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Entertainment and Nightlife, Beaches, Free, Cafes, Neighborhood/Area, Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Zona Dorada, or Golden Zone, features high-rise hotels, shops, restaurants and nightclubs, along with many of the city's best beaches in a 3-mile stretch. The Malecón connects this area with the historic center to the south. A big hit with visitors who love the shopping and browsing opportunities in the Golden Zone, many mention how friendly the locals are and how safe they felt. Others, however, felt this section of town was too touristy and that not all areas live up to its golden name.

You can stroll through the Golden Zone any time of day, though shops and restaurants have independent operating hours. Also know that when cruise ships are in town, this area can get quite busy as this is where many tours begin and end.

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#1 Old Mazatlán

Some of Mazatlán's most beloved sights (such as the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception) are centered in Old Mazatlán. 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 you only have one day in the area, this is where travelers suggest you come. 

You should come hungry. You'll have plenty of food options from restaurants to a market where you can buy produce and tamales to taco stands. Walk off your meal with a tour of the Teatro Angela Peralta opera house or a stroll along the Malecón.

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