This is our third trip to Mazatlan at the Mayan Sea Garden. This time we went alone, as we decided we needed a relaxing trip before Christmas. We love walking the beach and standing in the surf, and spent some time at the pool cooling off on the hottest days. The resort is very clean and staff are friendly. There is a small store for snacks, some food and some alcohol, and a restaurant for meals, and the new lobby was almost ready to open at the end of November. We took an all day tour which included the Tequila Factory and then in the afternoon, the El Quelite tour to a small village 1/2 hour outside Mazatlan and I would really recommend that for all the history and old Mazatlan culture. I really enjoyed the tour of downtown Old Mazatlan which took us along the Malacon, to historical sites, and through the old part of Mazatlan and the beautiful cathedral. You must take a "pneumonia cart" while you are there, which is really just a golf cart with a gas motor. It's so fun zipping through traffic. Beware some of the drivers who will really only want to have you attend timeshare presentations. Just be firm and tell them you are not interested if you aren't.
You must go to the Playa Bruja for the best shrimp in town! We went there twice and would have gone back more had we not run out of time. It's also a good place to buy your flavored tequila - think Vanilla Flavored - yummy! The staff are great, there's often a Mexican band playing, and the prices are very reasonable...but the best part is that you will be having your meal in an open air restaurant on the beach! You can see and hear the waves coming in, and families on the beach. It's lovely!
You may see Police Tourista vehicles parked along the busy Gold Zone. These officers speak English and are the people to ask if you do need help.
We could see that the city has cleaned up and made a real effort to show tourists that we are safe, and our tour guide said the first cruise ships were expected back to Mazatlan at the end of November. We enjoyed our time in Mazatlan and we will be going back soon!
- Also Known As:
- Mayan Sea Garden Mazatlan Hotel Mazatlan
- Mayan Mazatlan
- Mazatlan Mayan Sea Garden
- Mayan Sea Garden Hotel Mazatlan
- Mayan Palace Mazatlan