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Old 01-06-2007, 08:11 AM
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Am cruising to Mazatlan in March with family and have heard that El Cid Resort is a great place to swim and beach it. Is there a cost to this? and is management okay with cruisers using their facilities? Has anyone done this or know where I can get definitive info? Thanks.
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Old 01-06-2007, 09:07 AM
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Most resorts have day use for cruisers. You want them to know you are on a cruise.
Many have a day rate usually just a couple of dollars that includes a towel and lounge chair and pool use. If you just want a spot of sand you don't need to worry about it.

I have heard great things about the El Cid as well. Check the reviews on the main page I think someone mentions the El Cid and the exact price. The review was under the Vision of the Seas reviews.
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:52 AM
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tas... we took an open taxi from Pride last week to the El Cid. It is a beautiful resort. Quiet, peaceful and serene with the ocean as a gorgeous backdrop. Beware of vendors/merchants pan-handling on the beach. We decided to sit on the beach instead of the El Cid because, after all, that's why we were there. The beach is very soft sand with many shells. If you don't mind being hounded literally every 15-30 seconds, then use the beach. They will approach you constantly with silver, bracelets, hair braiding, henna tattoos, toys, kites, hammocks, straw baskets, pocketbooks, photo ops, trinkets, key chains, Corona Beer towels, mexican blankets. That's just to name a few. It drove us crazy after about 2 hours and decided that we were tired of saying, "no, thank you", and left the beach. On the flip side, the souveniors in Mazatlan are the best prices you will find. Don't bother with Cabo. They don't barter at all and everything is very expensive. In Mazatlan, we bought a well-made stamped .925 sterling silver bracelet for $8. He originally wanted $45. If it's silver jewelry you want, here's the place to get it. If you don't like one's price, wait 30 seconds and the next vendor will come by. Also, be prepared for the local vendors to have some of their children selling with them. It's very sad. One little girl was crying until we bought. Mazatlan is a poor country, like Cozumel, with very beautful terrain.
 
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