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Mazatlán Travel Guide: 471 reviews and 777 photos

Sunrise Over Mazatlan Harbor


Mazatlan, meaning "land of the deer" in the ancient Nahuatl language, is a Mexican resort area with 10 miles of beautiful white sand beaches, a festive atmosphere, and many tourist orientated activities to make your stay a fun one. Although this is one of Mexico's most popular vacation destinations, it is also the largest port in Mexico, giving it an economy, which is also independent of the tourist industry. Leave the tourist "Golden Zone" and you will find that life in this city is lived in the old-Mexico style: in the markets, the churches, and the shady plazas scattered throughout the city's neighborhoods. Since Mazatlan was a bustling city long before it discovered that it could also be a beach resort, Mazatlan is a little less touristy than some of the other popular Mexican beachfront tourist communities. The city is divided into two areas. The north is the Golden Zone, where most of the hotels and restaurants are located. The south is the downtown where the heart of the city is. These two areas are connected by Avenue Del Mar, also known as the Malecon, which is a scenic beachfront avenue.

Please note: I have tried to research this information as much as possible, so these pages have been updated as of 2003.

The Playa Hotel

We had a pleasant stay at the Playa. It was nicely laid out and landscaped beautifully. This photo shows the stairway to the Playa's open-air restaurant.

We enjoyed this view each day as we ate our meals at the Playa's outdoor dining area.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Warm, sunny, beautiful sandy beaches.
  • Cons:Beach can be crowded, beggars on the street.
  • Last visit to Mazatlán: Dec 1988
  • Intro Updated Aug 19, 2011
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2006 at 7:41 AM

    Excellent page with very well written and very informative tips. Your warning tips are especially helpful. Looks like a natural, beautiful place.

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2006 at 2:33 PM

    Looks like a nice spot...good tips Anne! Blu

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2005 at 2:26 AM

    Mazatlan looks very inviting, especially this time of year. Lovely photos and tips.

  • katmai's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2005 at 11:53 PM

    Thanks for sharing your experiences and tips. They will be useful on my trip there for the 1st time. You made it appear bright and beautiful.

  • guybert's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2005 at 8:17 PM

    We have been going back to Mazatlan many times now & always find new places to eat & things to see. It's a good spot to go to. Good pics & info, can't wait to go back again this winter.

  • ZanieOR's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2005 at 11:27 AM

    Your tips are very useful for anyone planning to visit Mazatlan, and many of them would also apply to other areas of Mexico. (I recall bargaining from street vendors in Puerta Vallarta too). Nice photos also.

  • Maria_75's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2004 at 12:41 PM

    Beautiful pictures, and great tips!

  • Nov 2, 2004 at 3:12 PM

    What a photo!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2004 at 3:10 PM

    These are marvelous, well-thought out pages with incredible amounts of information to help travelers. We own a time share in Mazatlan. A beautiful area of Mexico. Super job!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2003 at 8:28 AM

    Very interesting personal observations! Very helpful Waring Or Dangers tips! I was NOT sick there eating even from street vendors hehe :-)))

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