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Chicago, Illinois
posts: 18
reviews: 4
spring break 2013

hey everyone,

well mazatlan seems like an excellent for our spring break vacation. i know its a while away but one must start saving!! there will be 3 of us going [gals]. 2 teachers & 1 student so we need any advice to be able to cut expenses in food, lodging, etc. we dont need 5 star hotels, comfortable with spanish. we just want to have a good time. we are flying from chicago so airfare itself will be a big chunk. any tips would be greatly appreciated!

thanks

Seattle
posts: 95
1. Re: spring break 2013

We'll be down there March 16-26. We'll have a toddler, so our savings plan is to not go out at night and not do any of the fun excursions ;)

Saint Cloud...
posts: 469
2. Re: spring break 2013

I've stayed at Costa de Oro and it was reasonable and nice. Get out of the hotel to find meals... Breakfasts can be very cheap at local restaurants. Bring snacks, each breakfast late and just eat your snacks for lunch.

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Ontario
posts: 2,809
reviews: 3
4. Re: spring break 2013

I am really disappointed that the "regulars" on here haven't chimed in to help you.! I know that tourism is in the pits right now, but where are the so-called experts when you need them?

Off the top of my head, you will find that even though prices have climbed recently, you will still be paying much less for meals than back where you live. Every restaurant has good food at good prices....our favourite economy spots are Juanitas in the north end of the Golden Zone, and always Las Brochetas across from Mega on Raphael Buelna.

Hotels? Oceana Palace, Luna Palace, Azteca Inn, El Quijote.

The bus service is tremendous...do not be afraid to use it, it is an experience to savour in the best possible way, and way cheap.

This is a very poor intro to Mazatlan, but hopefully will get some dialog going on here people?

Mazatlan, Mexico
posts: 196
reviews: 69
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Well tripadvisor has removied my reply so I´ll send you a PM.

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Calgary, Alberta
posts: 676
reviews: 28
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Hi Joanne,

I have also sent you a personal message. Feel free to contact me any time.

Mazatlán, Sin...
posts: 2,522
8. Re: spring break 2013

neils, The "experts" on THIS forum at the moment, are Mazatlán full-time residents, so we don't really have the knowledge about the various hotels that you experienced tourists have. I will note that SOME of the hotels (just a few) specialize in deals for spring-breakers, so it's best to ask first, and avoid those that do. Otherwise, spring break is nearly invisible to other vacationers.

Edited: 11:51 pm, November 21, 2012
Chicago, Illinois
posts: 793
reviews: 31
9. Re: spring break 2013

Hi Joanna,

We always travel over spring break which for us is Easter every year. Last year, we went to Mazatlan. I usually do a ton of research here on TA and other sites. We usually get very competitive rates from Chicago through Apple Vacations or Funjet. You can go to their web sites and find out pricing yourself and see if some days are cheaper than others. Traveling Sunday to Sunday is usually cheaper than Saturdays. I find most times they are actually cheaper than booking flight/hotel/airport transportation seperately. I also find that what they advertise for amenities at each property is accurate. Enjoy!

P.S. Ocean water in early April last year, really reminded me of Lake Michigan...CHILLY!

Ontario
posts: 2,809
reviews: 3
10. Re: spring break 2013

I wasn't particularly targetting the "official" experts, but rather all those some-time regular visitors to the site that have been prepared to answer general questions like this in the past.

Seven years ago or so, I was in asking mode, and I got a pile of good info on this site. Not so much anymore....very few trip reports or other tourist information. I know the traffic on here is about half what it was three and four years ago, that it might be a poor time of year with very few visitors reporting in, and may be the OP's original query was too general to answer easily. Or perhaps people have moved on...just saying.

At least there is some response finally, thank you.

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