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Destination guide

A 1950s beach resort that's all grown up

Mazatlan was a popular destination for travelers for most of the 20th century, thanks to miles and miles of sandy beaches. Today, it's much more than just a beach town. The city was recently revitalized thanks to a restoration of the buildings in the Centro Historico (Old Town), and the area offers great shopping, great food, and great views from the boardwalk. Your Mazatlan vacation rental will provide access to sun, surf, a fabulous aquarium, and a striking lighthouse, all within a stone's throw of the natural wonders of the Sierra Madres.

Things to do

Stunning views over the ocean, fishy views under the sea

Book a Mazatlan vacation rental in the south of the city and you'll be near El Faro (The Lighthouse), nearly 500 feet - and a strenuous hike - above sea level. Travelers love to time their visit with the sunset over the Pacific, and if they get tuckered out on the walk, simply enjoy the gorgeous views of the lighthouse that are picture-perfect even from a distance. The Mazatlan Aquarium is a treat for kids and grown-ups. Sea horses, sea lions, macaws, and eels are on display, and diving shows with sharks are thrilling for little ones.

Activities

Beautiful beaches (and everything else) in Mazatlan

Mazatlan has a beach for everyone. Playa Las Gaviotas (Gaviotas Beach) is the hot spot for vacationers, beach vendors, and water sports. Playa Olas Altas is quieter and good for surfing. The Malecon, or boardwalk, backs a beach that's too narrow for sunbathing, but the walkway itself has beautiful views. After all that, there's still so much more to explore in Mazatlan. The historic Old Town is picturesque and full of sights, shopping, and delicious street food. Take a tour or tool around on your own.

Weather

Traveler's choice: winter warmth or summer showers

Mazatlan's tropical climate provides year-round warmth, and it's most popular for vacationers in winter, when average highs are in the upper 70s and there's very little rain. Spring and fall are great times to look for a Mazatlan vacation rental that suits your budget, when the weather is warmer but still lovely. Summer is hot and rainy. Visitors with sturdy raingear and a taste for peace and quiet will be rewarded with lower prices and plenty of opportunities to re-enact a south-of-the-border version of the last scene in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Natural features

It won't be tough to spot a tufted jay near Mazatlan

The city is stretched over 50 miles of Pacific coastline, and no matter where your Mazatlan vacation rental lies, you're likely to see tabachines, eucalyptus, laurels, and poplars. Sea birds abound, and animal lovers will get a glimpse of ducks, herons, and pelicans by air, and whales and dolphins by sea. Travelers interested in a wilder landscape outside the city take excursions into the Sierra Madre mountains to the east, where they can enjoy valley views and spot birds like the chara pinta and tufted jay.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Mazatlan

Fly into Mazatlan, Sinaloa (MZT-General Rafael Buelna Intl.), the closest airport, located 9.9 mi (16 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Mazatlán, MX?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 410 vacation rentals around Mazatlán. From 214 condo and apartment rentals to 99 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a beachfront property in Mazatlán?

Perhaps it's the magnificent sea views, or maybe it's the opportunity to chill out all day, every day. But there's just something about a beach vacation that appeals to all of us. Vrbo has 106 beachside rentals waiting for you. Want to try something else? See if any of our other properties take your fancy. Our options here include:

  • 96 ocean-view vacation rentals.
  • 95 oceanfront vacation rentals.
  • 87 beach-view vacation rentals.

Can I rent a condo in Mazatlán?

Sharing is good. But sharing bunk beds and bathrooms with strangers can be a bit much. Make the most of the time you have with your loved ones in a condo vacation rental. The extra space and convenience is hard to beat. In this destination, Vrbo has 144 to pick from. Book right now and you could be parting with as little as $50 a night. Or perhaps you'd rather try one of the area's other sought-after lodging options, like:

  • House: 129 vacation homes. Prices start from $34 per night.
  • Apartment: 106 vacation homes. Prices start from $23 per night.
  • Hotel: 50 vacation homes. Prices start from $42 per night.

Can I stay in Mazatlán in a large group?

Vacations with your loved ones can be tons of fun, especially when you're staying under the same roof in an awesome new place! If you'll be traveling with a large group, Vrbo can help you out. Condo vacation homes are the favorite option for large groups of visitors, with 51 available here. Rental options around the area that are just right for bigger groups include:

  • If yours is a group of 6, we have 144 vacation homes perfect for that size. Spend a night for as little as $45.
  • After a vacation property for 8 people? We have 48 that will be perfect. You can get one for as little as $37 per night.
  • Searching for rental properties catering to 5 people? You'll be glad to learn we have 33 that'll be ideal. You can grab one for as little as $50 a night.

So don't fear! When you travel with us you'll be able to bring your dad, your grandma and all your pals to Mazatlán.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Mazatlán?

Vrbo is here to help you come together with your relatives and friends. Offering up a selection of thrifty rentals, you're sure to get a cozy lodging that fits the whole group. When it comes to discovering a terrific deal, the first place you look should be Francisco Villa. Here, Vrbo has 104 rentals at an average price of $104 a night. You'll find another 45 Vrbo rentals waiting for you in or around Centro Historico. The average price in this area is $111 a night.