Page 7 - Mazatlan - What we did when
we weren't out poking around in the scrub shrubs.
We stayed at a hotel called the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay out in Nuevo
Mazatlan. I picked it on the Internet. It looked nice. It was
better than nice! Every room was a suite, equipped with a kitchen, a
balcony facing the ocean, marble floors, and a bathroom with a deep,
deep tub (plus shower). The hotel is set in twenty acres on mangrove
forests. It has been landscaped with palms, hibiscus, croton, elephant
ear plants, and tons of other tropical plants. Artistically dotting the
grounds are flamingos, ducks, peacocks (and hens), koi, and parrots.
The hotel has won an ecological award, and I can see why!
The architecture is Neoclassical (rather strange for a Mexican resort,
but...). The maintenance is impeccable. The staff is friendly. Of
course, there's a drawback: the food sucked. We think it had been
"blandified" for tourists, then cooked in a pressure cooker in case
said tourists had tooth issues. However, a shuttle runs hourly
into Mazatlan, so it wasn't a total disaster.
This was the view from our balcony. This is the tail-end of four
connected pools, with a bar, 2 whirlpools, and 2 heated kiddie pools.
No building was taller than 4 stories. It wasn't a "rack 'em-stack 'em"
place. What was really nice was there were 4 ways to walk thru the
property: along the beach, up and down stairs, along a rolling walkway
and around the back thru gardens.
There's a horse ranch behind the first big hill. The beach is rocky,
but it's a great area for snorkeling. Lots of shells, too.
This is the back route. The arches were constructed to replicate the
19th century Opera House/Teatro in downtown Mazatlan.
All that was missing was a bench so I could sit out here and read!