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Need opinion on location to stay

I finally broke down and agreed to go to MAZ after numerous trips to Cancun, PV, Cabo, etc. I really love Mexico and the people as well as the friendly people we meet there.

What area in MAZ is good for 2 middle aged farts who are not into partying,noise, etc. but enjoy people watching, restaurants [although we will eat 50% of time in our resort/apt] and day tours? We don't mind walking or taking 10-15 bus rides.

I've looked at Costa Bonita & Cerritos Beach area but get the feeling these are "far". For those familiar with PV are these areas like the Neuvo Vallarta?

Just spent 2 hrs reading forums and don't feel I have a better understanding than when I started.

Thanks for your help.

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We have gone to Mazatlan 6 times over the past 10 years. The other years we have gone to Cancun or the Playa area. While we like the Playa area a lot there is something about Mazatlan that draws us back. We have always stayed at the Los Sabalos but this year we are staying at the Playa Mazatlan because it is next door to the Los Sabalos and it gets very good reviews. Another place we considered was the Las Flores but the Playa just seemed right for us as we are a little over 50. If you stay at either the Playa or the Los Sabalos you are in walking distance to many great places to eat and we feel that area also has the best beach area to relax in. We love the area-give it a try!!!!

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Hello, as another middle aged fart here I enjoy staying at Costa de Oro. Its close to things but not next to all the sprink break kids down there in march which is when I go. I also enjoy people watching. I really enjoy pool hopping to see all the people down there.

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From my book, "Mazatlan IS Paradise."

Most expensive

Rancho Las Moras: Located about 30 minutes northeast of Mazatlán in the Sierra Madres. It is a restored Tequila ranch that is more like a hacienda. There are some rooms for rent, but some of the old rustic houses for rent have beamed ceilings and furnishings that would have likely invited the most elite of the upper class. Even though it is far from the beach, swimming is available in a large pool on site. The 3,000-acre property provides miles of land for exploration. A riding stable is available, as well as a game room. A beautiful dining room is part of the rental fee, although non-guests can purchase meals. There are numerous species of animals to see and several peacocks roam the main grounds.

If you are a TV watcher you may be more interested in a place in the Golden Zone. The lack of TVs and telephones add to the uniqueness of the place. The road off the main highway is undeveloped. I’m told the reason for that is because they try to discourage non-guests. Recently, however, tour guides have found it and made it part of the tequila factory tour. The cost is about $400 U.S. per villa, which includes all meals, domestic drinks and all activities.

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay: The resort sits on its own private beach on 20 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is billed as "away from it all - but not too far away." The property is 20 minutes north of the original Pueblo Bonito Resort and beyond the end of the bus line. It is designated as an all-suites resort. There are about 250 suites, divided into ten independent ocean front buildings. All suites have kitchenettes, terraces or balconies and all have an ocean view. Two large pools with swim-up bar, a large spa, tennis courts, three outdoor Jacuzzis, and a gourmet restaurant add to the charm. Shuttle service is available every half-hour to Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán in the Golden Zone. Double occupancy rates are from $140 to $350 U.S. per night depending on the time of year, room size, and location. They have a gate and you must call them 24 hours in advance to be admitted. Telephone 989-0525. If you like isolation and exclusivity, this is the place for you.


The Inn at Mazatlán: My personal favorite because I have been a timeshare owner since 1985, and have never regretted it. This timeshare also rents rooms. Located in the Golden Zone, just south of the El Cid Mega resort, The Inn recently added a tower, and a second, larger swimming pool. The owner is from Salt Lake City, Utah, and until recently, has been an owner in residence. Its main selling point is that most employees have been there for years, and the service is simply the best. The beautiful Teresa Inglis-McFarland handles timeshare resales, and she is most helpful whenever a guest has a problem. The popular Papagayo Restaurant is located on the grounds and has an excellent breakfast buffet. Double occupancy rates run from $120-$180 U.S. You can telephone them at 913-4151.

The Inn has a qualified activities’ director, who supervises activities for the young and young at heart and a lifeguard on duty. They have a complimentary nurse on duty from 10:00 A.M. to 6 P.M. Other amenities include safety deposit boxes, concierge, business and fitness center, laundry and baby sitting service. There is a fantastic gift shop in the lobby.

Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán: This complex is among the most beautiful in Mazatlán. The suites have colorful Mexican décor, and gorgeous tile kitchens. A good-size beach and large swimming pool, surrounded by palapas and umbrellas accommodate the most discerning sun worshiper. Breakfast in the open-air café, and dinner at Angelos, one of the best Italian restaurants in Mazatlán, makes the trip more appealing. Double occupancy rates are approximately $158 U.S. for junior suites and $193 U.S. for a one-bedroom suite in November, and $182 U.S. for junior suites and $215 U.S. for a one-bedroom suite in April. Contact them at 914-3700 or at their website, www.pueblobonito.com.

Torres Mazatlán: A seven story resort containing 80 one BR, 40 two BR, and six penthouses—all with unique Mexican Caribbean Décor, with a private Lanai or deck and amazing ocean views. Each has a kitchen, including a coffeemaker, dishwasher, refrigerator, and toaster. Located on a long beach, acres of beautiful grounds contain three tennis courts, a beach volleyball court, shuffle board, soccer field, a natural grass putting green, a large barbecue area, a huge heated swimming pool, hot tub, and a half mile track for walking or jogging. They even have a big nursery where they grow their own flowers, shrubs and trees. The grounds have the reputation for being the perfect site for weddings, and background for photos.

This five star resort also has a restaurant, activities director, and two life guards. On the grounds one can get a pedicure, manicure, and massage. While most rooms are timeshare, there is always opportunity for rental or exchange through Resort Condominium International. It is located about five miles north of El Cid Marina on Av. Sábalo Cerritos. Go to tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g150792-i257-Mazat… for specials and more information about this beautiful resort.

Marcelo Santana-Medina is the manager and can be reached by telephone at 669-989-8611 or cell: 669-918-0941. His email address is msantana@mazatlan.viresorts.com.

El Cid Mega Resort: for sheer size, this complex is hard to ignore, but frankly I have heard few compliments and many complaints from guests concerning price versus value. The complex includes the Granada, which is the oldest, and is located across the street from the Castillo and El Moro high rises.

The newest, Marina El Cid Hotel & yacht club is located a couple miles north, and is a low-rise Mediterranean-style building with over 200 units. Accommodations include junior suites, one and two-bedroom suites and presidential suites. Rooms feature wood furnishings and marble floors with marina views and balconies. Junior suites feature two queen size beds, living area, and kitchenette. The one-bedroom suites have a private bedroom with king size bed, living/dining room and kitchen. There are two swimming pools, featuring a swim-up bar, waterfalls, slides and whirlpool. There is a Jacuzzi, wading pool and children's pool. Also on-site is an outdoor game area and children's playground. Two restaurants and one snack bar are located on-site. However, to get to the beach you must take a water taxi.

El Cid Complex has 27 holes of golf, 14 tennis courts, a marina, eight swimming pools, spa, disco, exercise room, shopping arcade, an aqua sports center, and 15 restaurants and lounges. Double occupancy rates are from $140 U.S. at El Castilla to $250 U.S. at El Cid Marina Hotel. Their telephone number is 913-3333 and the website is www.elcid.com.

The Faro: Formerly known as Camino Real and Playa Real, it is located on Camarón Sábalo, just south of Marina El Cid. Rack rates: $80 U.S. (Marina view), $110 U.S. (ocean view) plus tax. Recently remodeled, The Faro sits on a cliff with a beautiful view of Bird Island. The beach is quite narrow, but a short walk will take you to a larger beach. It has well landscaped grounds and two restaurants on-site. There is a swimming pool on the ocean side. Sr. Peppers, one of the fancier restaurants in Mazatlán is just across the street. The telephone number is 913-1111.

Playa Mazatlán: The Playa Mazatlán is Mazatlán. The quaintness of the brick archways, columns, and tiles, make this resort look like a Spanish villa. It is located in the center of activity. There are excellent shops on site as well as a super restaurant and romantic beach. Swimming pools include water aerobics daily, as well as poolside activities. The famous Mexican Fiesta is held twice a week and includes an excellent buffet as well as a Mexican style floorshow for less than $30.00 U.S. There is a free fireworks display every Sunday night. Rates are approximately $91 U.S. for a double (garden view) and $110 U.S. for ocean view. Two children 11 and under can stay with their parents free. Call 989-0555.

Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort: Just up the street from the El Cid complex, the Holiday Inn is a plain hotel with good value and “no surprises.” Most guests are tour groupies that like to hang around the pool. The beach is not very big in the hotel area, but there is a restaurant on-site. Most of the rooms have wonderful ocean views. Rates are about $80-$120 U.S. for a double. Telephone them at 913-2222.

