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  1. All this will turn into another government boondoggle. I'm from Wisconsin, Their vaccination "scheme" was targeted at zipcodes hardest hit by covid. Age and medical conditions played no part in who could/would get an appointment. I gave up on my Healthcare provider and went to AZ where I, and my 64 yo wife, have gotten both of our shots. I had already gotten my 1st shot when my provider sent me an invitation to make an appointment back in WI. I do know that 1st shot information did appear in my WI medical record about a week after I got it. I don't know if I will be in an AZ, WI or F
  2. For Vallarta - Great original question, unfortunately the pandemic may have made most answers and previous experiences obsolete. Having said that . . . pre-pandemic: Puertovallartstours dot net is a respected third-party tour broker. Their website is a great place to find what tours are currently available. Occasionally, the actual excursion provider has their own website and may offer promotions not available on the pvt site so check. Additionally, the cruise lines may have exclusive contracts with a number of providers that prevent them (and brokers) from selling
  3. Have been going to Vallarta since 2000 in the mid-October thru late-November time frame. Rarely have experienced any rain lasting a half hour or more. They rarely do weather forecasts because it doesn't matter. Hurricanes are statistically possible in October. Vallarta suffered significant storm surge/wave damage in late October 2002 (hurricane Kenna). I have come to believe the rain/stormy weather has the potential to affect any cruise anywhere in the world at any time of the year. Enjoy . . .
  4. Millennium Spa used to offer massage services on-the-beach at the Hotel Krystal, a few blocks south of the Port. The operation moved into a vacant resort villa and then into the Krystal's primary building. Cruisers stopped talking about Millenium shortly after that. This was always a satellite operation from the primary Millennium Spa in the Marina Vallarta just north of the port. Our personal favorite is Metamorfosis Day Spa, just off Olas Altas, on PV's south side. Enjoy . . .
  5. Have been going to Vallarta for 20 years, all but one as a resort visitor. I'm not sure trying to do both activities would be the best plan. If this is your first visit to Vallarta, I would do one or the other but not both. Vallarta Adventures should be the excursion provider and they always provide a first class experience. The Yelapa excursion is allot of fun but I am a little concerned about the time of year. March is near the tail end of the dry season. The Yelapa waterfall my be a dribble. Waters on the Mexican Pacific coast are not like the Caribbean. They are a little co
  6. For Vallarta . . . Johann & Sandra are third party tour brokers with a very good reputation. However, the excursion operator that runs the Dolphin excursions in both Cabo and Vallarta are Cabo Adventures and Vallarta Adventures respectively. They have a sweetheart contract with the cruise industry that makes the cruise ship the only entity that can sell any/all excursions run by the "Cabo/Vallarta Adventures" folks. Johann & Sandra may list Cabo/ Vallarta Adventures excursions but they can only sell to the non-cruise passenger world. Enjoy! . . .
  7. Speaking for Vallarta only . . . Fresh made churros are normally found when the local families are out and about during or shortly after the dinner meal. Typically, this is after 7 PM. This does make it difficult for most cruise ship passengers. I do know that there is a location on the south side that caters to the tourist industry. You can find information about La Romantica Churros & Cafe Bar at TripAdvisor and on FaceBook.
  8. Speaking only for Puerto Vallarta - You might find that the "type" of fish you are hoping to catch may influence your decision on which port you will try to do this. Vallarta is located in a very large bay. Most of the really big fish are found out in the ocean as opposed to inside the bay. Travel time to/from the fishing grounds, along with the actual arrival/departure of you ship will determine how much actual "fishing time" hubby will have. This a tough activity for people coming off a cruise ship simply because you are constrained by the ship's itinerary. Here are a few of
  9. Vallarta has several demonstration tequila distilleries. These are often part of a "Tequilla Tour" and feature some of the product they make. This includes regular and flavored tequila's. We happen to visit the Mama Lucia facility some years ago. Typically, they are only available at the demonstration distillery. I did find a TripAdvisor posting that said the specific brand of Mandarin Orange flavored Tequila you are looking for was being sold at a little flea market on the Malecon. It is just down from the McDonalds with its entrance near the Redneck Sombrero. Fla
  10. The La Playa liquor stores will have the best selection of tequilas. A google search will show you where they are located in the Vallarta area. The Soriana and Mega grocery stores often offer the best prices on mainstream brands. Think of them as an equivalent of our Walmart super stores in the States. Enjoy !
  11. I would suggest you have a rough idea what the liquor prices are at home before you head for the ship. Bargains can be found for certain brands but often the savings is minimal. Don't forget to factor in the logistics involved in getting the liquor home from the cruise port back in the states. You are pretty much stuck with packing it in your check bags. For Vallarta, the info Ine gave is good plus the Soriana Super (grocery store) immediately south of the port is a good source. Are shopping something in particular? Enjoy!
  12. Normally, this excursion site is not good for mobility challenged individuals, especially after sunset. It has been a number of years since we were last there. They may have been able to offer all-terrain wheeled transport since then. As Ine indicated, contact Vallarta Adventure directly for answers on this question. Enjoy!
  13. Hola, Have done the Las Caletas day excursion 14 times since 2000. The site and available activities continues to expand and improve with each passing year. To recap the previous information . . . Vallarta Adventures is the exclusive operator for Las Caletas. They are under contract with the cruise industry and under the terms of the contract, they are not allowed to sell excursions directly to cruise ship passengers. You must book through the cruise line. Even if you go online and find a third party excursion broker offering this excursion, you must book with the
  14. Have done Vallarta Food Tours three times. Very informative and entertaining. Enjoy!!
  15. Have been there a dozen or so times over the last two decades. The site expands and adds activities every year. Value vs. Price is a personal judgment and is often based on your expectations from the start. We stopped going when the price to resort vacationers (booked online with discount) went over $110 USD. This season the basic price went up to $139, $118 with online discount. Nobody can every understand how or why the cruise lines charge what they charge. For years, the ship was more expensive than direct booked. Then the ship was cheaper for a couple years. And now (at least for
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