With its seafront boulevard, beautifully restored architecture, and rich arts and culture, Mazatlan’s revitalized downtown Historic District is the vibrant heart of the city.

Take in the view from the Best Western Posada Freeman

Snap photos and sip a cocktail on the rooftop patio of the Best Western Posada Freeman. Built in 1944, the landmark hotel has a 360-degree view of the old town and was northwest Mexico’s first skyscraper.

Eat and drink at Macaws Bar & Bistro

Gather with other visitors and expats at lively Macaws Bar & Bistro, across the street from the city’s Modern Art Museum. It’s a favourite spot for two-for-one margaritas and a bite to eat. And, three nights a week, there’s live rock and roll and country music, with a Latin twist.

Explore the Mazatlan Archaeological Museum

Located in a restored, late-19th-century edifice, the Mazatlan Archaeological Museum reveals the history and culture of Sinaloa, Mazatlan’s home state. Learn about pre-colonial peoples from historic photographs and from exhibits showing pottery, idols, burial artifacts, weapons and tools.

Shop for souvenirs at Casa Etnik

At Casa Etnika gift shop and art gallery find high-quality jewelry, handicrafts, art, clothing and accessories—such as leather handbags with handmade beadwork—created by artisans from all over Mexico.

Hang out at Plaza Machado

Plaza Machado, a popular gathering place for Mazatlecos and visitors, has historic buildings housing restaurants, cafés, shops and galleries. Craft tables, live music and dancing add to the main square’s merriment.

Watch a live performance at Angela Peralta Theater

The balcony inside Angela Peralta Theater has an elegant ironwork railing and is supported by six fluted Doric columns. Built in 1874, the theatre was shuttered in the 1960s, but now you can take in a play, ballet or musical performance in this restored space.

Getting there: WestJet flies to Mazatlan once a day from Calgary.