A December 2003 trip
to Mazatlan by getawayguy
Quote: Our fourth vacation to Mazatlan was like rediscovering an old friend. With more time available, we were able to learn more about her past and present and get a glimpse into her future. For many different reasons Mazatlan will remain a treasured destination we will look forward to seeing repeatedly.
Hotel | "Royal Villas"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2004
Royal Villas Resort
Ave Camaron Sabalo 500
Mazatlan, Mexico 82110
Hotel | "Pueblo Bonito"
The resort is an all-suite property, offering guests 247 choices ranging from junior to luxury accommodations, all featuring an incredible ocean view and private balconies on which to enjoy it. The junior suite is a full 575 square feet and includes a sitting area and kitchenette. The luxury suites offer the same in a 750 square foot setting. All suites feature satellite TVs, total air-conditioning, purified running water and all the other amenities that one would expect from a Gold Crown Resort.
While guests can just choose to relax, the options for activities at the Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán are inviting. Among them are golf on a two-mile-long Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed course, dove and duck hunting through the wetlands, hiking, biking, horseback riding, tennis, and of course all water sports, including surfing, snorkeling, diving, parasailing and jet skiing. Additionally, Mazatlán offers some of the best sport fishing in the world. Another highlight of the area is the sea turtle refuge located on a secluded beach just a few miles south of the city. And of course Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán offers guests a state-of-the-art fitness center and massage and sauna facilities.
When one is not pursuing action or relaxation, Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán provides some extraordinary dining experiences to complete the indulgence. Angelo's features fine Italian cuisine against a background of soft music and Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán's signature casual elegance. Las Palomas serves a unique variety of Mexican and International favorites on a beautiful outdoor terrace daily and offers a lavish brunch with free flowing mimosas every Sunday. Cilantro's provides fresh fish and seafood specialties. Poolside dining at Cascada's Sandwiches ensures that visitors don't have to abandon their activities to enjoy a tasty meal.
Pueblo Bonita Resort is an excellent choice in Mazatlan.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 20, 2004
Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan
AVENIDA CAMARON SABALO 2121
Mazatlan, Mexico 82110
52-669 914 3700
Restaurant | "Panama Restaurant"
The atmosphere is sparkling clean, relaxing, bright, and cheerful. Service is excellent. As far as the food goes, everything we tried there was fantastic.
In addition to all of the usual beverages, they create magnificent "coolers" by blending together fresh tropical fruit, milk, and ice (using purefied water).
Each restaurant has a bakery sales area featuring breads, rolls, pastries, pies, and beautiful cakes for every occasion, including weddings. The dessert cart that is rolled by your table often during your visit is one of life's sweetest temptations.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2004
Panama Restaurant and Pasteleria
While the skipper steered the boat through the bay, the guide pointed out everything nautical along our path and had interesting bits and pieces of information for us. We were told about the shrimp fleet, the cruise ships, the sport fishing boats and the Navy base.
As we left the main harbor area, we entered inlets and waterways lined with mangrove trees with hundreds of waterfowl. At the end of one waterway, we pulled into a dock and went ashore to tour a small farm where we saw live alligators, crocodiles, and turtles as well as more common farm livestock.
Next we boarded a trailer, pulled by the farmer’s tractor and rode to the beach. While there for about an hour, some walked the shore collecting seashells, while others rented horses to ride along the beach. Then the farmer returned us to the dock at his farm, where another man and a woman had prepared meals, giving us the choice of fresh fish or quesadillas. We ate and drank our fill, while sitting at roughhewn tables under a huge palapa.
On the return trip, we were in for a great surprise. The guide was able to attract about 40 or 50 pelicans to the canvas cover above the boat. He invited all who were willing to come up to the bow, individually, to hand feed the pelicans that flew along with us as the boat carried us back to the harbor. It was amazing fun for all.
After returning to the marina, we again boarded the bus for the ride back to our individual hotels.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 15, 2004
Andres Librado Tapia was in charge of the design. It was under the patronage of businessman Manuel Rubio that the theater was being erected, when he died while on a trip to Europe. His widow, Vicenta Unzeta, took over and continued the work. It was opened to the public by early 1874, but she was forced to sell the theater three years later.
Between 1878 and 1880 the new owner, Juan Batista Hernandez, ordered a complete renovation of the property. From a popular theater with wooden benches and balcony, the theater was transformed into a luxurious one. It was said to be "the most comfortable and elegant" with fifteen colored stages made expressly in Paris.
In August, 1883, the company of Mexican opera singer Angela Peralta, "the Mexican Nightingale", arrived in Mazatlan preceded by great fame. The diva was received with great honors by the City Council. Unfortunatly, she wasn't able to perform, becoming infected with yellow fever upon her arrival. She died a few days later at the Hotel Iturbide next to the theater.
With time the building degraded. In 1943 it was named "Angela Peralta" and had already been converted into a cinema. Afterwards, it was used as a box arena, with the local idol, Joe Conde, as the star of the show. Finally it became a mechanical workshop for "pulmonias". Already abandoned and in ruins during the carnival of 1969, the theater was the stage for a burlesque show.
In 1975, Mazatlan was subject to the rage of hurricane Olivia, which left the theater in very poor condition. Luckily in 1987 its restoration began under the supervision of architect Juan Jose Leon Loya. On October 23rd, 1992, it was reinaugerated by the president of Mexico.
Today the theater boasts the most modern technical infrastructure and hosts all kinds of performances: concerts, ballets, recitals, operas, and stage plays, among others.
While in Mazatlan this time, we attended two performances at the theater. The first was a retrospective of John Lennon and the Beatles performed by the musical group, Help. The other was a ballet of The Nutcracker. Both were very well done.
Angela Peralta Theatre
Carnaval Street Near Plaza Machado
We viewed the Teatro Angela Peralta and heard its' complete history and the story of Angela Peralta's life and her untimely death. Eduardo showed us all the famous statues and, in each case, explained what each represented and how they came to be there. We were introduced to a family that have been making tortillas for public sale for decades and visited the private home of a family that have owned and operated the oldest bakery in Mazatlan. This tour was informative, interesting, and so much fun, I recommend it to everyone, even if you think you already know Mazatlan.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2004
City Tour by Pueblo Bonita Resort
All over Mazatlan
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