There’s plenty of things to do in Mazatlan for those not content
to spend their entire visit on Mazatlan’s wonderful beaches.
Three islands dot Mazatlan’s horizon: Isla de Pájaros,
Isla de Venados, and Isla de los Lobos. Each has its own personality.
Venado (deer) and Lobos (wolf) are quiet and undisturbed, perfect
for water sports. Pájaros ("birds”) is popular
for birdwatching. Hundreds of species nest on the island. Regular
amphibian service departs throughout the day from the beach area
in front of El Cid Resort and from other locations. Round trips cost
about $8 US. per person.
The Aquarium and Botanical Gardens:
See over 50 fresh and saltwater tanks with sharks, eels, seahorses,
lobsters, and over 250 exotic species from around the world. Interesting
sea museum, a trained seal show and an auditorium with films about
sea life make this a perfect things to do in Mazatlan activity.
Open daily 9:30am–6pm. A tiny zoo and botanical gardens (el Jardín
Botánico) are nearby. Tel. (69) 817815.
Sea Shell City Museum:
at 407 Playa Gaviotas Street, in the heart of the Zona Dorada, sits
this treasure trove of seashells. Upon entering, the place will seem
more like a store than a museum. Find gorgeous seashell and silver
jewelry, coconut art, windchimes, all the seashells you could hope
to own. But whatever you do, don't miss their upstairs! Aquariums surround
a large fountain and sea shell mosaics. Here you will find a vast display
of all types of shells, and even some whale bones! Open daily from
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Old Mazatlan/ Downtown/Olas Altas :
If you're seeking Mazatlan attractions outside of the Zona Dorada, we suggest
spending time in historic Viejo Mazatlan. A nice, central starting spot is
the Plaza de la Revolucion at streets 21 de marzo and Benito
Juarez. With a gazebo as its center, this small landscaped park is surrounded
by merchant stalls offering food, cothes, soaps, jewelry, leather goods, and
other handicrafts. There are also plenty of chairs to have a seat in if you
need a good shoe shine. Or just have a seat on a bench and watch the pigeons
bathe in two large fountains.