El Sol La Vida, a charming adults-only bed-and-breakfast off a dusty dirt road in Nuevo Mazatlan, is a true oasis in the parched, sun-drenched Sinoloan scrubland – and a welcome alternative to the Golden Zone of tourists and high-rise hotels a few miles away.
The peaceful, breezy pool area, with its palms and cacti, affords an incomparable unobstructed view of the Pacific. Three well-built palapas provide shade, and a hot tub occupies a front corner atop the sea wall.
Waves crash close to shore, and a few fishermen dot the secluded mileslong Playa Cerritos below. Gulls, hawks and pelicans soar overhead, while a friendly dog and two young cats laze around the immaculate grounds.
Stone, brick, clay and tile are used artistically throughout this former hacienda. Hibiscus and bougainvillea bloom prodigiously, adding bursts of color. A vivid gold concrete wall separates the adjacent Surf’s Up Café, which opens from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Our comfortable and spacious second-floor suite – one of just four units – featured a king-sized bed with an elaborately carved headboard, flat-screen TV, A/C, Wi-Fi, ceiling fans, mini-fridge and large balcony, where we could watch the sunrise – and see the towering Riu across Emerald Bay in the distance.
Ray and Linda, our attentive British hosts, served sumptuous al fresco breakfasts, with coffee, OJ, sweet bread, yogurt and tropical fruit. Expertly made and beautifully presented main courses were: scrambled eggs and bacon, huevos rancheros, omelets, and eggs Benedict Mexican-style. Even the toast was exceptional.
Their unwavering hospitality extended to preparing coconuts fresh off the tree as a poolside thirst-quencher and snack, and inviting us to their Friday night fish fry for friends and family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The translation of 'El Sol La Vida' is: The Sun The Life. That's what you get when you visit us! We offer a luxury Bed and Breakfast directly on the beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We are in a secluded bay, where you can stroll for miles along the seashore. Each room has its own private entrance. Mazatlan has a lot to offer those seeking adventure, relaxation, or a romantic getaway. Our Boutique Resort is an oasis for the perfect vacation on Mexico's Gold Coast. ... more less
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