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Reviewed May 8, 2017

Secluded place in Northern Mazatlan. It's beautiful, very well kept and amazing place to relax on a holiday. The owners are wonderful and strive to create a top notch experience. We highly recommend El Sol La Vida, and hope to return again soon.

Date of stay: May 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2017

Thank you so much for your taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure to meet you both, we are pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us

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Reviewed April 11, 2017

We have been going to Mazatlan for many years and have always wanted to stay here. The perfect opportunity arose when our flight from the Northeast was cancelled and we were forced to extend our vacation for 3 days. El Sol La Vida has a 3 night minimum so it was just meant to be. Linda and Ray are terrific hosts, friendly and easy going and we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them. We have known their lovely daughter for several years who owns the cafe right next door which we have frequented many times (outstanding food and live music 3 times a week!). This beachfront accommodation is beautifully decorated with all the amenities one would need. The delicious breakfasts were a feast and were different each day. All in all, we enjoyed the entire experience and would recommend this to anyone looking for an unbeatable beachfront view, long walks on the beach, relaxation and beautiful surroundings.

Room tip: We were lucky enough to be upgraded to the room with the private terrace.
Date of stay: March 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2017

Thank you, it was a pleasure meeting you both glad you where able to make spend some time with us.

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Reviewed March 23, 2017

We booked for three nights to celebrate my wife’s 70th birthday. Ray and Linda have created an oasis of comfort at “The End of the Earth” (we winter in Centro, and I use the term only to describe the distance we traveled by pulmonia to get there): Accommodations, amenities and breakfasts are everything you’d expect in this price range, and then some. The beds (we had the Kokopelli Suite – named after a fertility deity, no less) were pillow tops with firmness underneath, and sleeping on them with the sounds of the surf coming through the partially open patio doors was an unforgettable experience.

There’s plenty of hot water and water pressure, and the water is treated and drinkable (do note it’s “soft”, so it takes a while to rinse soap and shampoo and tastes a little different).

I went down before DW for our first breakfast, was confronted with a small plate of banana bread and not much else (“It’s good, but is that all there is?”). DW arrived, and then Linda started with the real breakfast: OJ, bowls of sliced fresh fruit, yogurt, toast and an omelet; there was so much, we decided to split an omelet rather than each try to eat one. And let’s not forget the bottomless cups of hot coffee. It was all good.

As it worked out the birthday fell on a Thursday when Beggar’s Banquet had their regular gig at Surf’s Up, so I invited a dozen friends for a semi-surprise party. Leanne was quite helpful, and the afternoon was a complete success. Their Thursday “Picnic Menu” lists burgers and hot dogs prepared a number of ways and there was a sandwich or two as well. The band has to be heard, with the female lead doing a spot on Janis Joplin. Ray was instrumental in getting the band together.

Date of stay: March 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2017

Its was a pleasure to meet you both, so pleased we where able to make your get away memorable.

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Reviewed March 8, 2017

We came super stressed but from the moment we were greeted by Linda and Ray our worries were swept away. The property is right on a very private beach. The full breakfasts were amazing. The food at Surfs Up Cafe(on the property) was fantastic and prepared by Leanne their daughter. The restaurant also provided some great entertainment. After most vacations in the past, we were eager to get back home - not this time! We wanted to stay more than 8 days and will be back. Mark and Joanne.

Room tip: Ocean view on second level
Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2017

Thank you for much for the glowing review, so pleased we could make your stay enjoyable look forward to seeing you both again.

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Reviewed February 26, 2017 via mobile

We highly recommend El Sol La Vida! Ray & Linda are such wonderful hosts! They make you feel like you've been friends forever as soon as you arrive. The property is well taken care, and stunning to look at, with amazing views and proximity to the ocean. The beach is wonderful and mostly empty, which is a bonus.
The breakfasts were wonderful with more food than we could eat. They started with a wonderful bread of some kind (Linda's Banana Nut Bread is the best!) and a bowl of fresh fruit and some yogurt. Then Ray would make a wonderful hot breakfast with eggs, toast and sometimes potatoes of some variety. One outstanding one was his version of Huevos Rancheros, the best we've had! Of course this is all accompanied by juice and coffee/tea. If you leave hungry, it's your own fault. ;-)
The property is a ways from civilization, if you will, as it's in a new area of Mazatlan and down a dirt road. You can get taxis to places, but it was too cold at night for me to use the open air ones. So after our first night there, we decided to rent a car. If you just want to sit by the pool or lay on the awesome beach, it's perfect. We enjoyed having a car for a little more freedom. We loved using Uber for Centro, when it was a bit far to walk, but they're not available in this area.
Ray and Linda's daughter runs Surf's Up Beach Cafe next door, which we were able to enjoy once, as well.
All in all a wonderful experience!

Date of stay: February 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2017

Thank you Sue for the lovely review very informative to help future guests with their decision to stay at El Sol La Vida. It was a pleasure to meet and talk with you both, hope to see you again.

Linda & Ray

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