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With a vision aimed at generating jobs and economic development in Mazatlán and Sinaloa, our group was formed in November 1972. Don Julio Berdegue, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, inaugurated El Cid with a Country Club and nine-hole golf course.

Over the years, El Cid's golf course has grown to 27 holes, nine of which were designed by Lee Trevino, a globally recognized golf personality. From there, El Cid Resorts and Vacations Club have continued to develop  and grow in order to best serve our loyal guests and members.

Our worldwide destinations feature amenities expected by discerning travelers, that meet the high standards set by El Cid.  

El Cid Country Club features:

  • Tennis and racquetball courts
  • Lap pool
  • Fitness center
  • Steam
  • Sauna
  • Spa facilities 
  • Prime Grill restaurant
  • Sushi Bar
  • Hole 19 members' lounge

Developed in 1974, the Granada Hotel & Country Club introduced the concept of All-Inclusive and European Plans. In addition to its 126 rooms, El Cid Granada features:

  • A glittering pool
  • Resort restaurant 
  • Calm & relaxing atmosphere

In 1982, the El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel opened its 393 rooms, with some accommodations offering fabulous ocean views from private balconies. This property embraced the concepts of both All-Inclusive and European Plans. The hotel notably features:

  • A sprawling swimming pool 
  • Popular Kids Club

El Cid El Moro was inaugurated in 1989. This tower has 28 floors and 314 room types, ranging from junior suites to multiple room suites with kitchen activities. The property became popular with El Cid Vacation Club members and guests who preferred the European Plan. The resort features:

  • Beach
  • Pools with waterfalls
  • Restaurants
  • Nearby sought-after attractions

Six years later, in line with the company's vision of expansion, the Hotel Marina El Cid was built for guests on All-Inclusive or European Plans and strategically positioned on El Cid Marina. This hotel features:

  • 210 suites
  • Mediterranean-style comfort
  • Swimming pools with waterfalls
  • Restaurant
  • Private beach 
  • Professional Marina operated by Aries Fleet

Our Marina accommodates 120 boats, ranging from 25 to 120 feet in length, and offers additional services such as fishing, sailing, cruises, and recreational outings. Similarly, fishing tournaments such as the annual Billfish Classic have been internationally recognized.

In 2001, our group expanded east toward the Mexican Caribbean, through the purchase of La Ceiba Hotel, located on the island of Cozumel. The hotel features:

  • 60 rooms with ocean views
  • Spacious private balconies
  • Extraordinary snorkeling and scuba diving

In February 2006, El Cid opened its doors on the Riviera Maya, with the Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort in Puerto Morelos -- just 15 minutes from the city of Cancún/Riviera Maya. The beach resort features:

  • Unique location, across from the second largest coral reef in the world
  • Modern architectural style harmonizes 
  • Carefully protected mangrove reserves 
  • 342 guest rooms with ocean views 
  • Pools with waterfalls
  • Water slides
  • Restaurants
  • Shops

In the fall of 2007, a convention center was added to hold 500 attendees. Riviera Maya also saw the opening of the El Cid Marina, which operates services from the yacht club through Aries Shipping. The El Cid Marina has capacity for 150 boats from 25 to 120 feet in length, providing services for fisheries, ecological tours, and boat rentals.


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My comments are consistent with my feelings today about your wonderful resort. For me, my family and my friends The El Cid / El Moro is our #1 resort in the sun, the people, the facilities, the pleasant and gracious attitude of the staff, the weather, the food and the prices make for a great relaxing and entertaining experience. You are on the beach with your choice of several swimming pools, restaurants, golf, tennis and all on the resort property. My wife and I have been staying at The El Cid / El Moro for 12 to 15 years for 4 to 9 weeks. This year we will be there 9 weeks.

- David Hamer
  Member since 2004
   Spokane, Washington

El Cid Vacations Club