Costa de Oro Beach Hotel: Located next to the Inn at Mazatlán in the Golden Zone. The large, quaint complex is divided into three separate areas. The original beach building has 120 standard rooms, some with ocean view. The all-suite tower features spacious suites with a separate bedroom area and a kitchenette. They all have an ocean view and balcony. There are about 60 standard rooms in the three tennis court area, just as comfortable, but more economical because of their location. Several shops, a mini market and pharmacy, a beachfront restaurant and the best Sports Bar in town are part of the complex. A large pool overlooks the ocean. Double occupancy rate ranges from about $80 U.S. to $165 U.S. depending on time of year, size, and location of room. The telephone number is 913-5344.

Royal Villas Resort: Deluxe 12-story high rise on the beach in the Golden Zone. The resort has 130 deluxe suites and studios all with an ocean view and balcony. Suites are available with one or two bedrooms and studios are likewise spacious. There is a large open-air lobby complete with fishponds and waterfalls. The swimming pool overlooks the ocean. There is a health club and game room available. There are two restaurants and a poolside bar. Air conditioning, shower and bath, fully equipped kitchenette, phones, and satellite TV. Double occupancy rates range from $145 U.S. to $225 U.S. depending on time of year, and number of bedrooms. Call 916-6161 or visit their website at www.royalvillas.com.mx.

Fiesta Inn: A high-rise nine-story building with over 117 rooms is located in the Golden Zone. Each room has a balcony and most of them have an ocean view. And for you non-smokers, the hotel offers two floors reserved for non-smokers. The pool faces the beach and has a wading pool attached. There is a restaurant, lobby bar, travel agency, business center, and snack bar on site. Air conditioning (and a ceiling fan), shower and tub, phones, and satellite TV are available. Single and triple rates are available. Double occupancy rates are from $70 U.S. to $120 U.S. depending on size, time of year and location. Children under 12 can stay free, and the hotel has many rate “specials.” The number is 989-0100.

Hotel Quijote Inn: This is a five-story complex located on the beach in the Golden Zone near the Fiesta Inn. There are 67 studio and suites in beautiful Mexican décor. Each suite has a fully equipped kitchen. There is a swimming pool and restaurant on site. Rack rates for double occupancy run from $95-$180 U.S., depending on time of year. The telephone number is 914-1134.

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Hotel Posada Freeman: This was opened in 1944 and it was beautifully renovated in 2002. The hotel is located at Olas Altas #79, in the Centro Historico section and overlooks the water. From the rooftop you have a breathtaking 360-degree view of Mazatlán. Javier Sada is the manager and you can contact him by telephone at 981-2114 or at their web page, www.posadadelrio.com. Daily rates are about $100 U.S. for a double. The price includes a buffet breakfast and use of hotel facilities, including Internet terminals and rooftop pool. The breakfast buffet is open to the public daily from 7-11 a.m., and costs $7.50 U.S. for adults and $4.50 U.S. for children.

Hotel Aquamarina: Is a very nice, older hotel facing the beach at Del Mar #110. A double costs $88 U.S. and $110 U.S. for a suite and all rooms have AC, phone, and cable TV. They have a pool, excellent restaurant and bar, parking, and travel agency on site. Call 981-7080.

La Casa Contenta: Some of the apartments are rented long term, but the real value is in the brick, Spanish-style cottages on the beach. They are great for family getaways. Furnishings are far from spectacular, but, hey, how much time does one spend in the room while on vacation? Parasailing and sailboat rentals are close by. It is located in the heart of the Golden Zone and is sometimes noisy, especially during Easter week. Rates are $89 U.S. for one-bedroom units, to $217 U.S. for three bedrooms. They have special rates for monthly rentals. Reach them by calling 913-4976.


Loro de Oro Inn: Located at Constitución #622, just a half block from the Plazuela Machado in the central part of downtown, this gorgeous Inn has the charm of old Mexico and all the modern conveniences. The three story main building was built in January 2004. This Colonial style Inn is much more intimate and personal than a hotel. It has a breathtaking tropical courtyard with swimming pool, lounge chairs, barbecue, and dining area. Check out their five year prepaid vacation plan. You can email Tony at the Inn for information.

Jr. Studios rent for $49 U.S., deluxe studios rent for $59 U.S. and the Luxury Bungalow suites rent for $99 U.S. per night. They have a weekly special of 7 nights for the price of 6. The monthly rate is 40% discount from the standard nightly rate, however the weekly special does not apply. The costs include maid service and fresh linens. Tony Feuer, the owner mentioned that “since this is Mexico, prices are negotiable.”

