When it comes to romantic spots, Mazatlan isn't afraid to lay all its cards on the table: historic cobblestone streets, vast beaches, a sparkling bay...this easy-to-reach honeymoon destination is never short on intimate moments. To narrow it down and help you plan, we decided on our six favorite, most romantic things to do in Mazatlan. For the most romance possible in a single honeymoon, plan to tick each of these off your list after you arrive!
Dine at El Presidio and Casa 46 Restaurants
Housed in a partially-restored building, the softly-lit El Presidio restaurant has the romantic air of bygone days. Choose a table under the trees in the cobblestone courtyard, or opt for one in the gardened air-conditioned dining room. For another romantic dinner date, try Casa 46 Restaurant, built into a restored turn-of-the-century home. With period furnishings and artifacts lining the walls, the dining room is gorgeous. But the real treat comes when you book a table on the balcony overlooking the main square. Balmy breezed waft through the window, setting a mood that makes your hearts flutter. Both El Presidio and Casa 46 serve local and international cuisine in unforgettable settings -- and better yet, the price is right!
Take a Stroll Along the Malecón
Mazatlan's seaside walkway, El Malecón, is one of the longest of any city in Mexico. The four-mile promenade links the Golden Zone to the old colonial part of town, offering sweeping views of the ocean and the off-shore islands along the way. It was recently widened and renovated, allowing it to acommodate more couples than ever before without feeling crowded. Conveniently-placed steps allow you to stop, hop off, and explore attractions on the other side of the street as you walk along.
Climb Up the Lighthouse
This is an outing for the fit and adventuresome! First, couples hike all the way up a hill where one of Mazatlan's most famous treasures stands proud, overlooking the ocean and the city below. From there, you'll climb 300 steep stairs to the tippity-top of one of the world's highest lighthouses. You'll be rewarded with spectauclar views of the place where you chose to begin your new lives together.
Get Out to the Countryside
Charming colonial towns like Copala, Concordia, Rosaio, and El Quelite are nestled between the pristine farmlands surrounding Mazatlan. Most can be reached on charming day trips where you can explore life in rural Mexico. In El Quelite, for example, you can enjoy lunch at picturesque Los Laureanos restaurant for a taste of regional cuisine, then visit Los Osuna tequila factory to learn how Mexico's national drink is made, then enjoy some samples!
Treat Yourselves to a Spa
Reserve a sensuous massage for two at the new spa at El Cid, one of the region's most luxurious hotels.
Walk Along the Beaches
Mazatlan has fourteen miles of shoreline bordered by some of the country's widest beaches. With so much beachfront, you can always avoid crowds, so they're perfect for finding a quiet spot for just the two of you, on any day of the year. Watch the horizon line to catch a glimpse of playing dolphins and sea lions, or just stretch out and let yourselves be caressed by the warm sun.