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Los Angeles Locos
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Tenacatita
Los Angeles
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“Great Family Place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2013

I read the reviews on here and have to agree with many of them. I am an American who married into a Mexican family and spend a great deal of time in Mexico and speak limited Spanish. This resort is definitely geared towards Mexican families, lots of group activities for both kids and adults. This was my first experience staying in an all inclusive resort (and hopefully last). I am a bit of a foodie and the food was lacking in quality. The breakfast in the buffet were good with made to order omelettes and lots of fresh fruit, but the lunches and dinners were not good. The food in the a la carte restaurants was much better but you are restricted in how many times you can visit them. Kids, Kids everywhere if you don't enjoy kids this not your resort (we had 10 with our group) don't use the pools unless you are ok with babies in diapers in the pools. The rooms were clean and OK but nothing special, the beds were very hard as noted in other reviews. I think the week I was there I was the only American there along with a few Canadians and the rest Mexican families. This resort is not up to the standards most Americans are looking for. If you are looking for a budget place to take the kids I think you will love it.

Room Tip: The Junior Suites are worth the extra money with a sitting area and the best views in the place.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

Blue Bay Los Angeles Locos is a very interesting resort. I would suspect that it is very polarizing with its Canadian and American guests.

This resort is aimed at Mexicans, with Canucks and Yanks also welcome. As such most of the activities and shows are communicated in Spanish. There is enough English spoken that all your needs will be taken care of.

Food: The main buffet, Embarcadero, Is great for made to order omelettes (Cecelia in the mornings). The lunches and dinners are not quite as good, however there is always something decent to eat. The A la carte restaurants are better than most of the other resorts we have been to. The house wines are also a notch above the normal house wines in Mexico.

Pools and Beaches: I have found that vacationers are divided into two groups. Pool people and beach people. Our small group of four are beach people. If you are a beach people, this is the place for you. The private bay Blue Bay is situated on is perfect for playing in the waves. The waves, while not big enough to surf on, they are consistent and well formed to body surf on. There is some danger with under tow but if you stay in the recommended areas, should be little trouble. There was one incident of a person getting stung by a ray. If you are a pool person, they have the usual pool games and events as well as a swim up bar.

Speaking of bars: The pool bar is very popular and efficient. The snack bar, near the beach area, is open at 11 and closes at 4 or 5 in the afternoon. The pool bar closes at 6 PM and all the bar functions transfer to the Tequila bar. Overall the bars at this resort do not offer all the drinks that some other bars do. You do get the basic bar drinks.

Electronic entertainment: The TV viewing in the lounge is quite limited. Usually soccer, with no hockey or basketball or curling. Like I mentioned earlier, this resort is aimed at Mexicans. The TVs in the rooms do have English programming. They do have free wifi. This is something some resorts do not offer. The wifi is limited to the lobby area but no major problem with that.

The resort, because it is on private land, has no vendors on the beach. This is either a major plus (like for me) or a negative if you like to shop while on the beach. It is relatively isolated. This is also a plus or a minus.

Like many of the resorts in Mexico, they charge a daily fee for the safety box in your room. However distasteful this is, it is cheaper than most other resorts (only 25 pesos/day)

They also have fishing for cheap at this resort. You are almost certainly going to catch a fish. I think everyone who went fishing during the two weeks we were there caught a fish. The cooks while cook the tunas up for you to eat.

Regarding other posts. The beds are firm. The bug problem was no problem while we were there. Ernesto at the front desk runs an efficient operation and is very helpful.

Would I stay at Blue Bay again? Yes
Would I recommend Blue Bay? Yes

Positives:
This resort has a great BEACH! Cheap fishing! No vendors! Very good A La Carte restaurants.

