What if you could have everything that is good about Mexico inside one lovely, alternative destination? We will prove to you that Mazatlan is such place and, by the end of this piece, have you craving a vacation in this Pacific hot spot.
So, where, exactly, is Mazatlan? You’ll find it at the southern tip of the northwestern state of Sinaloa, which is between Nayarit and Sonora. It’s actually a very popular destination for residents of this region, but mostly unknown to foreigners.
Come along this Mazatlan tips and tricks tour and discover why everyone is talking more and more about the city, you have to visit before the secret is out!
As you would expect from a Mexican town by the sea, the food in Mazatlan is, quite simply, amazing. Where to start?
For breakfast, we suggest you pay a visit to La Mazatleca, a cozy, beachfront palapa that serves traditional local breakfasts such as the mochomo (shredded beef), eggs and chilaquiles combo. This place is also great for seafood.
Your number one food mission in Mazatlan should be: eat fish tacos. Like in most of Mexico’s northwest, the favorite brand of taco here is the Baja style, made with crispy tempura-style fish, fresh vegetables and creamy salsas. For the best ones in town, you must go to Carmen and Tacos Güero Capeado.
Yearning for a sublime gastronomic experience? No problem, head over to Casa 46, where the flavors of Mazatlan’s past, present and future coexist in the form of unforgettable dishes. Try the corn chowder, the smoked tuna with seeds and spices sauce or the roasted octopus, made with bacon, vegetables and a morita pepper cream.
One last thing to definitely try: the aguachile, preferably at Barra al Mar or El Muchacho Alegre.
There’s a lot to see in Mazatlan’s surroundings. The classic tour is the one to the three islands -Chivos, Venados, Pajaros-, where you can do some underwater exploring and swim with the local fauna.
Cerritos, Sabalo, and Olas Altas are some of the best beaches to just chill and enjoy the view. The latter’s name literally means “tall waves” and, although they aren’t that tall, it’s worth considering if you plan on doing some swimming.
Definitely try climbing Cerro Creston for a little exercise and the best view of the city!
Remember: the best place for a sunset in Mazatlan is Isla de Piedra.
Mazatlan is pretty easy on the eye -especially the oldest parts of town, like the centro histórico, with its beautiful colonial buildings.
One such gem would be the Angela Peralta Theatre, a gorgeous, nineteenth century opera house that looks as stunning as the day of its opening.
Also, not to miss, the mighty cathedral at the city’s main square. This neo-gothic sanctuary was finished at the turn of the twentieth century and hosts an impressive organ, which was made and brought in from Paris.
Access and accommodation
Mazatlan has its own international airport, but there’s also a great advantage: there are daily ferry rides that connect Mazatlan with La Paz and Los Cabos in Baja. The ride is usually over half a day long, which makes a Los Cabos-Mazatlan vacation a real possibility.
Be sure to look up City Express Mazatlan when you get to the city, it’s only a few blocks away from the beach and downtown!
So, there you go. You don’t have to visit mainstream destinations like Cancun or Mexico City to get a taste of everything that is good about Mexico. In this charming, peaceful city by the sea called Mazatlan you’ll find it all!