Essential Mazatlán Experiences

Essential Mazatlán Experiences

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It is almost impossible to visit Mazatlán and not find yourself swept up by fun and adventure. In fact, one vacation to Mazatlán usually isn’t enough. You can hardly scrape the surface of our incredible culture in just a few days. We will help you make the most of your time in our beautiful city by guiding to you a few essential Mazatlán experiences.

Visit the market at Mazatlán

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a culture, to really learn about what a city is all about, is through food. And the best way to learn about food? Well, go to where it comes from. Visit the Mazatlán market. Centro is a traditional market in Mazatlán, and it terms of things to see and taste to experience, it cannot be beat. If prices are not set on items, feel free to barter to the best of your abilities. Don’t forget to check out Fishermen’s Beach Market as well, where local fisherman will sell their catches from earlier in the morning. It is some of the most fresh and delicious seafood you can find anywhere in Mexico.

Zip lining trough the Mazatlán canopy

Are you looking for a little more excitement than you could find in the Mazatlán markets? That is okay! Bartering is a great rush for some people, but it sounds like you are looking for a little more of an adrenaline shot. How about flying through the forest canopy by a zip line. Speed, heights, sites, and adventure, sounds like a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. To our guests looking for adventure, we almost always recommend a zip lining canopy adventure which can arranged through a number of local companies right here in Mazatlán! Make sure you digest your meal from the market first though, we don’t want you making a mess!

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Monument to the Baseball Player

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Thanks to its privileged geographical location the port of Mazatlan, Sinaloa offers to its residents and visitors a wide variety of sports and recreation but…

Do you know what is the king of sports in our state?

Effectively, the Baseball.

monument_baseballplayerThe story takes us back to the era of the businessman Don Teodoro Mariscal Ahumada who in a taxi toured the coast of Mexico from Mazatlan to Hermosillo promoting the initiative to consolidate a circuit of professional baseball in the Pacific Coast. Thus was born the Professional Baseball League of the Pacific Coast that managed to show for the first time the King of Sports in its professional nature.

On November 20, 1942 was inaugurated Mazatlan baseball stadium which was later named “Teodoro Mariscal” in honor of who was a fundamental part in the history of the baseball of the port.

The Teodoro Mariscal Stadium is the stage of the ‘Venados de Mazatlan’ (Mazatlan Deers), professional baseball team of first class that participates in the Mexican Pacific League, where the highest level championship is played during the winter in Mexico and whose champion represents the country in Caribbean Series.

Thus, in a tribute to the baseball club, Mazatlan Deers, their fans and history, was placed in front of the Hotel Olas Altas Inn the Monument to the Baseball Player by the artist Antonio Lopez Sainz for tourists and Mazatlan community have the opportunity to appreciate and take a photo with one of the symbols representative of the port.

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Nestled in the best beach area of the heavenly port of Mazatlan, Sinaloa and being an icon in the local hospitality, Playa Mazatlan Beach Hotel opens its doors daily to offer its visitors a unique spectacle in unrivalled atmosphere that shelters the recognized El Venado Theatre Hall whose architecture and ambiance list it one of the hidden gems within the Hotel.

El Venado Theatre Hall is a beautiful place whose interior finishes reflects part of the cultural riches of our state. Its spacious and accessible facilities can accommodate up to 500 guests that from any place can comfortably enjoy an exquisite Dinner-Show which will explore the cultural diversity of Mexico and the world.

Luis Tomas Show

Adults – $20 | Children – $13 *

All ages are welcome and we invite you to see our schedule of events and join us for an unforgettable evening full of fun.

* Every day except holidays, includes domestic soft and alcoholic drinks. Subject to availability (19:00 – 22:00 hours).
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pacificmarathonWith a record participation of 12,206 athletes from throughout the Mexican Republic and other parts of the world, 27 music bands glad the competition and with a great atmosphere, the past weekend was held the seventeenth edition of the Great Pacific Marathon Mazatlan 2015 where the Kenyan Benjamin Kiplimo Meto and the Michoacana Misha Elena Ruiz Fernandez won the first positions of the 42 km race.

