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The Continuity of Life Fountain picture in Mazatlan
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Mazatlán's gorgeous four-mile boardwalk could give Puerto Vallarta's a run for its money, especially as this Malecón is also decorated with several unusual yet beautiful statues and monuments. This is also where you'll find the most daytime activity, starting around the Zona Dorada (hotel zone), snaking along the Paseo Claussen and through Old Mazatlán before ending at Playa Olas Altas. Residents and vacationers favor this stretch for jogging, cycling or just strolling. What you can't do here, however, is sunbathe: Most of the Malecón's "beach" is too short for lounging. Head north to the Playa las Gaviotas or south to Olas Altas if you want to lie about.

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Holiday Inn Resort Mazatlan

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  • 0.1 Miles Away
  • 3.5-star Hotel Class
Azteca Inn

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  • 0.2 Miles Away
  • 2.5-star Hotel Class
Las Flores Beach Resort

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  • 3.0-star Hotel Class
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#3 Basilica of the Immaculate Conception 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 ... Read more » Bryce_edwards / Flickr

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#5 El Faro Lighthouse Here's a little trivia: El faro means "the lighthouse" in Spanish, so tourists are calling this Mazatlán site "the lighthouse lighthouse." Redundancy aside, this is one of the town ... Read more » jmoor17 / Getty Images

#6 Mazatlan Aquarium The Mazatlán Aquarium is one of the best of its kind in Mexico. It boasts more than 200 species of fish spread across more than 50 tanks. Taking a look-see ... Read more » Bryce_edwards / Flickr

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#9 Playa las Gaviotas 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 ... Read more » Unidosonline / Wikimedia Commons

Old Town picture in Mazatlan
The Continuity of Life Fountain picture in Mazatlan
The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception picture in Mazatlan
Playa Olas Altas picture in Mazatlan
El Faro picture in Mazatlan
Acuario Mazatlan picture in Mazatlan
Isla de la Piedra picture in Mazatlan
Playas las Gaviotas picture in Mazatlan
Old Town picture in Mazatlan
The Continuity of Life Fountain picture in Mazatlan
The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception picture in Mazatlan
Playa Olas Altas picture in Mazatlan
El Faro picture in Mazatlan
Acuario Mazatlan picture in Mazatlan
Isla de la Piedra picture in Mazatlan
Playas las Gaviotas picture in Mazatlan

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Take a walk along the Malecón by the Sea of Cortez to see whimsical statues and fountains like this one. Alaskan Dude / Flickr

The bright yellow spires of this Old Mazatlán church is one of the city's most defining sights. Bryce_edwards / Flickr

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The trek to the top of the El Faro Lighthouse may be strenuous, but recent visitors said it's worth the climb. jmoor17 / Getty Images

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Watersports are very popular along this tourist-favorite beach of the Zona Dorada. Unidosonline / Wikimedia Commons

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