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Fascinating, Attractions Surround Our Real Estate

El Cid Real Estate connects you to the heart and soul of Mazatlán, an ideal city for savoring the true flavor of Mexico.

Mazatlán is built around a long peninsula with wide, sandy beaches and rolling surf. Home owners can experience fresh seafood year-round, beautiful golf courses, a charming downtown area with waterfront boardwalk and direct access to the Pacific Ocean. A dynamic range of alluring sights and attractions are near our Mazatlán, Mexico vacation homes, including:

  • Plazuela Machado
A small park with a central gazebo is highlighted by beautiful flora and surrounded by traditional colonial buildings, which are now home to many charming cafes.
  • Angela Peralta Theater
Mexico's only seaside theater. The theater was completed around 1890, but a 1975 hurricane almost entirely destroyed its interior. As Mexico's only seaside theater, workers recovered and re-created the original design, and it appears today almost exactly as it did in the 19th Century. The theater hosts folkloric dance, opera, and symphonic performances.
  • Mercado Central
This indoor/outdoor marketplace is one square block of vendors offering clothing, jewelry, produce, meats, and more. As this is where the locals shop and bargain for goods.
  • Catedral de la Purísima Concepcion (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception)
Open from 6 a.m.to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Begun in 1856 and completed in 1899, this Moorish-style church has twin blue and gold spires and a gilded ornate triple altar.
  • Plaza de la Revolucion
With a gazebo as its center, this small landscaped park is surrounded by merchant stands selling food, clothes, soaps, jewelry, leather goods and other handicrafts.
  • The Aquarium and Botanical Gardens
The aquarium is home to a sea museum, trained seal show and more than 50 fresh and saltwater tanks with sharks, eels, seahorses, lobsters, and over 250 exotic species from around the world. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. A tiny zoo and botanical gardens (el JardÍn Botánico) are also nearby.
  • El Quelite
Well known as the area located between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, El Quelite is a favorite destination for exploring great flora and fauna.
  • El Faro Lighthouse
This 110-foot-tall structure is considered the second highest natural lighthouse in the world.
  • Copala
An ancient mining town, with red roofs, steep, cobblestoned streets, and smiling, hospitable people; Copala boasts a number of restaurants and shops offering a range of handicrafts from all over the country.
  • Deer Island
The largest of Mazatlán's beautiful and secluded coastal islands. Rich in the diversity of its plant and bird life, the island is part of a reserve network that includes all the islands in the Sea of Cortez.
  • National Institute of Anthropology and History
Take in early Mexican pottery, sports equipment, figurines, arrowheads and a popular display containing ancient human remains. A small courtyard in the back of the museum is home to a metal sculpture garden.
  • Sea Shell City Museum
Find gorgeous seashell and silver jewelry, coconut art, and wind chimes at this museum where aquariums surround a large fountain and sea shell mosaics. Marvel at a vast display of different types of shells, and even some whale bones! Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Clavadista Divers
Watch these brave cliff divers make death-defying leaps.
 

 

Attractions
Local Attractions

Mazatlán has the distinction of offering the best of both worlds: in the newer Zona Dorada (Golden Zone), you’ll find shops, bars and restaurants scattered along the idyllic beaches. In Old Mazatlán or the Centro Historico (Historic Center) you can wander through the markets and traditional neighborhoods or relax and people-watch and the many outdoor cafes and shady squares. You will find Plaza Machado and the Angela Peralta Theater and numerous art galleries worth a visit –especially at Art Walk on the first Friday of each month during the winter season.


Walk up and enjoy the panoramic view from El Faro, the famous lighthouse on the point at the south end of town. It’s the second-highest lighthouse in the world, towering over the harbor. You’ll see numerous sandy beaches worth exploring, from lovely stretches of pounding surf to calmer, sandy beaches ideal for swimming. The many monuments along the 10-kilometer Malecon (seawall) is dotted with monuments that have become popular landmarks to all.


