Mazatlán is located in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. The city serves as the municipal seat for the Mazatlán Municipality. Mazatlán It is located on the Pacific coast, across from the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula across the shore from Cabo San Lucas. Mazatlán means "place of deer" The city was founded in 1531 by Spaniards and indigenous settlers. In the mid-19th century, a large group of immigrants arrived from Germany. These new citizens developed Mazatlán into a commercial seaport. It was the capital of Sinaloa from 1859 to 1873. the Pacifico Brewery was built on March 14, 1900. Mazatlán is the second-largest city in the state. It is also a popular tourist destination, with its beaches lined with resort hotels. A car ferry crosses the Gulf of California, from Mazatlán to La Paz, Baja California Sur. Mazatlán's airport the General Rafael Buelna International Airport.
Cruise ships can dock at the port, so tenders are not needed. You disembark at an industrial area of the dock. Trams will take you to the welcome center and plaza. There is a nice bar, plenty of shops and inexpensive massages all within the port. You can walk out of the area into a middle class residential community and explore the area. For transportation, you will see the line of buses and taxis ready to take you any where you want to go.
Mazatlan doesn't have the variety of tours you will find at Cabo San Lucas or Puerto Vallarta. The most popular destinations are the Mazatlan Cathedral, Historico Centro (Old Mazatlan), El Malecon (boardwalk along the coast), and the Golden Zone (upscale shopping). The cruise lines do offer fishing, boating, and resort, and other tours. If you like to walk, the Mazatlan Cathedral is not too far from the Cruise terminal. There are other activities available through your cruise line.
- Mazatlan Shore Excursions Carnival
- Mazatlan Shore Excursions Princess
- Mazatlan Shore Excursions ( not from cruise line)