An October 2004 trip
to Mazatlan by bebebloom
Quote: Mazatlan the third time around still delivers. We have great times in this unhurried, delightfully laid-back, and charming Mexican Riviera town. Food is always satisfying, the white sandy beaches never disappoint, and the people are always gracious and accommodating.
Mazatlan makes for an ideal vacation spot. It is located in a picturesque cove facing the Pacific with three divergent zones: the southern end is the port, the downtown area, or Old Mazatlan, and to the north is the Zona Dorada, or Golden Zone, home to nearly all of Mazatlan's visitor attractions and beach hotels. Between the two is the 13km "Malecon", an ocean-front promenade that serves as a sort of buffer between the old and the new. Below the Malecon is a long, curved stretch of mostly undeveloped beach.
The Golden Zone is where you will find Playa Las Gaviotas and Playa Sábalo, the city's most popular beaches, where coastal merchants and surfers converge on the beach. It is also home to "Fiesta Land", a very recognizable Moorish-style complex that houses many of the city’s local hot spots. This is PARTY central in Mazatlán. If you have the desire to soak in some culture, the Old Town should not be missed. It is quaint and old- world, some areas with cobblestone streets and sidewalk cafes. Visit the renovated, historic Angela Peralta Theater and the somewhat untidy Central Market, which offers a variety of fresh local food. The cathedral is also nearby.
For seafood lovers, Mazatlan is heaven, It is said to be the "shrimp capital of the world," processing nearly 40 tons each year. Shopping is good here, with several fine art galleries and handicraft markets. We love to ply the open market for sterling silver jewelries, where bargaining is fun and expected. For the sports enthusiast, Mazatlan offers the usual assortment of water sports -- water ski, take a banana boat ride, paddle a kayak, or look down on the islands while soaring on a parasail. It also has some of the world’s finest deep-sea fishing.
Hotel | "El Cid Marina and Yacht Club"
For those wanting to swim in the ocean, the resort has a fabulous, private white-sand beach just across the Marina, two minutes by a shuttle launch that's continuously available the whole day. El Cid Marina offered a fantastic selection of sports and recreational activities, with professional instructors for those yearning for brush-up lessons in golf, tennis, sailing, fishing, or kayaking.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2005
El Cid Marina Beach Hotel
Av. Camaron Sabalo D
Mazatlan, Mexico 82110