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Deep Sea Fishing at Emerald Bay

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Things to Do in Mazatlán - Local Attractions

Overlooking Olas Altas Bay, in the foothills of the Sierra Madres Mountains, Mazatlán is a captivating vacation destination on Mexico's Gold Coast. From palm-lined beaches to the historic charm of Old Mazatlán, the "Pearl of the Pacific" will free your spirit. Relax on magnificent sand beaches, walk along El Malecón - the longest waterfront boardwalk in Mexico - and explore Stone Island. Enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and surfing in the azure waters of the Pacific or go diving and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters around Deer Island. Surf blue waves, kayak the bay, and play spectacular holes at Mazatlán golf clubs. With so many fun things to do in Mazatlán, you'll have the adventure of a lifetime!

Mazatlán Things to Do & Activities

Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing. Mexico's top sport fishing destination, Mazatlán is the billfish capital of the world. Enjoy a deep sea fishing adventure where the Pacific Ocean collides with the Sea of Cortez. Hook big blue and black marlin, sailfish, yellow fin tuna, dorado, wahoo, and grouper aboard one of Mazatlán sport fishing fleets, charter boats and tours from three marinas, including La Marina Mazatlán, the largest marina in Latin America. Go fishing for sea bass and snapper aboard the pangas along the coastline. For freshwater bass fishing, head to Lake El Salto in the hills of Sierra Madres - one hour north of Mazatlán.

Golf. With four spectacular golf courses, Mazatlán is a golfer's paradise. One of the top courses in the world, El Cid Golf & Country Club features the championship 18-hole El Cid Mazatlán and Lee Treviño designed 9-hole Marina El Cid. Winding through a biological reserve, El Cid Mazatlán is a beautiful course with lakes, wildlife and views of the marina. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Estrella del Mar on Stone Island is one of Mexico's most loved golf courses. Edging the Pacific Ocean and pristine beach, this 18-hole waterfront course boasts palm-lined fairways, manicured greens and tricky bunkers. Club Campestre Golf and Country Club also offers an enjoyable 9-hole course.

Water Sports. Mazatlán offers boating adventures and endless water sports on the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy boating, sailing, yachting, kayaking, jet skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, catamaraning and Hobie Cat rides into the vast ocean and to offshore islands. Fishing and boating enthusiasts can rent sailboats, yachts, catamarans and trimarans at Marina del Cerro del Crestón and Marina del Cid. Enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving with tropical fish in the calm, crystalline waters around the Three Islands - Deer, Bird and Wolf Islands - declared an ecological reserve. Take off on a jet ski from beach and cruise along the coastline and around the Lighthouse on Creston Island. Parasail over the Three Islands or enjoy windsurfing in the calm bay. Surf and boogie board at Los Pinos and Norte beaches or Bruja Beach, north of Mazatlán.

Mazatlán Shopping. With its historic charm and waterfront promenade, El Malecón, Mazatlán is an exciting shopping destination. Browse the street vendors that sell silver, tequila, pottery, arts & crafts, ceramics, hand-made souvenirs, and wooden sculptures. Walk through La Zona Dorado with craft, jewelry and clothing stores and art galleries. Bargain at the open-air bazaar, Los Tiangis, on Sunday mornings. With its colonial heritage, Mercado del Centro in Old Mazatlán is an open-air market with fresh seafood and produce stalls under colorful umbrellas, and shops with arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing and leather. Discover Old Mazatlán's many shops and galleries, including NidArt Galería, a 14th- century house that exhibits modern art and handicrafts by Mexican artists. Check out Mazatlán Arts and Crafts Center for Mexican handcrafts, Gallery Michael with Tlaquepaque crafts and silver and Sea Shell City for seashells and souvenirs. Located on the waterfront, La Gran Plaza features department stores, specialty shops and a supermarket.

Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan City Tours

Mazatlán City Tours. Take an exciting journey through Mazatlán and explore a diversity of historic, cultural and adventure destinations, including historic landmarks, colonial buildings, museums and markets. The Mazatlán City Tour guides you to famous attractions, including the Majestic Cathedral, Central Market, Dolphin Monument, Mermaid and Cupid Monument, Cave of the Devil, Lighthouse on Creston Island, City University, Old Mazatlán, Angela Peralta Theater, the famous cliff divers on Olas Altas Avenue, and Lookout Hill, where you savor amazing views of Mazatlán. Enjoy shopping, sightseeing and exploring Mexican antiquity on this exciting city tour!

Mazatlán Attractions

Old Mazatlán. The heart of downtown, Old Mazatlán is a charming historic district with colorful colonial-style architecture, plazas, courtyards, churches, monuments, museums, art galleries, cafes and markets. Take a walking tour through narrow streets and discover the charm of plazas lined with 19th-century architecture and historic landmarks, including Machado Plaza, Plaza de la Revolución, Hidalgo Square, Mazatlán Art Museum, The Cathedral, Archaeological Museum and the majestic Angela Peralta Theater, the oldest theater in Mazatlán. Enjoy shopping at El Mercado and Canobbio Arcade - a symbol of the architecture of old Mazatlán - and see early Mexican pottery at the National Institute of Anthropology and History. Visit charming cafés and shops that surround Plaza Machado and explore the colonial section with 19th-century estates and homes.

