Plaza Machado, Mazatlan

Plaza Machado, in the historic city center, was named after Juan Nepomuceno Machado, a Filipino trader who donated the land in 1837. A popular meeting point, the plaza used to be known as the "Orange Walk" because of the orange trees that surrounded it. Enjoy a coffee in the scenic city square, admire the French and Spanish architecture, and view the central gazebo constructed in 1870. Laidback in the morning and bustling with life at night, the plaza is a great spot for people watching, grabbing a quick snack, or a romantic stroll. Before you head to Mazatlan, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Mazatlan online trip itinerary planner , to make sure you see all that Mazatlan has to offer, including Plaza Machado.
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  • The Art Walks are the first Friday of every month from November through springtime and well worth the visit. Do make reservations are your favorite restaurants to get a table during this time of year.  more »
  • Such a pretty main square. Too bad there were so many road closures and renovations taking place while we were there. Since it is located in the heart of the historic district walking around was so sc...  more »
  • Always fun to visit anytime of the day. We visited on a Friday night and venders were set up around the plaza, somewhat like a craft sale. Several of the restaurants had live music. Many great places ...  more »

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Mazatlan's accommodations cluster around the old town, making the most of the city's trademark blend of French Baroque architecture and sea views. Here you can find everything from ritzy beach resorts to affordable youth hostels. Head slightly farther north along the city's famous promenade for a range of high-end options in the neighborhoods of El Dorado and El Cid, with the latter offering proximity to the city's bustling marina.
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