. The day tour lasts for 4.5 hours setting off at 9am. You will be able to see the complete coast line of Matzalan during your tour and lunch is served as well. The sunset cruise combines a 2.5 hour cruise around the islands surrounding Matzalan with a gourmet land based dining experience at Olas Atlas Steakhouse.(more)
This company offers eco tours of the islands and the Sea of Cortez. This is a great place to enjoy spectacular Pacific sunsets. Rick Beaver will be your environmental interpreter on the eco tours. You can choose from two to six day tours of the Mazatlan Islands. You will be able to see the diversity of the wildlife, catch your own lunch or hike the trails. These islands are part of 900 that make up the nature reserve in the Sea of Cortez.(more)
At Aroma Spa, world class spa services are offered in a rustic atmosphere. There are up to 52 trained staff professionals working offering the following services: facials, a skin care beauty salon, acrylic nails, body treatments, manicures and pedicures. The spa is open seven days a week from 9am to 8pm. There are male and female therapists available and the staff is bilingual.(more)