Saltwater Fishing: Mazatlan is considered one of the finest fishing destinations in the world with a coastline bountifully endowed with seven of the nine species sought by international sports fishing enthusiasts. The Mexican Pacific and Sea of Cortez offer some of the best year-round fishing found anywhere.
Although Cabo San Lucas, Costa Rica, Hawaii and Australia have recently gained popularity with deep sea anglers, Mazatlan's offshore waters are referred to as nature's fish-trap earning Mazatlan the title of the "Billfish capital of the world". For deep-sea fishing enthusiasts, swordfish; dorado; tuna; and striped, blue and black marlin and sailfish are abundant Small game fishing species include yellow-fin tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, red snapper and rooster fish.
Freshwater Bass Fishing: Lake El Salto, home to some of the best bass fishing in the world, is a huge, scenic lake spanning approximately 27,000.00 acres. El Salto is located in foothills of Sierra Madre Mountains, conveniently located a mere 90 minutes north Mazatlan.
Lake El Salto it was built 550 feet above sea level on the Elota River and was stocked 15 years ago with Largemouth Florida Bass. Due to the warm temperature of the water, the lake's Largemouth grow to impressively large proportions and are extremely feisty and aggressive. Guided by local fishing guides from nearby towns, anglers delight in regularly catching ten-pounders. On a typical day, boats average from 30 to 80 bass caught!
Estrella del Mar boasts a magnificent 18-hole championship golf course. Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Jr. The Estrella del Mar course layout runs parallel to 3.5 miles of pristine beach with six of the holes and fairways are situated right off the beach where spectacular views abound The tropical landscaping is all you would imagine in your dream golf course, with clusters of palms lining the fairways, strategically placed bunkers, the sound of waves lapping on the sand and impeccably manicured greens. It is a golf course is unsurpassed in terms of play and breathtaking scenery and understandably is rated amongst the best golf courses in Mexico.
El Cid is a golfer's fantasy. The 27-hole championship course (PGA-rated par 72), features a new Lee Trevino nine. The El Cid Country Club and Golf Course was established in 1972 by Don Julio Berdegue making it one of Mexico's very first golfing facilities. Over the years, its tree-lined fairways have hosted not only the big names from the world of professional golf but tens of thousands vacation golfers in search of a great, fair but challenging course.
El Cid hosts annual tournaments every March and November. Amateur golfers from around the world travel to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes, as well as carts, vacation packages and more. And for those who wish to improve their game, El Cid is home to the only America's Favorite Golf Schools site in all of Latin America. At America's Favorite Golf Schools, Players receive personalized instruction from experienced PGA, LPGA and USGTF golf professionals.
Marina Mazatlan is home to the much-awaited 18- hole course, designed by David Fleming, one of the top ten golf course designers in the world, and the course features challenging play with fairways scenically situated on the waters of what will be Mexico's largest marina.
Cultural Attractions and Points of Interest
Plaza Machado and the Angela Peralta Theater: Mazatlan's oldest square was established in 1829 and is the home to the beautiful Angela Peralta theatre, named after the Spanish opera diva to was stricken with Yellow Fever and passed away during her troupe's stay in Mazatlan in the late 1890's.
Historic District: The beautiful downtown area surrounding the Plaza Machada that contains 479 buildings recognized as national historical treasures.
Cathedral Basilica de la Immaculada Concepcion, built in 1898 and curiously featuring 28 Star of David stained glass windows.
San Jose Church
Municipal Arts Center
Sea Shell Museum
Major Annual Events
Mazatlan's International Carnival: The world's 3rd largest pre-Lent carnival after Rio de Janiero and New Orleans.
"Gran Maraton Pacifico" (marathon)
Mazatlan Cultural Festival
Sinaloa Arts Festival
Mazatlan is home to some finest beaches in the world. Beginning with "Olas Altas" in the southern historic district, the chain of beautiful beaches continues northward with beaches "Los Pinos", "Playa Norte", "Gaviotas", and "Camaron Sabalo" in the Golden Zone, followed by "Cerritos/Brujas" and "Delfin" Beaches in Nuevo Mazatlan. And don't forget to explore the miles of unspoiled beaches on StoneIsland.
The Malecon, one of the world's longest uninterrupted seaside promenades -", seventeen kilometers long.
The world's second tallest natural lighthouse perched five hundred and twelve ft. above sea level.
The Three Islands: Bird, Deer, Wolf islands shelter Mazatlan's bay.