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Beaches of Mazatlan

Mazatlan is nicknamed The Pearl of the Pacific. This area is well known for its many beautiful beaches.

The area has more than twelve miles of sandy coastline for visitors to enjoy. Water temperatures remain within a ten-degree range throughout the year at 65-75 degrees F. The beaches each have varying levels of waves, accommodating to almost every type of water sport.

Quiet Beaches

Playa Norte- Almost ten miles long, this beach stretches from the border of Mazatlan to the tip of Zona Dorada. The south end of the beach offers very calm waters for swimmers to enjoy.

Playa Los Pinos- This beach is located near the Fisherman's Monument, in the Centro. Playa Los Pinos is one of the quieter beaches in Mazatlan. Fishermen cast lines off rocks in the surf and the strong swells are a surfers delight.

Playa Bruja- The north end of the Cerritos district is home to Playa Bruja. The seashore is large and often empty. It is a great beach to have some privacy and a quiet afternoon.

Popular Beaches

Playa Camaron Sabalo- its location in the the hotel zone makes this beach one of the most popular in the area. Tourists flock here to play in the sun. In the evening, Valentino's Night Club (which sits on a cliff above the beach) fills with dancers and socialites.

Playa Olas Atlas- This beach is located at the beginning of Malecon, close to old town Mazatlan. During the week, this beach can be very quiet, with few locals visiting the area. On weekends the beach becomes full of life with sunbathers and surfers bobbing in the waves.

Isla de la Piedra- Located east of the Mazatlan peninsula, this was once an island, now connect to the mainland. The area is scattered with tasty restaurants and lovely coconut groves.

Sports Beaches


Playa Gaviotas- Tourists can take pleasure in this beach along with the nearby restaurants. It sits in the Zona Dorada hotel zone, where sunbathers envelop the sand. It is a nice place to relax or join a game of beach volleyball.

Playa Venados- This beach is located on Venados Island, accessible by boat from the west end of Mazatlan. Tourists can partake in kayaking, snorkeling and sailing. Petroglyphs can also be viewed here.

Playa Los Cerritos- This beach is surrounded by rolling hills, thus the name “Little Hills Beach". It is located north of the hotel zone, with restaurants and horseback riding nearby. The current is rough, with strong waves and undertows.
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