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Mazatlan, Mexico - The heart of Old Mazatlan is the large 19th-century cathedral with its high, yellow twin towers and beautiful statues inside. Finished in 1890, it faces the lush trees and bandstand of Plaza Principal. A couple of blocks southwest, the attractive Plazuela Machado is the center of a large historic area of Mazatlan that has been extensively renewed. It's surrounded by attractive sidewalk cafes and historic buildings such as the Teatro Ángela Peralta, built in 1860.

Towards the beach, the Museo Arqueológico is an interesting little archaeological museum. Opposite, the Museo de Arte has permanent and changing exhibits of work by Mexican artists.

The main beach, Playa Olas Altas, is where Mazatlan's tourism began in the 1950s. The seafront road has a few faded '50s hotels facing the water, but erosion and construction have reduced the beach to a small crescent at the northern end of the cove. To the north, the coast road passes Cerro de la Nevería, where cliff divers plunge into the ocean below. Further along, Playa Norte is a sunset fishing spot for pelicans and other birds.

At the southern end of the peninsula, a particularly prominent rocky outcrop provides the base for El Faro, 157m (515ft) above sea level and supposedly the second-highest lighthouse in the world (after Gibraltar). You can climb up there for a spectacular view of the city and coast.

Beaches & Zona Dorada - Mazatlan has 16km (10mi) of sandy beaches stretching north from Old Mazatlan to beyond the Zona Dorada. Playa Norte begins just north of Old Mazatlan and arcs toward Punta Camarón, a rocky point dominated by the conspicuous white walls and turrets of the Fiesta Land nightclub complex. This is the southern end of the Zona Dorada, an unashamedly touristy precinct of hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. The fanciest hotels face the fine beaches of Playa Las Gaviotas and Playa Sábalo, which extends north of the Zona Dorada.

North of Playa Sábalo, large-scale work continues on the extensive Marina Mazatlan. Other resort hotels and new condominium developments line the beaches north of the marina.

Isla de Venados - Three rocky islands can be seen from Mazatlan's beaches - Isla de Chivos (Goat Island) is on the left, and Isla de Pájaros (Bird Island) is on the right. In the middle, Isla de Venados (Deer Island) has been designated a natural reserve for protection of native flora and fauna; petroglyphs have also been found on the island. Secluded beaches on the island are wonderful for a day trip, and the clear waters offer great snorkeling. Boats depart from El Cid Mega Resort.

Isla de la Piedra - East of the Mazatlan peninsula, Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island) is a short boat ride from town, though it's not really an island anymore - landfill from the airport construction has joined it to the mainland. The wide, sandy beach here is lined with coconut groves and open-sided, palm-thatched palapas restaurants, some of which have music and dancing on Sunday afternoons and holidays.

Mazatlan has one of the longest stretches of uninterrupted beach in Mexico. At low tide you can walk out more than 50 meters. Water temperature tends to stay in the 65-75 degrees (Fahrenheit) range year round. Mazatlán offers various types of beaches for all tastes. Surfers or lovers of high waves will be more than satisfied at Olas Altas, Playa Los Pinos by Valentino's or Playa Bruja, north of Cerritos. Punta Camarón and Playa Sábalo are on each side of Valentinos in the Golden Zone and attract local surfers. If you want to relax while listening to the peaceful sound of the waves, you should experience Playa Norte in Olas Altas and Playa Los Cerritos, north of the Zona Dorada. If you want to enjoy the beach in a party atmosphere you ought to try the Playa Las Gaviotas and Playa Sabalo that span the Zona Dorada.

Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan, Mexico $163 thru $300 USD

In Mazatlan's Golden Zone, on a beach that goes for miles. The resort is just a 10-minute drive from Mazatlan's historic center and is set in a tropical motif reminiscent of a Spanish pueblo. The casual elegance of the property promotes the feeling of luxurious relaxation. On site, you will find an expansive beach, two large swimming pools, a swim-up bar, three fine restaurants and bars, as well as fitness and meeting facilities.

This property features suites that have been designed and furnished with casual elegance. Each suite comes with a kitchenette including microwave and refrigerator, a private balcony/terrace with breathtaking views of the sapphire blue Pacific, air conditioning, and satellite TV offering in-room movies. Relax in comfort as you plan your next Mazatlan adventure. **For the third and fourth person in the unit (over 18 years old), there is an additional charge of $20 plus tax per person, per night, that is collected at time of check out.**


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