After a cruise to Mexico in February I decided to purchase a timeshare. Looking primarily in Cabo or Mazatlan, in April I found one at the Costa de Oro on eBay that fit the bill. After the purchase was complete, I emailed the resort telling them I would be using my unit this year. When I arrived, I brought a copy of my contract just in case. Handed it to the front desk clerk and immediately received my room key and towel card! It was totally painless and quite a relief (this was the last of my concerns - that there would be problems checking in).
I can't guarantee this, but I would swear they used my unit for the promotional pictures. Furniture is the same, pictures on the wall the same, view the same ... and I did peek into some open doors and not all units are cookie-cutter decor. The view was wonderful. I overlook the pool and the ocean. The unit has a small balcony with a couple of plastic chairs and a small table for some relaxation after breakfast and again late night. The air conditioner worked it's magic and the unit was always comfortable. Microwave worked, but the turntable had been replaced with one from a different model, so it didn't spin (big whoop). Didn't use the stovetop (and there were pots/pans/dishes in the cupboards) because the resort restaurant had really good food, as well as a couple of other places up and down the Zona Dorada. Oh, and the auction said this unit sleeps 4 - it sleeps 6 if you use the extra blankets and pillows on the two couches.
The two main items other reviewers didn't like were also present (but I knew beforehand, so I'm fine with it) - first the resort isn't new, and it shows. The primary sign, and easy to fix, is the sloppy paint job everywhere. Evidently whomever painted last didn't know about taping things off first. It just looks sloppy. Second are the bichos. Yes, I learned a new Spanish word! The bichos are really, really itsy-bitsy tiny little ants. They made their presence known the morning of my third day (I left an after dinner candy on the kitchen table - bad me). A little discussion with the housekeeper (who by the way was a riot. She doesn't speak any English, and my Spanish is rusty, so it was fun trying to communicate) and a day later they were, for the most part, gone. She dealt with them with a strong arm and a heavy can of raid! She still wouldn't give me more than 2 coffee packages a day though, but she did tell me I could have two regular instead of 1 regular and 1 decaf!
The resort is not all-inclusive, although they do have that option for one of the hotel packages. The restaurant has excellent food, and on Sunday offers a buffet which had my favorite item (lengua). Staff were all very friendly and attentive.
The weather was hot. Ok, it was REALLY HOT. And the humidity was probably 100% (Mist would come off the ocean water at dusk). It was like being in a sauna. After a day I started enjoying it On the third day I stopped sweating so much that I had to change clothes frequently! Then I just got into the routine of 'food, back to the unit to cool down, wander the streets, back to the unit, beach, unit, food, unit, balcony, beach, food, ...'. Oh, then there was Thursday night (if I recall correctly). We had a thunder & lightning show for hours. And it poured down rain as well. It rained hard enough that water came in all of the units (via the front doors). The floors are tile, so it was easy for me to throw the towels down and get most of it - but the housekeeping staff was busy the next day with big brooms and lots of towels!
I also like to travel light. All I took was my backpack with a couple pairs of shorts and 7 days worth of other clothes. There was a laundromat right across the street that cost $20 pesos - and they provide the soap! What a deal
The thing I enjoyed the most was watching the other guests. Since I went by myself this time, I did a lot of people watching. Week 28 is not a big use week for those of us from The States (too hot), but the resort is full of locals. People in other cultures are much more family oriented. Almost every family there was made up of at least grandma, grandpa, mom, dad and the kids. Some even had the aunts, uncles and cousins. It was like watching Ozzie & Harriet for real (or Hazel, Patty Duke, Father Knows Best) because no one was screaming at their kids, everyone was having a great time and showing respect for the other guests. Amazing family dynamics; and something I think we would be better for if we emulated them.
Ok, I think my long winded explanation can be summed up in a, 'Yes, I'm very happy with my purchase and had a great time in Mazatlan' I look forward to next year!
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- Costa Del Oro
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