Contact Us

Have a question or just want to say hola?

Send us a message and we'll respond as quickly as we can. 

Malecón de Mazatlán
Sin.
Mexico

+52 (669) 982-1100

Mazatlan's #1 Boutique Hotel

33 Best Things To Do In Mazatlan (Part 1)

BLOG POSTS

33 Best Things To Do In Mazatlan (Part 1)

Sophia Boccard

Visiting Mazatlan and unsure of what to do? We’ve put together a ton of things to do while in Mazatlan. Here’s our jam-packed list of things to do in Mazatlan this Winter (or all year long, really)!

1.  PEOPLE-WATCH IN THE PRETTIEST PLAZA IN ALL OF MAZATLAN: PLAZA MACHADO

 
plaza machado mazatlan
 

One of the oldest plazas in the city, Plazuela Machado (as it is affectionately called) was built in 1837 and financed by wealthy trader Juan Nepomuceno Machado. Known as the heart of the Historic Center of Mazatlan, its architecture features influences both French and Spanish. This is where you can stop by and enjoy some of the finest sidewalk cafes + bars, art galleries, museums, and secure a spot for people watching while sipping a margarita.

2.  SCOPE OUT THE COLONIAL-STYLE HOMES

 
hacienda
 

Walking around the Historic Center of Mazatlan will show you many sides of the city’s architectural differences, from Spanish-style colonial single story homes to French Art Nouveau buildings taking up an entire city block. There are no shortages of beautiful and rich structures in the Historic Center so make sure to plan out a few hours out of your day to sightsee around Historic Center and imagine yourself in the colonial times.

3.  CATCH A SHOW AT THE ANGELA PERALTA THEATER

 
peralta
 

It is argued that the Angela Peralta Theater’s renovation helped launch the revitalization of the Historic Center. The theater is one of the most sought after tourist attractions for the culturally stimulated. Named after the famed Mexican opera singer Angela Peralta, who on August 25, 1883, three days after she arrived to perform in Mazatlan, passed away from the yellow fever epidemic that ravaged Mazatlan during that time. Catch a performance while in town and take in the stunning renovated opera house.

4.  SHOP LIKE A LOCAL AT THE CENTRAL MARKET

 
DSCN5388.jpg
 

Home to 200+ vendors selling everything from fruits & vegetables to souvenirs and jewelry, see the Market that thousands of locals shop at daily. Once called the Iron Palace due to its structure and the amount of iron building materials, it is definitely a site to see. The Central Market is 1/3 the size of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Go on and check it out while you shop like a local.

5.  BE INSPIRED AT THE BASILICA DE LA INMACULADAD CONCEPCION

 
cathedral
 

While a stunning structure, filled with the typical Gothic arches and Renaissance-themed domes, the basilica has a feature that separates it from most, if not all, Roman Catholic churches. In each of its 28 stained glass windows that surround the building you’ll find a Star of David, which were added as a sign of gratitude to a wealthy Jewish family that helped fund the construction. Another feature to see is the organ built in Paris by Aristide Cavaille-Coll, one of the greatest organ builders of the 19th century.

6. DISCOVER NEW ARTISTS AT MAZATLAN'S ART MUSEUM

 
museodearte
 

The Museum of Art in Mazatlan features many great local as well as national artists that are internationally renowned. Currently as we write this piece, Jorge Salcido is the featured artist with much of his art having a touch of Andy Warhol throughout each piece. The museum is fairly small and one could cover the entire space in less than an hour.  A cultural gem located in the Historic Center in Mazatlan, it is definitely worth a visit. 

7.  LEARN ABOUT THE TOTORAME INDIANS AT MAZATLAN’S ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

 
archeology
 

The indigenous natives that once inhabited the area around modern day Mazatlan were made up of the following tribes: Acaxee Cahita, Pacaxee, Tahue, Totorame, and Xixime. There are many crafts and artifacts of primarily the Totorame tribe on display at the museum. Take a gander and see remnants of the carefully preserved items from the Totorame tribe. 

8.  EXPERIENCE THE MALECON LIKE A LOCAL

 
malecon
 

Probably one of Mazatlan’s most memorable features is the seaside boardwalk. Known as the longest in Mexico and second longest in the world, it spans 4.5 miles and is the prime location for sunset views from all points of the boardwalk due to its unobstructed views of the ocean. Take a walk, run or bike up and down the malecon and blend in with the locals. Stop to take pictures with each of the monuments that line the boardwalk from start to finish.

9.  TAKE IN THE BREEZE AND RIDE A PULMONIA

 
pulmonia
 

Only in Mazatlan will you find that open-air golf cart taxi to take you around town. Invented and unique to the city, Pulmonias, which is a literal translation to Pneumonia in Spanish, was called as such because local taxi drivers would warn passengers that the open-air golf car taxi could give them pneumonia. A very fun and easy trip to enjoy during your stay in Mazatlan.

