Travel Budget for Mazatlan

Estado de Sinaloa, Mexico

How much does it cost to travel to Mazatlan?

How much money will you need for your trip to Mazatlan? You should plan to spend around M$1,058 ($55) per day on your vacation in Mazatlan, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, M$456 ($24) on meals for one day and M$275 ($14) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Mazatlan for a couple is M$866 ($45). So, a trip to Mazatlan for two people for one week costs on average M$14,818 ($766). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Mazatlan for one week usually costs around M$7,409 for one person. So, a trip to Mazatlan for two people costs around M$14,818 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs M$29,637 in Mazatlan. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Mazatlan can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Mazatlan? How much money do I need for Mazatlan?

How much does a trip to Mazatlan cost? Is Mazatlan expensive? The average Mazatlan trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Mazatlan prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Mazatlan
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Mazatlan is M$433. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Mazatlan is M$866.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Transportation Budget in Mazatlan
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Mazatlan is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent M$275 per person, per day, on local transportation in Mazatlan.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Mazatlan
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  • While meal prices in Mazatlan can vary, the average cost of food in Mazatlan is M$456 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Mazatlan should cost around M$182 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Mazatlan is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Mazatlan
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  • Entertainment and activities in Mazatlan typically cost an average of M$128 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Mazatlan
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  • The average person spends about M$242 on alcoholic beverages in Mazatlan per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Mazatlan On a Budget
Mazatlan Mazatlan, Mexico
Mazatlan is located on the Pacific coast in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. The city has a population of almost 500,000, making it the second largest city in the state. It is a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches and resort hotels. Most people head to Mazatlan specifically for its beaches, but the city itself is somewhat large and diverse with many different cultures and ethnicities represented. Many foreigners come here not only to vacation, but also to retire. You'll meet people from all over Europe, as well as Canada and the United States.

Mazatlan's climate is dry, wet tropical. There is a distinct dry season between the months of December and June. Summer months are prone to high humidity, making the temperatures feel significantly higher than they actually are. Summer highs are typically in the low 90s Fahrenheit and winter highs are in the high 70s Fahrenheit.
Centro Historico is the city's old town, and is not to be missed during a visit to Mazatlan. It's easy to organize a tour of the area, but self guided tours are just a fun.

There are many sights spread throughout the town. Mazatlan's lighthouse is the highest natural lighthouse in the world and offers wonderful views. You can find it by following the signs around town that say "Faro".

If you've heard of the cliff divers in Acapulco, you'll find something comparable here, although they dive from a lower height into shallower water. It's still entertaining to watch.

El Mercado is the largest marketplace in the city and is located in the historic city center. Here you'll find everything from souvenir t-shirts to homemade handicrafts. It's also a great place to try your hand at bartering.

Olas Altas Beach is a popular nearby beach that is lined with restaurants. It's a great place to walk around for a while.
Mazatlan has several different inner city districts as well as a few outlying suburbs. The two districts that are most significant to tourists are Zona Dorada and the Centro Historico. The Zona Dorada is north of the city and has many beaches that attract vacationers. Centro Historico is the historical part of town that is quite attractive with many plazas and nicely refurbished houses. This area is where you will find El Mercado, which is the city's largest marketplace. Machado Square is a famous square in Centro Historico. Teatro Angela Peralta, Pedro y Lola's Restaurant, and a beautiful hotel are all situated on the square. Four blocks from the square is Olas Altas Beach. This beach is popular with the residents of Centro Historico and has many restaurants.

Most people spend a significant amount of time on the beautiful beaches of Mazatlan. The miles of beach also offer a variety of water sports including jet skiing, water skiing, and parasailing. Surfing is also an option at several locations.

Mazatlan has an excellent nightlife with many popular bars including Senor Frog's, Valentino's, Sumbawa, and Joe's Oyster.

Other activities in the area include playing golf at Estrella Del Mar Golf Course and visiting Estrella Del Mar Sea Turtle Sanctuary.
Food and Dining
As a relatively large city, Mazatlan has restaurants to meet every budget. Predictably, seafood in the area is excellent. You can also find cafes that serve sandwiches or snacks. International food is available including pizza, hamburgers, and Asian options.

In addition to restaurants, there are many bars around town where you can grab a drink. Most seafront bars are frequented by tourists while the locals typically spend their time at the inland bars. These local options usually have an excellent atmosphere.

The two main ways to get around Mazatlan are by bus and taxi. There are really two different bus options. Large green buses pass by most of the tourist destinations. They are of high quality with air conditioning and cost about US$0.70. There is also a regular bus service that caters more to locals and costs US$0.45.

In addition to traditional taxis, you'll also find pulmonias around town. These are open top taxis that are abundant and easy to find. Do ask the price before getting in as prices are negotiable and you should pay about 30% less than the original asking price.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

The Centro Market

By backpackguru in Souvenirs
Centro Market is a great place to do some shopping and submerge yourself in the local culture. There are great prices and lots places to practice your Spanish while chatting with the shopkeepers. Many of the prices are actually marked, especially for the produce. When prices aren't marked, of course consider doing some bartering. The market is divided into different sections based on item. There are sections for clothing, souvenirs, flowers, etc, so it's a great place to wander through. The market is located near the cathedral and central square.


By backpackguru
Taxis are very convenient in Mazatlan. There are both traditional taxis as well as pulmonias, that are open topped cars that serve the touristy areas. You'll only find these in Mazatlan. Make sure you negotiate the price before you get in the vehicle though. Plan to negotiate about 30% off the original asking price. Typically it costs less the US$4.00 to get between the downtown and the tourist district. If the driver was good, a tip is always appreciated, but not necessary.

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