Mazatlan Weather & Climate
The climate and weather in Mazatlan is one of its most attractive features to travelers around the world. Its unique position in Sinaloa, Mexico, gives it pleasant temperatures all year round, avoiding extremes both high and low, while still maintaining its appearance on the beaches, as a tropical paradise.
Throughout the entire year, the coolest months are typically from January through march, when the average daytime temperatures are usually in the high 70’s, and they drop down to around 60 degrees at night.
Though there isn’t an actual “rainy season” that most would consider harsh enough to spoil a vacation, its rainiest period does occur during its hottest months. It is also the most humid during that time, with an average humidity level at about 75 percent. Though many visitors don’t notice much of a difference if they come from a place with higher humidity, those from dryer climates can frequently notice the difference on their skin. Moreover, as Mazatlan does not typically experience wind speeds any higher than 10 miles per hour, the stillness can add to the sensation of the humidity.
It should be noted that even in the rainy season, most days still see an extensive amount of sunlight. The mornings during this stretch are generally sunny, with the clouds starting their entry in around noon. By the afternoon, the rain will start, often accompanied with thunder and lightning. The vegetation, trees, and flowers are at their greenest and most lush during this season, but it should be noted that this is also the time when mosquitoes are most populous. Most visitors don’t find them to be so bothersome that they cannot enjoy the blooming flowers everywhere they look.
The temperature of the water from the Pacific ocean, which is always lapping against the sandy beaches maintains a consistent 65 to 75 degrees. With one of the longest stretches of uninterrupted beach lines in Mexico. As the temperatures are as consistently warm as they are, it makes the city an ideal location for swimming and snorkeling, and, depending on the calm of the water, the breaking waves are also often great for surfing, too.
Sunbathing is possible year-round, and even during the rainy season, tourists will need to pack their sunscreen. The water also remains warm enough for swimming and other water sports throughout the entire year.
One of the most popular months for tourism in Mazatlan is in March, as it is an exceptionally common Spring Break destination. In that month of the year, there have been only 4 recorded rainy days in more than a quarter of a century.
On the average day, no matter the month, visitors are generally comfortable wearing cooler clothing during the day, and a light jacket at night. That said, the locals in the city still often take part in the traditional siesta period to avoid the peak of the day’s heat, meaning that they are up quite early and do all of their outdoor tasks right away, and then take an extended break from noon until 4pm, in which they enjoy a leisurely lunch and a relaxing nap. Afterward, the day begins again, and businesses will generally stay open until around 8 or 10pm.
This climate and social atmosphere makes Mazatlan an ideal place to enjoy many different forms of adventure, without missing the chance to simply rest and relax.