The 21 km or 13 mile long pier or Malecon in Mazatlan is considered one of the longest in the world. Sunsets and sea views that can be admired from here make this zone highly recommended for tourists. Mazatlan International Airport is about 30 minutes by car from Downtown. Connections are made mainly from Mexico City and from Los Angeles, California. Panamericana Highway 40 and Highway 15 communicate Mazatlan with the rest of the country. By sea, ferries arrive daily from La Paz, Baja California Sur and so do cruise lines all year around.
Through Mazatlan Malecon you will be able to know the beaches and to enjoy wonderful sunsets, spectacular landscapes, and incomparable ocean views. Both tourists and locals, early in the morning or before sunset, come to the Malecon in any of its sections to exercise or, simply, to enjoy walking in order to liberate stress. Along the Malecon, you will find any type of shops, movie theaters, banks, clinics, discos, bars, restaurants, hotels, and old and modern buildings.
Besides, Mazatlan Malecon is stage for some of the most important events in the city. For example, Pacific Great Marathon, Mazatlan Centennial Carnival, Mazatlan Biking Tour, or International Motorcycle Week are some of the most important events that take place right here, among others.
Going through Mazatlan Malecon is going through this city and port history. Going through Mazatlan Malecon is going through this city and port history. You will be able to know the beaches and to enjoy wonderful sunsets, spectacular landscapes, and incomparable ocean views. Mazatlan Malecon is composed of 9 sections that go from Downtown or Historic Zone to the north of the city. First section goes from "La Puntilla" to the Ferries Peer; next section is the Lighthouse that is followed by Paseo del Centenario. Next 3 sections are named Olas Altas, Claussen Drive , and Avenue of the Sea. At the end, last 3 sections are Camaron - Sabalo, Sabalo - Cerritos, and Cerritos - New Mazatlan.
Nowadays, the town nicknamed “The Pearl of the Pacific” is one of Mexico’s premier beach resorts, a popular cruise ship destination and increasingly the No. 1 choice for retirement for Americans and Canadians. Mazatlán is home to one of the largest shrimp fleets in the world, and the shimmering waters of the Pacific Ocean freely yield their bounty of shrimp, dorado, tuna, marlin, oysters and a host of other seafood varieties, making every meal a delightful experience. Professional fishing fleets offer day-trips and charters, and although the city adheres to a catch-and-release policy for some endangered species of fish, feel free to bring your catch-of-the-day Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Yellowtail, Mackerel or Tuna back to the hotel Playa Mazatlan and we will happy to cook it for you in our kitchen.
For the family or kid in all of us, Mazatlán’s water park, Maz-Agua, offers oodles of wet-and-wild fun. The city aquarium is the largest in Mexico and home to live fish and bird exhibits, interactive seal shows and a shark cage. Mazatlán is also home to Pacifico beer, and tours can be arranged through the brewery and its beer museum.
Golf or tennis anyone?
The Hotel Playa Mazatlan offers complimentary access to the nearby Las Gaviotas Tennis Club; and golfers will be pleased to know about our exclusive contract with Estrella del Mar Golf and Country Club. As our guest, you’re entitled to a special Green Fee and Cart rate. Please contact the Concierge Desk for more information or reservations for either of these activities.
Mazatlán is bursting at the seams with dance, theater and music productions, world-class sports events and a wide selection of activities and entertainment. Its Carnaval celebrations every February are the third largest in the world, a week-long specter of music, parades and fun, and a tradition that dates back more than 100 years. Rural towns nearby, designated as “Magical Pueblos,” offer a step back in time to Mexico of long ago, and a rapidly growing eco-tourism market offers hiking, kayaking, bird-watching and other outdoor activities in the nearby Sierra foothills, the three charming offshore islands (all environmentally protected) and of course the Pacific Ocean that is Mazatlán’s coastline.
Nightlife in Mazatlán is unparalleled and the Hotel Playa Mazatlán is located in the hub of where the action is - you’ll find numerous bars, discos, restaurants and clubs all within walking distance. Whatever your musical preference or age, Mazatlán is full of options! In typical Mexican fashion, entertainment starts late, usually after 10 p.m. and then continues into the wee hours – clubs are rockin’ till the sun literally comes up. Remember that in Mazatlán, it’s not only acceptable to party like a pro - it’s expected!
The city itself can be divided into three areas: the Golden Zone, or Zona Dorada, is the tourist district, with hotels and resorts stretched along more than 15 miles of sandy beach, as well as numerous shops, restaurants and clubs. At the north end of town is Nuevo Mazatlán, home to the largest marina in Latin America, a new convention center and many condo and home developments. Centro Histórico and Olas Altas, the cultural center in the southern end of town, include the area around the Plaza Machado and the Angela Peralta Theatre. This area is reached via a waterfront esplanade, the 13-mile malecón, where visitors and residents alike can exercise, stroll or just enjoy yet another breathtaking sunset.
During your visit, we encourage you to discover all that Mazatlán has to offer. The Hotel Playa Mazatlán also offers a variety of excursions, activities and of course, a wealth of information designed to make your stay a memorable one.