11 Fun Free things to do in Mazatlan, Mexico

Walk along the Malecon

The Malecon in Mazatlan is a thirteen-mile long path that stretches along the coast which is one of the longest in the world. It runs from the north side of Olas Altas thru to Avenida del Mar at Valentino’s. There are many street vendors selling a variety of merchandise along the way and some fantastic monuments and status to see too. The way the path was created ensures that there is easy access to all the amazing beaches. You won’t find many hotels directly on the beaches except in the Golden Zone most of the beaches are protected by the way the pathway was designed safeguarding the stunning beauty.

Beaches

During the day the swimming in Mazatlan is wonderful the water is warm all year round whether you want to partake in some sort of water sport or just float on the waves. If you want to swim in the ocean water but worry about being too far out, there is the Carpa Olivera swimming pool on the north end of the Malecon.

In the evenings when it starts to cool down some, a great way to relax is watching the waves lap against the shore and the sun setting in the sky. Mazatlan has some of the most incredible sunsets I’ve ever seen. Grab a cold drink and some fantastic local food from one of the many street vendors sit back and enjoy the show.

Museo De Arte Sinaloa Institute of Culture

Visit the Museo De Arte Sinaloa Institute of Culture there is no entrance fee and the artwork is marvelous. There are several separate areas displaying many types of mediums including photography in the back building.

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Plaza Machado

Considered to be the heart of Mazatlan Centro, this plaza was originally created in 1837. In the center, there is a gorgeous iron gazebo that performers use from time to time. Dotted throughout the space are comfortable benches to sit and people watch. Surrounding the plaza are several restaurants to grab a bite to eat or enjoy a cool beverage.  In the evenings the entire plaza is lit up and during the cooler months, there is music and dancing.

Walk through Centro

Walk through Historic District and enjoy all the amazing architecture. There are several different types of architecture that you will see from Spanish colonial to art nouveau some of which are so large they are a full block long.

Plaza Republica

This plaza was created in 1870 and faces The Basilica de La Inmaculada Concepción of Mazatlan. In the center is a beautifully made iron gazebo that was placed there in 1909. The plaza is filled with many palm trees and small garden areas with benches to sit and enjoy the shade. If you need your shoes shined this is the place there are many to choose from here. You can also find a few other vendors in this area selling drinks, food, and trinkets.

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The Basilica de La Inmaculada Concepción

Stroll through the beloved Roman Catholic church the tremendous architecture is absolutely stunning. Many feel this is the “heart” of Mazatlan Centro, it was built over an ancient Indian temple. There are 28 stained glass windows inside this beautiful church. Throughout the space are fantastic details and considerable unique features.

Watch the cliff divers

Parque Glorieta Rodolfo Sanchez Taboada (Oceanside park) also referred to as El Clavadista. These divers gracefully jump from a fifty-foot high platform landing into water that is around eight feet deep. They must time their dives perfectly with the incoming waves to ensure the deepest amount of water to safely land. There is no set schedule for when the divers perform but typically they start around noon until sunset. While there is no fee for watching these amazing performers it is considered polite to tip. They’ve taken a lot of time to learn the skill of diving and are not paid by anyone other than tipping.

The Devil’s Cave

Once used to store ice that was shipped up from San Francisco. The Cave location is on Paseo Claussen and is said to be haunted now gated to keep people from exploring inside. Many believed that they could hear the devil inside and was known for those who entered being lost for days some never returning.

El Faro Lighthouse

The highest lighthouse in the Americas and one of the highest operational lighthouses in the world. Sitting 523 feet at its peak on Cerro del Creston you can have a stunning view of the Pacific Pearl Mazatlan beautiful ocean. It’s a long hike up a well-maintained pathway with no easy way to access the top but the view alone is worth it. There are usually vendors selling cool beverages at the top.

Mercado Pino Suárez in Central Mazatlan

Visit this huge indoor market see the way locals shop and fill your senses with the awesome smells and colors of Mazatlan. Located between the streets of Aquiles Serdán and Melchor Ocampo in the City Center since 1900.  The Mercado is open Monday to Saturday from 6 am to 6 pm and on Sundays from 6 am to 2 pm. With over 250 vendors filling this space and several restaurants that are located above the market you are sure to see all kinds of interesting merchandise.

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