Mazatlán attractions

Top Choice Island in Mazatlán

Isla de la Piedra

A popular half-day escape from the city, this island is just southeast of Old Mazatlán and boasts a beautiful, long sandy beach bordered by coconut groves. Surfers come for the waves, and its simple palapa (thatched…
Top Choice Area in Mazatlán

Old Mazatlán

Mazatlán's restored old town is a picturesque compendium of noble 19th-century buildings and pretty plazas. It's set back from Playa Olas Altas, a small cove beach where the waterfront road – with its old-fashioned …
Top Choice Square in Mazatlán

Plaza Machado

Sleepy during the day, this gorgeous tree-lined plaza comes alive in the evening, when market stalls pop up, couples stroll hand-in-hand and its numerous terrace restaurants are serenaded by musicians. It's a touris…
Archaeological Site in Mazatlán

Las Labradas

More than 600 petroglyphs, some believed to be more than 5000 years old, are depicted on volcanic rocks along a sublime stretch of coast about 60km north of Mazatlán. Many of the carvings were made between AD 750 an…
Theater in Mazatlán

Teatro Ángela Peralta

Named after a 19th-century soprano and constructed between 1869 and 1874, this 1366-seat theater just off Plaza Machado was a thriving center of local cultural life for nearly a century. Having fallen into decay, it…
Beach in Mazatlán

Playa Bruja

North of the Zona Dorada and marinas, 'Witch Beach' was once serene but has seen a flood of high-rise development in recent years. Still, it's one of Mazatlán's most appealing stretches of sand and is a popular surf…
Cathedral in Mazatlán

Catedral

At the center of the old town is this striking 19th-century cathedral with high yellow twin towers. The dramatic interior has gilt ceiling roses supporting chandeliers and blocks of stone in alternating colors. It's…
Viewpoint in Mazatlán

Clavadistas

Although not as famous, nor as spectacular, as Acapulco's cliff divers, local clavadistas cast their bodies from a couple of platforms into the treacherous ocean swells for your enjoyment. Tip accordingly. They usua…
Lighthouse in Mazatlán

El Faro

At the Mazatlán peninsula’s southern end, a prominent rocky outcrop is the base for this lighthouse, which is 135m above sea level and is claimed, inaccurately, to be the second-highest in the world. You can climb u…
Museum in Mazatlán

Museo de Arte

This is a small museum in a sprawling colonial courtyard complex, which makes a convincing case for the vitality and innovation of contemporary Mexican art with changing exhibitions of digital works, sculptures, pri…