Review of El Cid Marina Beach Resort Mazatlan, Mexico — with video

by GO GlobeHopper

Located on Mexico‘s Pacific Coast overlooking Mazatlán’s picturesque marina, El Cid Marina Beach provides visitors with a colorful Mediterranean-style resort that features a relaxing ambiance and convenient amenities. This includes a water taxi service to the nearby beach, other regional El Cid resorts, and the El Cid Golf & Country Club.

⦿ To watch our resort tour of El Cid Marina Beach Resort, visit our YouTube video HERE and use the highest quality playback settings. Or, keep reading for valuable information, as well as the pros and cons of the resort.

The resort features 200 rooms and suites spread across 11 buildings.  Rooms include 3 layout styles—Junior Suite that sleeps 4 (essentially a standard hotel room with 2 Queen Beds; a One-Bedroom Suite that sleeps 2 with a King Bed plus a dining and living area; and a Junior Suite Elite that sleeps 4 adults with 2 Queen Beds and a sofa bed in the living area (essentially the same room as the Junior Suite, but includes access to golf).  Rooms are modern, spacious, and clean, but sparse in furniture and amenities.

El Cid features 2 pools with waterfalls and rock formations, a sandy beach with chairs and umbrellas, and 8 onsite restaurants and room service.  There is also a kid’s club and teen’s club, a gym and spa, a business center, a concierge service, plus car rentals, and medical services available on the property.

Additionally, travelers will find live entertainment and beach activities, an excursion desk, an ATM and currency exchange, as well as laundry facilities.  Best of all, guests also have access to the facilities of the neighboring hotels— El Cid CastillaEl Cid El Moro, and El Cid Granada.



  • El Cid is a 4.5-star resort that scores high with visitors for location, cleanliness, and service.
  • beautiful views
  • relaxing and safe
  • access to 3 other resorts results in access to plenty of amenities
  • friendly staff


  • wi-fi is not included and is expensive
  • daily fees
  • the resort is small and tends to get noisy
  • when the resort is very busy, staff can seem overwhelmed and slow

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