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  1. short walk to this place. https://goo.gl/maps/mdevrf7UiT3SGmjW9 then a short boat trip over. Inexpensive round trip. Stone Island was great! Been to many beaches in Mexico, all down the coast, and this one is great. Great views, nice swallow place to paddle board or swim. Pretty strong waves, but light undertow, and with it being swallow pretty far out, its fun to play in the water. Good sand, views of mountains. We go to Lety's, its a bit of a walk, but best prices we have found on Stone and nice people. Warning, get ready to say NO Gracias a lot. A lot of people selling stuff. And as someone that has lived in mexico for 2 years, and traveled to pretty much every tourist point, the sales people are well above average here. Have a little fun, and maybe buy something too, my 10 and 8 year olds learned how to shop in mexico, scored a cool wristband and two animals craved out of beautiful stained wood.
  2. Did Chileno Bay in Cabo via excursion through Princesses. The fish were ok, water was murky, it was windy that day. The catamaran was fun, we got close to the Arch for photos, bought the pro photos which were great, good drinks after snorkeling that had the ladies dancing to classic rock tunes, the crew were great and good light snacks. Did not do any snorkeling in Mazatlan, it was too windy, and wanted to chill out on stone beach, which is great. Letys is a great place for food and beers. In PV, we got an Uber for about $12 and went south to Mismaloya, and hired a boat to take us to the large rock formations close by, $12 per for about an hour, not the clearest of water, but saw more fish and a better variety then Cabo, including two large sting rays. Mismaloya is a cool little bay, but the current/waves/undertoe was too strong for kids to swim past knee deep waters, and it drops off fast. Guessing Sea of Cortez will result in better snorkeling, so interesting in hearing back from you!
  3. Long Beach was great. Uber and Lyft were both surging higher rates (double the price) in the morning this past Saturday. my dad rented a van from the nearby Enterprise that opened up at 9 a.m., easy option but they are on Royal Princess for the next 5 weeks and needed a car to drive around for the day as well, so they dropped us off. If Uber and Lyft are surging I would check out a taxi. We left the cruise terminal at 9:30am got to the airport at 10am curbside check SWA (3 people in line) and through security in less than 15 minutes for a 1115am flight. Full flight, lots of spring break familys. Small cool airport, probably under 10 terminals. Luckily the price was right and we booked a nonstop flight to Denver a few months ago, if you have the options hands down go through Long Beach. You had to access the plane from outside stairs and ramp which I thought was pretty funny! Pretty sure we would have missed our flight if it was at LAX at the same time.
  4. Heading out on the Royal Princess this Saturday out of LA! NCAA Mens basketball tournament starts Thursday, and will be games on Saturday, Sunday, Thursday and Friday during the trip, which so happens to be non port days. Any idea how the coverage will be? In the states, CBS owns the rights and is on four different CBS channels. I'm not expecting this on the ship, but hoping for a few games?? Anyone have any idea what they will show? Would be prefect for the outdoor big screen!
  5. I was there for a week. We had a Jeep, and drove to Hana and then around the whole southern part of the island on past Palapala Ho‘omau Congregational Church. There is also a nice stop with water falls, seven sacred pools at ohe'o right before the church. If yo u must take a tour, i would check and see if they go to these stops. You can see the Big Island on a clear day. Not much around the southern part of the island, no true citys and one service point (more of a tourist shack, fill up with gas before leaving Hana). But was cool to do, pretty and landscapes changed often. Once back on the western part of the island, we went up to the top of haleakala. I don't know how long you have, and its a pretty long road trip, but that was an awesome day, and probably my best memory of Hawaii out of two week plus trips. You cold cut out Haleakala to save time.
  6. Researching Mazatlan.... mixed reviews. Taking my gear, and i know it won't be Hawaii or The Caribbean, but have plenty of time at port to try snorkeling out. Anyone have good details about snorkeling Mazatlan? I see there is a reef, but not many specifics as to where, "further away north" and "far away over there" are the most detailed report i saw. Deer and Bird island i've seen mixed reports on, but seem to be the two popular places to snorkel. Anyway, respond if you have any good or detailed info about these areas, and the best snorkeling in Mazatlan area!
  7. Lived in mexico in 2006-2007 for two years and traveled everywhere. Been to all the top tourist beaches, and the areas not well known. In our two years we visited almost every state in the Mexican union, we got in trouble once, on a mexico city subway, got pickpocketed, should have never got on a packed train, knew better but was in a hurry. Just a few tips, leave your bling on the ship, or better yet at home. Dress casual, you are not going to prom on the Mexico beaches..... Try to blend in.... was hard for me, 6'4 red head and a 5'10 blond wife, but we did fine. Don't be stupid, don't ask for trouble, don't listen to the media that loves shock value. These vacation towns on the beach are probably safer then Miami or Detroit! I would use caution at any boarder towns, and areas where the drug trade is ongoing, which the state Sinaloa is know for, but will not be an issue where tourist are. As for this turtle tour, how are the online reviews for this trip or company putting on? Can you google the beach you are going to research? Call the people and ask them about the risks? I'm guessing with that distance, you will be fine. If you were going an hour or two into the interior i would probably tell you to pass.
  8. Just one reason we are booking an excursion in Cabo. The Pirate Ship is the same price, regardless if you book on website or through Princess. It also leaves one hour after we stop to tender, so i know we will get off first. Another reason to book excursions through the cruise line, if there are any issues during the tour, the boat won't leave you. If you use a 3rd party, you are on your own. And i've been there, with Celebrity, on my phone speaking to their 800 hotline in PV, , they said you better hurry or meet us at the next stop, which was Acapulco (this was 12 years ago when it was safer). Don't be those people on the last tender, we actually watch from our balcony, even on port, for the late people, its a fun tradition, as its happen to me and my family a few times, we like cheering these folks back on the boat!
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