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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#21
AZ
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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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#22
Colorado
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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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#23
San Diego, CA
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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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#24
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:
https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopi...fic_Coast.html

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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#25
Seattle
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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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#26
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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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#28
Oregon
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Joined May 2014
We went to Las Caletas in June of 2016 with Vallarta Adventures. We didn't spend any time with the water equipment, but my wife and I, 44, went on those crazy things in Adventure Cove. (Think that's what they called it.) Food was buffet style and decent, we did what we wanted and didn't have issues, some others might have.

Our favorite excursions through Vallarta Adventures were #1. Outdoor Adventure, #2. Extreme Zipline and #3. Las Caletas. We had three teens with us and it was pretty unanimous for the order. We are active and like the adrenaline things.

I'm sure all of these trips are offered through the ship as well.
#29
Silicon Valley, California
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Originally posted by goober87
I can highly recommend doing a food tour in PV. We've done Vallarta Food Tours twice. vallartafoodtours.com Highly recommend. Vallarta eats looks good too. vallartaeats.com


Great way to see and eat the town!


Second comments about just walking Cabo and seeing downtown Mazatlan then heading to Stone Island. Shack up at Lety's.


Wow, Vallarta Food Tours looks great! Thanks!
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#30
Encino, CA USA
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Joined Jan 2000
Originally posted by Mary loves to travel
Wow, Vallarta Food Tours looks great! Thanks!
We have it booked for next week. We shall see. We are doing the Pitillal tour.
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#31
Washington
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Joined May 2009
Las Caletas was amazing!

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#32
Silicon Valley, California
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Originally posted by saraandnick
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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This happened to 2 of my sons and their wives last summer -- they said there was so little equipment, compared to the number of people there, they were barely able to use it.
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#34
Washington
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Joined May 2009
Originally posted by KroozNut
+1 for Las Caletas. Awesome photo!


Thank you!


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#35
Los Banos, CA USA
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We go to Las Caletas every time we go to Puerto Vallarta. One time I did the power snorkeling and it was amazing. It was an extra cost. I think it was $30, but worth it.
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