|at the end of the resort, by the Bay of Mazatlan|
From our three days at Jonathan Hotel at the Zona Turistica, we were booked at Pueblo Bonito for a week as part of our timeshare membership at Diamond Resorts International. On the second week, we were supposed to stay at El Cid Granada Resort as part of Club Wyndham, another timeshare membership we owned. The aggressive salespeople of El Cid signed us up at the airport, brought us to Jonathan Hotel, picked us up a few days later, whisked us to a presentation at the El Cid Marina, gave us a two-week stay there, and asked us to cancel our other reservation. They even made it all-inclusive (lunches and dinners) minus drinks!
EL CID VACATION CLUB
|El Cid Marina: our studio, the Marina, one of the private beaches, and one of the pool complexes|
El Cid Marina is a Meditteranean-style resort of five residential buildings. There was also a Concessionaires’ Building, which houses a small grocery store, a beachwear outlet, a laundromat, and the Harbormaster's office. The main office, sales office, VIP room, the restaurant and bar, the computer room and library, and the reception/lobby were in the Main Building,
The five residential buildings, each five stories tall, were all in a row, fronting the Marina, the pools, and the Bay of Mazatlan at the end. We were on the top floor of the third residential building, with a balcony looking out to the whole resort. Our unit was a spacious studio with two Queen-size beds, a living room, a small dining table for two, a full kitchen and a bath suite with His and Hers sinks.
|Other properties in Mazatlan: La Castilla and El Moro from the Country Club, El Moro by night,|
the tennis court at El Moro's penthouse, La Castilla at night, and sunset at the El Moro Beach
We inspected the three other hotels in Mazatlan. At El Moro, we surveyed the three bedroom penthouse unit for a possible family reunion venue. Would you believe it had an adjoining outdoor tennis court that had 360-degree views of the city and the Bay? The other 3-bedroom penthouse unit of La Castilla was equally adorable, although there was no adjoining tennis court! I was just glad we were rescued from a stay at Granada, the oldest property! El Cid Vacation Club owns two other properties in Mexico, one in Cancun and the other in Cozumel. Three European vacation destinations complete the Club: one in England, one in Spain, and the last in Portugal.
DINING, SWIMMING, FISHING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
There were two restaurants at El Cid Marina, the Calypso Bar at the ground floor and La Marina, the formal dining area on the second floor, of the main building fronting the marina where all the boats of various sizes and makes were docked. At the La Marina, there was a buffet every evening and Wednesdays were extra special because that is crabs’ night! At El Moro, their main dining area looked out to the beach which became more spectacular at sundown. There were nine restaurants we could choose from, including the steak house at the Country Club, at all the El Cid hotels.
|Activities at El Cid Marina: Boat fishing, dining with new friends,|
romantic dinner for two at the private beach, drinks at the swim-up bar and lounging under the palapas
|the friendly iguanas of El Cid Marina|
|water taxi to go to and fro|
We were even given substantial discounts to all tours, fishing and boating trips, and other special packages. I never thought I would enjoy fishing, but it became one of the memorable highlights of our vacation. I loved every minute from the moment we motored off to the Bay, made a first stop where I caught two good-sized fish, made the second stop where I hooked another pair of two good-sized fish, motored back into the marina at noon, watched the pelicans gather around waiting for their share while the Captain cleaned the fish we had just caught, and devoured the sumptuous feast the chef cooked using the fish. One day I hope to bring my kids and grandkids to this paradise!
|at the end of the resort, before the Bay of Mazatlan|