A more recent entrant into Mexico’s international tourism scene, “The Pearl of the Pacific” offers old-fashioned charm with streets lined with pastel and wrought iron-accented restored mansions, shady plazas, cafés, and a cultural diversity that’s best heard rather than seen. Banda, a musical fusion of Latin/German-polka styles, is unique to the Sinaloa state, and a strong history of theater and opera is a trademark as well. On the more modern side of sound, Vitrolas Bar, set in a restored historical building, offers karaoke on set nights, and gay, electronica disco Passion Club VIP brings the heat indoors. For the ultimate dance party in Mazatlan, though, Carnaval is not to be missed. Its version is the largest in the country, complete with a beauty pageant. 

Year-round, seven miles of beachfront in the Golden Zone, 12 miles of boardwalk—one of the longest on the Pacific Coast—fantastic fishing and golfing, plus a beautified historic city center attract all visitors.

Good to Know

  • Small gay scene, but growing
  • Popular for destination weddings; ceremonies can be performed here
  • Same-sex marriage is legal throughout Mexico

Featured Resorts:

Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan, All Suites Spa


Located along the famous Zona Dorada, or Golden Zone, of Mazatlan, Mexico, Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan offers a spectacular beach resort experience. As one of the first Pueblo Bonito resorts, this upscale property offers a delightful mix of Old World charm and modern pleasures. Distinguished by authentic Mexican style and sophistication, you'll feel instantly at home in the comfort of our warm and relaxing atmosphere. In addition to full-service resort amenities and services, gues ...

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa


Relax in the seclusion and uncommon luxury of Emerald Bay. This elegant resort is set on 20 pristine acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Unwind in your condo-style suite with panoramic ocean view or choose from an abundance of outdoor activities the whole family can enjoy.

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