Nahuatl for “place of deer,” Mazatlán is a popular tourist destination for many holidaymakers, especially given its close proximity to the Baja California peninsula and the amount of cruise liners that dock there. Situated on the coastline of Sinaloa, a northern state, there are obviously an abundance of waterfront dining and drinking options in this city which are crying out to be visited. Read on to find out about the top ones.
Mariscos La Puntilla
For anyone just visiting Mazatlán due to a quick ferry stop, who still wants both excellent waterfront dining and fresh seafood, Mariscos La Puntilla is the ideal place. Situated close to the terminal, Mariscos has a brilliant atmosphere and a wealth of both locals and tourists dining together on some reasonably priced and flavorsome seafood dishes. The range of shrimp options is excellent, as is the traditional Mazatlán specialty pescado zarandeado. Apart from the food, the service is both fast and attentive which will make you feel right at home.
Located in Pueblo Bonito Hotel, Cilantro’s is a great waterfront dining option given that it sits right at the water’s edge and provides absolutely beautiful views over the ocean. Sit in the open air, under the thatched palapa style roof to enjoy your meal, and try to make a reservation for around an hour before sunset to get the most out of your visit to this great little spot. As for the food, it rivals the view. Try out any of the seafood options they offer, including the extensive shrimp options.
El Muchacho Alegre
El Muchacho Alegre is perfectly located in a prime spot on the beach in Mazatlán, and alongside the chilled-to-perfection beers, they also offer seafood dishes. For a buzzing and convivial atmosphere, this is the spot to be, especially given that they regularly host live banda music. You’ll leave feeling you really got a taste of the traditional Mazatlán vibe at this beachside bar, as despite simple appearances it is pretty authentic and popular among locals too. Check out the spicy, tomatoey micheladas.
The oceanfront restaurant of El Cid El Moro Beach hotel, La Concha has a prime spot overlooking the crashing waves and benefits from the warm tropical breezes, guaranteed to make you feel like you’re dining in paradise. As well as the restaurant, there is also a poolside bar incorporated into this highly recommended location, meaning you can relax with a drink after dinner, or even just pop by for a nightcap before bed. The food offers something for everyone, given that they have an international menu, so you won’t be stuck for choice.
Offering authentic Mexican food at reasonable prices, Pancho’s has a few locations across Mazatlán but we recommend stopping by the Playa Gaviotas branch, given that the views are amazing. The restaurant is literally on the beach, and features outdoor patio seating so you can really make the most of the backdrop to your traditional Mexican dishes. Breakfast and lunch are the best times to stop by this spot, and you can enjoy stuffed chiles, red snapper, or even a flaming coffee. They offer national and international dishes, but stick with the national for a taste of Mexico.
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