What’s a trip to coastal Mexico without a day at the beach? Along the famed Mexican Riviera where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet, Mazatlán has a 12-mile long stretch of sand. The Zona Dorada (or Golden Zone), with its restaurants, shops, and hotels, is the city’s most well-known and crowded span. Head north to Playa Bruja or Playa Los Cerritos for a more secluded sunbathing experience. If you’re a surfer, head south to the "locals beach" at Playa Olas Altas to catch the biggest waves.