Playa las Gaviotas

#9 in Best Things To Do in Mazatlan
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Beaches, Recreation, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.0scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 2.0Atmosphere

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 Mazatlán.

As you can imagine, Playa las Gaviotas' constant activity is either loved or hated by recent visitors. Beachcombers who love activity gushed to Virtual Tourist about the variety of watersports available to try. But more reserved vacationers recall: "There wasn't more than 2 minutes when someone was peddling us something … It was horrible, couldn't read a single page in my book because they would not move until you acknowledged them." It's true that peace and quiet is nonexistent here (especially as this beach flanks the hotels of Zona Dorada). For a little more seclusion try Playa Olas Altas, just off Old Mazatlán at the end of the Malecón.

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#1 Old Mazatlán

Some of Mazatlán's most beloved sites are centered in the Centro Histórico, or Old Mazatlán (sites like the Basilica 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 you only have one day in the area, this is where travelers suggest you come. 

And you should come hungry. Recent TripAdvisor travelers litter their endorsements with food recommendations; you'll have the option for taco de cabeza (tacos prepared from the head of a cow) or papas locos (giant baked potatoes) from a street side vendor, or delicious shrimp tacos at a Plaza Machado café. Walk off your meal with a tour of the Teatro Angela Peralta opera house or a stroll along the Malecón.

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