We feel like Mazatlan is our home away from home!
Stayed at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay for our first time as owners. We have always stayed at the El Cid El Morrow or Marina and so this was different for us. Location - yes it was a ways out but it was ok for us. Wake up walk the beach, enjoy lounge chairs on the beach or near the pool or in the pool, order beverages, play volley ball, enjoy other pool/poolside activities, paint pottery, order snacks or lunch poolside, order beverages, relax in the hamocks or swinging bed, view the fish, lizards and birds and plantings on the grounds head to the room in the afternoon or evening and get ready for going out on the town. Everyday in the later afternoon or evening we took the PB shuttle between the two resorts and it was very easy to do and ran often enough for us. The quality of PBEB was great. Lots to do there and we enjoyed every part of it. (see resort review for other details) Some days that we did not want to wait for the shuttle we got a cab. It was 80 to 100 pesos from PBEB to PB MAZ and then the price went up from there to 150 pesos to the ElCid/The Inn area and up from there. We tipped the maid Bertha $5.00 every day and she went above and beyond everyday! But then she brought us a little gift on our last day - it was thougthful of her and she had a note with it too. The second week we had a different maid and she did just the basics to get by and nothing more. We did still tip her but not as much as Bertha! We had good service from everyone of the staff.
The first week it was very quiet and not many people when we were out walking the GZ and by the end of the first week people starting showing up and it got busy over our last weekend there.
We ate out most every evening. Room service at PBEB a couple nights - the food and service was very good and cost was reasonable. We also went to Chilie Peppers, Gus Gus (the old one in the Gold Zone), Panchos, Vitores? (Italian in the GZ), Fat Fish (ribs on the grill), Mr. Lionso's, Mary's for a couple breakfasts, Bings for ice cream several times after an evening walk following dinner, Pappagyoes? at The Inn, The Bistro at PBEB, Pedor & Lolas in the square, Cilantros and more that I am not recalling. One place that we really wanted to try but ran out of time is Roy's. It is in the strip mall near Mr. Lionsos. Many people that we talked to said that they have two lobster and shrimp for about $13.00, you can bring your own wine if you want. Next time!
We walked the beach at PBEB each day. While exploring we saw many animals that washed up on the shore. 2 dolphins, 2 seals, a deer, a few eells? and even a dead whale washed up on the shore the morning after a brief storm came thru. The hotel staff worked on the situation with the whale as it smelled really bad, they could not move the huge thing and so they had a large tractor come the next day and it got burried in the sand. It was sad to see. My husband joked with friends of ours staying in the Gold Zone that we dont have any beach vendors up near us but that we have lots of "road or wave kill".
We spent a few days on the beach in the GZ at PB Maz and enjoyed purchasing some items from vendors. We also spent a couple days at The Inn Maz with friends and again enjoyed purchasing items from the vendors. This year we tried the fruit and veggies from the guy that walks the beach in the GZ. I forget his name, but it was great! Mango!!!! Yum!!!! Our favorite was the cucumber and hikama (spell?) with seasoning and lime on them - it is sooooo good!!! He is a great guy and will let you sample items too but then you really need to tip or purchase or both!
My son did the parasailing at PBEB. He is 13 and didnt weigh enough for the size parachute that they had so one of the workers went up with him. It cost us $40 and we gave the worker who went up with him a tip of $10.
Hubby and son went bottom fishing. Arranged it with "Patches" from around the pool at PBEB - cost $80/each plus $10 for fishing license. It was windy and they really should not have gone out but no refund for changing date etc. Well, hubby caught a grouper and a "rat fish" and son got very sick and did not catch anything. They cut the trip short as hubby felt bad for son being out there like that. Maybe next time!
I was treated to a surprise Swedish massage, manicure and pedicure at the PBEB Spa - surprise from hubby and kids. It was fantastic and a first for me!
We hired a driver for a few hours one day to tour us around and we enjoy this even though we do this every year - always something new to see. Up to the hill top look out and the docks to see the boats and the historic square and to the market area by the cathedral and the driver even took us to see somthing that he thought we would have never seen - racoons! It was too funny as we told him that we have them up here in the north. My kids got a kick out of this. We enjoy riding in the Palmonias when getting around and not walking.
One night there was eleven of us at Pedro and Lolas for dinner. The food was ok. The live music outdoors was great as always. We always enjoy the square with the vendors in the evenings - made some great purchases of jewelry items.
We walked and walked and shopped and shopped and ate and ate and tipped a few here and there too! We miss it already and now we are freezing our you know whats off! Until next time!