Located close to the Tropic of Cancer, the coast of Mazatlan is bathed by a warm Pacific Ocean. That’s why surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, wind and kite surfing are part of the adrenalin thrills here.
You will find instructors and activities suitable for all skill levels. For the most experienced, June is the right time to take part in the annual Quiksilver Classic Surfer Event, when pros from all over the world show their best skills on northern mexican beaches.
For gentler action, head to Los Pinos Beach, which is more family-oriented for wading, swimming or beginners’ surfing. Rocks and islands close to the coast are ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving for a glimpse of the tropical diversity of marine fauna. If you don’t have your scuba PADI certification, there are plenty of places where, after a 4 days course, you’ll be certified.
Trophy fishing for marlin, sailfish and swordfish has lured celebrities to these waters since the 1940s. Famous writers, Hollywood stars and illustrious figures from Europe took home memorable trophies caught on Mazatlan’s tournaments.
Mazatlan is still an angler’s mecca where a record 988 -pound marlin and 203- pound sailfish have been pulled from what’s been called the world’s great natural fish trap at the juncture of the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez.
Sailfish typically run from March to December; blue/black marlin from May to December; swordfish/striped marlin from December through April. Experienced crews specialize in practical conservation methods and anglers are encouraged to sign up for the catch-and-release program. Besides, a certificate is so much easier to take home than something from the taxidermist and you’ll have even more bragging rights because you’ve helped preserve your worthy opponents.