Discover What To Love In Mazatlan
Historical Walking Tour
The 20-block area of downtown Mazatlan has been beautifully restored, as well as the Teatro Angela Peralta, an exquisite theater built in 1860. Walk along the tree-lined streets, enjoy looking at the historic and Colonial-style buildings, and then stop at a charming sidewalk café to relax and enjoy the scenery.
The Pacific waters out of Mazatlan are some of the best for catching marlin and sailfish; chartering a boat can be less expensive here, too. For those who love to be in the water, snorkeling is good out around Bird, Deer, and Wolf Islands, three islands that were declared an ecological reserve in 1991.
On the water
On the town
For souvenirs, a huge assortment of clothing, sterling silver, leather goods, pottery, and other Mexican items can be found in the open-air mercados, boutiques, and shops on the streets around the hotels. For high-quality art, the historic center has numerous galleries and artist studios. If visiting over the first Friday of the month, November – May, be sure to partake in Mazatlan Artwalk where you’ll find fantastic art, refreshments, fun, and music within a 10-block area.
Sports bars, charming cantinas, nightclubs, discos, and wine bars. Most are located along or around the Malecon and Golden Zone, but some are in the historic center, or in the Marina area.
Mazatlan offers a rich and diverse dining scene, with an emphasis on seafood, namely shrimp, as Mazatlan is home to Mexico’s largest shrimp fleet. You’ll also find great grilled steaks, outstanding Mexican cuisine, and American favorites, including pizza, burgers, and fast food.
Flying above the trees
What's Going On
Carnival — The week before Lent, February/March
The main event in Mazatlan, since 1898. The multi-day Mardi Gras celebration features parades, fireworks, music, entertainment, and more than 150 food and beverage vendors. The highlight is the grand parade, going along the Malecon. This event is one of the largest carnivals in the world, and is only topped by Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans.
Mazatlan Cultural Festival — March through July & October through December
Local, national, and world artists in live performances of theatre, music, and dance. Events are held at the Angela Peralta Theatre, Convention Center, historic center, and elsewhere around town.
Semana Santa — Holy Week (Easter)
In Mexico, is the most important holiday, even more so than Christmas. At this time Mexican families often travel to beachfront resorts for their own holiday.