Palapas on the Beach, Mazatlan, Mexico
One of the best things to do in Mazatlan, Mexico is spend the day visiting some of the resort town’s many miles of shoreline. This famous Mexican Riviera destination has plenty of fine white-sand beaches to choose from, each with its own vibe. Two of the most popular are laid-back Playa Olas Altas and lively Playa las Gaviotas.
Old City Street, Mazatlan, Mexico
“Pueblos Mágicos,” or “Magic Towns,” are recognized by the Mexican government for their beauty, history and cultural significance. Mazatlán is located just an hour drive from two of them — charming El Rosario and scenic El Quelite. Both are home to picturesque cobblestone streets, traditional architecture, authentic cuisine and thriving communities of local artisans.
Another great day trip from Mazatlán is a visit to Isla de la Piedra, known in English as Stone Island. A five-minute ferry ride away, this tranquil spot is actually a peninsula. It offers endless outdoor adventures — like horseback riding and some of the region’s nicest beaches. The restaurants here are also amazing, located in rustic palapas with views of the ocean.
One of the best things to do in Mazatlán, Mexico is to try the local cuisine. The city is known for its authentic Sinaloan dishes, which include hearty stews made in a caldo, or big pot, and fresh-caught seafood. If you like shrimp, try some refreshing aguachiles. If you’re craving something a little more robust, order a bowl of birria — a stew made of coriander-spiced beef, goat or lamb.
If you’re on a quest for the perfect souvenirs to bring home from Mazatlan, head to the Arts and Crafts Center in the Zona Dorada — Mazatlan’s resort district. The center offers a huge selection of products and souvenirs handcrafted by local artisans — from pottery and textiles to woodcarvings. Prices here are also much lower than what you’ll find at nearby boutiques and souvenir shops.
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