I noticed that the Riu Emerald Bay seems to have lots of knocks against it. However, I do know that happy people 4 out of 5 times don't post reviews. Has anyone been there recently? I'm in the early stages of planning a January vacation and saw on redtag.ca that I could get there for a shade under $1000. I have stayed at a Riu Palace in Negril, Jamaica, so I am familiar with the Riu brand. Is this comparable or will I be disappointed?
I am also slightly concerned about Mexico in general. Is Mazatlan a place that I should be worried about travelling to as far as safety goes? I would imagine that if it was unsafe, WestJet Vacations would no longer run trips to the area. But for someone who has never been to Mexico before, will it seem unsafe to me?