Negatives: Isolated! Average buffets (except breakfast) Little shopping! Hard Beds!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank riev
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Montreal, Canada
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101 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2013

We just returned from a 1 week stay with our 11 and 14 y old daughters-A great value all-inclusive in so many ways: gorgeous almost deserted beach- the resort is the only one on the beach..perfect weather- warm but not stifling, a gentle breeze makes it bearable but doesn't impede great tennis; kind attentive staff who try their best- though I strongly recommend dusting off your Spanish dictionary..firm mattresses for sure- but I slept better than on some boutique hotel soft ones..great bodysurfing waves far enough out and with few enough people that chances of injury are few-many included activities such as a horseback ride and mangrove tour- didn't get a chance to try all the pool and beach games in a week ( dance classes, " tequila volleyball" etc... ) dolphins, whales, turtles..food was fresh and fine lots of fish and seafood- the seafood sauce on pasta night was particularly delicious. Didn't tip the barmen- hard to carry pesos at the swim up bar but great service nevertheless - we negotiated a combo "deep sea fishing/ snorkeling trip which was very enjoyable though we sadly caught no fish " no suerte " according to our guide Luis, though we saw many jump as well as got a tour of the area, saw some above mentioned ocean inhabitants and had a nice snorkel including moray eels and jewel coloured fish- we also hired a cab to melaque and barra de navidad 2 nearby towns; inquire where the market is- it travels among the local towns and is worth a visit: nice silver jewelry, local crafts, my teenage daughter found coconut oil she's raving about, other guests scored cute Tshirts in the dollar ( 10 pesos ) bins..remember to negotiate prices both with the taxi driver and the market merchants...I also recommend shelling out a few pesos at the beach resto at the other end of the beach where the " boat people" hang out drinking margaritas , playing dominos, and telling fish tales
This place was very quiet during the week, but packed on the weekend with " local" tourists- which I personally found a plus- if there's one thing I usually find a deterrent in all inclusives, it's their generic component- you could be on any beach, surrounded by fellow gringos, whereas here, we certainly tasted the local flavour- it's definitely not club med or beaches, but why pay twice the price when you can get the best beach AND local flavour here? (This from a past club med ixtapa visitor ) all in all, highly recommended if your priorities are great beach, great weather and great ( local ) value

Room Tip: Best rooms are 4rth floor overlooking tennis courts: not as noisy- though the evening shows end befo...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Whitehorse, Canada
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52 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2013

We are a couple in our mid-twenties and stayed here from February 19-26, 2013.

Pros:
The staff here are very friendly and personable, although not all speak English. The entertainment staff in particular really enjoy their jobs and go out of their way to create fun contests for the guests. Omar speaks very good English and is more than happy to help if you run into a language barrier. The evening shows are pretty decent - they are loud, so you may as well attend, because you will hear them regardless. The bartenders were also very courteous and prompt. Chavarin at the disco and Carlos at the pool bar deserve special mention for their friendly service.

The beach is beautiful - we liked watching the pelicans and dolphins in the bay. We really enjoyed the snorkel tour that we booked through the water sports centre. Also, the La Vena restaurant at the end of the beach was fantastic - best coconut shrimp I've ever eaten.

La Arrecife restaurant was very nice and we enjoyed the food quite a bit. Pedro was an excellent waiter. Try to get a reservation at 7 PM, so that you can watch the sun set and enjoy the view of the bay.

There are a lot of Mexican locals here, especially on the weekends, and their children are remarkably well-behaved. There were a lot of kids but we didn't find them to be a problem at all; they were mostly just cute, especially when invited up on stage at the evening shows.

Cons:
My only major complaint was that we were told this hotel was a 4 star when we booked it, but it is really a solid 3-3.5 star, so our expectations were a bit out of line with reality. The facility is very clean but quite obviously an older hotel, and parts of it require repair/more substantial maintenance. However, we still enjoyed our stay, and this was more a problem with the travel agency than with the resort.

Yes, the beds are hard, but we didn't find this to be a major problem. We had no problems with anything in our room breaking or not working, but found we could hear the people in the adjoining room fairly clearly, which was disappointing. You must pay an extra 25 pesos per night for a room safe lock, which made me feel like we were nickel and dimed a bit. It would be better if this charge were simply included with the room fee.

The food at the main buffet ranged from poor to decent. However, the made to order omelettes at breakfast were fantastic, and we opted for pizza from the Italian restaurant for lunch most days. The main dishes at the Mexican restaurant were disappointing, but the tarmarindo margaritas, guacamole, and appetizers were very good.

