Mazatlán by the Numbers

Why should you travel to the Mexico’s west coast to see the Pearl by the Pacific? We have 12 reasons, which include but are not limited to spectacular beaches, world-class resorts, and unforgettable parties!

Mazatlan Beaches

12 miles of sandy beaches on the Pacific Ocean at the entrance of the Sea of Cortez should be your number one reason to head to this destination, and U.S. News & World Report listed Mazatlán beaches as some of the best for retirees with a welcoming atmosphere, natural beauty, and affordability.


11 is the number of marine/aviary interactions you have can have at Acuario Mazatlán (Mazatlán Aquarium), including the frog area, crocodile lagoon, and aviary in the botanical garden; the diving show, bird show, sea lion show, and animal hunters shows; the oceanic fish tank, stingray pool, sea museum, and fish tanks (34 saltwater and 17 freshwater tanks).


10 minutes separates Hotel Playa Mazatlán from Acuario Mazatlan, and with great placement inside the Golden Zone of the city and on the sandy white beach, Hotel Playa is one of the most popular resorts in the city. (Don’t miss the resort’s theme nights including an open bar, live music, dancing, and an extravagant buffet!)

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Mazaltan Lighthouse

9 km (or approximately 6 miles) from the center of Mazatlán is El Faro, a historic lighthouse more than 500 feet above sea level. The climb takes more than 30 minutes to reach the top, and the lighthouse trail starts approximately 20 minutes from the end of the Malecon. So while the view is certainly worth it, wear your walking shoes.


Jardin Botanico Amaitlan 3

8 square miles of beautiful botanical gardens on Mazatlan’s Stone Island offer unique vegetation, including cacti and bamboo, plus humming birds, butterflies, and a sparkling blue lake. Take a relaxing afternoon stroll and see the wonderful landscapes.


Mazatlan International Center

7 years ago, the Mazatlán International Center opened, and with the capacity to hold numerous events across 17 multipurpose rooms, it is the ideal facility for a corporate gathering or conference. A mural by local artist on the main building’s exterior is one of the world’s largest directly-executed wall art.

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Mazatlan carnaval

6 days of nonstop partying marks the third largest carnival of its kind, the Mazatlán Carnival. Like the similar festivals in Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans, this carnival includes parades, fireworks, and coronations. And the best part is the free entertainment, like the Inaugural Parade (free along the Malecon) and the Festival of Light fireworks, which ends the six-day party. Make sure to start planning your trip now as the festival books up in advance. The next festival is February 23-28, 2017.


Norwegian Escape

5 cruise lines dock in Mazatlán, including Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Disney Cruise Line.



(Almost) 4 miles of boardwalk along Mazatlan’s coast is one of its most famous attractions, the Malecon. The aquarium, cliff divers, and statues, plus 300 palm trees and beautiful beaches are just some of the wonderful things to see and enjoy along the route. Dine at authentic Mexican restaurants and see the city’s historic past, all along this winding, beachside path.


Mazatlan Sunshine

3(00) days of sunshine is guaranteed at this Mexican Pacific beach destination.

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Mazatlan Historic District

2 destinations in one, the Pearl of the Pacific is a beach destination with surfing paradises and serene sands, and a historical destination with a colonial section that dates back to the 1800s. Wander through Old Mazatlán with its cafes and churches, or see the mansions in what locals call the Tropical Neoclassical area. (Think New Orleans’ French Quarter style.)


Spa Emerald Bay

(Number) 1 spa in Mexico as applauded by Condé Nast Traveler, Armonía at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay welcomes guests to a free-standing, 16,500-foot serene paradise with pampering services and magnificent backdrops, like a serene beach with its soothing waves and warm sands.


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