The most notable city most travelers have heard of is the resort city of Mazatlán on the Pacific Ocean in the far southern region of Sinaloa.

With a row of nice hotels right on the beach, it’s the place to be, especially to watch the sun set each evening.

The state of Sinaloa is also the “jumping off” point for taking the car ferry west across the Sea of Cortés to the Baja California peninsula. Ferries leave from Mazatlán and to the north, near the city of Los Mochis.

The other “jumping off” point is to head east on the El Chepe train which travels through some beautiful canyonland areas in the state of Chihuahua. The two train stations in Sinaloa are located in the cities of Los Mochis and also El Fuerte.

Speaking of El Fuerte, for those of you old enough to remember, this pretty Pueblo Mágico is the birthplace of the real life El Zorro. His name was Diego de la Vega and he really did fight with a mask on to help the plight of the Mexican people who were living in what is now northern California. 

Map / Quick Facts

Location: Western Region

Capital City: Culiacán

Pueblo Magicos
El Fuerte
El Rosario

Distances from Mazatlán to
Cosalá - 109 mi / 175 km
El Fuerte - 302 mi / 486 km
El Rosario - 122 mi / 195 km
Los Mochis - 255 mi / 410 km
Mocorito - 207 mi / 332 km

Durango, DUR - 169 mi / 272 km
La Paz, BCS - 12 hour ferry ride
Tepic, NAY - 173 mi / 278 km
Topolobampo - 6 hour ferry ride
Puerto Vallarta, JAL - 275 mi / 443 km

Nearest Airports from Mazatlán
San Luis Potosí International Airport SLP
8 mi / 13 km

Leon / Guanajuato International Airport BJX
87 mi / 139 km

Aguascalientes International Airport AGU
92 mi / 147 km

Weather in Mazatlán
Jan-Mar High 70s / Low 50s
Apr-May High 80s / Low 60s
Jun-Oct High 80s / Low 70s
Nov-Dec High 80s / Low 60s 


Dance of the Deer

Beach near Mazatlán

Home of Zorro - El Fuerte