Top 7 Things to Do in Mazatlan

While many destinations claim to offer fun for everyone, Mazatlan is one of those magical places where reality never fails to live up to expectations. With aquariums, miles of perfect sandy beaches, a lively oceanfront promenade, and nightlife to spare, you’ll never be short of things to do in Mazatlan during your Mexico cruise.

In fact, with so many places to go and things to experience during your cruise to Mazatlan, we only thought it fair to give you a sneak peek at what awaits you on your cruise vacation. Take a moment to sit down, look through the many exciting excursions available, and hit the ground running because time does indeed fly when you’re having fun.

aerial view of the coast of mazatlan mexico on a sunny day

1. Canopy Adventure

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to fly? If so, the Canopy Adventure excursion should be at the top of your thrill-seeking what to do in Mazatlan list. As you soar high over the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range, twisting amongst the lush canopy through 12 separate platforms and nine zip lines, you’ll defy gravity while given a breathtaking view of the rugged, expansive terrain surrounding Mazatlan.

And as if that wasn’t enough fun for one day, you’ll end the excursion with a tour of the Los Osuna tequila distillery and given the opportunity to sample their wares. You’ll fly, see the Sierra Madres like few ever can, and end the day on a relaxing note. Now that’s a fun-filled day.

woman riding a zip line through the foothills of the sierra madre mountain range

2. Colonial Villages of Sierra Madre

Sticking with the rugged terrain theme, the Colonial Villages of Sierra Madre excursion combines the natural beauty of the mountains with an introduction to colonial-era Mexico. Your full-day tour of three traditional villages – Malpica, Concordia, and Copala – will transport you back in time to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, where traditional ways are still the norm. Cobblestone streets, old-world artisans, and a magnificent baroque church are all waiting for you to experience, acting as an intriguing accompaniment to the fun and sun that saturates your family cruise to Mazatlan.

cathedral found in the colonial town of sierra madre

3. Nature Discovery & Turtle Sanctuary

If you want your travel to Mazatlan to include some of the area’s incredible wildlife, the Nature Discovery & Turtle Sanctuary excursion at Estrella del Mar gives you the opportunity to meet some of the Marine Turtles that call the region home. Located on the protected beaches of the famous Stone Island, the sanctuary provides you the chance to rub elbows with marine biologists working hard to preserve the Gulf Turtle. Of course, Stone Island is also famous for its pristine beaches so prepare yourself to enjoy some of the area’s best beaches as well.

baby turtle crawling out of the sand beach in mazatlan mexico

4. Mini Speed Boat & All-Inclusive Beach Escape

Who hasn’t dreamed about being the captain of their own ship? The Mini Speed Boat & All-Inclusive Beach Escape excursion gives you the chance to take the wheel and cruise through Mexico’s largest marina in style. The 1.5 hour narrated tour introduces you to the sights and sounds of the picturesque waters, including El Cid Marina Beach Club, a shallow lagoon, seaside caves, and, of course, a perfect secluded beach that typifies what makes Mazatlan such a special place.

speed boat driving off the coast of mazatlan mexico

5. Waterfront Segway Ride, Guacamole & Beach Escape

Mazatlan is well-known for its family-friendly hospitality and experiences. The Waterfront Segway Ride, Guacamole & Beach Escape excursion is an ideal example of the type of Mazatlan adventure that everyone in the family will enjoy. After a quick tutorial session with your guide, you’ll cruise along the streets on Segways for an up close and personal tour of Mazatlan’s colorful culture and charming ways.

From old cathedrals to the beautiful oceanfront, historical sights to lively hangouts, cruising the streets of Mazatlan on a Segway is a unique way to experience the charismatic town. To end your excursion, you’ll sample the local guacamole at a beachfront restaurant, learning about its fascinating and storied past.

four segways parked in front of the beach in mazatlan mexico

6. Kayak Adventure at Deer Island with BBQ Lunch

It’s hard to beat a combination of outdoor adventure, ocean breezes, refreshing drinks, and delicious BBQ. On the Kayak Adventure at Deer Island with BBQ Lunch excursion, you’ll ride the seven seas on a luxury catamaran en route to beautiful Deer Island. From there, you’ll spend an hour on a guided kayak tour throughout the calm and inviting waters, dining on mouthwatering BBQ lunch after your kayaking adventure is complete. On your way back to port, you’ll drive through some of the oldest neighborhoods in Mazatlan, learning about the incredible local history and rich cultural roots that reach back several hundred years.

man and woman kayaking on blue and red kayaks off the coast of mazatlan

7. Salsa & Salsa

Of course, no cruise vacation to Mazatlan is complete without experiencing the amazing cuisine while letting your hair down and allowing the local music to take you away. On the Salsa & Salsa excursion, you’ll get to roll up your sleeves and follow the lead of a local expert as you learn to make margaritas and homemade salsa that are sure to make you the talk of the town back home.

Once you’ve satisfied your culinary curiosity, you’ll then take a 45-minute salsa dancing lesson and learn to own the dance floor to the beat of some spicy rhythms. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to relax poolside at a luxury beachside hotel, unwind from your busy day, and even shop along the local streets if the moment strikes you.

carnival miracle sailing to mazatlan mexico as the sun sets

Mazatlan has the sights and sounds that everyone, no matter their age, will enjoy. During your cruise to Mazatlan, be sure to experience everything the beautiful Mexican town has to offer and create memories that will last for years to come.