10.  WATCH THE CLIFF DIVERS TAKE A LEAP

 
diver
 

If you are walking along the malecon by the Historic Center you’ll come across an oceanside park called Parque Glorieta Rodolfo Sanchez Taboada. There you will find a cliff where you can see divers jumping into the waters during high wave. The water at best is 8.2 feet deep so each diver needs to carefully calculate their dives to coincide with the tide. Divers are not paid so make sure to tip them if you can!

11.  BE LURED BY THE DEVIL’S CAVE

 
devilcave
 

Folklore will say that the reason why the cave is haunted by the devil is because people used to go in and never come back out. Not completely untrue, the cave was so expansive inside that people would get permanently lost or go missing for hours or days. The cave’s original purpose was to store and keep cold the ice that was shipped to Mazatlan from San Francisco. Today the name of the hill that surrounds the cave is called Icebox Hill. 

12.  TREK UP TO THE EL FARO LIGHTHOUSE

 
elfaro
 

El Faro is the highest operating lighthouse in the world, once second to the Gibraltor Lighthouse that has since been decommissioned. It sits at 515 feet on the peak of Cerro del Creston. There is no easy way to get up to the top of the hill and requires over 330 steps. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth the hike. Once you reach the top of the summit there are picturesque views of Mazatlan and the sea.

13.  VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE DIVERTS ALL HURRICANES BACK TO SEA

 
guadalupe
 

Since Hurricane Olivia in 1975 there have not been any hurricanes directly hitting Mazatlan. Every year during hurricane season at least 30 go up along the Pacific coast. Legend has it that ever since the local fishermen commissioned the Virgin of Guadalupe statue to be built and permanently installed in 1975, it has protected the city from any catastrophic damages and warded off hurricanes making its way Mazatlan. Some folks say that you can actually see the path of a storm that was headed straight to Mazatlan and then shifts course back out to sea. 

14.  BE FRENCH & EAT FRENCH-INSPIRED FOOD

 
panquekis
 

Mazatlan’s French heritage traces back to 1864 when many of the French soldiers who served with the self-proclaimed Emperor of Mexico, Maximilian, defected after failing to create a puppet French Monarchy in Mexico. After the Battle of Mazatlan, when the French retreated back to sea after failing to conquer Mazatlan, many of the French soldiers went up the coast and blended in with the communities to avoid going back to France and enduring the long trip at sea. This is where French food was infused into Mexican cuisine. Order the Panquekis at Lucila’s Restaurant for the traditional style French crepes or dive into a sandwich with Bolillo bread, just another fancy way of saying Baguette. It’s easy to see why UNESCO has designated both Traditional French and Mexican cuisines as Cultural Treasures

15.  IT’S A BEACH DAY EVERYDAY

 
ocean
 

Mazatlan has over 20 km of beach to do pretty much anything and everything you want. Each beach area has it’s variety of activities that isn’t available at the other beaches so to make it easier for you, we’ve listed the different beaches and the best activity to do at each beach. Just don’t forget to put on sunscreen!

Olas Altas Beach – “High Waves” should account for something. This Locals beach is generally empty and is a favorite for young surfers trying to catch their next high wave. Located steps from our Casa Lucila Hotel Boutique, this is a nice escape from the overcrowded touristy beaches.

Los Pinos Beach – Located next to the Casa del Marino, this quiet beach area is another favorite of locals. Its shores are quiet and peaceful so those just wanting to read a book or catch some rays should head down to this spot.

Playa Norte – If eating and walking along the longest uninterrupted strip of city beach in Mazatlan is what you have in mind, then head on over to Playa Norte. You can dine at any of the restaurants along the beachfront alfresco and walk off the food on the sandy beach.

Playa Camaron + Playa Gaviotas – This is the strip of beach that hosts all the major hotel resorts and offers visitors and locals alike the opportunity to parasail or bodysurf. Whatever watersport activities calls out to you most, you’ll find it at these two beaches.

Playa Sabalo – One of the calmest beaches, located north of the Golden Zone, Sabalo is the place to go swimming in the ocean if swimming in pools are too easy.

Playa Cerritos + Playa Bruja – Virtually empty, these two beach strips are great for hosting your own beach party as you’ll have plenty of space to gather your family and friends around.

16.  SWIM WITH SHARKS AT THE AQUARIUM

 
acuario
 

The only aquarium located along the Pacific coast of Mexico is in Mazatlan. Construction began in 1978 and the aquarium officially opened in September 1980, as a space to help inspire and educate children and adults alike on the preservation of animals and wildlife. You’ll find a botanical garden, the aquarium, and a planetarium at Mazatlan’s Aquarium. The aquarium itself boasts over 200+ species of fish. Definitely worth a stop if your trip can accommodate it!

There's so much more to enjoy in Mazatlan. Tune in for our Part 2 of Best Things To Do In #Mazatlan.