As many destinations in Mexico broke tourism records in 2023, it’s time to take a look at lesser-known places that fly under the radar.
When it comes to booking a Mexican beach escape, in all likelihood, Cancun, Los Cabos, and even Puerto Vallarta come to mind.
There’s nothing wrong with traveling to the behemoths of vacation hotspots, but travelers are doing themselves a disservice by not scoping out more of Mexico’s stunning coastlines.
One beautiful beach city is creeping up on travelers’ radars to where 2024 may be the year it begins to become more mainstream.
Here are 5 reasons why you should visit this lesser-known Mexican beach city:
New Luxurious Stays
In 2024, the underrated coastal city of Mazatlan will welcome a pair of luxurious hotels to add to the allure of making this your next stop in Mexico.
In addition to beachfront resorts, there will be a new golf and wellness resort rightly named Dreams. The Dreams Estrella Del Mar Mazatlán Golf & Spa Resort is slated to open in April 2024.
Although not categorized as a beach resort, this Hyatt-branded property sits beachside as an all-inclusive destination in its own right with a gorgeous 18-hole golf course, 8 on-site restaurants, and a waterpark.
Currently, the resort is offering promotional rates before the grand opening. Another hotel opening doors soon is the Fiesta Americana Zona Dorada, set in the touristy Golden Zone.
However, no official opening date has been set so far. Even more luxurious hotels are expected to open beyond 2024.
An Up-And-Coming Digital Nomad Hub
As more digital nomads seek out lesser-known destinations for new experiences, Mazatlan is one of the latest places to lose its top-secret status.
Digital nomads are falling in love with Mazatlan for a variety of reasons, but a few to highlight are safety, insanely fast mobile internet speeds, and affordability.
Mazatlan may not be the cheapest place in Mexico, but it’s affordable enough to stand out against mega-popular vacation spots to begin seeing digital nomads trickle in.
The nomad scene is only going to grow from here on out. We back up that claim as we at Travel Off Path awarded Mazatlan among the best digital nomad destinations in the world.
Of course, finding a beautiful beach destination that remains true to its core benefits digital nomads too, but all travelers want a taste of authenticity.
Many super popular destinations across the globe cater to tourists with shiny new things, but Mazatlan is a blend of old and new that all travelers will appreciate.
Visitors will find charming streets with vibrant historical architecture in the city along with modern high-rises lining the picturesque beaches.
Although prices aren’t what they used to be, locals know it’s worth the price of admission for a sense of real Mexico.
Whether it’s exploring the colonial-era streets or eating local cuisine dating back decades, first-timers will fall in love with this city and see why locals don’t want their treasured secret unleashed.
One Of The Most Affordable Mexican Beach Vacations
As word spreads about how great Mazatlan is for vacationing, prices will surely rise. As Mazatlan stands today, it remains one of the most affordable beach getaways in Mexico.
Compared to say, Los Cabos, where nightly rates commonly average hundreds upon hundreds of dollars per night, Mazatlan is the best beach spot to get the best bang for your buck.
Sadly, it won’t always be this way. Locals are already seeing surging housing prices.
It’s only a matter of time before travel prices skyrocket, making 2024 the perfect time to visit.
Not Just A Beach Destination
Many beachgoers tend to lounge around, taking life easy, but there is more to see in Mazatlan than crashing waves.
Even with roughly 20 miles of gorgeous coastline, there are fun things to do without your toes in the sand.
A new aquarium – the Gran Acuario Mazatlán “Mar de Cortés – opened recently and is the largest in the country.
Uber, or even outlandish golf cart taxis, make getting around easy to go bar-hopping, Mezcal tasting, or sightseeing.
Pay a visit to old cathedrals, wander the scenic Malecón, or even trek into the jungle for zip-lining tours.
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This article originally appeared on TravelOffPath.com