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Mazatlán Tourist Attractions

Mazatlan malecon
Mazatlán malecon is 13 miles long and decorated with statues like the one above. Credit: Pixabay Creative Commons license
Mazatlán is a favorite Mexican Riviera cruise port on the Pacific Coast with many attractions. It has miles of soft sandy beaches and historic colonial buildings.

Travelers have been visiting this destination since the 1940’s, enjoying the friendly culture, fresh seafood and excellent sport fishing. Many people like this city so much that they decide to retire here.

Here is a list of some popular attractions in the area.

Malecon

The Mazatlán Malecon is a 13-mile walkway and boardwalk that the city claims is the longest in the world. It is dominant attraction of the city because of access to beaches, Old Town, shopping and events. It also has many statues and displays.

El Mercado

El Mercado is a large marketplace in the town center. Customers can purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and a variety of souvenirs.

The Lighthouse

Standing at a height of 515 feet, this lighthouse is the world’s tallest natural lighthouse. Hikers will enjoy taking the trail up to this unique structure.

Mazatlán Aquarium

This aquarium is the largest in Mexico and is home to a planetarium, botanical gardens, a bird theater and an abundance of sea life. For those adventurous visitors, rental dive equipment is available to experience swimming with a pair of Nurse Sharks.

Old Town

Popular tourism began in Old Town in the 1950’s. It’s comprised of colonial building that date back to the early 19th century and they are still intact today. Visitors can stroll along the cobblestone streets with restaurants and boutiques lining the lane. Old Town also a museum of archaeology, which showcases ancient Mexican artifacts.

The Three Islands

Off the coast of Mazatlán there are three islands that have been named as a wildlife refuge. Goat Island, Bird Island and Deer Island are home to an array of native birds and large seal colonies. The shallow waters off the shore are great areas to snorkel and explore the ocean life.

Angela Peralta Theater

This beautiful theater is one of Mazatlán’s most important tourist attractions, as it draws in internationally known artists for musical and theater performances. For those in the area, it is a “must see”, being one of the greatest venues in all of Mexico.

Museo Casa Machado

The Machado House Museum is a true gem in the history of Mazatlán. It gives a peek into the wealthy life of the 1800’s Mazatlan family. The home shows off its authentic architecture, fascinating artworks, antiques and musical instruments.

Mazatlán Cliff Divers

Parque Glorieta Rodolfo Sanchez Taboada is a small oceanside park that is home to the Mazatlan Cliff Divers. A high platform looks over the rocky coast where divers leap into the water below. There is no set schedule but there are usually divers at the park from noon until late afternoon.
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