These shots were taken from the top of the El Cid hotel, and
provide an overview of the area where we live. The images at the
left are 20% of their actual size. To see the full sized image,
just click on the corresponding picture at the left.
In the foreground is the golden zone, or Zona Dorada, which
is where most of the tourists stay. The background is old Mazatlán.
On one of the hills in the background stands a lighthouse that is
the tallest in Mexico. The view from up there is tremendous, and at
the base is a great shrimp restaurant. The main street begins at
the very northernmost part of Mazatlán, and runs along the beach
all the way into the old city. In this picture we are looking
southeast along the street called Camarón Sábalo.
As you can see, there are five composition and four clay
courts that belong to the El Cid country club. Two of the
composition courts are obscured by the building in the front, which
houses the El Cid homeowners association offices. Behind the courts
is the El Cid clubhouse, which has an Olympic size pool, good
restaurant and bar, changing facilities, exercise equipment, and
video game room. The restaurant features Italian buffet night every
Wednesday, and currently is hosting a Bingo night on Thursdays.
There is also a play area for the kids, featuring a basketball
court, and another small swimming pool with a neat rock slide.
Behind the clubhouse is the beginning of the El Cid golf course. We
are looking east into the El Cid resort.
A shot due south, along the beach. The large orange building
in the foreground is the Costa de Oro hotel, home of the best
chilaquiles in Mazatlán. This is a traditional breakfast food,
which consists of small pieces of tortilla in a mildly spicy tomato
sauce, one of my favorites. They have a wonderful beachfront
restaurant, that is one of our breakfast hangouts. There is also a
small animal park on the grounds, with deer and exotic birds. The
large building just behind the Costa de Oro hotel is one of the
newest timeshare resorts in Mazatlán, called the Royal Villas. The
street at the left runs from the golden zone all the way to the
heart of downtown old Mazatlán.
There are two islands just offshore. This is the one slightly
to the north. The other one is the destination of a large
amphibious "truck" that takes tourists there for a picnic and some
snorkeling. The northern island is usually the destination of the
little hobie cats that you can rent on the beach. On the left side
of the photo you can just make out a parachute. Parasailing is very
popular on the beaches here, and costs about $30 for a ten minute
ride. I've gotten some email questions about whether or not there
are sharks in the area. All I can say is that I subscribe to the
local newspaper, and while they report daily on stolen bicycles, I
have never seen mention of a shark attack, which I am sure would be
considered a newsworthy item.
Here we are looking down on about half of the pool at the El
Cid hotel. There is a swim up bar under the large thatched roof on
the left. The pool continues to its other half at the bottom right
of the picture by swimming under a small bridge. It is billed as
the largest pool in Mexico, and I would not doubt that. It is a
great place to come to "hang around the pool" for a day. In the
other section, there is a large rock island that provides a jumping
off point for the kids. There is also a nice waterfall that gives
you the feeling of living in the tropics.
The driving range, part of the El Cid golf course. There are
four more tennis courts at the bottom of the photo, and to their
left are the "Tennis Villas," one of which we own. The tennis
courts have just been resurfaced this year, and are now in perfect
condition. In the background is the new El Cid Marina development,
which is where we live these days. You can just make out the marina
keys, if you squint a little and use your
Some photographers, who are much better than I, have provided
me with some samples of their work for all of you to enjoy. Please
have a look. It is almost as good as being here.