Port of Mazatlan
Interior recinto fiscal S/N
WGS84: 23° 13′ 12″ N, 106° 25′ 12″ W
UTM: 13Q 354703 2568584
Mazatlan, meaning ‘place of deer’ in the Nahuatl language, was a sleepy fishing village until the early 19th century, when it began its transformation into a bustling port receiving vessels from as far away as Asia and Europe. The city hosts major beach resorts and has the second largest fishing fleet in Mexico. Most of the seafood processed in the city is shrimp and tuna. Today, Mazatlan’s twenty-plus miles of beaches are the primary attraction, and the city contains a large number of hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops. The city is also home to a brewery, a coffee factory, and two electric power plants. One of Mexico’s largest and oldest breweries, Pacifico, has its headquarters in Mazatlan.
Mazatlan’s 16 miles of golden sand beaches and attendant tourism are fringe benefits for the largest port between the United States and the Panama Canal. The city has a long and still-present history, picturesque surroundings to fuel a lifetime of day trips, and a thriving fishing industry. Besides its golden beaches, Mazatlan still boasts the inexpensive digs, fresh seafood, stellar sportfishing and Mexican day-to-day culture that has appealed to travelers since the 1940s.
Mazatlan’s Malecón is the longest in the world, a promenade that skirts the beaches of Mazatlan for nearly twenty-one kilometers. Along it, one can find cliffs, monuments, gazebos, old buildings, hotels, shops, bars, sculpture, street vendors – just about anything one would expect of a booming beach town. Sections of Mazatlan’s Malecón have recently been refurbished and extended. You can soak up more recent history on the Playa Olas Altas, Mazatlán’s first tourist beach, where a stylish crowd used to gather in the 1950s.
Consider teeing up for the ideal golf vacation in this relaxed setting along the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Mazatlan features 3 different 18-hole golf courses to excite and challenge you. Experience extraordinary value in this popular golf destination, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Pacific” in light of its authentic natural charm.
The Angela Peralta Theater, the 1874 opera house whose 1992 restoration launched the rehab of Old Mazatlan, now hosts a steady schedule of events, ranging from the state symphony to a local children’s chorus to visiting jazz bands. The restoration gave rise to the annual Mazatlan Cultural Festival, which hosts dozens of music, ballet, theater, movie and comedy events from early November into mid-December. Almost any visit is bound to coincide with a cultural festival, whether it’s the State Festival of Arts, the International Dance Festival, the Mazatlan International Film Festival, the Mazatlan Book and Arts Fair or the International Guitar Festival, all of which bring in international celebrities.