The City of Mazatlan Travel Guide

The City of Mazatlan a.k.a. (The Pearl of the Pacific) has a split personality. At the northern end is The Golden Zone (Zona Dorada), where the hotels rise high and the pace is energetic with the hustle and bustle of commerce. The streets are filled with tour buses shuttling cruise-ship passengers to dozens of local eateries, craft and jewelry shops. At the southern end of Mazatlan past the boardwalk (El Malecón) is Old Mazatlan (Centro). The city’s historic center, which hosts some of Mazatlan’s most beloved sites, you can rest assured that you’ll spend plenty of time here. Old Mazatlan is a gorgeous and low-key area of colorful postcolonial buildings, some still idyllic piles of chipped stucco—where you’ll find hip restaurants, art galleries, and shops, and a totally different scene from the touristy Golden Zone (Zona Dorada). Mazatlan’s beaches are golden and wide. There are countless of beach and ocean related activities to partake in like whale watching, parasailing, jet skiing, banana boat rides, snorkeling, surf spots and surf lessons, and several nearby islands provide alternatives to the crowded beaches in town. Overall, the City of Mazatlan is a good choice for a quick getaway: it’s cheaper than Puerto Vallarta since Mazatlan has a higher percentage of domestic tourists than foreign ones, so it’s fairly reasonable. Mazatlan’s party scene and nightlife are also very vibrant, for those who want to socialize, mingle and dance the night away. Unlike many resort towns, the City of Mazatlan has numerous sights to explore beyond its beautiful beaches.

Brief History

Mazatlan is a Nahuatl word meaning “place of deer”. Mazatlan was founded in 1531 by an army of Spaniards and indigenous settlers. By the mid-19th century a large group of immigrants had arrived from Germany. These new citizens developed Mazatlan into a thriving commercial seaport, importing equipment for the nearby gold and silver mines. Mazatlan served as the capital of Sinaloa from 1859 to 1873. The German settlers also influenced the local music “Banda“, which is an alteration of Bavarian folk music. The settlers also established the Pacifico Brewery on March 14, 1900.

Mazatlan Travel Resources

The City of Mazatlan Travel Guide
Visitor and Tour Info
Mazatlan Bus Contacts
Medical Assistance
Places to Eat in Mazatlan
Things to do in Mazatlan
Mazatlan Emergency Services Directory
Calling to or from Mexico (Mexico Phone Guide)
Travel Insurance for Mexico

Visitor and Tour Info


Mazatlan Secretary of Tourism

Phone: 669-981-8883 or 669-981–8889
Address: Av. del Mar 882, Fracc. Tellería, Mazatlán, Sinaloa. C. P. 82017

Mazatlan Bus Contacts


Estrella Blanca

Phone: 01-800-507–5500 (toll-free in Mexico)

Transportes del Pacifico

Phone: 01-800-001–1827 (toll-free in Mexico)

Primera Plus

Phone: 01-800-375-7587 (toll-free in Mexico)

Transportes Del Norte

Phone: 01-800-890-9090 (toll-free in Mexico)


Phone: 01-800-737-8883 (toll-free in Mexico)

Medical Assistance


Red Cross

Address: Calle Gral. I Zaragoza 1801, Centro Histórico, Mazatlán, Sinaloa, 82000.
Phone: 669-985-1451
Phone (Emergency): 669-981-3690

Balboa Hospital & Walk-In Clinic

Address: Av. Camarón Sábalo 4480, at Plaza Balboa, Zona Dorada, Mazatlán, Sinaloa, 82110
Phone: 669-916–5533
Phone (Emergency): 669-916-7933
Phone (Emergency): 669-191-3195

Sharp Hospital

Address: Av. Rafael Buelna at Dr. Jesus Kumate, Las Cruces, Mazatlán, Sinaloa, 82110
Phone: 669-986-5676
Phone (Emergency): 669-986–7911

See more emergency contacts at: Mazatlan Emergency Services Directory