What I Love about Mazatlán in 23 Pictures

Let’s talk about ‘the pearl of the pacific,’ aka Mazatlán. Mazatlán is lovable city in the state of Sinaloa, México. Mazatlán spoils guests with a surplus of good beer from the local brewery, rich Mexican food, a sizable malecón that runs along miles of beach, and colorful streets. Have a look…


Here are 23 things I love and appreciate about Mazatlán:

1.  Centro histórico. Mazatlan’s ‘downtown’ is a true historic area that has maintained its architectural and cultural character.


2. Colonial charm. Just look at this ‘Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception’ that was build in 1899.


3. Low center of gravity. Tall, commercial buildings are further North in Zona Dorada (an area with more tourists and less character). The old, 12-story Best Western-where this photo was taken- is the tallest building downtown.


 4. Diverse landscape.


5. Colorful houses that compliment cobblestone streets.


6. Vibrant bougainvillea hangs off wrought iron window fixtures… now that’s charming.

Mazatlan, Mexico

7. Art Appreciation. There’s an abundance of artsy stores downtown, and the Fine Arts Museum displays works from local Mexican artists. The gem below is a permanent fixture at La Siesta Hotel.


8. The funky street art on Calle Ninõs Heroes.


9. There’s also insightful street art that provides food for thought while wandering the streets.

Mazatlan Mexico

10. Cheap, accessible, succulent street fruit.


11. El Mercado Pino Suarez. This bustling market is over 100 years old, and it’s a prime spot to buy huge slabs of meat, seafood, fruits and veggies, clothes, and all sorts of souvenirs.

Mazatlan Mexico

12. Heaping plates of $1 street tacos right outside the market.

Mazatlan tacos

13. Because…. just look at these perfect, delicious treats.


14. And there’s shrimp tacos at El Shrimp Bucket… a poppin’ restaurant with evening entertainment and karaoke sung by tipsy tourists.

shrimp tacos

15. There’s fresh ceviche everywhere you go.


16. And molcajetes… Because who doesn’t want to eat roasted salsa out of a volcanic rock bowl?Mazatlan Molcajetes

17. Pacífico. You’re gonna need cerveza to wash down all the food. Pacífico is a great beer bottled right in Mazatlán.

Pacifico Beer

18. The Looney Bean. This popular coffee spot on Olas Altas is the perfect place to start your morning. Sip on a latte or freshly squeezed juice while watching the waves roll in.

coffee Looney Bean

19. A long malecón made for roller blading, biking, walking, and strolling. You can rent blades and bikes at several rental shops!


20. Miles of great beach. And there’s plenty of room for everyone.


21. Easy day trips. Isla de la Piedra, Stone Island, is a 5 minute boat ride to more beach and restaurants. For more adventure, ziplining and tequila testing is a bus ride away with Huana Coa Canopy Adventures.

Isla de Piedras

22. Great vibes.


23. Killer sunsets. What more do you need?


Mazatlán is a solid spring break spot. I would recommend spending most of your time downtown, and staying down there too (or your trip may lack luster). With live music and performers, dancing, and drinking, it always feels lively, and there’s amazing restaurants tucked around every corner. Must-try’s include Angelina’s Kitchen (for variations on rustic flatbread pizza) and Morenas (because I’m always on the hunt for delicious Indian food).

Mexico is not the most favored destination at the moment because of crime and cartels, but plenty of tourists and snowbirds are still flocking to Mazatlan, and it’s easy to see why.

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  1. Napper Curley | 29th Jul 15

    Love your pictures and travel experiences!

  2. Mike O'C | 29th Jul 15

    Looks Awesome, I’m going to try it … 🙂

  3. mjohnsonvec2015 | 4th Aug 15

    Awesome pics…and $1 tacos…and karaoke…I won’t need any beer to start singing! Thanks for sharing!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 12th Aug 15

      haha! It’s a good time 🙂

  4. Christine Maguire (@thetraveloguer) | 5th Aug 15

    Mazatlan looks so pretty. And that food…amazing! I love Mexican food, and would love to visit Mazatlan some day!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 12th Aug 15

      I LOVE Mexican food too… you’d be in heaven there! 🙂

  5. The Aussie Flashpacker | 7th Aug 15

    WOW! I love your photos, they are so colorful & vibrant 🙂
    Simone | The Aussie Flashpacker

    • Words of a Wanderer | 12th Aug 15

      Thank you! 🙂

  6. Will Bowie - Deep Travel | 10th Aug 15

    Amazing pics…really inspiring!

  7. Michelle | 11th Aug 15

    You have highlighted Mazatlan beautifully, and I really enjoyed the photos! It took me back to the last time we were there! Thank you!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 12th Aug 15

      Thank you! Glad to hear it 🙂

  8. taylorrecord | 11th Aug 15

    It’s hard not to notice how colorful everything is! Compelling photos, Casey!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 12th Aug 15

      Thank you! It’s a very colorful, fun place. 🙂

  9. Olga | 11th Aug 15

    Looks like a place to be! Especially with such cool street art – love it!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 12th Aug 15

      Yes! The street art definitely gave the city some extra character!

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