Mazatlan Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Mazatlan

If you have extra time, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Mazatlan
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    Some of Mazatlán's most beloved sites are centered in theCentro Histórico, or Old Mazatlán (sites like theBasilica of the Immaculate Conception). So you won't need to make a special effort to enjoy this part of town, but you can rest assured that you'll spend plenty of time there. And if

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    Malecón
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Mazatlán's gorgeous four-mile boardwalk could givePuerto Vallarta's a run for its money, especially as thisMalecónis also decorated with several unusual yet beautiful statues and monuments. This is also where you'll find the most daytime activity, starting around theZona Dorada(hotel zone), snaking along the Paseo Claussen and throughOld Mazatlánbefore ending atPlaya

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    Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    Offset by canary-colored spires and Italian marble, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is quite the sight to behold. Previous travelers say you most certainly have to stop by this church inOld Mazatlán, if not to tour the insides, then to at least snap a picture or two of the

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    Playa Olas Altas
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    Mazatlán's residents don't bother with the tourist gridlock onPlaya las Gaviotas; when they want a little beach time they head to Playa Olas Altas. Visit for yourself and you'll soon see why: This lovely pocket of golden sand and aquamarine waves is decidedly more tranquil. And the few cafés that

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    El Faro Lighthouse
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Here's a little trivia:El faromeans "the lighthouse" in Spanish, so tourists are calling this Mazatlán site "the lighthouse lighthouse." Redundancy aside, this is one of the town's best-known attractions, and a jaw-dropping view awaits the brave soul that hikes the 30 to 45 strenuous minutes up roughly drawn trails to

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    Playa las Gaviotas
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    You'll probably hear this popular beach before you see it: At any time of the day the sounds of Top-40 tunes are practically vibrating off its sands. Or the sound of vendors strolling along, hawking everything from jewelry to CDs. Welcome to Playa las Gaviotas -- the worst-kept secret of

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