In addition Mazatlan authorities reported that all the visitors left an important economic impact in the port surpassing the expectations that had been estimated.



1. Benjamin Kiplimo Meto | Kenia | 2:21:07

2. Juan Carlos Romero Bernal | Zacatecas | 2:27:46

3. Mark Kipkosgei Chepses | Kenia | 2:30:07


1. Misha Ruiz Fernández | Michoacán | 3:00:15

2. Ruth Chepkoech Kimutai | Kenia | 3:00:47

3. Julia Cortés Hernández | Estado de México | 3:30:07

Congratulations to all participants and winners and remember it, See you in 2016!

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Sometimes, when people ask us what they should do for fun when they come to visit Hotel Playa Mazatlán, we have trouble given them an answer You see, the problem is, there is simply too much to do for fun! We don’t know where to start. Sure, you can always enjoy the miles of perfect beaches, experience unparalleled food and dinning, or explore the rich culture of our city, but that is just the start. We get pretty excited talking about all the fun that can be had in and around Mazatlán. Today we will just be scratching the surface, but it will give you a good place to start.

Mazatlán’s Lighthouse

The incredible Mazatlán Lighthouse is one of Mazatlán’s premier tourist destinations. This historic landmark was built during the reign of Porfirio Diaz. It rises 157 meters above sea level. Back when the lighthouse was used for its intended function, its light could be seen more miles out to see. Who knows many hundreds of ships the MazatlánLighthouse led to safety over the years? Today tourists can hike the beautiful hills of Creston’s Island and explore the history wonder of the Mazatlán Lighthouse.

Mazatlán Aquarium

The Mazatlán Aquarium can be found in Mazatlán’s “Forest City” which is an extensive outdoor tourist complex featuring a lake, planetarium, botanical garden, and outdoor theater. It is a fantastic place for tourist to immerse themselves in the beauty and wonder of Mazatlán’s ecological diversity. One of our favorite features of the Mazatlán Aquarium is the sea lion show. The aquarium supports a large sea lion family. They put on a delightful show and are full of fun. We don’t believe in playing favorites, but if anyone was to ask, we would probably have to tell them that loveable 700 pound Bony just might be our favorite. We encourage you to go out to the aquarium and see the show for yourself!

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The organizing committee of the Great Pacific Marathon Mazatlan 2015 announced that so far 10,000 have enrolled in this major sporting event to be held on 28 and 29 November in the heavenly port of Mazatlan where one of the biggest attractions at its seventeenth edition will be the “Marathon of the Bands” where along the 42 km of the route will participate 26 bandas sinaloenses gladdening with their musical notes to the competitors.

Also we present the roads to be closed because of the competition. We recommend you take your precautions and opt for alternate routes.



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In a magical night with the beauty that permeates the most important cultural precinct of the port of Mazatlan, the Angela Peralta Theater, began the Mazatlan International Carnival 2016 with the presentation of the candidates who will compete for the crown of the maximum holiday of the Pearl of the Pacific and is entitled: “Mazatlántida, the allegory that emerged from the waves.”


A world of fantasy among maidens, gods, emblems and pyramids was what enjoyed all that gathered to know the characters and coming kings who will mark the history of “Mazatlántida, the allegory that emerged from the waves”.

Mazatlántida born here, a land of splendor that holds infinite mysteries that will be disclosed from 4 to 9 February 2016, when the immortal spirit of the Carnival wake up to the “mazatlantes” (The Woman Mazatleca, The Mermaid, The Monument to the Fisherman, The Monument of the Continuity of Life, The Monument to the Family and The Diver).

It was then time to present the goddesses and candidates who will represent the four reigns of the Mazatlan International Carnival 2016:

“Chara” Atlantean goddess of Joy represents the King of Joy and “Fysia” Atlantean goddess of Nature represents the Queen Children played by:


“Apollymi” Atlantean goddess of Life and Wisdom represents the Queen of the Floral Games and “Agapa” the goddess of the Love who represents the Queen of Carnival and will be embodied by:


Follow up the Mazatlan International Carnival 2016 and book your place with time. Remember from 4 to 9 February we will wait for you!

