Mazatlan Journals

A weeks worth of Mazatlan

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An April 2003 trip to Mazatlan by Cydlet

La Casa Country Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Our vacation was only for a week, but what a full week it was. My husband's love of fishing is what initially inspired us to vacation in Mazatlan. While he went out to sea, my mother-in-law, Ila, and I had adventures of our own around town.

El Cid Marina Beach Hotel

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Hotel | "El Cid Marina and Yacht Club"

El Cid Marina Beach Hotel Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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We stayed at the Marina El Cid on a timeshare exchange. The rooms and the grounds at this five star resort are beautiful and very well kept. The resort's staff was always helpful and available whatever the situation. The rooms were cleaned every day while we were away, we never had to wait for a taxi no matter what time it was and there was even a security guard keeping an eye on us while the timeshare sharks were swarming around. The resort has two beautiful swimming pools: one is freshwater and the other is a seawater pool. There are activities and classes daily, or you can get your hair braided, get a henna tattoo or paint ceramics all right there around the pool. The freshwater pool has a swim ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2003

El Cid Marina Beach Hotel
Av. Camaron Sabalo D
Mazatlan, Mexico 82110
52-69-13-3333

La Casa Country

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Restaurant | "La Casa Country Restaurant"

La Casa Country Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Our experience at La Casa Country Restaurant was more than just a dinner -- it was an experience to remember. My husband, mother-in-law, and I went to dinner here our first night in Mazatlan and we enjoyed it so much that we went back two more times during our stay. Our waiter, locally known as George "Copperfield," is more than a waiter, he's a very good magician as well. He performed tricks for us at our table that kept us wondering throughout our vacation. After dinner, our (flaming) Mexican Coffees were made at tableside, and that was an impressive show in itself. The coffees are very tasty, but you can't beat the presentation. The restaurant has a comfortable country-western them...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2003

La Casa Country
Camarón Sábalo
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
01 669 916 4535

Sheik Restaurant

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Restaurant

Sheik Restaurant Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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This is the best place to have breakfast in Mazatlan. The name of the restaurant is pronounced sh-ake, not sh-eek, it's located in the big white Fiesta Land complex next to Valentino's Disco Club at punta camaron. They serve a very good breakfast from 7am to noon, except on weekends, when they serve it until until 1pm. The price of a complete breakfast including coffee and juice is about $6.00 USD. You can't beat that, for this type of dining. I confidently recommend the shrimp omelette or the eggs Benedict. These dishes come with fruit, potatoes, and assorted muffins. The inside of the establishment is very elegant and there is an ambience here that feels relaxing, but exquisite. A water...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 16, 2003

Sheik Restaurant
Av Camaron Sabalo sn
Mazatlan, Mexico

Aries Fleet and Escualo Fleet

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Attraction | "The Aries Fleet and Escualo Fleet"

Aries Fleet and Escualo Fleet Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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My husband''s love of deep-sea fishing is what inspired us to vacation in Mazatlan. Jay went fishing twice during our stay and caught the BIG FISH he'd hoped for both times! The first trip, he sailed out on the "Black Marlin" of the Escualo Fleet from the "New" Marina Mazatlan, and he caught an 8.5 foot striped marlin that weighed in at 140 lbs.! It was the biggest in Mazatlan that day and the first "big game" fish he had ever caught. (Check out the pictures below). He thought his vacation couldn't get any better than this -- "King fisherman of the day"! To make this even more perfect, the fishing trip was given to him as a gift for listening to a timeshare presentation at Pueblo Bonita Resort. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 2, 2003

Aries Fleet and Escualo Fleet
Aries at Marina El Cid; Escualo at Marina Mazatlan
Mazatlan, Mexico

City Tour

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Attraction

City Tour Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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The City Tour was a gift for attending a timeshare presentation. The air-conditioned and spacious tour bus picked us up in front of our resort at 10:45am and returned us at about 3:30pm. The tour takes you along the 16-mile malecon by the sea, past the statues that grace this stretch of town, and downtown to -- El Centro Mercado for some shopping time and to see the Mazatlan Basilica Cathedral. The prices shopping here were rather expensive, I guess we were expecting Wal-mart prices. The downtown area is very congested you wouldn't want to be driving your own car here. After 45 miutes of browsing and shoping we reboarded the bus and went to El Mirador to see the cliff diver, barter with the vendors th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 28, 2003

City Tour
Pardo Jewelers at El Cid Resorts
Mazatlan, Mexico

Horseback riding

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Attraction | "Horseback riding on Stone Island"

Horseback riding Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Although this is not really an island (it is a peninsula), you travel by boat to get there. The cost of the round trip boat ticket is US$2. The "ferry" boat seats about 18 people and you have to wear a life vest no matter how small it may be. When you arrive on the "Island", pulmonia drivers are standing by. For about $4, they will take you through the village and to the beach. Our intention was to go horseback riding on the beach, but due to the overcast weather on the day we chose to go none of the stables had horses ready for riding. Our driver told us that when the sun is not out tourists usually don't come over to the beach. After a search of the local stables we did find a man who was willing t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2003

Horseback riding
In front of El Moro
Mazatlan, Mexico

Acuario Mazatlan (Aquarium) Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Ila, my Mother-in-law and I went to the acuario while my husband went fishing for the day. We were pleasantly surprised to find that there was more than fish to be found here. We arrived at 9:30am as it was opening for the day, and by 12 noon we had seen it all. Besides the impressive aquariums with fish, which most listed information in both spanish and english, there is also a marine life museum with a tidepool learning tank, a small zoo,a botanical garden, and three different feature shows that repeat and can be seen every half hour throughout the day with the last show starting at 5:30pm. My favorite was the sea lion show. They will do most anything for an anchovy, but don't sit in the fron...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 6, 2003

Acuario Mazatlan (Aquarium)
Av. de Los Deportes No. 111
Mazatlan, Mexico

Pronatours - Country Tour

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Attraction | "The Country Tour"

Pronatours - Country Tour Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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The Country Tour by Pronatours is a day well spent. My husband Jay, mother-in-law ILa and I enjoyed this seven-hour tour into the Mexican history and culture of this region. The air-conditioned and comfortable tour bus picked us up at our hotel at 8:45am and we were returned by 4pm. Although the tour features the two towns of Concordia and Copala, the itinerary is much broader. Our first stop, only 35 minutes into our tour was in the small town of Posole to meet a brickmaker and to witness the process of his labor-intensive trade. Then on to Malpica, where our bus tour temporarily became a walking tour. We ventured on cobble stone streets through a quiet neighborhood of small, colorful dwellings; past...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2003

Pronatours - Country Tour
El Cid Marina
Mazatlan, Mexico