Top 10 Things to do in Mazatlan, Mexico

July 14, 2017 Phylicia Berquist

It's a historic capital. It's a beach resort. It's a lively, romantic town. Whatever you look for in a Mexican vacation is on the menu in Mazatlan. Returning travelers rave about the welcoming Mazatlecos, who treat you like old amigos, as well as the beaches, the food, the weather, the music and the feeling of never wanting to leave.
Restaurants in Mazatlan

1. Angela Peralta Theater (Teatro Angela Peralta)

Calle Carnaval No. 1024, Mazatlan 82000, Mexico +52 669 982 4446
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 383 reviews

Angela Peralta Theater (Teatro Angela Peralta)

Restored movie theater in downtown Mazatlan.

Reviewed By Charlene351 - Alpine, California

For our particular visit of the Theater we arrived as part of a City tour with a cruise ship.
The story about this woman is fascinating and I must say I am going to look up more about her. Her "husband" was a terrible person who took advantage of her upon her death.
The theater is beautiful and definitely reminds you of the "old world" .
This theatre was built in the 1870s and reconstructed over the years. It is a classic, a jewel. The stage is deep, designed for opera productions. it is located at historic Plaza Machado. When you visit you will also see art exhibits. Go to the second floor to learn about its history and about the opera singer Angela Peralta.
There are restrooms here and we did pay an entry fee of $1.50 usd per person to our tour guide?!?!

2. Plaza Machado

Calle Constitucion, Mazatlan, Mexico +52 669 913 2222
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Plaza Machado

Central plaza named for Juan Nepomuceno Machado who donated the land.

Reviewed By Greg C - Los Angeles, California

Having been to Mazatlan multiple times, the grandeur of the Plaza Machado and the Centro Historico in general never gets old. In fact I feel like it has gotten nicer, cleaner and a bit more 'gentrified' overall. To visit on Christmas night and be part of the multitude of families walking through for shopping, dining, and posing by the large illuminated Christmas tree was very magical. Its one of those places you 'have to' visit when you are in town.

3. Baluarte Bridge

Highway 40 to Durango, Mazatlan, Mexico
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

Baluarte Bridge

Reviewed By jv145294 - Dallas, Texas

I still can not imagine the number of work hours dedicated to build this bridge, the view on top of the bridge is scary but amazing. The landscapes to get there and return are awesome! It needs a good rest area to fully enjoy it.

4. Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Plaza de la Republica, Mazatlan 82000, Mexico +52 669 981 3352
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 888 reviews

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Located in downtown Mazatlan, the architecture makes it well worth a visit.

Reviewed By Mahulu - Alberta

Happened across this gem while a woman was singing during mass. What a treat. Her voice had the entire congregation hypnotized including me. Beautiful church in the heart of old Maz.

5. Playa Olas Altas

Mazatlan, Mexico
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 177 reviews

Playa Olas Altas

The nearest beach to the cruise terminal.

Reviewed By 2marcopolos - Fairfield, California

We arrived in time to see the the last of the fishermen bringing in their boats. Their boats are not large, usually a couple of men per boat. We watched them getting them out of the water and to higher ground using logs to roll the boats up...a live and learn moment for us.
One of the local told us how they and restaurant chefs arrive early in the AM to buy the daily catch directly from the fisherman. Buying fish directly from the fisherman would be the start of a great meal.

6. Old Mazatlan

Mazatlan, Mexico
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 825 reviews

Old Mazatlan

Reviewed By Mahulu - Alberta

Toured with Daniel of Blue Foot adventures. He slithered is through a brilliant market where we enjoyed the best tortillas ever with Betsy (Beatrice) and her daughter and granddaughter nestled in a corner (literally a corner with a walkway through it). Handmade tortillas, locally sourced (by the granddaughter, we caught her negotiating later in our visit!) beans and vegetables made for sublime burritos. Let’s get the Tex out of TexMex.
Beautiful streets and colourful buildings with some fantastic places to relax and eat and sit and people watch, this is a great place to come to.

7. Playa Cerritos

Mazatlan, Mexico
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

Playa Cerritos

This beach, with grass growing atop its dunes, is quiet and undeveloped.

Reviewed By GaleAS - Winnipeg, Canada

Playa Cerritos is a nice wide beach which is accessible by bus (10 pesos). A perfect place for a walk.

8. Malecon

Mazatlan, Mexico +52 871 167 8601
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Malecon

Stretching from the original Mazatlan past the Golden Zone to the end of Cerritos Beach, Mazatlan's waterfront street is the backbone of the city.

Reviewed By TravelinMan1209 - Eugene, Oregon

Walking or bicycling along the Malecon is a wonderful experience. Mazatlan is preparing for an International Tourism Conference and is updating many areas of town. The Malecon is one of those places. New brick along the entire length will makes it enjoyable to use attracting people throughout the day and evening. At different points there are sculptures and nearer southern end is where the cliff diving is done. There are many bars and restaurants along the way. At dusk this is a good place to watch the sunsets. The only reason I give it 4 stars is that the construction work was still in progress while I was there and there weren't many opportunities for shade along the route. They are adding some few man-made shade points and when the construction is done it should be perfect.

9. Playa Brujas

Mazatlan, Mexico
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 467 reviews

Playa Brujas

Situated at the northern end of Mazatlan, this beach is great for surfers and beach bums alike.

Reviewed By GoVikes2011 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Others in our party said the coconut shrimp is the best in Mazatlan. All the food was good. The service was excellent. And tasting the flavored tequilas was a blast!

10. El Faro Lighthouse

Mazatlan, Mexico
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 473 reviews

El Faro Lighthouse

This lighthouse sits atop Cerro Creston, Mazatlan's highest hill.

Reviewed By Mollis M

We enjoyed our hike up to the lighthouse. Spectacular views of the city. They are doing an outstanding job building a beautiful walk way in very dangerous, HOT conditions. I would suggest taking an extra bottle of water, a Sandwich or snack of any kind for the men working to make this a comfortable, beautiful walk up. Take water, wear sunscreen and a hat!

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