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Mazatlan at a Glance

Mazatlan's vibrant town center is a riot of activity, color and sound. Stop short and listen as buskers perform in a square. Watch dancers take over the other corner and compete to be admired.  Lift up your feet as you navigate the uneven cobblestones of Old Mazatlan  while gazing skyward at the restored colonial-era buildings.

Take in a show at the Teatro Angela Peralta. This restored art-house theater offers movie showings, opera, dance, theater and music. Get a hold of the schedule and find out what interests you. The beautifully maintained inside only adds to your enjoyment of the show.  For shopping, dive right in at the centro mercado where clothes, kitchen supplies, food and everything in between can be purchased. You haven't even reached the beach yet, which is long and frequently shaded by coconut groves. For sunset, head over to the water's edge and watch the sun slip slowly into the Pacific.

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High Season
November - April
Low Season
May - October
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport General Rafael Buelna International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American tourists and residents of Schengen countries usually do not need a visa to visit Mexico if tourism is the purpose of their trip. However, the Mexican authorities issue you a tourist card when you enter the country and it is important that you hold on to it. The cost of the tourist card varies with the exchange rate and is somewhere around $22. If your trip includes work, humanitarian aid or studies, you will need a visa. Contact a Mexican Consulate for more information. American citizens can also research Mexican travel at the U.S State Department website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Mazatlan receives occasional hurricanes and tropical storms from its location on the Pacific.

      Safety Concerns Mazatlan has seen a dramatic drop in crime over the past few years. New security measures such as CCV cams and improved lighting have made the city safer for tourists. Nevertheless, protect personal belongings by never leaving them unattended and avoid dark and deserted areas, especially at night.

      Health ConcernsTourists unfamiliar with Mexico's water should drink bottled water instead.