Mazatlan, Mexico Vacations

Our Opinion of Mazatlan

Vacations to Mazatlan are a great way to experience authentic Mexico because it is both a bustling city and resort town all in one. Resting on a peninsula fringed by miles of sandy beaches around a sheltered harbour, Mazatlan enjoys idyllic weather and spectacular sunsets... and visitors enjoy some of the best value vacations to be found in Mexico!

The beaches are not as nice as the Caribbean side, but the prices are also not as high. The RIU Emerald Bay and the El Cid Resort are our two most popular resorts for Mazatlan vacations.

Just south of the Tropic of Cancer, Mazatlan is the most important port on Mexico's Pacific Coast. Full of contrasts, this city is one of the country's oldest tourist resorts and the site of one of the world's three major carnivals, comparable only to those in New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro.

Tourists in search of deep-sea fishing first put Mazatlan on the map - and the sailfish and marlin fishing is excellent, especially between November and May. However today it's a great choice for anyone looking for an atmosphere less crowded and international than found at some of the newer resort towns.

Mazatlan vacations always have a surprises in store. Wandering through the city and its historic center, sunbathing on its magnificent beaches, traveling to the islands using every imaginable form of transport, gazing at the horizon from hills such as El Faro and El Cerro de la Nevería, enjoying one of the most elaborate regional seafood cuisines, participating in the carnival, and sailing or sport fishing are some of the things that have made Mazatlan vacations famous the world over.

Things to know about Mazatlan, Mexico Vacations

Activities & Sports
As a major fishing port, Mazatlan has superlative sportfishing, as well as many other watersports like surfing, parasailing, scuba diving, and kayaking. Eco-tourism outings, rocking climbing, and mountain biking are also available.
Dining & Nightlife
Fresh seafood, especially shrimp can be found at restaurants like long-time favourites El Shrimp Bucket and Cafe Pacifico. Lots of diverse menus to fit every taste and budget are available in Mazatlan.
The discotheques of Zona Dorada (Golden Zone) come alive in the evening. Hotspots like Bora Bora, Joe's Oyster Bar, and Senor Frog's are always popular.
The indoor central market is a must-see, with everything from jewelry to live chickens. You can also try La Gran Plaza shopping mall or NidArt, a unique place to buy handicrafts.
Flying time from:
Calgary: Approximately 4 hours 30 minutes
Vancouver: Approximately 4 hours 30 minutes
Languages: Spanish
Currency: Mexican Pesos. U.S. currency widely accepted.
Climate: Sub-tropical with average tempuratures of 25'C
Electricity: Same as Canada and the U.S.
Canadian citizens require a valid passport or birth certificate and government issued photo ID (ie. drivers licences). All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Mexican consulate.
Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
Mexican tourist cards are supplied & validated with vacation packages. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents. Contact the Mexican Government Tourist Office toll free at 1-800-446-3942. makes every effort to ensure that information on this page is current, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice.