My sisters and I stayed at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay the first week of September and it was fantastic! September is during the non-peak season for the area, so the resort was not busy. This allowed us to enjoy all of what it had to offer without having to worry about the crowds. Read on...
On the beach, but only a small portion. The beach itself is probably about a 1/4 mile long, but very rocky towards one end. There are cabanas available on the beach where the sand is nice, but they are on a first come first served basis. In the evening, you can lay and watch some incredible sunsets! The resort has three pools, with the main pool being pretty big with a swim up bar. One of the two other pools does have a large jacuzzi as well. Most of my time was spent playing volleyball and drinking margaritas at the large pool. There resort has a company that handles pool activities and games, so there was always something going on in the afternoon. Very lively, and I can only imagine how it is during peak season! We understood that peak season for the resort is November to July, and then it starts slowing down in August. When you stay at Emerald Bay, you also have access to the other Pueblo Bonito resort in Mazatlan...Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan. This resort is the older of the two, but has the better beach. Plenty of cabanas to take a nap under! Emerald Bay has a fantastic fitness center for those that want to get a workout in. The grounds at Emerald Bay are immaculate...with flowers and plants and waterfalls and such throughout the resort. It truly is an amazing place!
Emerald Bay has several areas to dine in. The Bistro (with one of the pools right in front), the deli (where free wifi is available), and La Cordeliere (main dining room / morning buffets). There are also grill areas by the main pool. I HIGHLY recommend the fish tacos...they were wonderful with a Pacifico beer! The food is good to great, and the two seafood plates I got while there were outstanding! Those plates were shrimp plates, as Mazatlan is the shrimp capital of the world. There is one main bar at Emerald Bay (Kelly's Bar) and they showed nightly sports and it was lively to sit and enjoy an evening cocktail. If you make the visit to the other resort (PB Mazatlan), you MUST sit out and have dinner at Cilantro's...the sunset views from here are incredible! Angelo's is also a great visit for some very nice steaks. Bottom line, the dining experience at both resorts is very, very good!
This was the first time for all of us to go to Mazatlan. I've been to other parts of Mexico (Cancun, Puerto Vallarta) and I have to say that Mazatlan is much more "old school." We took a city tour the last day we were day and it was pretty cool. My sisters and I grew up in El Paso, Texas, and come from a Mexican family, so the tour was very much taking us back to our childhoods. We visited the busy mercado (market place) as well as saw the cliff divers ($200 pesos per jump). We saw another side of Mazatlan that isn't the big, beautiful resort area. Don't get me wrong, we weren't driving through the slums or anything, but it was refreshing to see raw old style Mazatlan.
The weather was humid, and not terribly hot. We did get rain towards the end of our stay, but it would move out once the afternoon rolled around. If you go during the non-peak season (September - October, and even some of August), be sure to be prepared for at least some wet weather. The week after we left, the west coast of Mexico got hit hard with tropical storms and a hurricane.
While on the beach at the older resort, we were approached by all of the vendors selling excursions and day trips, etc. Also, this was the beach where all of the vendors selling jewelry, hats, clothes, etc. will find you. My advice if you go during non-peak is negotiate any excursion down to what you want to pay. They are hurting for business. I went out on a 4 hour fishing excursion and paid $300 (U.S. dollars)...that was WAY too much as I later learned. Although, they did offer me either deep sea fishing (marlin) or bottom fishing (sea bass, snapper, etc.). I chose bottom fishing as they said it would generate more bites. We caught about 25 fish, with the biggest being about a 25 lb yellow tail snapper. It was awesome.
My sisters and I all went through the time share presentation, and we loved the resort so much, we all bought a time share. They don't pressure you at all, and the presentation is probably about 90 minutes, but for us, we really, really loved it. My sister's went in on the big package, and I bought my own. I was even more excited afterwards when talking to existing time share owners and their thoughts and experiences of owning.
Bottom line, even if I wouldn't have purchased the time share, I would definitely go back to Emerald Bay. It was just fantastic fun, in a beautiful resort setting. I can't wait to go back in June! Ping me with any questions you might have. Enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Each suite comes with a panoramic ocean view from your private balcony and has amenities like outdoor Jacuzzis, a beauty salon with mini-spa and tennis courts nearby. Relax below 150-year-old mangroves that surround a free-form pool and stroll the shoreline by the bay. Located next world famous sport fishing waters, golf courses, and the Gold Zone, you can enjoy any number of nearby activities on both land and water. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Hotel Mazatlan
- Mazatlan Emerald Bay
- Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Mazatlan
- Emerald Bay Mazatlan