The resort is quite isolated. Again, we found that we had plenty to do with the activities available on the resort, and we were looking for a relaxing vacation. We did not go to La Manzanilla but heard that the cab fare was about 200 pesos each way. If you want to do a lot of shopping or clubbing, this is probably not the place for you.

We booked a fishing trip with a group through the water sports centre that was disappointing, and heard from others that they had a good time and caught many fish, but they had a different driver, so it sounds like that is a major determinant of how good of a trip you will get.

Overall, we had a nice time in Manzanillo and enjoyed our stay at BlueBay. This is not a luxury 5-star hotel in a busy, commercial tourist area, so if you want that kind of experience, you should look elsewhere. However, if you would like a smaller hotel in a beautiful environment that is less busy and commercial, you will likely enjoy your stay here.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Sara M
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London, Canada
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2013

Overall Blue Bay is a great place for some R and R. Food is pretty good for a 3 star. Beds are hard as rocks. Bars are best if you tip. Beach is fabulous.
Tips and tricks:
Go down and put your towel on a pool chair with a cushion as soon as you wake up. There's not alot with cushions and after the night you have on the bedrock, you'll want something softer than hard plastic to sit on to read. The cushioned loungers are under a canopy all together but youou can roll these chairs anywhere you want. After you stake out your lounge and move it where you want, pick up a coffee and bring it back to your room for a nice morning on the balconey.
I purchased and brought a 2 inch memory foam mattress topper. It took up a third of my bag and only helped the bed a little bit. But it was still worth it. Didn't bring it home.
Weekends are insane with nationals. Bring you ipod because the announcements and entertainment starts at he pool early and it's loud and all in Spanish. The pool area on the weekends is also over run with babies and toddlers. I swear its like plopping down with your sunscreen and book bag right in the middle of a daycare. Very noisy. Cute but noisy.
Specialty restaurants are ok. I liked the mexican best but the beach bugs bite harder at night so wear long pants or lots of bug spray The seafood place has a ceasar salad that is a piece of romaine with thousand island drizzled on it.
i got a fairly substantial injury from swimming in the giant waves. My own fault. No one else was swimming for a reason!! It was fun though, and I'm sill kickin so beware and don't swim alone. We were there for a week and i"m not sure I could have done two. There's just not enough to do. And I'm still aching from the hard beds nearly a week after being home.
The place is as clean as a whistle and I never saw one fly on the buffet.
The chocolate pastry absolutely fantastic and worth hacking off a piece to bring home if you're lucky enough to see it on your last day. Mine didn't make it home but everyone on my plane was jealous.
Thanks bluebay!.

Room Tip: 2nd floor by the tennis courts.. still have an ocean view but no noise and close to the front desk a...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stonewall, Canada
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