They just started a meal service exclusively for guests of the Inn. The breakfast, served from 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M will provide a choice of several items and includes unique American and Mexican classics. The dinner, which is served from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., is a rotating menu of over 20 different dishes and changes daily. This menu consists of totally unique Mexican dishes prepared from family recipes and unavailable in any restaurant in the city. Dinners include appetizer, main course, dessert and beverage. A menu calendar is printed and left in each room. Guests that would like to participate order the day's special 24 hours in advance so ingredients are bought the same day, insuring the freshest produce, seafood and meats. All meals are optional and added to the bill as meals are consumed.

He has free internet service and long distance calls to the US and Canada for $.15 U.S. per minute. Since he has phone calls for local calls, there is no need to leave the Inn for a pay phone.

For further information and great photos, visit their website at www.mazinfo.com/LDO. The email address is LDO@mazinfo.com and the telephone number is 982-8996. If you live in the States, call (714) 369-8205, which is a California number, but will ring at the Inn in Mazatlán. You pay only the toll rate from your place you make the call to the California number.

El Azteca Inn: Located across the street from the Playa Mazatlán in the heart of the Golden Zone. The Azteca is an inexpensive way to be close to where the action is. I stayed there two nights and found the rooms to be clean, and surprisingly, not very noisy despite the location. All of the rooms open into a courtyard, parking, and swimming pool area. There is an excellent restaurant on the grounds. Rates are about $55-$75 U.S. per double. Telephone them at 913-4477.

Las Flores: A twin towers, 12-story hotel located north of Playa Mazatlán on the beach. There are 119 studios, suites, and standard rooms. Studios have a kitchenette area, with a table and chairs and an additional table and chairs on the deck, and two double beds. The one-bedroom suites have all of the above, and more, with a separate bedroom that can be closed off for privacy. In addition to the studios and suites, there are 15 standard rooms, most without an ocean view or deck. There is a large, open-air lobby with a view through to the ocean. The swimming pool overlooks the ocean. All rooms have air conditioning, shower only, phones, and satellite TV. Double occupancy rates range from $42 U.S. to $80 U.S. per night, depending on the size of room and time of year. Two children, ages 11 and under, can stay free with their parents. Single, triple and quad rates are also available. They can be reached at 913-5100.

On U.S. Memorial Day and Veterans Day the Mazatlán American Legion Post #11 has a breakfast and ceremony on the beach. The public is invited.

Mar Azul: Has everything from a studio apartment to condos and houses. It is located off Camarón Sábalo, at Mero #101, about one and a half blocks east of Solamar Inn in the Golden Zone. They have all the amenities, including air conditioning, cable TV, maid service, and a swimming pool. Special services include 24-hour security and parking, and storage facilities for your belongings from year-to-year. Rates are $33 U.S. for a studio to $110 U.S. for three bedrooms. These rates do not include Christmas, Carnaval, and July-August. Contact them via the Internet, cerritos@Mazatlán.com.mx or their web site, www.viajesaMazatlán.com. You can telephone them at 914-0201.

Bungalows Mar-Sol: Is located in the Golden Zone on Camarón Sábalo, across the street from the Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán. They have clean, quiet, comfortable rooms with a beautiful common area and a friendly staff. They have daily, weekly and monthly rates. Daily rates for a room for two people are from $52 U.S. to a suite for three people, $60 U.S. You can telephone them at 914-0108, or email them at bungalowsmar_sol@hotmail.com, or visit their website at www.mazinfo.com/mar-sol where you can also make online reservations.


La Siesta Hotel: The hotel is located next to the Shrimp Bucket restaurant in Olas Altas. The ocean view is terrific from the rooms on the west side. There is not much of a beach for swimming, but it is close to many historical sites, and old-time cafes. From the view rooms in the hotel you can watch the surfers and the beautiful sunsets. It is in the center of the Carnaval celebration site, so if you like partying, be sure and get reservations six months in advance. You can get a double for about $40 U.S. most of the year. The telephone number is 981-2640.

Hotel DeCima: Across the street from the beach, at Av. del Mar # 48. Rooms are $30 U.S. double and have two beds. Some rooms surround the pool, while others face the beach. There is AC, cable TV, parking, and a restaurant and bar on-site. They can be contacted at 982-7400.

