Mazatlan is in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, located on the country’s western coast. The name Mazatlan is a Nahuatl word that means ‘place of the deer’ and is a favorite tourist destination for many Americans and Canadians, as well as Europeans.
If you are looking for unique things to do in Mazatlan, apart from the numerous amount of fine sandy beaches, there are two main areas of interest to tourists.
The first is the Centro Historico, which contains a number of beautiful plazas and newly renovated buildings from the 18th century. The second is the Zona Dorada, a beach resort with many luxury seafront accommodations.
One of the easiest and most popular ways to explore the city is by driving. Many people choose to hire a car or take a large vehicle, such as a used Volkswagon, as transport throughout the city and to surrounding points of interest.
Tour Mazatlan’s Historic District
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Located in the aforementioned Centro Historico is Machado Square. Machado Square is one of the most popular destinations in Mazatlan to visit, not only because of its well restored architecture, but for many reasons such as its local cafes and bars that regularly have live music playing in the evenings.
Visitors can experience even more of the local sounds and culture by visiting the Teatro Angela Peralta. This wonderfully restored building from the 1800s is situated on the western side of the square, playing host to many different varieties of music and drama throughout the year.
Other points of interest in the district include a Spanish exhibition, located adjacent to the Teatro, that explains the history of Mazatlan, and a beautifully resorted hotel located on the south side of the square.
Photo taken by Bryce Edwards
Explore El Mercado Pino Suarez
The city also contains a large market place, known as El Mercado Pino Suarez, which is also located in the historic center of town, located in the historic center of town, known the as El Mercado Pino Suarez. El Mercado is known for selling everything from traditional Mexican crafts, trinkets, souvenirs, to t-shirts.
In the central part of the market, visitors will also find food stalls that sell fresh meat, vegetables and fruit to the local residents.
Experience the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception
Photo taken by Trevor Cameron
One of the most beautiful buildings in the city is arguably the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which was finished in 1899, the same year as the market place was also completed.
The cathedral is currently going through a gentle restoration in order to restore it to its original condition. Inside you will notice the golden statues that complement the interesting light displays from the stained glass windows during the daytime.
Visit Mazatlan’s Zona Dorado
A popular tourist destination in the Zona Dorado area of Mazatlan is The Acaurio Mazatlan, an impressive and family friendly aquarium with a vast array of activities to enjoy during your stay.
This facility includes an aquarium with many tropical species of fish, as well as a Sea Museum with some impressive examples of skeletons from both large and small marine mammals, coral exhibits and dated fishing methods.
Acaurio Mazatlan also offers opportunities for swimming with sharks and sea lions, and also includes a botanical garden with dozens of species of trees from all over the world.
Golf at the Estrella Del Mar Golf Course
In contrast to some of the more energetic activities by the beach such as water skiing or swimming with sharks, and beyond the markets and tourist sites, there is the Estrella Del Mar Golf Course. Considered to be one of the best in Mexico.
This 18-hole course is a must for the avid golfer, with its wonderful setting by the ocean over three miles of beaches, beautiful lakes and tropical scenery.
Mazatlan has something for everyone, offering a host of travel adventures from relaxing on the beach, taking in a round of golf or taking in the local sites and culture.
What is the most appealing to you?