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Head to the Mexican Riviera for utter relaxation with American Airlines flights to Mazatlan. Located on the Pacific Ocean at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains, this friendly resort city has gorgeous views for miles. Sport fishing, unwinding on the beach or shopping for handcrafted treasures are just a few of the fun things to do in Mazatlan. Here are some ideas to help you get started planning your getaway.
With its enviable location near the Baja peninsula, one of the most exciting activities in Mazatlan has to be sport fishing. The waters off the coast are home to a wide variety of big game fish, including marlin, wahoo, sailfish and amberjack. The blue marlin that have been caught in this area weigh hundreds of pounds, with some tilting the scale at 1,000 pounds or more. Not for the faint of heart (or muscle), sport fishing in Mazatlan is the focus of many tournaments, attracting anglers from around the world.
Of course, no one says you have to go out in a boat and hold a rod and reel to enjoy the water. One of the most relaxing things to do in Mazatlan is to simply stretch out on a beach. Playa Olas Altas is relatively short in distance, but long on history and it's one of the most well-known beaches in the city. Surfers come here for the tall waves, but it's not ideal for casual swimming. Playa Camaron Sabalo, in the hotel zone, is one of the most popular beaches for sunbathing, shopping, surfing and even parasailing. If you like to swim in the ocean, head to Playa Norte, where the calmer waters at the south end are perfect for a dip. Want to go where no one else is? Hire a boat and go to Venados Island, where you'll escape the crowds to find calm water perfect for swimming and snorkeling. There are even petroglyphs on the island well worth investigating.
On beaches and almost anywhere else you visit, you'll see why shopping is one of the easiest activities in Mazatlan, because vendors can be found throughout the city. You can find everything from handcrafted pottery, wooden sculptures, jewelry, clothing and, yes, even sombreros. The Mazatlan Arts and Crafts Center is where you'll find a concentration of artists and craftsmen offering their wares. For a traditional Mexican market, visit Mercado del Centro in Old Mazatlan, where you can shop for everything from shrimp to jewelry.
From shopping to fishing, there are so many ways to have fun in Mazatlan. Why not start planning your trip? We've made it easy and convenient to fly to Mazatlan so scheduling your getaway is stress-free. Browse our flights and reserve your trip today!