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Mazatlan beaches, Mexico
A large variety to suit anybody’s needs Mazatlan Beaches offer something for everyone and accordingly attracts different groups of Mexico sun seekers. Some Mazatlan beaches are patronized mainly by Mazatlecos (people born in Mazatlan); other Mazatlan beaches draw tourists. The following Mazatlan beaches you may visit on your Mexico Mazatlan beach vacation are mentioned as they appear from south to north along the coast.
Small motorboats carry passengers to and from Isla de la Piedra (about a 5 minute ride), departing from a launch along the harbor, north of the ferry terminal. On weekends, entire families spread out along this Mazatlan family beach or under the coconut palm groves. Open-air restaurants offer smoked fish, shrimp and beer along with music and dancing.
Playa Olas Altas, off Old Mazatlan, was Mazatlan’s first tourist beach and is where the boardwalk (malecon) begins. The name Olas Altas means “high waves” and surfers gather here during the summer. Due to the many surfers this is not considered to be the best Mazatlan beach for swimming; instead enjoy the tremendous views of the surf from one of the many outdoor cafès that line the malecon.
Playa Los Pinos is a Mazatlan beach located between the Mazatlan’ Marine House and the Fisherman’s Monument, where Mazatlan fishermen sell their daily catch. If you enjoy the flavor of fresh fish without all the effort of angling it yourself, make sure to get there early.
Further up is Playa Sabalo, where the wide, white beach sand attract droves of tourists and what seems like an equal number of Mexican vendors. If you are on this Mazatlan beach be prepared to say “No, Gracias” several times. Parasailers and windsurfers utilize these Mazatlan beaches fronting the Golden Zone. They are protected from the open surf by Bird, Deer and Goat Islands, which rise out of the water a short distance offshore.
Beyond Playa Sabalo, at the north end of Mazatlan, are Playa Brujas and Playa Los Cerritos, which stretch to Punta Cerritos. These Mazatlan beaches are the least crowded, although more and more condominiums are beginning to protrude skyward. The more isolated Brujas is frequented by local surfers. Open-air restaurants offer delicious seafood and a relaxed atmosphere.
Because the migratory path of billfish includes the waters of Mazatlan beaches, Mazatlan proclaims itself “the Sailfish capital of the World”. Well-equipped fleets are stationed at the docks on the southern end of town, where the ferry and charter tour boats are moored. Charter fishing boats start at around $270 USD for the day and include lunch, bait, tackle and crew. Tipping the captain and the first mate is customary, particularly if the day’s catch has been bountiful.
Come and enjoy the Mazatlan beaches on your Mazatlan vacation!