There are many things to do and see in Mazatlán. “The Pearl of the Pacific,” a nickname referring to the splendor and beauty of this great city, has more than 15 miles of beaches for fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing and more. The streets are lined with spectacular architecture and filled with hidden treasures---great for sightseeing, shopping and entertainment.

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This booming resort town is rapidly expanding along the coast of the Mexican state of Sinaloa. As a major commercial fishing port it boasts Mexico's largest shrimp fleet and superlative sports-fishing. Mazatlán, "The Pacific Pearl", has a life of its own, with an old town atmosphere sitting by a headland which firmly separates harbor and tourist activities. Its position due east of the southern tip of Baja California, at the confluence of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, endows it with warm waters, a constantly balmy climate and abundant year-round shoals of marlin and sailfish.

Mazatlán has lots of activities to offer, such as water sports, golfing, tennis, shopping, great walking zone at the “Malecon” (boardwalk) and much more. Mazatlán is also known worldwide for its great dove, duck and quail hunting.

Downtown Shopping

Central Market—Mercado

This is not to be missed! It is located between B. Juárez and Aquiles Serdán streets, and Melchor Ocampo and Leandro Valle. You'll find the market surrounded by a variety of small shops, food vendors and juice bars where you can enjoy fresh fruit and vegetable juices and iced Agua Frescas.

Inside, the market is divided in sections by food types. You'll find fresh seafood, chickens, beef, pork, fresh fruits and veggies. The dairy vendors are scattered around the market. Also, T-shirts, blankets, and every imaginable Mazatlán souvenir can be purchased here. This is all in walking distance from the Old Mazatlan Inn.

Surrounding the Mercado you will find reasonably priced shopping---clothing and shoe stores--- for several blocks long. The best shops seem to be along Serdán.

Sailing And Eco-Tours

Day and Sunset trips To The Offshore Islands

Discover the great diversity of marine life… sea lions, sea birds, giant mantas, whales, dolphin, sea turtles and a variety of tropical fishes. Go swimming in quiet bays or snorkeling, catch your own lunch or hike the island trails. These islands are part of a nature reserve that includes over 900 islands in the Sea of Cortez.

Shopping Outside El Centro

La Gran Plaza and Mega

Here you'll find a variety of small boutique-type shops; a food court with Mexican, Chinese and American dishes; a movie theater; and the large department store, Mega. This store has just about everything and food shopping here is easy and reasonably priced.

Plaza del Mar and Ley

Very friendly with a wide selection of goods and services. There are 4 Ley stores in Mazatlán, Ley 1, 2 and 3 or Ley Centro (in the middle of downtown). Get off the bus at Plaza del Mar and you'll be at the largest of the Ley stores.


The largest of Mazatlán’s grocery and convenient stores. There’s a food court, Blockbuster Video, Burger King and a multiplex cinema.


Another large convenient and grocery store. From downtown: Sábalo-Cocos bus and Playa Sur bus plus a walk. Next door to Office Depot.

ISSSTE (Instituto Seguridad Social Servicio Trabajores del Estado)

Also a large convenient and grocery store with good value. Employees of government agencies and other companies participating in the association receive discounts, but it is open to the public for shopping. Buses from downtown: Insurgentes, Playa Sur and Sábalo-Cocos.

Recreational Directory

  • Acuario Yate
  • Fiesta Mexicana
  • Multimedios
  • Base Ball Stadium (Estadio Teodoro Naviscal)
  • Gaviotas Cinemas
  • Rio Presidio
  • Bosque de la Ciudad Spectaculare
  • Ginger Horses
  • Space Bowling
  • Catamaran Cinemas
  • Golf El Cid
  • Stone Island
  • Catamaran Sabalo Escualo
  • Marina Mazatlan
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Estrella del Mar Golf
  • Mazaqua
  • Teatro Angela Peralta
  • Estrella del Mar Golf 2
  • Multicinemas
  • Venado Plaza de Toros
  • Fiesta La Iquana
  • Multimedia 2
  • Victory Fishing


Learn More About Beautiful Mazatlán
danceMazatlán Culture
Comparable only to that of Rio de Janeiro and Mardi Gras, this week-long tradition occurs every year just before Lent.
deerHistory of Mazatlán
Mazatlán is an ancient Nahuati word for "land of the deer" and in fact the 2006 champion Mazatlán baseball team is called the "Venados," which is Spanish for deer.
adventrueMazatlán Adventures
There are many things to do and see in Mazatlán. "The Pearl of the Pacific," a nickname referring to the splendor and beauty of this great city, has more than 15 miles of beaches for fishing, relaxing, surfing and more.