Where rock outcroppings shelter swimmers from rough tides.
I know a beach where both the music and the food are fantastic.
The restaurants are basic, in no way luxurious…
But, they serve fish, seafood and shellfish caught just minutes earlier…
In a shady, ocean breeze-cooled environment. Along with the seafood they serve cold beers and…
Freshly squeezed, ice cold lemonade!
I know a beach where the restaurants are plenty comfortable, and you can’t beat the freshness of the food served, the spectacular views, the joy of the environment, or the price. (Greg and I had barbecued corbina, two beers, and a fresh lemonade today, and we paid 220 pesos or about US$18 for the privilege.)
I know a beach where, in addition to the music, the food, the drink, there is plenty to keep you entertained while you are relaxing, including watching families out for a Sunday afternoon picnic and swim, and fishermen putting their boats in.
If you are from Mazatlán you of course know this beach: Cerritos. Decades ago when we first started visiting Mazatlán, Cerritos was a long drive up a lonely dirt road. The beach was great, and there were a few open-air restaurants just like today.
But today the road is paved, Cerritos is right next door to the huge, world-class El Riu hotel complex, and it lies at the end of a shopping mall that caters to gringos who stay in the trailer park. It is a mere 15 minutes from the Golden Zone. And Cerritos is still, fortunately, wonderful!
If you don’t want to visit a restaurant, you can picnic on the beach. You can bring your own shade, or, even easier, bring your ceviche and shrimp paté and…
Rent some shade: 130 pesos for day use of a tent, a table and four chairs.
If you haven’t been to Cerritos in a while, you are overdue! If you’re heading down to Mazatlán, be sure to add Cerritos to your agenda!
Fishing net on the beach
Músicosready to serve
Singly or in conjuntos
Natural swimming pool
Lots of families enjoying a day in the shade
Our restaurant from the outside
Oysters for sale
Thank you for posting these and other pictures of the simple beauty and pleasures of Mazatlan. It is this that is so compelling about the city and its people.
Great post Dianne, a perfect México beach experience.
Thank you for your feedback, Anonymous and Paul. I am so glad you enjoyed the post! We are indeed blessed to live where we live.
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That is indeed wonderful news! Congrats, Nancy!