Thoughts on El Cid and Mazatlan

Here are Western Division President-Elect Pam Sponholtz’s thoughts on El Cid and Mazatlan:

  • Mazatlan is a beautiful city and has two distinct areas.  One area is where many of the larger hotels are located, pretty touristy but has lots of shopping and eating options.  El Cid Resort and Hotel is located in this area.  The second area is the “downtown” area and this has a more “local” feel to it.Has upscale shops, great places to eat, street vendors etc.
  • Everyone we met was welcoming and very nice
  • While I haven’t travelled a lot in Mexico, this was one of the safest places I’ve visited.  I ran at dusk through the city and on the beach with no issues whatsoever.  Not that you don’t have to be careful in certain areas but in general, Mazatlan is fairly safe for a large city.
  • While nearly everything was included in our “all-inclusive” package, bottled water was not and was expensive!!  There is only so much beer, margaritas and diet coke I can drink!!!
  • Mazatlan is a very culturally rich area; would be good to have conference participants shuttled to the downtown area for a final banquet so they can experience the older part of the city including the town square
  • Nearly everyone spoke English and made every attempt to communicate well
  • Customs/Immigration was quick, painless and efficient
  • Mazatlan is a great place for families!  Recommend that we promote attendance as a family type vacation; El Cid is willing to honor conference rates for 3 days prior and after the dates of the conference
  • Tipping is a big part of the culture here…having pesos for this purpose is very helpful

Sunset

Sunset in Mazatlan

Beach

One of the beaches at the El Cid Resort (Marina)

Sailfish

Fishing for sailfish!!! Just one of the fun things to do here!!!

Posted July 14, 2013 by fisheriestn