Mazatlán is situated on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, almost directly across from the tip of the Baja peninsula. Mazatlán has its own airport, as well as ferry service to La Paz. Travel time from the airport to your accomodations is approximately 35 minutes. Taxis from the airport cost approximately $35 USD and when in town it is easy to get around either by taxi, pulmonia (open air taxi), city buses or aurigas (little trucks where groups of passengers ride in the back on bench seating).

Set at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains on a peninsula that extends into the Pacific Ocean, Mazatlán is one of the Mexican Riviera’s premier resort areas. Its remarkable scenic beauty is complemented by a delightful festive atmosphere and a wealth of exciting activities.

The city is concentrated in four areas: To the south there is El Centro (downtown) where the heart of the city is. 6.5 kilometres north of downtown lies the Sábalo traffic circle at the start of the Zona Dorada (Golden Zone) near the Punta Camarón, a rocky outcropping over the water. The Golden Zone is where the majority of hotels and restaurants are located. These two centres are linked by Avenue Del Mar, also known as the Malecón, which is a scenic beach-front avenue that bridges the gap between the two areas. Further north the New Marina has hotels, condo complexes, and private residences situated around it as well as two golf courses. In addition there is the new Galerias shopping mall with a large cinema complex, Sam's club and Walmart across the street. The northern limit of Mazatlán is an area called Los Cerritos. From the New Marina to Playa Bruja (a favourite surfing spot) you will find numerous new condominium developments along Avenida Sabalo Cerritos.