We just returned from 5 wonderful weeks (15 Jan to 19 Feb,2013) Our 3rd year at this resort.
I can not rave too much about the 2 new a la carte restaurants.Both outdoors. The Italian as an elegance that sets the tone for your dining pleasure.The menu was varied and included fish, pork, beef steak,shrimp & of course many pasta dishes. All tasty,well seasoned & well presented. The serving staff were very professional. The Mexican restaurant provides a true Mexican atmosphere.The food was superb. Because it is right on the beach, the staff are working hard to limit the evening insects that every so often, bounce off the lights. One should never complain about the food.....unless you are a very picky eater or a habitual complainer.
For breakfast there was a variety of 3 or 4 fruits to choose from, 4 kinds of yogurt,cottage cheese, cereal,raisons, coconut, granola, 3 cereals,hot chocolate, 4 different juices, tea coffee,soft drinks,raw veggies, pancakes,toast, eggs (fried or boiled),omelettes made to your request,varieties of breads, loaves & buns, as well as many Mexican hot dishes.
Lunches always varied as to the salad items, which included tomatoes, lettuce,corn, beets,jicama, bamboo slices, asparagus, alfalfa sprouts, spinach greens,carrots & cucumber , as well as tuna salad, pasta salad, salsa salad,cold slaw,many Mexican dishes,chicken,beef or pork. Desserts also included fruit. The International Restaurant (14 years & up) was classy. Steak,chicken,fish,pork lamb & pasta provided a well balanced menu.
THE BEACH....what more can you say....second to none. Clean& stretches out to create a healthy,easy walk. At the far end is a lovely little Mexican restaurant not connected to the Resort.
Contrary to some reports, we found the front desk staff to be very accommodating ,especially when we needed help with our WIFI hook up each day.
Certainly there is a lot of Spanish spoke, but hey, this is Mexico,plus 90% of their guests are Mexican.
We found our room clean & spacious.Though some folks found the beds hard, we did not.They did not give us sore backs, like many expensive overly soft ones back in Canada. Most have an ocean view from the balcony. The rooms facing the tennis courts are quieter.
The maintenance staff have just completed a Paint Ball enclosure. The 4 tennis courts are freshly painted & sport new nets....they are always available.Whale, dolphin & sea turtle watching trips are very reasonable. We paid $20.00 per person(6 of us).Snorkelling excursions are also reasonable.
This is a perfect resort for a quiet, peaceful rest or you can keep as busy as you wish,with the heated pool,swimming in the ocean,boogie boards,kayaks,pool table,ping pong,shuffle board & tennis, horse back riding, as well as the many organized sports, yoga(stretching)massages, water exercise, Spanish lessons & book exchange..
The resort is about 1 hour north of Manzanilla & is somewhat isolated , but very secure. So if you are looking for the busy streets & Mexican venders, you won't find them here. There are a few tables with trinkets & gift items, but no one hassles you to buy anything.
One should always take insect repellent & anti-itche cream to any resort, be it in Cancun or here.
We are looking forward to our return to this hidden gem , next year

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Audrey L
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Fort Mcmurray
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82 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

We have gone to Blue Bay many times before and we went for 2 weeks this year. Service is better than ever, and there are a few changes to make the resort even better. Instead of 1 a la carte restaurant, there are now 3! The meals are great at each restaurant, and the omelettes in the morning in the main restaurant are better than ever. I can't believe that others have complained about the food at the resort.
The beach is great for body surfing and boogie boarding. Another guest and myself kayaked over to a nearby beach, which was great. Unfortunately the route to get down to the beach at Boca de Iguanas has been closed, so the walk to La Manzanilla did not happen this year. I did however walk to another town (7.2 km one way) along a well defined trail that turned into a road. Lots of birds at the small lake I passed on the way.
I was bitten by no seeums this trip, so remember to take along some bug spray for the evenings outside on the beach. The water was luke warm, perfect for swimming. The pool was well used by everyone, as well.

My minimal complaints: Our dresser had a broken drawer, and 2 other guests reported the same issue. The beach chairs are still hard, as are the beds (which didn't bother us). If you are interested in shopping, the taxi ride to La Manzanilla is $20 one way, $30 to Melaque, and $35 to Barre de Navidad. Of interest to those who might want to take one of the very nice coaches from Melaque to Puerto Vallarta, costs are dirt cheap! $19 one way to Puerto Vallarta!

Our apologies to the staff at the resort on behalf of the drunk Alberta couple who spoiled the terrific Valentine's Day dinner for the others attending. They were extremely loud and very rude to the staff.

Room Tip: Bring bug spray. Another couple was eaten alive by the no seeums. You might want to bring an infla...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Los Angeles Locos
Address: Km 20 Carretera Federal 200, Tenacatita 48989, Mexico (Formerly Blue Bay Los Angeles Locos)
Region: Mexico > Jalisco > Costalegre > Tenacatita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Tenacatita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Los Angeles Locos 2*
Number of rooms: 204
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 4-star all inclusive resort located in the idyllic beaches of Tenacatita Bay, in Mexico's famed Costalegre, only 45 minutes from Manzanillo's Airport. Fulfill your dreams and connect with nature..take a jungle riverboat ride through the magical world of pristine mangroves or go horseback riding along our extensive beach. A haven of fun and relaxation for nature lovers and lovers of all kinds! ... more   less 
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