Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mazatlan

February 24th to March 1st

After 9 days and 800kms of continuous riding over a couple of mountain ranges it's time to take a couple of days break. Mazatlan "The Pearl of the Pacific" is a great place to do it. John Wayne used to do the same and come here in between filming outside Durango, and if it's good enough for John it's good enough for me.

Much of the resort was popularised around the 50's when the western film industry was huge and the old resort is replete with grand old hotels now sadly decaying. The new money tends to find accommodation 4 miles further North in the newly built Zona Dorada resort and it's a real shame as the old town has real character compared to the cookie cutter, could be anywhere glass fronted sameness.

But you can't argue with the place's appeal - 20 miles of golden sandy beaches, 80 degrees and a coast line dotted with craggy islands. It's a fabulous setting. Sue says "Yes - rather nice"....



The old town is authentically Mexican, with a gorgeous shady plaza and colourful cathedral...


We manage to find time for a bit of bare footed beach strolling...

 

A quick play in the surf....


Before catching a stunning sunset...


Next day is equally tough as we watch the fishermen delivering the catch of the day in colourful wooden boats....



Followed by a stroll along the 4 miles of boardwalk before choosing from an infinite array of equally appealing restaurants serving the freshest of fresh fish...