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How to Spend 1 Day in Mazatlan

How to Spend 1 Day in Mazatlan

Located on the west coast of Mexico, the city of Mazatlan, in the state of Sinaloa, was a glitzy hotspot for celebrities in the 1970s. Today the beach town is experiencing a resurgence, thanks to its historical and cultural attractions. Here are a few ways to make the most of a day in Mazatlan:

Morning: Explore Old Town

Start your day by getting a feel for the city in Mazatlan’s Old Town. Join a half-day guided tour, and you’ll be able to learn about the history and culture of this colonial city while also seeing the top attractions, like the cathedral and the Old Spanish Fort, and watching the Mazatlan’s famous cliff divers. If you want to cover ground more quickly and easily, you can also rent a Segway and explore on you own or book a bike tour. Ride down the boardwalk, known as the malecón, and enjoy views of the beach while shopping for souvenirs along the way. Lastly, make a stop for souvenirs at Pino Suarez Market, Mazatlan’s historic mercado, which is filled with anything and everything you could want to take home.


Afternoon: Head to the Beach

The Golden Zone is the most convenient beach area and is packed with high-rise hotels, shops, and eateries, and if you’re only in Mazatlan for the day, this is probably your best option for enjoying an afternoon by the sea. The most convenient way to access the area is to book a day pass (with lunch included) at a beachfront resort and enjoy amenities such as a pool, restrooms, towels, and Wi-Fi.

If you didn’t go sightseeing in the morning, you could also venture further afield and visit Stone Island (Isla de la Piedra). This peninsula can be reached via a short water taxi ride and offers activities like kayaking and horseback riding. Alternatively, you could head to Deer Island (Isla de Venados), which is about 20 minutes away by boat.


Night: Take a Sunset Cruise

End your day in Mazatlan aboard a catamaran, soaking in the last rays of the sun. Set sail from the marina in the evening with naturalist guides who can tell you about the local marine life, and look for dolphins, coastal birds, and sea lions (depending on the season). Guided cruises typically travel through the archipelago of Pájaros, Venados, and Lobos, which is a biodiverse ecological reserve. Or, if you want a more energetic night out, check out some of Mazatlan’s clubs and beach bars, which can have a loud, spring-break feel to them. If you want a drink but not a party, you can also visit the bars around Machado Plaza, in the city’s historical center.

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Half-Day Ziplining Experience from Mazatlán

Half-Day Ziplining Experience from Mazatlán

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Add adrenaline to your Mazatlan itinerary with a zipline course that offers panoramic views rarely seen by visitors of the area's natural landscape. In addition to ensuring a comfortable and safe experience, your guide takes souvenir photos that are available for purchase after the tour. The day includes a traditional Mexican lunch, tequila tasting, and round-trip transport from the doorstep of your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Old Town Mazatlan Segway Tour

Old Town Mazatlan Segway Tour

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Forget the walking tour—glide effortlessly through Mazatlan and cover two centuries of its history aboard a Segway. During this guided tour of Old Town and the waterfront, zip around landmarks such as the Plazuela Machado, the beautiful Cathedral, Olas Altas, and the Clavadista. You’ll discover more with less effort and time with a Segway. This small-group tour is limited to six people, ensuring personalized attention.
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  • 2 hours
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$56.12
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Sierra Madre Villages Half-Day Cultural Tour

Sierra Madre Villages Half-Day Cultural Tour

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Escape Mazatlan’s bustle in favor of the rustic charm of Concordia and Copalia, colonial towns cradled by the Sierra Madre Mountains, on a 5-hour tour from Mazatlan. Visit 16th-century stone temples, admire colonial architecture, and observe artisan crafts such as bread- and tile-making. Refreshments and hotel pickup and drop-off in Mazatlan are included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.    
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  • 5 hours
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Mazatlan City Sightseeing Tour with Shopping Time and Lunch

Mazatlan City Sightseeing Tour with Shopping Time and Lunch

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City sightseeing, the beach, shopping and delicious shrimp — experience it all on this 5-hour highlight tour of Mazatlán. Take in incredible lookout views from Old Spanish Fort, and visit the city’s historical center. Watch locals dive off a cliff, shop along the picturesque malecon (boardwalk) and lounge on the beach as you like. Relaxed with your shopping done, settle in for a sumptuous lunch featuring Mexican shrimp before you’re transported back to your hotel.
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  • 5 hours
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Mazatlan Countryside and Old Town Combo Tour

Mazatlan Countryside and Old Town Combo Tour

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Get a peek at everyday life in rural Mexico during this enriching small-group visit to the Mazatlan Countryside, with a stop at the colonial-era town of Concordia. Get off the beaten track, swapping the chaos of the city for serene village life. You’ll get an insider’s tour of artisan workshops, from a rustic brick factory to an oven bakery. Check out 16th-century colonial sights and stop for a savory lunch spread.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Day Pass at Mazatlan Beach Front Resort with Lunch

Day Pass at Mazatlan Beach Front Resort with Lunch

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Get picked up from your ship and spend the day exploring the oceanside Golden Zone with this full-day access pass to a beachside resort. Soak in the hot tub, swim in the pool, lounge on the beach, or get active on a personal watercraft, kayak, or try high-flying parasailing. Break for a drink and lunch of fresh seafood and explore the resort before being dropped off back at your ship.
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  • 6 hours
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Half-Day Tour to Tequila Factory and Villages from Mazatlan

Half-Day Tour to Tequila Factory and Villages from Mazatlan

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Experience the traditions of Mexico up close on a half-day tour from Mazatlan to villages known for their tequila and other locally made products. Stop at the picturesque villages of La Noria, La Vinata, and El Quelite, where you can visit a tequila distillery, browse the handicrafts and stroll along cobblestone streets. Learn about the process of making tequila, see a blue agave plantation, and sample tequila from the producer. Your tour includes guide, entrance fees, round-trip transport from Mazatlan, and the option to upgrade to include lunch.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Tour to El Quelite Village and Tequila Distillery from Mazatlan

Private Tour to El Quelite Village and Tequila Distillery from Mazatlan

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See more of Mexico in this private tour of three interesting villages located outside of the tourist bustle of Mazatlan. Visit the artisans of La Noria as they create handmade crafts and art. Next travel through acres of blue agave plants used to make tequila locally in the village of La Vinata before a stop at the distillery. Lastly, have some lunch and discover the pretty village of La Quelite before returning to Mazatlan.
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  • 6 hours
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