The city of Mazatlan, known as the “Pacific Pearl”, is one of the most attractive destinations in the world to live in, with one of the longest and uninterrupted beaches in Mexico, an excellent tropical warm weather, and above all, a pleasant lifestyle.
What to do in Mazatlan? Today, Mazatlan is a modern city, that hasn’t lost the magic of its interesting sites from past centuries, and is able to offer five star hotel accommodations, restaurants with a gastronomy of assorted flavors, exciting night clubs, first rate hospitals, shopping malls, sports and amusement activities; all these added to the boisterous personality of its inhabitants which can be appreciated at its peak during their Carnival celebration, held with great enthusiasm and happiness.
Mazatlan beaches from south to north include Isla de la Piedra, Playa Olas Altas, Playa Los Pinos, Playa Martin, Playa Las Gaviotas, Playa Sabalo, Playa Brujas and Playa Los Cerritos. Several popular surf spots exist up and down the coast.
You can always find people on the beach in the Zona Dorada to take you parasailing or on a sailboat ride if you want to get out on the water for a bit. Surfing, skimboarding, wind surfing and body boarding are excellent options for the more adventurous.
1. Playa Norte
Extending from where Paseo Clausen becomes Av. del Mar, a relatively wide, clean white strip of beach, stretching for about 3 miles. This beach is popular with the locals, and is usually uncrowded except for holidays. On calm days the waves break gently and gradually; other times, they can be rough, so if you see a life guard, it might be a good idea to stay near. Up at the far north end, nearing Playa Camaron, beginning at Valintono’s Disco is where beginning and intermediate surfers hang-out, the swells break gradually left, and those that like fishing will find that the rocks on the point provide good spots for casting.
2. Playa Camaron and Playa Gaviotas
The stretch of successful hotels in the “Golden Zone” testify to the beauty of Playa Camaron and Playa Gaviotas. The gently rolling waves, crystal sands, and absolutely breathtaking sunsets give meaning to the label “Golden Zone”: golden memories for visitors, and gold in the pockets of those lucky enough to own or work in the Zona Dorada. This is the place to see and be seen. The most active section of this popular beach is centered around the El Cid and extends south to Joe’s Oyster Bar.
3. Playa Olas Atlas
Situated at the beginning of the ‘Malecon’ (seawall), Playa Olas Altas was the first tourist beach in Mazatlan. As the name means ‘Big Waves’, it is a very popular spot for surfers during the summer. Although not ideally suited for swimming, relax at one of the nearby cafes and watch the surfers brave the waves.
4. Playa Brujas and Cerritos
Take any of the “Cerritos” buses from the Golden Zone and enjoy some of the most beautiful and isolated beaches that Mazatlán has to offer. There are open-air restaurants for lunch and a cold beverage and even horseback riding with Ginger’s Bilingual Horses!
5. Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island)
Stone Island may have some of the nicest beaches in Mazatlan. The 5 minute boat trip is enough to keep some of the travelers away, allowing a less crowded beach for the rest of the visitors. Take a taxi to the ferry which is near the cruise ship docks, and explore at your leisure. There are open air restaurants and miles and miles of deserted beaches. You can enjoy a ferry roundtrip that leaves about every 20 minutes. Enjoy a variety of optional activities or walk barefoot on the beach without seeing another human being—all the while, with tropical palm trees as far as you can see inland.
Hotels in Mazatlan
Mazatlan offers an excellent growing hotel infrastructure and boasts to have some of the best nightclubs in Mexico , where party never ends. Excellent restaurants from all types of food, among many of the things you can enjoy in this beautiful paradise of the Mexican pacific.
One of the best and most popular hotel Mazatlan chain is Park Royal Beach Mazatlan. This is perfect for those looking for an all-inclusive beach hotel. Located directly on the beach with breathtaking views of the sunset over the Mazatlán Pacific coastline. You would definitely love staying in this hotel with your family for a vacation or for a business conference.
With its beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches and the city’s colonial architecture, its great restaurants, hotels and nightclubs, Mazatlan has everything you are looking for to have one of the best vacations ever.