Even before the Spanish arrived in 1531, Native Americans used to migrate through this region. In 1806 Mazatlan was incorporated and by the 1840s American's were passing through on their way to the Californian gold fields. Mazatlan has been a major element in Mexico's tourism industry since the 1950s.
"Land of the Deer" is home to 10 miles of golden
beaches and fruitful sport fishing. If you prefer to stay
inland, visit the central market in the historic downtown
area or enjoy a kayak ride around Deer Island. Known as the
"Pearl of the Pacific", Mazatlan
offers miles of beautiful coastline. Beach lovers will find
enchantment in the island's calm, crystal waters and sunny
beaches. Those who wish to explore will enjoy the many local
shops and art galleries. Spend the day relaxing on Mazatlan's
long white-sand beaches or people-watching at an open-air
bistro. If you're more adventurous you can horseback ride
or take a sport fishing trip.