Mazatlan Journals

Mazatlan-The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

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A January 2004 trip to Mazatlan by mbwalker

El Cid Marina Beach Hotel Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico More Photos
Quote: 99% enjoyable, but I was ripped off by a local vendor for $500 USD--read and beware!

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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ACCOMMODATIONS: We stayed in a two-bedroom unit (a one-bedroom unit with a door that connects to a studio unit). We stayed in rooms 420 and 421, which were on the top floor of the building that overlooks the pool nearest the lobby. A second pool is located in front of the last building that overlooks the ocean. Our view was nice, overlooking the pool and marina. The only building with an ocean view is located at the end of the property. That building is "integrated" with the second pool, which has waterfalls and caves and a very large Jacuzzi. The water in that pool was too cold to swim in. The water in the pool nearest us was very warm. The room was spacious, clean, but spartan. The TVs were old a...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 14, 2004

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

El Cid Marina Beach Hotel

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Hotel | "Marina El Cid Hotel & Yacht Club"

El Cid Marina Beach Hotel Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Best Things Nearby:Shopping in Old Town; the beach; the restaurants in town.Best Things About the Resort:We found the hotel manager went above and beyond his duty to help us out when we had a problem with a local vendor who tried to rip us off and even paid off two policia to show up at the hotel to intimidate us. The hotel manager also sent an interpreter with us when we had to go deal with this vendor. It was scary and without the help of the hotel manager and staff, the experience would have been much worse.Resort Experience:ACCOMMODATIONS: We stayed in a two-bedroom unit (a one-bedroom unit with a door that connects to a studio unit). We stayed in rooms 42...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

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

Panama Restaurant and Pasteleria

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Restaurant | "Panamas"

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We ate at Panamas at the recommendation of our friend, who is a local. If you have a sweet tooth, you'll love their fabulous selection of amazing desserts. Be prepared, though, the Mexican version of cheesecake is not the same as the American version. It is less sweet and has a more creamy texture. I enjoyed it, but just don't expect a typical New York cheesecake flavor/texture. All of the desserts, breads, etc are baked fresh every day. They are also reasonably priced. Order up some dessert and take it back to your hotel for later, or have a cup of coffee with your dessert right there in the restaurant. Panamas is usually packed full of people, all day long, and it's about 60% locals and 40% tourists...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2004

Panama Restaurant and Pasteleria
Various Locations
Mazatlan, Mexico
(669) 913-6977

Las Canoas

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Restaurant

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Las Canoas is a wonderful restaurant located right on the beach. It has plexiglass windows so you can watch the ocean waves rolling in. There is a little playground to the left where your kids can play, and you can watch them through the windows. There are also beach vendors (non-aggressive and very friendly) that will display their wares on the sand outside the windows. If you're interested in what they are selling, you can call them over. They will not come and disturb your dinner. They also have a live mariachi band that is excellent. The band plays every night, and you're welcome to tip them on your way out. There is also a guy who roams from table to table with one of those tiny guitars and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2004

Las Canoas

Mazatlan, Mexico

Los Arcos

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Restaurant

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Los Arcos is a family-run restaurant. There is inside dining and an enclosed outside patio area. There are no views to speak of, but the warm and inviting atmosphere and attentive waiters make up for the loss of a view. Los Arcos serves seafood and traditional Mexican dishes. They serve a unique appetizer made of whole carmelized onions and peppers. We gave it a funny look, then tried them. Although I didn't care for the onions, I did like the peppers, which were mild unless you ate the seeded part. Our picky teenage son absolutely loved the food here. We also enjoyed it immensely. If you have little kids, there is a swingset by the front door. If you sit in the enclosed patio, you can...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 14, 2004

Los Arcos
Avenue Camaron Sabalo
Mazatlan, Mexico

Tequila Tilly's

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Restaurant

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If you're hankering for a good old-fashioned hamburger, barbecue ribs, cheesy pizza, or a thick, juicy steak, this is the place for you. The entire restaurant looks like a typical barbecue joint right out of Texas. All of the meat entrees are grilled on a barbecue. They also had other typical American fare like pizza. There were even some traditional Mexican dishes as well. The selection and variety is such that you could take a very large group there and absolutely everyone would find something on the menu that would appeal to them. On the night that we went there there was a group of kids (10-12-years-old) dressed in western attire, and they were dancing to western songs. After the s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2004

Tequila Tilly's

Mazatlan, Mexico

Stone Island

Attraction | "Stone Island - ATV Motorcycles warning"

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Stone Island is great, EXCEPT for the ATV motorcycle rental. We were ripped off! Our son and his friend crashed their ATVs. No problem, we were going to pay for the needed repairs (about $200-250 US). However, the ATV owner had other ideas. He wanted us to pay double the cost of the repair work, and wanted his ATVs to look "like new." He wanted us to pay for things that weren't even broken. Long story short, he showed up at our hotel with police he had paid off (the hotel manager made them leave because they had no papers -- the equivalent of an arrest warrant). We then spent three days trying to work things out with the US Consular and Mazatlan's Dept. of Ministry. Despite t...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Stone Island
Main Port
Mazatlan, Mexico