PACKING TIPS & WEATHER
What would you recommend packing for someone visiting for the first time?
When packing for a trip to Mazatlan I recommend packing for both relaxing by the pool and venturing out for some site seeing. While at the resort you can spend the day in very casual clothes by the pool. There are two pools and they have fun activities for everyone like bingo, pool volleyball and shuffle board. You can order lunch and cocktails right from your beach chair so make sure to pack your bathing suits, sun hats, flip flops and pool attired.
At night time most dinner venues are casual. You can wear a sun dress, pair of jeans or slacks. Most of our dinners were on property and we would always opt to sit outside so we would wear clothing that was light and airy. You will also want to wear comfortable shoes in case you want to venture out after to walk the boardwalk or head downtown.
When heading out for excursions or day trips I recommend shorts, comfortable sneakers, light tops and a hat. I always had a small cross body bag, or waist bag “fanny pack” to hold my room keys, money, camera and phone.
Essentials: make sure you have your passport, cell phone, extra phone chargers when you are out of the room, sun screens, camera, flip flops, sun hat, and currency exchange either on property or at the airport.
What was the weather like during the month of your visit?
In the month of February the weather was warm, with average temperatures of 75-80. The hottest months are during the summer and can get up to high 90s. In February you can certainly sit by the pool in a bathing suit and soak up the sun, or enjoy a day out on a boat and soak up the warm weather. At night time to weather was comfortable with a slight breeze near the board walk and we were able to go out without the need for a jacket, or even a light sweater.
One of my favorite excursions on the trip was to Deer Island. Our hosts at El Cid Resorts coordinated a wonderful boat ride that would take us from the dock on property to visit one of the three local islands. Mazatlán is a Nahuatl word meaning "place of deer." On the catamaran we passed some seals sunbathing on the rocks, we got to see a few dolphins swimming in the water and then landed on the small private island where we had a variety of activities for a few hours to enjoy. We played a game of beach volleyball with others on the excursion, had a delicious local lunch, went out on a banana boat ride and I took a kayak out to enjoy some quiet time on the water.