The Top 10 Things to Do and See in Mazatlán

Andrea Henthorn

Known as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific,’ Mazatlán is piece of sun-drenched Mexican treasure nestled on the shoreline of Sinaloa state. Rippling blue ocean and fine white sands characterize the resort, but with a wealth of historical sites, churches and monuments on offer, as well as a dynamic and lively arts scene, you’ll have more to do here than sunbathe. Read our guide for the best things to do and see whilst staying in Mazatlán.

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Water Sports

Given its stunning location on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Mazatlán is unsurprisingly a mecca for an array of watersporting activities, such as surfing, kayaking and parasailing. And for those who aren’t such adrenaline junkies, there are plenty of banana boat options available too. Book with a reputable and trusted tour operator such as Aqua Sports. Watch out for: Cliff diving. Centered in a small oceanside park on the Malecon, el clavadistas, or the cliff divers, jump into the aqua water from a platform over 50 feet high.


Zooming above Mazatlán is one way to see the city. Taking a ziplining tour is one way to incorporate some adventure into a trip to the city, and with so many different tours, visitors can choose whether they want to experience the rainforest tree canopies, views of the beach, or simply view the city from above. Watch out for: Ziplining can entertain a wide variety of people

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