Just got back from Mazatlan and the Mayan Sea Garden. As several folks have noted, the place is about 25 minutes away from town, a bit outdated, and very busy on the weekends. I saw that the first few days - - but then it practically emptied out and those still left literally had the place to ourselves.
Although I had booked a one-bedroom unit, I was given a two-bedroom one, which was unneeded as I was traveling alone. The king size bed took up most of the space in the main room, and the other room was small with a pull-out bed, no window (actually, there WAS a window that looked into a dark shaft area with what looked like power lines). The rest of the rooms ARE small (but very clean), but since I was out on the beach most of the time, I just dealt with it. The kitchen items are indeed in the lower cabinets (quite strange), leaving the upper cabinets empty for your food items. I was in the older building and had stainless steel countertops which took extra wiping down to get rid of the water spots. I received a call on Wednesday afternoon to move into the newer Palace building, but since I only had two nights left, I declined. I DO wish I had gone over to see what they looked like!
The resort grounds were lovely and well-maintained. The pool was huge, in two separate sections, and the water was warm and relaxing. Like one viewer said, the place gets hopping on the weekends - - and there were two weddings as well. Those weren't of any concern as they occurred in a building down closer to the beach. What WAS annoying was the house (?) next door that held a party Saturday night, with a Mexican band playing loud music all night long...and I mean ALL NIGHT LONG! It started at 10pm on Saturday and continued through the night until about 4pm the next day (Sunday). I got no sleep that night as the music boomed right across the resort grounds!
There were activities around the pool that you could participate in, but after the place emptied out on Monday, there were only a few takers. The staff was very friendly and helpful - - and there were plenty of Happy Hours in the day for those who wanted them. The beach was nice - - and much better than those along the Gold Zone. Those were just nasty-looking! The Mayan's beach was just perfect for relaxing and the vendors are at a minimum as there are no other resorts nearby. Once you told them "No" for the day, they left you alone. The water was rough while I was there so the red and black flags were up most of the time. However, you walk a bit in either direction and you could swim. But there are no lifeguards other than those at the resort so it can be risky - - I did see our lifeguards running to rescue several people further down the beach when the swimmers were in trouble.
I thought the price for the Internet service was outrageous (950 pesos per device for the week) so I purchased an hour's worth of computer time for 47 pesos ($3.60) and used the computers in the café. I only needed to check my emails and social networks once a day for about 15-20 minutes. A much better bargain!
I was NOT pressured to do the timeshare presentation but was shown the discounts I'd receive if I were to attend. As I am already a timeshare owner elsewhere, I was told I would just be presented with what the Mayan group has to offer. I declined, however, and it was never mentioned again.
The bus ride, which was quite easy to use, took me right into the downtown area in 20-25 minutes. I rode it all the way to the lighthouse end for only 10 pesos ($.76), a really good deal as I was traveling on my own. A taxi would have run about 170 pesos ($13), which is okay if splitting the cost with others. The resort provided a taxi price list which helped to determine costs of using it. I did walk the trail to the lighthouse (very disappointed in the condition of it), and then walked along the coastline for a while on the way back. All I had to do was wave down the bus anywhere along the route and the driver stopped...nice that I didn't have to find an actual bus stop!
I also went to the cathedral, the market, and the historic district. Again, I was disappointed in the conditions of the town. A friend of mine, who retired in Mazatlan, voiced his concern about it as well. Seems when the cruise ships stopped coming into port for two years, the economy suffered and fell apart. The ships have since resumed but at a much lesser number, so it will take a while for the city to recuperate. Be prepared for a lot a dirt and garbage in the streets.
All in all, it was a quiet vacation (once the week-enders left!) and it was like having a private resort to myself. There was no need for a car (shuttle to/from airport can be arranged through the resort - -It's about 40 minutes away), the folks were friendly, and although the place is far from town, the Mayan Sea Garden is a great place to stay. I only wished there were more restaurants nearby to choose from as I didn't want to travel into town at night by myself.
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