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Top Choice 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. Fallen into decay, it was sl…
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 whose waterfront road strongly evokes the 1950s, wi…
Top Choice Fusion in Mazatlán

Héctor's Bistro

Commodious and with willing service, this is the new venture of a popular local chef. Dishes such as seafood carpaccios, salads bursting with fresh prawns and avocado, and tasty pastas are complemented by daily blac…
Top Choice Theater in Mazatlán

Teatro Ángela Peralta

To feel the pulse of Mazatlán’s cultural scene, a night at the Peralta is a must. Built between 1869 and 1874, the theater was lovingly restored over five years to reopen in 1992. It has an intimate auditorium with …
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 slight…
Top Choice Beach in Mazatlán

Playa Las Gaviotas

Many of Mazatlán's hotels are on this pretty beach. Sheltered by picturesque islands, here the waters are generally calm and ideal for swimming and water sports.
Club in Mazatlán

Fiesta Land

That ostentatious white castle on Punta Camarón at the south end of the Zona Dorada is the undisputed epicenter of Mazatlán’s nightlife. Inside its walls are a half-dozen clubs, including several of the city’s most …
Seafood in Mazatlán

Todos Santos

This breezy open-air place is popular with young mazatleco couples for a date, offering a surf theme and cheeky, good-time vibe, though staff show plenty of attitude. The long seafood menu has lots of innovation and…
Mexican in Mazatlán

Fonda de Chalio

This street-front cafe across from the malecón is popular with Mazatlán's middle-aged locals. Breakfasts pack out for baskets of pan dulce (pastries), chilaquiles with machaca (spiced, shredded dried beef) and huevo…
Aquarium in Mazatlán

Acuario Mazatlán

One of Mexico’s largest aquariums has tanks with hundreds of species of fresh- and saltwater fish, a display of skeletons, and birds and frogs in the garden. Its sea lion shows and much-hyped shark-riding experience…