Mazatlan Trip, Part 6

Yesterday we had a busy day driving around, taking pictures, strolling the wonderfully picturesque Mercado, and remembering the warnings we had heard, of the possible consequences you can experience if rain comes when you’re traveling around Mazatlan.

This day is going to start with our time-share presentation for PBEB.

We were first introduced to Roy, our host, at the restaurant here. We were then escorted to a beautiful breakfast buffet. Roy is a retired American Veteran, and has been living in Mazatlan since 1986. We talked about some of his experiences there and how happy he is to be in Mexico during his retirement, even though he does need to have a little job doing timeshare presentations. Roy goes to the Naval Hospital for his Medical needs usually. He said he had had some stitches removed from his finger recently, and the total cost was $7. U.S. We told him quite honestly that we were not interested in purchasing a time-share, and had only come for the breakfast and money and hopefully information. He graciously gave us our hundred dollars, said he had enjoyed the morning with us, and then wished us a good day…we wished him the same, and that we hoped to meet with him again, soon just for a social dinner.Valentinos on rock

We drove around downtown a bit and ended up parking near Valentino’s. This structure is so beautiful from a distance but up close it does show its’ age. Nothing was opened, it is basically a night scene. The wrought iron works is magnificent up close, and even though worn, it’s still beautiful.

From here we drove toward the Shell Museum and located Senor Luego’s kiosk…

pretty ironwork at Valentino's…that we had been told about by new acquaintances we had met in Pueblo Bonita’s lobby. We were told to go to a specific location, locate a specific kiosk, and the man there would set us up with time-share presentation if we were so inclined. So, we simply walked up to the kiosk and asked, “Do you have any timeshare deals?” Of course the answer was, “Yes”. And after a couple of moments of chatting and exchanging pleasantries, we decided to sign up for a timeshare presentation the next day for a price of $200… and couldn’t he “please sign Sir and Madam up for a few more”? We promised we would be back tomorrow and only sign up with him, if we were interested in seeing more, and could possibly find the time, because he earns pay for each person he signs up, and wished him a good day.

I’ve said before the Shell Museum is a direction location. In the immediate area there is also a Subway, a McDonald’s and little further down is a Baskin Robbins… what else could you want?

It seemed as though we had had a full day already. But it was only to 2:30 in the afternoon and we were expecting friends to pick us up at 3 p.m. at PBEB. So we rushed back to our room, freshened up, and at three o’clock we were waiting in the lobby. While we were waiting, we met another couple, B.J. and Renata.

Touring around in our friend’s air conditioned van we saw a house in El Cid being built by a friend and other houses under construction in other areas. Again, Dick and I were amazed at the different construction process and also quite impressed! The houses seem very well built and beautiful.

The five of us went to dinner in the historic area of Mazatlan right beside Pedro and Lola’s. Dick and I enjoyed an excellent fish sandwich and french fries. As we were setting there visiting, I turned around and noticed right beside us an apparent American couple. After receiving a smile from them and a nod, I turned around and introduced myself and asked if they had lived in Mazatlan long. Turns out that Peggy and Jack had been there about a week with their two doggies, who were sitting under the table on leashes. We had a wonderful conversation. I of course introduced them to our friends, and found out that Peggy and Jack would be going to the Expat meeting the next day that we had planned on attending.

construction, rear, ramp, light postWe spent a beautiful evening catching up with our friends and chatting with Jack and Peggy until we called it a night. We talked and talked all the way back to Pueblo Bonita in the cool, air conditioned van.

Tonight, after we were tucked into our bed, we had a huge rain and thunder storm — it finally came. WOW! Did it ever!

My Email announcing Part 7 will be in your mailbox soon!


“Hi Barbie,

“I went to stay at a friend’s home Santa Anita. Took the train to San Diego and then the trolley that took me to TJ. From there a cab took me right to the door of a dentist I had contacted on the internet,(and researched.) After taking impressions he directed me to a dentist, walking distance away, where he did two root canals. I went back on the train for a few days of fun in the sun at my friend’s home, then went back and got the crowns put on. Total cost $1,100 for two root canals, crowns, air fare and train fare (from the NW) plus meals out. I got a nice vacation out of the deal and fun and two beautiful teeth…that are now seven years old and no problems at all. My local doctor had given me the price of $10,000 for just the dental work, no fun in the sun! I had no problems in TJ. People were nice and friendly.  Keep up the good work Barbie!”

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10 Responses to Mazatlan Trip, Part 6

  1. Dana Vincent

    July 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    If it’s the Shell House I’m remembering, just down the street (south, I think) is a restaurant called Ernie Tomatoes. Excellent food, drinks and service. We always stop by there for a meal when traveling through the area. Just a thought.

  2. Lizzz

    July 26, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Hi Barbie, I have been enjoying your Matzatlan series. Hope all is well with you.
    I am still trying to get information about San Sebastian as one of your postings mentioned you could get a rental there for about $200. You were nice enough to try to put me in contact with that person. Haven’t heard a word…I guess the person wants to keep it a secret. I went on the internet and only found very expensive places to rent, like over $1000/mo not a bargin in any country. I was wondering if you know of any other person I could contact to see if I can get a reasonable rental. The other option would be to come down myself for “look see” and wonder around looking for my own bargin. I had also thought of looking in Tlaquepaque(spelling ?). I know this is very touristy location but locals live there too and a bargin could be had…right? Anyway I think I have answered my own question in that I need to come down to Mexico and look for myself. What part of Mexico are you living in Barbie and are there any rental bargins there?
    Your loyal reader, Lizzz

  3. Joanna Spear

    July 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Hi, Barbie.

    I’ve been living in Nuevo Vallarta since October. But not what I’m really looking for. Can you give me any feedback of expats in Puerto Angel or Puerto Escondido? Thinking of maybe going there to reside permanently. Love your articles.

  4. Barbie


    July 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Yep :) That is the way the real bargains are found. Contact expats when you are there, and look around. Barbie

  5. Barbie


    July 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Ernie’s Tomatoes – yes, we’ve eaten there – the fried tomatoes were really a treat! Barbie

  6. Barbie


    July 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Joanna, You may receive double of my reply – sorry – but, hopefully some of the Readers can help you with info from that area. I only know you’re going to need mosquito repellent!

  7. sue

    August 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Barbie, my husband and I are looking into Mexico as a place to retire. My husband recieves $1700. month. I am a bit younger and it will be 7 yrs. before my ss kicks in. Is it possible to live on the money he gets in Mexico? Thanks for all your help. Sue

  8. Barbie


    August 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Yep :)

  9. sue

    August 15, 2012 at 8:22 am

    My husband loves to swim and bodysurf, any ideas of where to look first? Thank you for your time. Sue

  10. Barbie


    August 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Depends on where you want to be nearest to in the States. If you are from around the east or gulf coast, you’d probably look in the Cancun/Yucatan area. If you are from further to the west, then you’d check the Baja, and the mainland/Sea of Cortez areas. Barbie

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