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Today, Hotel Playa Mazatlán is an institution. It is a shining jewel set against the picturesque beaches of Mazatlán. Hotel Playa Mazatlán delivers incredible modern conveniences and amenities to travelers from all over the world. It is recognized as one of the finest establishments in the state of Sinaloa. It wasn’t always like this! In fact, when Hotel Playa Mazatlán was founded, some people thought that the founding of Hotel Playa was a rather crazy venture indeed.

Our ‘Crazy’ Founder

People thought Ulysses Solomon George was mad. It was hard to argue with them.He came down from California in the winter of 1952 with a glint in his eye and enthusiasm in his heart. The moment he took in the beauty of Mazatlán and idea started forming in his mind. He walked the warm sandy beaches, swam in cool lagoons, watch waterfowl and deer drink from cool streams, and was filled with wonder. He wanted to share this feeling with everyone else in the world.

What better way to accomplish this than building a hotel on the exotic beaches of Mazatlán. A building nestled into the natural beauty of the land. The conditions were primitive, but for Solomon George, this was ideal. He wanted his hotel to be exceptional. A departure from box resorts or cookie cutter motels.

Hotel Playa Mazatlán was truly built from scratch. When ground broke, there wasn’t so much as a paved road leading to the hotel. It would be a year before the first sewer line was dug. Reaching the construction site was a logistical nightmare. Lagoons, rivers, and wetlands had to be navigated. Bridges were not built which further complicated issues! The ingenious early pioneers of Mazatlán created a system in which they wove sturdy wooden bridges and drove their cars over bodies of water using canoes!

In the fall of 1955, Hotel Playa held its grand opening, and the rest has become history!

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The Ministry of Tourism of Sinaloa reported that thanks to the excellent experience that have had the shipping lines to visit the port of Mazatlan, some of them have decided to multiply its frequency to the target in 2016, while others will continue with the same as they had in 2015, having already confirmed 95 cruise ship arrivals to Mazatlan.

The tourist vessels that are visiting the port come from California, United States bringing between 2,000 and 4,000 tourists generating a significant economic impact in the port.

In recent statements, Francisco Cordova Celaya, Secretary of Tourism of the State, reported that after recovery cruise one of its main objectives is to attract shipping lines that have not returned to the port as the Disney Cruise Line.

For this week is contemplated the arrival of 15,000 tourists in 6 cruise ships so only remains for us to extend a warm welcome hoping that your stay meets and exceeds your expectations.

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The climate here in Mazatlán is nothing short of ideal. Our average temperature, is 80 degrees! The sun is warm, the breeze is cool, and the air is invigorating. In this perfect weather, is it easy to get lost in time, spending hours and hours enjoying the beauty of our beaches. When it feels this great out, it is easy to forget the importance of protecting your skin when you are enjoying your fun in the sun. Protect yourself by following our easy sun safety tips.

Apply Plenty of Sunscreen

There is no better way to fight the negative effects of sun exposure than by liberally applying sunscreen. It is recommended to use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Since you are probably going to be spending most of your time at the beach, you should also consider purchasing a sunscreen that is rated as water-resistant. Don’t forget to reapply! We recommend sunscreen reapplication every 2 hours or so. If you are doing a lot of swimming and toweling off, you may consider reapplying even more frequently.

Covering Up                                                                              

Okay, we may have lied to you a little. An even better way of protecting yourself from the sun is covering up entirely. That just isn’t as much fun. No one wants to be bundled head to toe when they are out on the beach. What you can do, is opt for light, sensible protection. Large brimmed hats are great for keeping your head, face, and eyes out of the sun. Light outer garments make for perfect beachwear. Men can toss on a tank top or women can wrap up in a sarong. Toss on some sunglass too! You will look cool and protect your sensitive eyes from harsh UV rays.


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