The resort town of Mazatlán is known for its impressive Centro Histórico or Old Mazatlán. The lively performance hall, Teatro Angela Peralta, was named after the famous opera singer known as the Nightingale of Mexico, who never actually got to sing here.
The theatre, along with the soaring 19th-century Immaculate Conception Basilica, remains important cultural and religious landmarks.
Founded during the 1500s, Mazatlán still preserves many of its historic buildings. Myriad statues line the malecon, a lengthy boardwalk which runs parallel to the beach, and Olas Altas, the historic district.
Nearby, Las Labradas, an Archaeological Monument of Mexico is worth a visit, especially if you happen to be in the city in March, during which it hosts an Equinox Festival.
The city’s main beach, Las Olas Altas, stretches across more than four miles of golden sands and azure seas. Throughout the year, there’s plenty of nightlife along the high-rise resorts, shopping malls, golf courses, and restaurants of the bustling Zona Dorada (Golden Zone).
What To Do
Tour the jungles of Mazatlán or cruise along its colorful harbor.
Visit the historic mining towns of Cosalá and El Rosario Copala, El Quelite, Puerta de Canoas and La Noria which all offer unique cultural experiences.
Explore more than 600 ancient petroglyphs during a day trip to Las Labradas, about an hour north of Mazatlán, near the charming fishing village of Barras de Piaxtla. The secluded Las Labradas beach offers a pristine escape.
Take a short boat ride to Stone Island or Isla de la Piedra, which is a peninsula boasting tranquil seas and stunning beaches.
Experience authentic Mexican cuisine and the freshest seafood amid this peaceful tropical paradise. Climb the historic El Faro (lighthouse) during early morning or mid-afternoon for sweeping views of the surrounding seas.