Hotel Del Sol: This hotel is across the street from the beach on Av. Del Mar. Reservations can be made by calling 985-1103. A double is $45 U.S. and with kitchenette, $55 U.S. Each room has AC and cable TV. There is a pool, private parking, sun deck, video room, and travel agency on premises. Prices are considerably lower from Easter to November.

Hotel Lerma: It is known as a backpacker hotel and rates for the basic rooms are $10 U.S. double, year round. It is located on Simon Bolivar between Aquilles Serdan & Juarez, in El Centro district of old town, about two blocks from the beach and four blocks from the Central Market. It has secure parking, but no pets are allowed. It is managed by the owner and his son, Carlos Lerma, who speaks English.

Bed and Breakfast

If you like to have company with your breakfast, and a “community life” during your vacation, Mazatlán has the B&Bs for you. In my travels I have never found B&B proprietors that were not personable, and there are no exceptions here.

Captain Moe’s Posada: Owned and operated by my friends, Dorothy and Moe Faith, this B&B is located in the Gaviotas neighborhood, in the Golden Zone, and close to the beach. It has a beautiful tropical courtyard with the sounds of active birds. It has private bathrooms, a refrigerator in each room, and a courtyard kitchen for the exclusive use of guests. Both Dorothy and Moe have that special gift of making people feel at home. Rates are $50 U.S. from Nov-April, and $35 U.S. from May-October. Email them at moe&doe@mzt.megared.net.mx, or telephone them at 914-3319. You can visit their website at http://www.captmoe.com.

Casa de Leyendas: This B & B is located 1/2 block from Olas Altas beach, and is simply too beautiful for words. This historic home has been carefully restored and renovated to include every comfort imaginable for guests, while retaining all its 19th century charm. There are 6 comfortable bedrooms, each different (with names which include the Pedro Infante and the Lola Beltran rooms), all with modern private bath, A/C and ceiling fans. Two bedrooms offer an ocean view terraza and the others also have lovely views. The large dining room can accommodate 16 people. There are many areas in the house where guests may relax. The media room, equipped with large screen for TV or movies, has a library of books and movies, a computer with WiFi internet connection, and plenty of comfortable seating. The mirador on the roof has a wonderful view of the ocean and the city, and is equipped with a grill for guests' use.

A full breakfast is served each morning from the gleaming kitchen and guests have the option of being served in their rooms or joining others in the dining room or any other place in the house! The kitchen and pantry also are available for use by guests. With advance notice the hosts, Glenn and Sharon Sorrie, will arrange for special occasions such as honeymoons and family reunions, or for such things as corporate retreats or fishing excursions.

Rates are from $79 to $115 per room, including breakfast, with some summer discounts. The address is Venustiano Carranza 2 & 4, Centro Historico. Telephone from US is 602-445-6192 and from Mexico is 011-52-669-981-6180. E-mail is info@casadeleyendas.com and website is www.casadeleyendas.com.

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4. Re: Need opinion on location to stay

Hi Mexibound,

Boy, this one is easy! I spent a few weeks on my boat in Nuevo Vallarta and you are bang on. Cerritos, Costa Bonito, and the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay are exactly like being in Nuevo Vallarta. In fact, PB Emerald Bay is in what is now called Nuevo Mazatlan. They ARE much closer to the Gold Zone, and the bus service is MUCH better, but they are away from everything else and you are allways looking at a half hour bus ride to the zone.

Everyone will of course have their favorites, but based on what I see walking in (I have not been a tourist for MANY years) I would consider; Costa de Oro, Inn at Mazatlan, Playa Mazatlan as being my favorites. Nothing wrong with: El Cid, Royal Villas, Pueblo Bonito (Older one),Las Flores, Los Sabalos (I fear their bar could be loud though). To experience Old Mazatlan; Posada Freeman at under $100 a night, and La Siesta at under $50 a night. La Siesta is 43 years old, no pool, no elevator, but clean, well maintaned, and the ocean front rooms have GREAT balconys. Both of those put you in Old Town and everything is within a 6 block walk or a very easy bus ride. I was once a middle aged fart. Now I am somewhat past that and I LOVE Old Town. Great little Mexican bar/restaurants to have a russo negro and watch the sun set. We had a great one last night~!

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I made a mistake in previous posting and am looking for any information on the apartment rented out by Loro de Oro owners. It is not on the same property and doesn't have a pool. Just wondering if anyone has stayed here or seen it? Thanks.

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