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April 2013 Trip Report

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April 2013 Trip Report

I visited Mazatlan from April 6-20 2013. My plans to report as I was there quickly fell apart when my internet at the hotel was very poor. That is my only complaint about where I stayed. This time I stayed at the Costa De Oro. It was the best choice I ever made! I have stayed in Mazatlan many times over the years the hotels I have stayed at are Las Flores, Azteca,El Cid Castilla and Playa Mazatlan. My favorite always was Las Flores. But in the last few years there have been many staff changes and the price has gone up, way up. I began hanging out at Costa De Oro for happy hour from 1-2 in the afternoon. I got to know the staff and felt comfortable there. This time I stayed there, a good choice. The staff are awesome. Anyhow, I will do a hotel review for more information about Costa De Oro.

I arrived on April 6th in the middle of Semana Moto. The hotel and the whole golden zone was buzzing you could feel the rumble of the bikes which were everywhere! I was too excited to sleep the night before and it caught up with me quickly when I arrived and sat in the sun and heat!!! It was an early night for me. It was noisy a few times in the night but not terrible.

I wandered down to the Las Flores the nest day to meet up with my friends there. I noticed that there were some new staff and other staff were gone. Staff changes again.....

My evening was spent catching up with the gang at Gus Y Gus. Its always good to see these guys they are like my family. I had the chicken fajitas they were good and plentiful I couldnt eat them all!

I am sorry I will not do a day by day acount but will include highlights of the places I visited from here!!

I visited Panchos for breakfast that was a good choice I never went there for breakfast before it was good and not too expensive. Its always a nice view!

I spent a few afternoons at Joes Oyster Bar its fun to watch people on the beach and listen to music! And of course enjoy some cold Pacifico!!!

I made it out to Mr Lionsos Playa De Bruha again this time I like it there on sunday afternoons but it is packed!!! The service is stilll good even though they are busy!! One of the things I like about going there. My friend Ruben is there he used to work at Gus Y Gus so I like to see him when I go. We have been friends for many years.

I went to Stone Island to Letys it is one of my favorite places to go. It is laid back and relaxing. We had barbequed fish it was delicious and inexpensive. It is a good way to spend the day we were there for the afternoon. They often have vendors selling different items from what you get on the beach in the golden zone. This time I bought hand blown glass figurines. I enjoy the panga ride over too. If you want to get there on your own it is easy. You can take a bus or taxi to the docks and take the panga over for 25 pesos (round trip) keep your ticket for the ride back. A truck can take you to to the restaurant for about 30 peso.

I went to Cerritos one afternoon I enjoy Cerritos, it is a beach of contrasts. There is a modern new part and a rustic older part of Cerritos. The beach itself has many jagged rocks and sand and it is pretty there. We had fish cooked over the fire at Cerritos too but I have to say it wasnt as good as Letys. But the beer was cold an cheap it was very warm that day!!

I went for pizza one night downtown. It was at a restaurant called La Mona it is a block from Plueza Muchado it is cooked in a stone oven over a fire. It was so good!! I ate four peices which is alot and that is unusual for me I am not a big eater. But it was so good i just had to!!

I also went to Pedro and Lolas for dinner on a Friday night I had the Filet Mignon always a good choice. I like it down there on the weekend there is always something going on. That night they had Romeo and Juliet being performed in the square. There are many vendors selling all kinds of things I enjoy walking around and listening to the music. It is real Mexico. It is easy to get there by bus or taxi and it is well worth it...I promise....

I also went to one of the Palapa restaurants next to the Malecon for beer and snacks. It is nice there it was the second time I went there. Again, good food, cold beer and inexpensive. The view of the beach is nice too..I meant to remember the name of it this time but....I forgot again!!!

The only other thing I want to mention is safety it is a non-issue thats all I will say.....lets not beat that dead horse anymore..

Mazatlan is a beautiful diverse city so much to enjoy!!! I always say the best thing about Mazatlan is the people and I still think that is true!!! If I think of anything else I will add it here!! If you have questions just ask!!!

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I had suite above restaurant and I loved it! It had everything I needed. It was quiet I was the only one on whole floor most of my stay. I stayed in Suite Carolina. All the suites had a name above the door the one next door was Suite Carlotta on the 5th floor. It was 520 I think! Funny how memory fades quick...lol. I did not like the gardenview. I am not usually picky either but my balcony in the gardenview was next to the fountain and I didnt like it. I found it dark too. The suite was bright and right on the ocean! Not alot of drawers to put my clothes in but I managed. All was good there. Oh yes, the beds were comfy not on slabs like other places.

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