We mainly spent time with local friends of mine (now HER friends, too), walking the beach, sampling places like La Cueva Del Leon (bought a waiter's shirt, new, from Juan and Alejandro there,very cool indeed), Chili's Pepper (got a nice white polo shirt there, too), Tony's, had breakfasts and drinks at all places, always a good time.
Went to Jungle Juice one night, it was OK, but hot; very hot even into the evening. I asked for more ice in the second bucket of three 2x1 beers (me, Wife, friend) and it was still WAY shy of enough ice. Small tip left......that'll teach 'em....heck the beer was not cold to begin with. ???
Speaking of shirts, some while back I scored a Gus y Gus BARTENDER red shirt; took me two years to talk 'a certain person' into that. Big score, quite a prize to me. I cannot wear it in Maz, promised I would not, but I do at home; just gotta love gettin' that baby! I think I'll post a picture of my 'collection!
We had fun at Gus y Gus many tiimes, though didn't spent too much time there, wanted to get around a bit, Canucks, Beach Burger (shared a good sandwich), had some antiobiotics with me, thank God, got sick one day; recovered quickly, don't know what happened, but ate something somewhere that didn't work out!! 0_0
Mary's and Tres Amigos were open, didn't go there. I like the beach, remember? Went to La Concha and ordered a cerveza and a stawberry (fresa) margarita, waiter came back after ten + minutes (wasn't crowded) with a cup of beer and a 'regular' marg.... bad service, not the norm. Anyway, told him, "Forget it, we'll come back later." He gave us the beer gratis, and we split.
We had many drinks given to us by the staff at several places (just wouldn't take our money some days), which has become the usual for me. Nice tips resulted of course. We still spent our share too anyway.
We rode a Pulmonia all the way to Olas Altas twice at only $60 pesos each time. Darn good from all the way up 'north'. Other than that, we rode the various busses all the time.
We walked all the way from La Puntilla to Puerto Viejo one morning (yes I have one of the PV shirts, too), the long way around, past the lighthouse, College, etc. Hot! Long walk, and pretty much devoid of people; no problems, though. We had planned to eat at La Puntilla, but I thought the $129 peso buffet sounded too much like a 'gringo price'. So be it...there are still LOTS of $50 peso breakfasts around, El Paraje is $37, even the Inn has a very good 'Americano' for $72...great hash browns, fine eggs and toast, and their bacon is actually cooked well enough and very good.
One thing about the Inn: I had a New York that was ordered medium, came to me still 'whinnying' and was tough as Hades; could barely cut it with a steak knife, for the most part. Actually I totally dislike the meat seasoning they use, too, but my Wife liked it. Another small tip, as that was THE WORST steak I have EVER had in my life. I don't understand; breakfasts were great... ???
Al Agua is still open, looked like Arabiatta was not (may have been too early when I looked that day?), Mr. Tony's has a new name, and new owner? Carlos and Lucias has moved yet again, El Altazor Ar_e Cafe in the Plaza is gone, too bad....loved their sandwiches.
The Ocean was pretty much high tide seemingly everyday, with great surf. Not too dangerous except for the pretty big waves, didn't see much of any undertow or riptides. Lots of people swimming, some surfing, and boogie boards of course.
No jellyfish; saw a couple white flags, but zero little blue guys. :)
Didn't parasail or do any tours, just did a lot of walking, bar hopping at times, and spent a TON of time in the pool, diving, etc. Had a lot of fun with all the lifeguards everywhere, too. Just something I do; we teach each other Ingles/Espanol. :) As I mentioned, it was 91-95 right near the Ocean from day two on, a little cooler the last day. We hit the hot spell for sure!
One neat thing was a free Pacifico upon our departure from our digs while waiting for the cab; got TWO each upon arrival, ice cold! During the week the Hotel manager found us and insisted on our taking freebie margaritas from him; pretty cool.
We bought some little souveniers from the guy who has a pretty good size shop near PB Maz (across the street) for my Wife's friends; nice guy, evryone should visit there, good prices, tons of stuff, alway a fun visit. Only problem is that it was aobut 100 in the place; only fifteen minutes in there and my t-shirt was soaked, literally. My Wife complained she was 'melting', lol. And it takes a lot to get her to perspire. :)
Saw some cool sunsets, the previously reported GREAT lightning show and torrential rain one night.
All told it was a good experience, saw all we needed to for now and had enough sun to last a good long while. 85 degrees now feels downright cool!!! Amazing.
I miss our friends, though the hugs and handshakes will tide us over. Will try to maintain 'til our next visit; sure would like for that to be November...........shall see. J :)
Go and enjoy, as Mazatlan still has loads to offer in fun, friends, food, surf and Sun!