Hostal Sol y Mar This is my hotel, completed with Swimming Pool, and as close to the beach as possible on this stretch of sand. Hard to understand the Lonely Planets rather negative explanations as loud music and some thefts reported. For sure, the music can be too loud and it is possible to be robbed in any Hotel in South America; however, the one they recommend is not a beach Hotel.
HI La Posada
HI La Posada This is the recommended hotel.
My gut tells me a person that wrote this spent time traveling through Europe where they developed a special love for Hostel International, thinking that that means anything. In South America it means crap, and you should probably avoid them, as in Asia also, as it is only marketing, However the annoying part, and normally trust the Lonely Planet when they say “recommended” or “Popular with the backpackers” is this Hotels is not close to the water and very bleak. I did not stay there after taking a taxi to visit the outside; I saw ZERO people hanging around and decided enough of desolation, and ask the taxi driver. He recommended the Sol y Mar, and he was correct.
Theft is Hotels more about the client and normally less about the owner; you need to make sure you know… Never trust the owner, never trust the staff and you will not donate cameras to them. If you are told the staff is safe, then you will be robbed.
Guidebooks Hard to say anymore about guidebooks as they are becoming more and more disjunctive, the researchers are repeating or using the past information so much, that there are little good clean observations as one guidebook writer is afraid to disagree with the prior.
Personally, I am very careful to choose Hotels on beaches, as they need to be close to the water, or you may as well live in the city. This beach is a little different though because all of the taxis cost one sole, and you can live anywhere and go right to the beach in seconds. Therefore, in reality, the hotel on the beach in Mancora is not necessary, and you can opt for the great in the center hotel close to people and take a taxi to the beach. I am amiss on the fans, they do not seem to have fans, and I am spoiled by Asia and have forgotten just how primitive or rude the South American culture can really be. They are warmer and friendlier as people; however, they have zero problems in letting you live in total discomfort providing you do not complain.
The person yesterday tried to give me a large pitcher of Lemonade with no ice, now they are good in Mancora on Lemonade and give you lots of it for about one dollar, not by any means cheap. This was for 1.50 dollars so I said, “Hielo.”
He looked at me as if how could I ask, and I looked at him like if you want cash, to it, this was in the Sol y Mar. The Sol y Mar is cheap, 15 soles for a room, however they go for the gouge on the drinks and food, smart because most travelers will drink themselves blind however complain about the cost of the room, so very smart management.