Unless you know your way around the city, it can be hard to guess
exactly where you want to stay. To a newcomer, phrases like "The
Golden Zone," "The
Malecón," and "Old
Town" can be confusing.
To make matters worse, most travel agencies only do business with
a few of the hotels in Mazatlan - none of which may be where you
really want to stay!
What you really need is help from a local
- someone who knows the ins and outs of Mazatlan and can help you
find exactly what you're looking for - at the price you want to
This is not an automated system. A real human will review the information
you send us and attempt to locate lodging the matches your criteria.
Don't worry, though, this is a free
service provided by Mazatlan.com.mx and it won't cost you a
cent. To get started, let's take a look at Mazatlan from a visitor's
viewpoint to help you decide where you want to stay.
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When you come to Mazatlan, there are basically two main areas of
1. The Golden Zone
(or Zona Dorada) This is the resort part of Mazatlan. The big
Hotels, Resorts and Timeshares are all here. If you're looking
to party, this is the place to go. The Golden Zone offers endless
opportunities for nightlife: clubs, bars, discos and more! Most
of the hotels here are on the beach, the warm, gentle "Playa
Las Gaviotas" and "Playa Sabalo". Here you can
find beach vendors selling anything from chewing gum to parasailing
rides or Hobie Cat rentals.
Stretching south from the Golden
Zone is the wide and beautiful Malecon. From the north end, near
the golden zone, it's easy to get the the stadium, bull ring and
aquarium. Walking south along the levee, you will see many restaurants,
discos, and night clubs. Here you can find some older, but quite
nice hotels, a little bit out of the action, for a much, much
better price. Make sure you spend at least one beautiful sunset
on the Malecon, watching the sun disapear behind the gentle Pacific.
3. Old Town
(sometimes called "Old Mazatlan" or the "Old City")
For a more authentic visit to Mazatlan, many people choose to
stay in rustic, historical "Old Town." In addition to
the hotels here there are many romantic Bed & Breakfasts where
you may choose to stay. The Angela Peralta Theatre, the Archeological
Museum, Mazatlan's Cathedral, and the city market are all within
walking distance. If you're looking for rest, relaxation and a
quiet or romantic getaway, this is the place for you!
In addition to the larger hotels
located in the tourist areas, there are smaller, local hotels
scattered throughout the city. If you're really on a tight budget,
you might consider one of these.
Mazatlan is actually a smallish city of only about
600,000 people. Most points of interest are within walking distance
of either Old Town or The Golden Zone. If not, there are busses
or the local taxis, called "Pulmonias," that can speed
you to your destination for only a few pesos.