A stunning property in a fascinating city. Senor Coppel, who owns the Pueblo Bonito resort chain, spent a fortune on this one, adding beautiful statues and fine works of art to compliment the location on the coast. We had a 1-bedroom master suite with 2 bathrooms. The dining area is huge, in front of three large bay windows. These take the place of a balcony in this type of unit. At first I was disappointed that I did not have a balcony, but the windows can be uniquely opened to the fresh air, and as the week wore on I started to appreciate enjoying my meals inside with the beautiful view right there to enjoy. The dining area did seem at first to be a waste of space that might have been used to create more bedroom space somehow, but my husband called it a "gracious layout". If you were opening this room to other guests while you were here, the space definitely would be a good thing. We never opened the sofa in the living room, which supposedly became an extra bed. The bedroom is located close to the front door of the room. Ours had two full beds. I found out how different (and difficult) sleeping on a full is compared to our queen at home. I found the bed uncomfortably soft and puffy, too. Did not try the restaurants at the resort, as we enjoy going to the grocery store the first day and making our own meals to enjoy with our view. There is a Soriana (kinda like WalMart) on the way in to Mazatlan from the airport, and there is also a Mega right in town. We rented a car, because our goal when we travel is to get to know the area and see the interesting sights. We're not much on sitting around the pool area, but if you like that kind of thing, there is a huge pool at the resort, and a smaller one with a jacuzzi that is meant for those who like it quiet. Pueblo Bonito is actually in Nuevo Mazatlan, which is about 9 miles north of the main downtown of the city. There is a large bus shuttle that runs between this resort and the sister Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan near the marina area, closer to downtown. It runs from morning til 11 p.m. There are taxis, of course, but the main form of transportation in Mazatlan is the pulmonia, a small open-air vehicle that looks somewhat like a golf cart on steroids. Some things to do while you're in Mazatlan:
1. Definitely take a walking tour of the old downtown near the main cathedral. My husband said that it reminded him of New Orleans in a lot of ways. Beautiful architecture and graceful old buildings.
2. If you're adventurous and have a car, take a 2-hour driving trip to the old town of Cosala. I believe there are tours to this city also. There are some other cities to see that are nearer to Mazatlan, including Concordia, El Quelite, and La Noria, which is famous for their tequila factory tours.
3. Rent a bike at Baikas located along the south end of the malecon (boardwalk), and ride the malecon, stopping at the beach palapas for some fresh aguachiles.
4. From the cruise ship dock area, take a panga (fishing boat) across to a peninsula called Stone Island, or Isla de las Piedras (I think the company with the pangas is called Playa Sur). The beach there stretches for miles, and is breathtakingly beautiful. There are several palapa restaurants right on the beach. You can stay there for hours enjoying the view and the sun. No one rushes you in Mexico.
5. Take a sailboat tour over to Deer Island. The tour leaves from the El Cid marina area around 9:30 a.m., and includes open bar and lunch on the island. While on the island, you can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, and a trip on the banana boat. Fun and relaxing!
6. El Faro (the lighthouse) is at the top of a hill in town just across from Stone Island. For you who are in good shape, it's a fabulous view from the lighthouse. A hike, then 300+ stairs! Worth it!
Enjoy Mazatlan! And don't get spooked by the warnings about going there--it's a great place with tons of old world charm!