Mexico Mazatlan, Mexico is known for its many water sports, but there is lots more to do. Photo:

Published on July 13th, 2012 | by Mark Chesnut

Mazatlan, Mexico is known for its many water sports, but there is lots more to do. Photo:

VIDEO — Top 5 Reasons to Visit Mazatlan, Mexico


Looking to justify your next Mexico beach vacation? In this EXCLUSIVE VIDEO, we jet down to Mexico’s Pearl of the Pacific, to check out the top 5 reasons to visit Mazatlan. 

1. The Beach
It’s no surprise that the #1 reason to visit Mazatlan is the beach. The Zona Dorada, or Golden Zone, is square one for many visitors, thanks to its wide stretches of sand and many hotels. You’ll always find plenty of fun and activities here. 

2. The Historic Center
Downtown Mazatlan is dotted with beautifully restored historic buildings, including the ornate cathedral and lots of postcard-perfect private residences. 

3. The Culture & the Cuisine
Mazatlan offers experiences that few other resort cities can. After all, not many beach destinations are home to a landmark building like the gorgeous Angela Peralta theater, where you can attend live concerts, dance and theater performances. Just a few steps away, you can enjoy live music while dining at lovely open-air restaurants like Pedro y Lola. Wherever you have your lunch and dinner, don’t miss out on Mazatlan’s tasty cuisine — the city is a major shrimp port, so the seafood is especially fresh. 

4. Sightseeing
Be sure to plan at least a day to tour the city of Mazatlan and its surroundings. You can join a guided tour or do it yourself, by taking one of the fun, open-air taxis called pulmonías (click there to find out the story behind the name, and watch the video). 

Have your camera ready for the interesting sculptures along the waterfront Malecon — as well as a performance by the Mazatlan cliff divers. I also enjoyed a trip to Stone Island, which includes  a fun boat trip and live music while dining along the beach. 

Also worth the trip is Isla Venado, or Deer Island. The scenic boat ride provides lots of photo opportunities, including — if you’re lucky — an upclose look at a sea lion or two. The final destination — Deer Island — is an unspoiled paradise with lots of sand and good swimming conditions. 

5. Fun Day Trips
Within less than an hour, you can arrive at historic towns, or perhaps learn how to drink homemade agave Tequila-style drinks at Hacienda Los Osuna. Also nearby is Huana Coa, where you can take a fast-paced canopy ride through nature. 

In Mazatlan, you won’t have any problem finding lots to do — although, of course, you could just lie on the beach. 

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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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