EduVentura at the Playa Mazatlán hotel offers a grab bag of activities and ecotourism opportunities. After trying out the climbing wall and zip line, book a kayaking tour to Deer Island or a whale- or bird-watching excursion through one of several companies committed to sustainable tourism that supports local conservation efforts. Mazatlán, Sinaloa. 669/940–8687.


You can arrange deep-sea charters through your hotel, or you can contact the companies directly. Charters include a full day of fishing, bait and tackle, and usually an ice chest with ice. Prices start at about $100 per person on a party boat or from $270 to $470 to charter a boat for one to six passengers.

For bass fishing in El Salto Reservoir, a lake northeast of Mazatlán off Carretera 40, contact Amazing Outdoors Tours. Choose a half- or full-day trip, or stay overnight at their fishing lodge. El Patio Restaurant, Camarón Sábalo 2601, Zona Dorada, Mazatlán, Sinaloa, 82154. 669/952–1442, 669/913–1719, or 866/245–1490.

The reputable Aries Fleet is connected with El Cid Hotel and operates from Marina El Cid. The company has shared or charter boats for big-game fishing. Mazatlán, Sinaloa. 669/916–3468.

Bill Heimpel's Star Fleet, which has fast twin-engine boats, is well regarded. Mazatlán, Sinaloa. 669/982–2665 or 888/882–9614.


The last 9 holes of the spectacular 27-hole course at El Cid Golf and Country Club were designed by Lee Trevino. There's a putting green and driving range. Greens fees are $76 (nonguests) for 18 holes plus cart and caddy. Av. Camarón Sábalo s/n, Zona Dorada, Mazatlán, Sinaloa, 82110. 669/913–3333 Ext. 3261.

The Estrella del Mar Golf Club is an 18-hole waterfront course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., just south of Mazatlán proper on Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island). Transportation from some of Mazatlán's major hotels is free. Carts and transportation to and from the course are included in the $75–$110 greens fee. Camino Isla de la Piedra, Km 10, Mazatlán, Sinaloa, 82000. 01800/727–4653 toll-free in Mexico; 877/629–2852.

Water Sports

The two most popular activities are snorkeling tours to Deer Island and parasailing—nearly every hotel offers both, along with kayak and Jet Ski rentals. A few outfitters, including the Aqua Sport Center, offer scuba, but Mazatlán is not a popular diving area.

Aqua Adventures rents kayaks ($12–$15 an hour) and WaveRunners ($60 an hour) and offers short parasailing and banana-boat rides. Royal Villas Resort, Av. Camarón Sábalo 500, Zona Dorada, Mazatlán, Sinaloa, 82110. 669/916–6161.

AquaSport Center offers banana boat and parasailing rides and rents WaveRunners, kayaks, Boogie boards, and sailboats. Its staffers can also arrange half-day trimaran trips to Isla de los Venados aboard the Kolonahe, docked at El Cid Marina. Av. Camarón Sábalo s/n, next to Hotel La Puesta del Sol, Zona Dorada, Mazatlán, Sinaloa, 82110. 669/913–3333 Ext. 3341.

The 4-acre Parque Acuático Mazagua has slides, wading pools, and a wave pool as well as picnic facilities with barbecue grills. Entrance is about $12 per person; the park is open 10–6 Wednesday through Sunday for most of the year and daily in July, August, and during school holidays. Av. Sábalo Cerritos and Entronque Habal Cerritos, Nuevo Mazatlán, Mazatlán, Sinaloa, 82000. 669/988–0041.