Outdoor Activities in Mazatlan

By Viator, April 2016

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Mazatlan is world-renowned for its beaches and dazzling sunshine. With miles of coastline that beckons to the weary traveler, upon arrival many tourists simply make a bee-line for the beach and call it a good. And while this is a perfectly wonderful way to spend your trip to Mexico, there are some great outdoor activities in Mazatlan should you get tired of the sand between your toes (though I can’t imagine why).

Surfing – Surfing’s popularity has spiked in recent years, and in Mazatlan, that’s a good thing – it means rentals are easy to come by. If you're looking to surf or body board, your best bet is to head up to Playa Bruja (Witch Beach) just to the end of the Golden Zone (Zona Dorada). You can take a bus or taxi here – everyone knows it by name – and it’s a great escape because there's typically little competition for waves and the beach is less crowded than others closer to the city center.

Horseback Riding – Who doesn't dream of riding horses along the beach? This ever-popular activity is best done in a small group and is also available as a package deal. Should the beach not entice you, Mazatlan is flanked with tropical forests and foothills, and watching the sun set over Mazatlan while out in the wilderness with your horse is an incredible experience.

Sportfishing – Sportfishing is popular in Mazatlan. Any one of a number of deep water charters will take you out on a boat, set your lines, and let you trawl for the sea’s copious bounty – fish, that is. Marlin, Sailfish, tuna, Mahi-mahi, shark – you name it, you can catch it.

Canopying – Canopying is the modern name for zip-lining, and in Mazatlan and its surrounding tropical forests, this is a great adrenaline rush that gives you something to take home and tell the family about. Perfectly safe but fun as can be, your canopying guides will send you flying through the forest treetops giving you some spectacular views of the Mazatlan landscape – what’s not to love?

Golfing – What, you thought that there was just beach in Mazatlan? Think again. Mazatalan has some excellent golf courses. Estrella del Mar and El Cid are world-class and very popular golfing getaways. Others prefer the Club de Golf Campestre – the oldest golf club in Mazatlan – for its homey feel. Any way you slice it (don't mind the pun), golfing is a great derivation from the days spent on the beach.

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Mazatlan Canopy Zipline Tour plus Mezcal Tasting, Mazatlan, null

Mazatlan Canopy Zipline Tour plus Mezcal Tasting

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

See the jungle from a bird’s-eye view as you glide through a tropical forest along ziplines in the Sierra Madre foothills, east of Mazatlán. Afterward, ...  Read more

Location: Mazatlan, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $75.00
Mazatlan Super Saver: Canopy Zipline plus ATV Adventure, Mazatlan, Ziplines

Mazatlan Super Saver: Canopy Zipline plus ATV Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Combine two exciting outdoor adventures in one day with this Mazatlan Super Saver! Experience thrills and chills as you zoom through the air along 12 ziplines, ...  Read more

Location: Mazatlan, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Mazatlan ATV Adventure with Mezcal Tasting, Mazatlan, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Mazatlan ATV Adventure with Mezcal Tasting

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Get your pulse racing on an ATV adventure through the foothills of the Sierra Madres outside of Mazatlán! After an exciting drive, celebrate your ride ...  Read more

Location: Mazatlan, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

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