Stone Island. A beautiful peninsula on the south tip of Mazatlán, Stone Island is a magnificent escape from the crowds. A short boat or catamaran ride across Navigation Channel, Stone Island features sparkling palm-lined beach, gentle ocean waves and palapa restaurants. The natural landscape on the Pacific Ocean creates a relaxed oasis for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling and exploring. Enjoy seafood and margaritas under the shade of palapas, or walk to beach side shops. Meet the local farmers who cultivate the coconut grove along the beach. Visit Plazuela en Memoria de J. Jesus Moreno, a small park with a Ferris wheel and carnival rides. Take a banana boat or catamaran into the ocean and view Pacifico Brewery and the sea lions on Turtle Rock.

El Quelite. Take a day trip to the rural town of El Quelite, 20 miles northeast of Mazatlán. Framed by the Pacific Ocean, Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains and El Quelite River, this beautiful Colonial village is a journey back in time with historic architecture and an agricultural lifestyle of its Spanish colonial past. Stroll along cobbled streets with colonial architecture, painted buildings, and colorful flowers. Discover elegant colonial houses blanketed by bougainvilleas, cattle ranches and fruit orchards. Feel the history of El Quelite in the historic 19th-century church and traditional country homes. Enjoy the aromas of bakeries, tortilla shops, cafes and cantinas that serve local cuisine. Walk in the countryside, go horseback riding, climb picturesque hills and relax in flowering courtyards.

Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan Scuba Diving

Mazatlán's Three Islands. Located off the Mazatlán shore, the Three Islands - Deer Island, Bird Island and Wolf Island, are beautiful destinations for fun and adventure. These pristine offshore islands offer tranquil sand beaches and azure ocean waters for scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, boating, kayaking and canoeing. Hop on a panga (small boat) or catamaran from one of Mazatlán's marinas and experience the peaceful landscape with a variety of birds and unique botanical paintings. Take a boat to the peaceful beach on Deer Island and snorkel and scuba dive in the crystal clear waters with a diversity of tropical fish.

Mazatlán Beaches. Edging the Pacific Ocean, Mazatlán offers gorgeous sand beaches for soaking up the Mexican sun, relaxing with a drink and a variety of sand and sea sports. With gentle sandy slopes and calm waves, the area between the Zona Dorada and the three islands offers sparkling sands for lounging and adventure. With magnificent views of the three islands, Sábalo Beach is an excellent spot for swimming, surfing, playing in the waves, working on your tan or boating over to Venados Island. Located near the center of Mazatlán, Olas Altas Beach is beautiful at sunset and offers great surfing waves in the open sea. Surrounded by small hills, Cerritos Beach is a coarse sand beach caressed by warm, beige-colored water. A few miles from downtown, Los Pinos Beach is a peaceful destination for relaxing and warm waters for aquatic sports like surfing and swimming. One of the longest beaches in Mexico, Norte Beach is sublime sandy strand for sunning, swimming, surfing and enjoying fresh seafood at one of the palm hut restaurants that face the vast blue ocean.

The Perfect 3-Day Weekend

Day 1
  • 4:00 pm- Check-in and take in the breathtaking views of the area and settle into your room
  • 5:30 pm- Relax in the infinity pool and order drink at the swim up bar
  • 8:00 pm- Enjoy a Mexican Fiesta Theme Night
  • 10:00 pm- Sip an espresso by a well-lighted pool, the palms gently blowing above
Day 2
  • 8:00 am- wake up early and indulge at The Bistro's breakfast
  • 9:00 am- After breakfast, head out to the Emerald Bay Driving Range
  • 11:00 am- Go rent some jet skis and cruise around
  • Later in the afternoon, head down to the Plaza Machado for the day to tour, shop and dine!
  • 8:00 pm- After experiencing the wonderful culture of Mazatlán, head back to the hotel to change and meet at Kelly's Bar for a few drinks
  • 10:30 pm- Head out to downtown Mazatlán to experience Mexico's nightlife
Day 3
  • Wake up late and enjoy a much deserved breakfast in bed with your room service
  • 11:00 am- Grab your boots and go on a wonderful trail ride and explore the untouched land
  • 2:30 pm- Head back to the hotel to cool and lay by the pool under a large palm with piña coladas
  • 4:00 pm- Book a Mazatlán City Tour with the concierge
  • 6:00 pm- Make a reservation at La Cordeliere and head the bar while waiting
  • Later in the evening, head back to your room and take an opportunity stand out on the balcony and see the stars, hear the ocean and feel the warm Mazatlán breeze