Destination guide

Sandy beaches, vibrant arts, and more in Mazatlan

With over 12 miles of sandy beaches along Mexico's Pacific Coast, the city of Mazatlan was one of the country's most stylish and beloved vacation destinations in the 1950s. Over the years, Mazatlan traded exclusive luxury for a bustling vacation industry; today, its historic center has been restored to its former glory, with a "tropical neoclassical" vibe that's ruled by the local arts scene. Consider Mazatlan vacation rentals close to the sea, and enjoy a vibrant slice of Mexican life nestled to the south of the Gulf of California.

Things to do

Something for everyone, from north to south

A stroll along the malecon is the best way to explore Mazatlan. You'll notice a gradual shift from the rowdier north end to the more cultural southern side, and art lovers will find plenty of galleries and museums as you continue south. Family-friendly highlights include the Acuario Mazatlan aquarium, as well as the nearby Bosque de la Ciudad park, complete with playgrounds and trails. Architecture and history buffs will be smitten with the Catedral de Mazatlan, while nature lovers should plan to take in the sights from the Cerro del Vigia lookout point.

Activities

Magical Mazatlan—from northern hotspots to southern gems

If you're traveling from the north, Mazatlan is one of the first major resort towns set along Mexico's Pacific coastline. At the north end, in the Zona Dorada, you'll find high-priced hotels, nightclubs, and souvenir shops catering the cruise ship crowd. Further south along the malecon (pro tip: it's a seaside promenade), you'll find Viejo Mazatlan. The old city offers a laid-back vibe, full of pastels and postcolonial architecture, plus hip restaurants, trendy galleries, and boutique shops. All along the malecon you'll find white, sandy beaches, tailor-made for swimming in the Mexican sun.

Weather

Wait until spring Bandini—make the most of seasonal Mazatlan

Mazatlan is best enjoyed in the shoulder seasons—those periods between the big crowds and the slower, off-season months. Look for Mazatlan vacation rentals in the fall, especially October and November, or the spring, from April through May. The summer in this part of Mexico is the rainy season, bringing tropical downpours that make it difficult to enjoy the most of what this Pacific Coast city has to offer. Mazatlan's a dreamy choice for winter sun, but you may find that everyone else has the same thought—December through March are generally busier and more expensive throughout the region.

Natural features

Bucket list complete: from sportfishing to whale watching

Mazatlan is situated in the southern part of Mexico's State of Sinaloa, serving as one of the first resort cities on the Pacific Coast as you travel down the coast. It's also directly across the Sea of Cortez from Baja California Sur, another popular Mexican destination. The city's location at the southern tip of the Gulf of California gives Mazatlan prime positioning for whale watching season, which lasts from December through March. Throughout the year, travelers flock to the sandy beaches and stunning marinas to hop aboard sportfishing boats.

Can I find a vacation rental around Mazatlán Municipality?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 505 vacation rentals near Mazatlán Municipality. From 346 Condos/Apartments to 95 Houses, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the Mazatlán Municipality area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Mazatlán Municipality?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mazatlán Municipality. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • North America: 595,153 vacation rentals
  • Mazatlán: 506 vacation rentals
  • Northern Mexico: 2,637 vacation rentals
  • Mexican Riviera: 16,973 vacation rentals
  • Marina Mazatlán: 119 vacation rentals

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Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Mazatlán Municipality?

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  • Cerritos Beach: 506 rentals
  • El Cid Country Club Golf Course: 505 rentals
  • Olas Altas Beach: 505 rentals
  • Mazatlan Golf Club: 504 rentals
  • Playa Norte: 504 rentals

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