1,078km (668 miles) NW of Mexico City; 502km (311 miles) NW of Guadalajara; 1,561km (968 miles) SE of Mexicali
Mazatlán is comfortable, casual, value-packed Mexico at its best. More than any other beach resort in the country, it represents the golden beaches, fresh seafood, and inexpensive accommodations that typified Mexico's appeal to travelers in the first place. The developments that are edging Mazatlán into the golf-playing, manicured resort that typifies most of Mexico today have quickened pace in recent years. Yet its lures continue to be its expansive beaches, renowned sportfishing, and relative simplicity. The evolving golf scene, luxury-yacht harbor, and growing selection of accommodations have yet to catch the attention of enough tourists to drive prices to the levels of other Mexican resorts, and that's good news for travelers looking for economy in a beach resort.
A city with a population of nearly 500,000, Mazatlán is the largest port between Los Angeles and the Panama Canal. Elegant reminders of its history, 27km (17 miles) of sandy beaches, and a geographically diverse environment are all added attractions in Mazatlán's efforts to become a premier beach resort.
Once known as a spring break haven and party town, Mazatlán now attracts more American and Canadian families, mature travelers, and other tourists with an eye for value.