Visit the 19th-century cathedral and its majestic rising towers and take a stroll in the famous Plaza de Revolucion. The marketplace is located only two blocks away and is a must-see. Or continue walking west to the ocean to Olas Altas, Mazatlán’s original tourist zone near the clavadistas – cliff divers – who dive from the rocks into the tide pools.
Top Ten Thingsto Do in Mazatlán

Golf
Golf Courses

With four spectacular golf courses, Mazatlán is a golfer’s paradise and offers the best golf value in Mexico. One of the top courses on the Pacific, El Cid Golf & Country Club features a championship 27-hole course.   Lee Treviño designed the 9-hole Marina El Cid which complements the 18 holes designed by Tom Garcia. Winding through a biological reserve, El Cid Golf & Country Club is a beautiful course with lakes, wildlife and views of the marina.  Additionally, Estrella del Mar on Stone Island edges the Pacific Ocean and pristine beach and Marina Mazatlán and Club Campestre Golf and Country Club also offer enjoyable courses.

Sports and Activities
World Class Sports and Activities

Mazatlán hosts world-class fun ranging from water sports to championship golf for families and adults to enjoy. Indulge in a splendid variety of sporting activities from boating and kayaking to surfing and zip-lining. There are also a variety of tours to choose from including touring nearby colonial mining towns, beach tours, boat tours, and ATV tours.

Plaza de Toros, inland from the Zona Dorada on Rafael Buelna, is a bullring that hosts bullfights from December to early April and rodeos during the offseason. The city is also proud of their professional baseball team – Los Venados – that play October through January and tickets are very reasonably priced.

At Playa OlasAltas, the clavadistas — cliff divers – dive off rock ledges into the shallow, surf below.  If you see the divers perform at night they will do so with torches and it is an amazing spectacle to behold

Fishing
World Class Fishing

Teeming with Blue Marlin, White Marlin and Sailfish, the waters off Mazatlán are called the Billfish Capital of the World and deep sea fishing is a popular sport. Whether you reel in dorado, yellow fin tuna, grouper or wahoo you can do so aboard Aries Sport Fishing Fleet at Marina El Cid. Head further north to Lake El Salto and you will experience the best freshwater bass fishing in all of Mexico.

Water Sports
Endless Water Sports

Mazatlán offers boating adventures and endless water sports on the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy boating, sailing, yachting, kayaking, windsurfing, parasailing, catamaraning and Hobie Cat rides into the Pacific Ocean and to offshore islands. The Aqua Sports Center at El Cid Castilla Beach and Marina El Cid can arrange numerous rentals during your stay.   Enjoy snorkeling, sailing or jet skiing around the Three Islands – Deer, Bird and Wolf Islands – declared an ecological reserve. Surf and boogie board where the waves are highest or go on a banana boat ride off the quiet beach of Stone Island.

Shopping
Local Shopping and Artisan Souvenirs

Mazatlán is a great place to shop for local handicrafts, fine art and souvenirs. The Zona Dorado (Golden Zone) offers a selection of handmade artisan products from all over Mexico with very reasonable prices. There are also great high-quality handicraft items and silver jewelry to be found from Tasco. If you stroll through the Centro Mercado in Old Mazatlán, you will come discover local shops and numerous stalls selling shrimp, fruit, vegetables, meats, and more, along with souvenirs. Additionally, there are numerous small galleries and shops throughout Old Mazatlán that are worth discovering. And if you are for an indoor mall experience, you can choose between La Gran Plazaor the new Las Galerias mall to the north.

Dining and Nightlife
Authentic Dining and Nightlife

Food lovers will appreciate the variety of restaurants here—from rustic beach shacks to romantic candlelit courtyards. Mazatlán boasts one of the largest shrimp fleets in the world, so it’s no surprise that shrimp and seafood are the specialties. Talented chefs all over town have mastered local recipes with fresh, spicy ingredients that accompany the local favorites ranging from fresh grilled fish fillet to arrachera beef.

The rich and diverse dining scene, styles of food preparation and the diversity of fresh flavors are to be enjoyed — along with the great price points. Taste test blue agave and tequila at Los Osuna distillery just outside the city or settle in for a sunset cocktail and enjoy views of the city´s famous sunsets.

Besides Mazatlan’s distinctive local cuisine and dining, its vibrant night life invites with numerous dance clubs, discosand a local bar scene that is open until the early morning hours. Señor Frogs and on-the-beach Joe’s Oyster Bar are the most famous night spots along with Fiesta Land – a well-known disco and nightclub located at the end of the malecon overlooking the Pacific. For people-watching or a romantic stroll, the Historic Center is a popular night time retreat. You´ll hear a mix of live jazz and Mexican tunes to traditional mariachi groups and tambora bands at outdoor squares and restaurants. Olas Altas has its own nighttime scene with a choice of music club and dance clubs as well as restaurants.

 

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