there's plenty of elbowroom, Mazatlán's sunny beaches clamor with activity.
Strolling vendors display their hand-made crafts, parasails float upward,
and sunbathers of all ages frolic in the blue Pacific.
has one of the longest stretches of uninterrupted beach in Mexico. At
low tide you can walk out more than 50 meters. Water temperature tends
to stay in the 65-75 degrees (Fahrenheit) range year round.
Mazatlan offers various types of beaches for all tastes. Surfers or
lovers of high waves will be more than satisfied at Olas Altas, Playa
Los Pinos by Valentino's or Playa Bruja, north of Cerritos. Punta
Camarón and Playa Sábalo are on each side of Valentinos
in the Golden Zone and attract local surfers. If you want to relax while
listening to the peaceful sound of the waves, you should experience
Playa Norte in Olas Altas and Playa Los Cerritos, north of the Zona
Dorada. If you want to enjoy the beach in a party atmosphere you ought
to try the Playa Las Gaviotas and Playa Sabalo that span the Zona Dorada.
You can also do a one day trip to the beaches on the islands off the
coast. Isla de Venado (Deer island) has a calm beach where you
have a superb view of Mazatlan. You can reach this beach either
renting a boat or kayak or take one of the popular island cruises. You
should also go to Isla de la Piedra (Stone
Island) to experience the long and clean palm beach.
the beaches in the Zona Dorada, beware the vendors. You will be constantly
harrased by people selling crafts, jewlery, hair braids, carvings, and
anything else you could ever want while relaxing on these beaches...
...the problem being is that you usually don't want it when they ask.
A tip is to sit away from the hotel chairs and closer to the water,
as you'll usually be out of the main path of the vendors, or simply
to visit one of the less popular beaches.
Isla de Venados at Sunset
In the Zona Dorada, or Golden Zone,
where the best hotels, restaurants and shops are situated, youll
discover several first-rate beaches. Playa Las Gaviotas is pretty but
fairly crowded. Playa Sábalo, located in the northwestern section,
is the citys most popular beach. Tourists, merchants and surfers
converge on the beach, and the atmosphere is quite lively.
you seek a more solitary environment, walk souththe crowds thin
out but the beauty is undiminished. Playa Olas Altas is the place where
surfers can catch the biggest waves, particularly in the summer. Playa
Norte, located north of Olas Altas, is popular with the locals, with
its casual palapa restaurants where you can enjoy fresh seafood and
you really want to avoid the crowds, however, just head north of the
Golden Zone, where youll find some of Mazatláns lovely,
uncrowded beaches. Playa Bruja, just north of the Golden Zone, is an
idyllic secluded beach. Playa Los Cerritos is the perfect place to enjoy
the things that make Mazatlán famousunbroken stretches
of golden sand edging a warm blue ocean.