An April 2002 trip
to Mazatlan by jump4joy
Quote: What we love about the "Pearl of the Pacific" as we look back upon our second trip.
Hotel | "Pueblo Bonito"
The four dining facilites at Pueblo Bonito are very good, (from casual pool snacking to fine dining at "Angelos".) The Sunday brunch is fabulous and should not be missed. There's also a swim up bar and poolside/beach service, and lets not forget the 2/1 happy hours each day!
The resort has daily activities such as volleyball, water aerobics, ceremics, spanish lessons and beach bingo to name a few. There doesn't seem to be many planned children's activities but we did notice several families at the resort with children. The "timeshare" desk located in the lobby does try and get you to tour "Emerald Bay", a Pueblo Bonito resort located in New Mazatlan. This is in exchange for food vouchers or Mazatlan activities (such as Tequilia Tours, fishing and sailing excursions, etc). Since we were there for two weeks the 90 minute presenatation was not too inconvienent, the resort was lovely, we did not purchase, but we got food/drink vouchers to be used at the Pueblo Bonito resort during our stay! We found this to be well worth it.
Our first year, we had a one bedroom unit, the second year a studio. We found the studio more to our liking as it afforded a more spacious feeling without the confines of a walled in sleeping area. Both units had a sitting area with a second TV (the sofas double as extra sleeping space). All units have an ocean view! Sunsets are free! Units are not very large although fine for two adults.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2003
Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan
AVENIDA CAMARON SABALO 2121
Mazatlan, Mexico 82110
52-669 914 3700
Villa Italia Restaurante Italiano
Camarón Sábalo Sn, Zona Dorada
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
This is at the tip of Plaza Machado. Very bohemian feel. Did Kerouac ever eat here?
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 10, 2003
Pedro and Lola's
Carnival and Constituccion
The food is very good and they offer you a coupon on the street for complete seafood dinner special for two: appetizer, entree, a dessert, and a free margarita. Can't go wrong with that!
Be prepared for the grandpa to come to your table and try to get you on a timeshare tour. By the way, the photos of the grandchildren have not changed in years. They must be much older now!!
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 10, 2003
Restaurant | "The Shrimp Factory"
Restaurant | "Pancho's By The Beach Restaurant - Mazatlan"
Pancho's By The Beach Restaurant
Rodolfo T. Loaiza L-118
Restaurant | "Panamas"
Panama Restaurant and Pasteleria
The waitstaff performs aboout every 20 minutes encouraging your participation in their routine. We were skeptical about such a touristy looking place, but everyone we talked to said to go here. We learned it is a favorite among locals and had been in this new location for about a year. Coupons on the internet are a plus also.
La Casa Country
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
01 669 916 4535
Machado Fish Tacos offers some of the best Baja-style tacos outside of Baja California and everyone that we took there could not believe how fabulous they were. For those who do not know, Baja tacos are batter fried fish in soft tortillas. They bring a variety of salsas and toppings to the table. The chipotle and avocado varieties were our faves! And do not forget to add the cole slaw. The beer was always 2-for-1 with more variety than in the tourist area and the shrimp tacos are a MUST!!!!
Thorny's, which is run by an old surfer dude from San Diego, has freshly ground beef burgers and a few other things on its limited menu. They do have specials that they change daily or every two days. They even will have prime rib or roast turkey with mashed potaoes as a special for us gringos craving home style food. The girls who work there are great and Thorny is quite the character. Do not miss this either!! The burgers are huge.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 10, 2003
Machado Fish Tacos and Thorny's Surf Burgers
Plaza Machado Viejo Mazatlan
The market is the first area to see and it seems like every tourist goes there sooner or later. Bargaining is a way of life but check when the cruise ships come in to avoid crowds and higher prices. Upstairs there are a number of eateries with the lowest prices that you will find in the city. However, we did not eat at any of them -- maybe next time!
The cathedral is also located nearby with its beautiful statues and design. It's a wonderful place to stop in and visit or take some photos.
On Sundays, it seems like family day along the Malecon with vendors selling food and wares about every 1/2 mile or so. You will see families at all of the beaches and eateries that line them enjoying a day of fun. It is possible to take the 3 mile walk from the end of the malecon to the beginning of the Golden Zone at Punta Camaron. You'll be surprised at the familiar faces you'll see (workers in the hotels and restaurants relaxing with their families).
Viejo Mazatlan has a number of art galleries and stores that sell local and national crafts. This is also where the Plazuela Machado is located. The Angela Peralta theater is located here as well, and you may be lucky enough to look in upon a dance class through a window or catch a show in season. It is also the home to a number of good eateries and a news cafe. One night there was a party in the plaza complete with fireworks and live entertainment. If your hungry don't forget to stop at one of the eateries (see dining) mentioned.
Also recommended is a bus trip to the Guerrero market, which is in one of the neighborhoods on the outskirts of the downtown area. The produce is magnificent! This is a relatively unexplored by "gringos" area where you really get a glimpse of Mexican life. It is a short walk from where the bus lets you off, but the sights and people will make you happy that you decided to embark on this adventure. Some streets remain unpaved, however each day you will see woman sweeping and washing the sidewalks in front of their modest homes.
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