Excursions that you would never want to have missed

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Mexican Riviera
Includes: Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Loreto, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Pichilingue/La Paz, Puerto Vallarta, Topolobampo & Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Mexico

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Joined Jul 2010
We've had good excursions almost every time. We've traveled with children so family friendly ones were important to us. A few we've done-
Mazatlan -
*gingers horses, the beach- playa bruja with lunch at Mr Lionso (kids were 5)
Cabo -
*private boat excursion included seeing the landmarks, rock jumping and snorkeling (snorkeling just ok because water was pretty rough that day) swim at medano beach, feed fish (kids were 11 & 2)
*Las caletas - kids were 7 (snorkeling, kid zip line & monkeys)

Puerto Vallarta -
*Marriott casa magna
(Kids were 11 and 2)
* Vallarta adventures dolphin signature swim (kids were 5)
* zip line Vallarta Adventures (kids were 11)

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When I look into Las Caletas, it says cruise ship passengers can't book it. Is this a situation where the cruise industry has a deal with the resort so you have to book through the ship? Is there a way around that?
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Joined Sep 2001
Originally posted by jarand
When I look into Las Caletas, it says cruise ship passengers can't book it. Is this a situation where the cruise industry has a deal with the resort so you have to book through the ship? Is there a way around that?
Yes, the tour company (Vallarta Adventures) that operates this excursion, as well as others, has a contracted arrangement with the cruise lines. So you have to book this one through the ships, and there isn't a way around this that I'm aware of. Others may chime in here though..

Still, the excursion is worth every penny as far as we're concerned!
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Spokane, WA
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Joined May 2005
For Mazatlán my favorite was a tour of the city by Pulmonia. My son's favorite was the horseback riding on stone island. Maria's Happy Horses if I recall correctly. See my review on Tripadvisor:

We hired Freddy just outside of the port where the blue line starts. We had a fair price and he took us every place we (I) wanted to see. Went out and saw some tide pools, stopped at an orphanage that he volunteers at and then he pointed us to a great restaurant (right across from the ferry and within walking of the port). He was actually a transplant from San Diego that married a local girl, so his English was perfect. We bought candy for the orphanage and he went in the grocery store with us to translate. I would not hesitate to book with his again. The nicest Pulmonia in Mazatlán.
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Joined Dec 2007
Las Caletas was worth every penny! It was stunningly gorgeous and Vallarta Adventures does an amazing job entertaining both to and from. We did Yelapas and Majahuitas on our next trip and it wasn't nearly as much fun.

In Cabo, it wasn't an excursion but we had the BEST meal at Solomon's Landing just off of the pier. A massive bowl of delicious, fresh ceviche and a cold beer. Heaven!
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Joined Oct 2015
We are headed on the Mexican Riviera cruise in March. First timers to that area. I was sold on Las Caletas until I read that it can get very crowded to the point that it takes a long time to use any of the water equipment because of the long lines. What are people's experiences and suggestions? I also read about the strange age restriction that nobody over 39 can go on the teen/adult "rides" (slide, etc). I will be 42 & hubby will be 44 with a 12 yr old. She will want us to go with her & we will want to join her. What's with this weird age limit? I didn't feel old until I learned I was too old for their equipment.

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