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The Point Mancora Beach

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The Point Mancora Beach is a very nice-looking hostel with a relaxing attitude that instantly lets you know you've arrived in a surfers' beach town. The one major letdown with The Point is that it's so far removed from the rest of Mancora town.

The Location

It is located at the far south end of Mancora beach, and it's a fair walk between here and anything else of worthy of note in Mancora. The main part of town is twenty minutes' walk or a tuk-tuk ride away. Unfortunately, new developments have made walking along the beach all the way to town impossible at anything other than low tide and away from the beach the walk is through slum-like residential housing, which can be something of a labyrinth to newcomers. The best route is to walk along the beach then cut onto the main road, but both are too dangerous to walk at night.

On the plus side, it is much less busy and isolated at this end, cheaper to stay, and the quiet beach out immediately in front of the hostel is safe both day and night. The Point is also the location of Mancora's monthly Full Moon Party, so this is the location to stay in Mancora at this time.

Rooms and Bathrooms

As well as the standard choice of dorms, guests also have the option to stay in one of the delightful, beachy-style huts. The dorms are made from bamboo, brick, and palm fronds and are basic, containing medium-sized lockers and bunk beds with sheets and pillows. There are much needed fly screens on the windows but no locks on the doors. Luckily, on nights such as the Full Moon Party, security is so intense for nonresidents that someone would have to try very hard to get into a room. They are cleaned and the beds are made every day.

The beach huts do have locks on the doors, have two floors, their own en suite, a balcony, and a downstairs social area. They certainly feel more homey than dorms with decorations and furniture, and have a great view of the beach.

The bathrooms are also cleaned everyday and are of good quality. Spacious and with murals, they are very pleasant to use and user friendly, too, with plug sockets for shaving and hooks to hang your clothes in the shower.

Common Spaces

The Point makes good use of its common spaces. It has a large, grassy courtyard with plenty of hammocks and chairs and tables for relaxing, as well as sun loungers dotted around the swimming pool, which is within falling distance from the open-air bar. There is also a beanbag-filled TV/DVD room and a restaurant, which although not cheap, offers decent meals (the largest empanada we've ever had), and a good free breakfast. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel, but only one computer if you don't have your own. The Point also offer a laundry service, but it is more expensive than services offered in town. Impressively balanced, huge stone structures and guest painted murals give some colour to the area.

Summary

The Point is a great hostel. It's cheaper than most other hostels in Mancora, but is by no means any less in quality; its only major fault is its location. This does mean it's much quieter here and the beach is more private, but The Point is trying to be a fun party hostel and the lack of people combined with the distance from any other nightlife makes very difficult to compete in this department.

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