We'll probably be staying at the Belmar too. Two years ago it was around $18Can for a double but apparently times have changed. We also stayed at the Sands Arenas, about halfway down the strip to the Gold Zone, and it was only $45Can. It's now $65US and with our dollar back in the dumpster we'll be back at the Belmar.
Our plan is to spend two nights in Maz before continuing on as far as Play Azul. From there we'll hook around to Lake Chapala and then back to Mazatlan to spend a few more days before meeting friends in PV.
Or, if my wife hates riding, we spend the whole vacation in Mazatlan.
Only time will tell
Have a great Mexican Christmas!