Mazatlan, Mexico, has more than 11 miles of sandy beaches along the Pacific Ocean, and a historic center that draws international visitors. The Zona Dorado, or the Golden Zone, is at the city's heart. This area, filled with restaurants is just a short stroll to the beach. The Teatro Ángela Peralta hosts numerous shows, operas and symphonies throughout the year. Travelers who are interested in beach activities will want to investigate Isla de la Piedra, which is located on the southeastern side of Old Mazatlan.
Visitors can fly directly into the city, landing at General Rafael Buelna International Airport (MZT). Getting around Mazatlan is easy, and travelers have their option of local buses, taxis or pulmonias, which are small taxis that resemble golf carts. In addition to the Zona Dorado, Old Mazatlan is one of the city's signature neighborhoods. This area features lodging options, historic architecture and cultural sites such as the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
The Mazatlan carnival occurs during the five days preceding Ash Wednesday. In the course of the celebrations, which date to more than 100 years ago, live musical and theatrical performances are held throughout the city. Many visitors prefer Mazatlan in the fall, between October and November, when the rainy season is over and winter travel hasn't yet peaked.