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Category: Mexico

Mazatlan Beach Vacations Popular Again

Mazatlan from the Water
Mazatlan From the Water!

When I was a kid, I remember watching game shows like Let’s Make a Deal and The Price is Right on TV where the grand prize was a trip to “Fabulous Mazatlan!”  Yes, Mazatlan has always been a popular tourist destination for North Americans. Yet, in recent years, this Mexico beach destination fell on hard times. It was overshadowed by the exponential growth of Puerto Vallarta along with the Mexican government’s investments in Cancun, Cabo and Ixtapa. Without investment there was little excitement and energy. Mazatlan failed to attract new hotels and let its tourism infrastructure decay. When negative news of drug violence and cartel activity became public, it accelerated the tourism decline to a low point when the major cruise lines took Mazatlan off their itineraries. This was an ultimate low. Read more

Pushy Hotel Time-Share Sales


I am a creature of habit. I think to some extent we all are. I tend to patronize establishments that provide what I need or the customer experience I appreciate. When I go on vacation to a specific destination I will generally stay in the same hotel if I had a good experience my last visit. For example, I always stay at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel when I am in Waikiki. It is centrally located, has a great pool and is right on the beach. When I go to Cabo I stay at the Pueblo Bonito Pacific Resort. It is really nice tropical resort situated just far enough Read more