We were in Mazatlan in early February for our 6th time. There were a total of 10 of us. It was just as great as the other 5 times.
This time we stayed at Pueblo Bonito. It is an older property but very well maintained. The staff are all very friendly (but who isn't in Mazatlan?) The pool water was actually warm enough to swim in. The rooms were spacious and very clean and the beds were very comfortable. Every place else we stayed in the past the beds are very hard, but I actually prefer the hard beds! I sleep much better. They had 4 or 5 different types of pillows you could request. I found that very impressive. This property is a little further from the Golden Zone and we kind of missed being in that area but we could not pass the deal up that we got through Expedia and PB was always someplace we wanted to stay.
We did take the shuttle over to PB Emerald Bay. Although the pool was fabulous we were not at all impressed with the place.
First stop was Ponchos - one of our favorites. Can never go wrong there! We tried Fat Fish and although everyone on these posts have highly recommended it, we were disappoited and probably would not go back. Three out of six of us had the ribs. They said they were good but very fatty. We ate at Heather's twice (again because of previous posts). First time it was all 10 of us and it was maybe around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. We were the only people in the place and the service was SO slow and the food was just okay. One morning my sister and I figured we would give another go. Again wrong choice. Oh well! Can't satisfy everyone! Purple Onion was great for breakfast and we ate there twice for dinner. Great burgers at Munckins and cheap Pacificos! And of course Panamas for breakfast several times!
The timeshare people were not too annoying. Although the lady in brown at the Purple Onion (Blanca) is very annoying - just like others have said. She forgets from day to day that she spoke to you previously and that the answer is still NO.
The weather was okay. Evening's were definitely cool - jeans and a light jacket. Couple of the days were very breezy. It was never hot. We are used to it being much warmer. But it was still better than back in Chicago (they got 8 to 10 inches while we were gone).
One thing we noticed, probably because of cooler temps and dryness, is that there was not an abundance of flowers and lush foliage. In the past years, everywhere you looked it was green and the flowers were beautiful.
All in all we had a great time and we are looking forward to going back for our 7th time. Mazatlan doesn't change much and I guess that is why we love it so much. You know what to expect. It really is great going someplace on vacation and feeling totally comfortable and at ease and it is so easy to get around.
With that being said - we will be taking a 1 year break so now I have to ask - has anyone ever been to Manzanillo and if so would you mind e-mailing me with any suggestions? We are probably going to try that next year.
Thanks in advance for any input on Manzanillo.