Recommended Websites: GoMazatlan.com
Average Hotel Room Rate: $110-$140, five-star hotel (varies seasonally)
Getting There: WestJet offers year-round non-stop service to Mazatlan from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg.
Convention Facilities: Mazatlan International Center debuted in November, 2009, with more than 150,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space for groups up to 5,000. The $70-million complex borders a new marina and championship golf course and is minutes from the Golden Zone’s beachfront resorts, spas, dining and nightlife.
The 716-room Hotel Riu Emerald Bay features a conference centre with 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space spread across four rooms, including the 5,100-sq.-ft. Grand Ballroom.
Mazatlan’s only AA Four Diamond resort, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay offers 345 suites on 20 acres of land. The resort features 7,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a full-service spa and two outdoor pools.
Set on a world-class marina, El Cid Marina Beach Hotel features 204 newly renovated guestrooms, 10,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art meeting space and a private beach, with access to championship golf, tennis courts, spa, water sports and fitness facilities.
Attractions + Distractions
The colonial district of Old Mazatlan is home to 479 national historic buildings, including the 135-year-old Angela Peralta Theatre, where groups can enjoy opera, ballet and contemporary dance performances by the Delfos Contemporanian dance company.
Travel between 12 treetop platforms by zipline during the Huana Coa Canopy Tour, in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains, 45 minutes from Mazatlan.
Play 18 holes parallel to 3.5 miles of pristine beach in the gated community of Estrella del Mar. Afterwards, release just-hatched sea turtles into the ocean, care of the largest private turtle preserve in Mexico.
À la Carte
Across the street from the Angela Peralta Theatre, in Old Mazatlan, Pedro y Lola serves up inspired renditions of regional dishes. An outdoor patio seats 160 and faces Plaza Machado (the Machado square).