Top things to do

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 Fusion in Mazatlán

Héctor's Bistro

Commodious and with willing service, this is the praised venture of a popular local chef. Dishes such as seafood carpaccios, homemade pastrami, tasty pastas and salads bursting with fresh prawns and avocado are comp…
Top Choice Mexican in Mazatlán

El Presidio

Dining in the courtyard of this beautifully restored 19th-century estate building takes you back to an other era. Standout menu items include zarandeado (grilled) shrimp with Mexican noodles and smoked pork shank, w…
Top Choice Brewery in Mazatlán

Cervecería Tres Islas

Mazatlán's best craft beer is on tap in the friendly neighborhood barroom of this small brewery. The hoppy IPA and Belgian-style saison go down nicely on a warm day. On Thursday and Friday nights you're likely to ca…
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…
Ice Cream in Mazatlán

Nieves de Garrafa de con Medrano

A local tradition since 1938, this unpretentious family-run cart near Mazatlán’s Plaza Principal dishes out delicious homemade ice cream to devoted crowds. Try the vanilla, prune, coconut or guayaba flavors.