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Guide to Beaches in Mazatlan, Mexico

Whether or not you consider yourself a beach connoisseur, Mazatlan's beaches will impress you: white sparkling sands that are known to glow as the sun sets, clear blue waters, and gentle waves. 

For those who love to swim and snorkel, Mazatlan provides ample opportunities.  The beaches have large shallow areas, extending long distances for wading, safe swimming, and snorkeling in warm, clear waters.

For those interested in exploring tropical fish and sea flora, Mazatlan offers numerous snorkeling and scuba diving tours.  Not a certified diver?  Lessons are available for beginners, and even offered as free gifts for many resort guests.  Read on to learn more...


Beaches of Mazatlan

Playa Norte :

Beginning at the point where Paseo Claussen becomes Av. del Mar, Playa Norte stretches nearly 3 miles.  A wide, white sand beach, this area is popular with locals and is not usually crowded.  Waves are gentle in this area for the most part, although when off shore storms occur, the surf may become larger.  The far north end of Playa Norte, is a popular hangout for surfers, while a great fishing spot is located on the nearby rocks of the area.


Playa Camaron / Playa Gaviotas :

This beach area is called Mazatlan's "Golden Zone," so named for the "golden memories" of visitors and gold in the pockets of those lucky enough to work here.  Many associate "Golden Zone" with the magnificent sunset displays:  golden sunsets reflect on sparkling crystal sands and gentle waves- This is the place to be in the evenings.  This beach also lines Zona Dorada; the place to see and be seen in Mazatlan.  This is the most popular section of Mazatlan beaches and runs from El Cid, south to Joe's Oyster Bar. 


Playa Olas Atlas :

Playa Olas Altas means "Big Waves" and is suitable for this Mazatlan beach;  a particular favorite for surfers.  This beach was the first tourist beach in Mazatlan, and while not ideal for swimming, it is  perfect for relaxing at one of the beachfront cafes while watching surfers catch waves.


Mazatlan Beach activities:

  • Banana Boat Rides : 916-6161 ext.52
    Aqua Adventures provides banana boat rides for approximately $6.00 USD per person. You can find this on the beach in front of Mazatlan's Royal Villas Resort.

  • Boogie Boarding : 916-6161 ext.52
    Boogie boarding is a popular water sport in Mazatlan. Bring your own board, or rent them for around $3.00 USD per hour. Many resorts offer them for free to guests.

  • Jet Skiing : 916-6161 ext.52
    Jet Skis are available on the beaches in Mazatlan's Golden Zone. The prices run anywhere from $45 to $60 USD per half hour.

  • Trimaran : 916-6161 ext.52
    One of the more relaxing water sports in Mazatlan, the Trimaran is an effort free sailboat experience.  Trimaran rides last around 5 hours and only costs about $45 USD.

  • Kayaking : 916-6161 ext.52
    Sea Kayaking rates are about $12 USD per person, or doubles for about $15 USD -per hour.

  • Mazagua Water Park - Mazatlan's Water Park Attraction: 69-880-041
    Mazatlan's only water park- experience the 100 ft. Kamikaze Slide, a Toboggan Run, and Wave Pool.  Mazatlan's water park is located near the north end of Calz. Camaron Sabalo.  Hours: 10 am - 6 pm daily. Admission $10.00 USD per person.

  • Para Sailing in Mazatlan : 916-6161 ext.52
    Mexico beach vacations almost require a para sail experience!  Para sailing is widely available along the tourist zone beaches. Prices: $28.00 USD per person.

  • Scuba Lessons in Mazatlan : 916-6161 ext.52
    Scuba diving lessons for beginners and excursions for certified divers are amongst the most popular activities Mazatlan has to offer. A one hour lesson is about $22.00 USD per person while many resorts such as Pueblo Bonito, offer this free to guests..  See our Things to Do in Mazatlan for information on scuba diving excursions.

  • Scuba Diving in Mazatlan :
    If you are a certified diver, this is just what the doctor ordered. Get down under in Mazatlan. A one tank dive costs around $55.00 USD. See our Things to Do in Mazatlan for information on scuba diving excursions.

Photos of Mazatlan Beaches

Offer the perfect Mexico beach vacation destination.  Famous for sparkling sands and magnificent skies...


Photo:  Mazatlan beach directly in front of Pueblo Bonito Resort.

mazatlan beach - golden zone  
mazatlan beaches - gold zone  




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