Mazatlan's phenomenal beaches are one of its main draws, and with miles of Pacific coastline on either side of the Golden Zone, you’ll have no shortage of golden sand to choose from. Here's a breakdown of some of best beaches in this Mexican resort town.
Playa Burja, or Witch Beach, attracts surfers to the northern end of Mazatlan. The beach ranks among the area’s most appealing, one that’s perfect for beach bums and surfers of all levels alike.
For a quieter escape, catch the 5-minute ferry to Stone Island, home to 4,000 residents. The beaches here aren’t lacking in amenities or equipment rentals, but crowds are still pleasantly sparse—it’s easy to spread out on the peninsula’s 10 miles (16 kilometers) of pristine sand.
Playa Los Gaviotas
For a lively scene complete with vendors, watersports kiosks, and plenty of food and drink options, head to Playa Los Gaviotas, the most popular beach in Mazatlan. While peace and quiet may be hard to come by, this is an excellent choice for people watching or partying.
Quieter than Playa Los Gaviotas yet still lively, Playa Sabalo offers room to spread out and sunbathe, as well as protected waters ideal for swimming. Hotels and resorts backing the beach offer lounge chairs and umbrellas—if, that is, you’re willing to shell out for a bar tab.
Playa Olas Altas
What Playa Olas Altas, or High Waves Beach, lacks in amenities—there are none—it makes up for in tranquility. While this largely empty stretch of sand appeals to surfers and boogie boarders, it’s also a good for walking and, of course, sunbathing in peace.