So this was my 2nd week long trip to the resort in less than 6 months. I will say that I definitely liked the weather MUCH better in mid January and I did in late June. It was VERY hot & humid!!! We again stayed in building A which is right on the beach. Unfortunately because it was so hot outside we couldn’t leave not only the windows and doors open we even had to close the drapes in the afternoon to help keep the heat down in the room so we didn’t get to enjoy the sound of the waves or the view near as much this trip. We had the air conditioning which when you first walked in the room felt heavenly but still wasn’t quite cold enough for our taste considering we come from the cloudy rainy north west and aren’t used to anything over 80 degrees. The fans for the air conditioning were loud but consistent so I didn’t have any sleep issues since it was like a white noise machine.
The staff were very friendly and the grounds were nice but not quite as in bloom as it was in January (not that that could be helped). We tried going into town early in the morning (around 9am) but unfortunately the market wasn’t open that early and service was still going on in the cathedral. We walked around and stopped in at Panamas for some air conditioned bakery treats and then went back out. Even at that we could only handle staying in the heat for a couple hours. Our last stop was Nidart (an amazing local art store) where they were kind enough to call us air conditioned cabs to come pick us up and take us back to the resort.
That is one thing you can always ask for at the front gate is an air conditioned cab. It may take 10 minutes for them to arrive but well worth the extra time for the cool non-exhaust filled air. We rode in the trucks a few times, a couple of times it was OK but most of the time you end up breathing pure exhaust.
The other thing that was new this trip is that local stores have changed their policy selling alcohol on Sundays (apparently some new local law went into effect). Some places don’t sell it at all and others have very limited hours. Even on the week days they don’t sell it or even mixers after 8pm.
As for safety…I went down this time with my mom & 14 year old daughter and not one of us ever felt unsafe in town and especially not in the resort itself. In talking with the local owners they’ve said that Mazatlan is just as safe now (maybe even safer due to the extra security because of bad publicity) then it ever was. If you stay in the touristy areas and pay attention to your surroundings you’ll be fine. The owner of Los Zarapes (who grew up in Chicago) said that he thinks the American press it highlighting on their drug problems to take attention away from our economy. I equate it to the movie Jaws. Before the movie came out you never heard of shark attacks but after it came out you heard about them constantly. I also personally work in a bad part of town here at home where there are people shot regularly (one block from the local jail and right next door to a halfway house for addicts) Now during the week day I feel safe walking around as there are lots of other business people around and hustle and bustle but at night or on weekends you wouldn’t catch me walking around EVER. It’s the same down there. Be aware of your surroundings and the places you’re going to and you’ll be just fine. Don’t be afraid to visit, they depend on vacation dollars for their income so they have a vested interest to make sure it’s a safe place for tourists to visit.
Oh one last thing, make sure to eat at least one night at Los Zarapes, great atmosphere & wonderful food & service! The night we went there we pretty much had the place to ourselves due to it being slow season and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! (I recommend the chicken kabobs topped off with bananas flambé…mmmm,mmmm!)
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