Best beaches in Cabo, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta

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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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#1
New York City
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I've been to the east coast of Mexico but this will be my first Mexican Riviera cruise. I'd like to know what are the best beaches to go to, a beach with a bar and toilets! Thanks to everyone for their advice!
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San Diego, CA/Cabo San Lucas Mexico
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In Cabo, it's Medano Beach. You can walk, take a water taxi or a land taxi to get there. Lined with bars/restaurants. If you are the party type, Mango Deck is the place for you. If you want something more laid back, Billygans, Milky Way which also has a dive shop, The Sand Bar or Omega Sports Bar. Tabasco's used to be nice but they have been doing funny things with the final bill, so they are being avoided.
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Yes I agree, we loved Medano Beach too... we booked the ME Resort day pass which is on Medano beach so we had the resort amenities, the beach and watersports . Higliy recommended !! https://cabosanlucascruiseexcursions...reak-day-pass/
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Have to agree with CWcruisers... Medano Beach in Cabo. We'll be hanging out at The Sand Bar during our visit in September.
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The Netherlands, wintermonths in Puerto vallarta, Mexico
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Although Puerto Vallarta has some nice beaches, some of them close to the cruise terminal and/or in old town/Playa los Muertos. However the best beach is in Nuevo Vallarta.
However that will be a busride of about 40 minutes or cab/car trip away.
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I enjoyed Playa Animes in Puerto Vallarta. Not too sure how a cruise passenger could there, because I visited when I was at a resort in PV, but the boat that took us on the excursion left from the cruise ship port. We booked it through Vallarta Adventures. It's a little more rustic with higher waves, but it was still a great place to visit!
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For Cabo, what about the beaches on the Pacific side?
From a few aereal shots I've seen, there are some hotels on those beaches. And they look like easy walking distance from the tender dock.
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Ine, are those beaches within walking distance of cruise port? Is there a place to change your bathing suit or do you use a towel and change on the beach? Would not be the first time for the towel routine.
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Originally posted by Vic The Parrot
For Cabo, what about the beaches on the Pacific side?
From a few aereal shots I've seen, there are some hotels on those beaches. And they look like easy walking distance from the tender dock.
Those beaches are not swimmable. In fact, the waves on that side are quite dangerous and there are signs everywhere advising people not to walk on the beach. At least once a year, someone gets pulled out to sea by a rouge wave. This year, fortunately, they were saved. Never turn your back on the ocean should you wish to visit there. It is beautiful if you keep a safe distance.
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The Netherlands, wintermonths in Puerto vallarta, Mexico
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Originally posted by jhsocal
Ine, are those beaches within walking distance of cruise port? Is there a place to change your bathing suit or do you use a towel and change on the beach? Would not be the first time for the towel routine.
Restaurants on the beach on Playa Los Muertos (old town Vallarta) donot have showers, but they have bathrooms. You need to bring your own towel (get it on your ship). Just order food and drinks.
Hotel Tropicana in old town has a daypass for Pesos 200,- of which Pesos 100,- is for food.
You need a cab or local bus to get there.

Walking distance from the cruise terminal is Hotel Krystal where many cruise passengers were welcome to have a drink/meal and use their pool. However since contruction is going on there I am not sure they still do.
Not too far from the terminal (on the other side of the Marina, so you need cab or local bus for a short ride) ) Hotel Mariott has a deal for (price might be higher now) for US$ 35,- you can have a daypass. Not all but most of that amount if for food and drinks.
Nuevo Vallarta is about 30 minutes north by cab (longer by public bus) has a nice beachclub ETC. Just pay for food and drinks. They are on one of the nicest beaches in the area.

Playa los Animas is mentioned but since you need bus and boat to get there, which takes time, it is a bit too complicated if you need to be back in time.
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Originally posted by Ine
Restaurants on the beach on Playa Los Muertos (old town Vallarta) donot have showers, but they have bathrooms. You need to bring your own towel (get it on your ship). Just order food and drinks.
Hotel Tropicana in old town has a daypass for Pesos 200,- of which Pesos 100,- is for food.
You need a cab or local bus to get there.

Walking distance from the cruise terminal is Hotel Krystal where many cruise passengers were welcome to have a drink/meal and use their pool. However since contruction is going on there I am not sure they still do.
Not too far from the terminal (on the other side of the Marina, so you need cab or local bus for a short ride) ) Hotel Mariott has a deal for (price might be higher now) for US$ 35,- you can have a daypass. Not all but most of that amount if for food and drinks.
Nuevo Vallarta is about 30 minutes north by cab (longer by public bus) has a nice beachclub ETC. Just pay for food and drinks. They are on one of the nicest beaches in the area.

Playa los Animas is mentioned but since you need bus and boat to get there, which takes time, it is a bit too complicated if you need to be back in time.
Correct me if I'm wrong but, isn't Nuevo Vallarta a town ? If so, where would one get off the bus to go to this Beach Club you mentioned ? Also, what is the name of the Beach Club ?
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The Netherlands, wintermonths in Puerto vallarta, Mexico
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Originally posted by rick160158
Correct me if I'm wrong but, isn't Nuevo Vallarta a town ? If so, where would one get off the bus to go to this Beach Club you mentioned ? Also, what is the name of the Beach Club ?
Nuevo Vallarta is not only a different town, even a different state (Nayarit) The name of the beachclub is ETC. You can get one of the rather frequent buses at the busstop at the Walmar,t more or less opposite the cruise terminal. There is a guy with a clipboard that can point you to the correct bus.
Get off at Hotel Marival or Dreams, as you can see at this map. On the way back go to the same busstop.

Be aware ETC opens at 11.a.m. as mentioned the busride might take about 30/40 minutes depending stops and traffic. The servers in ETC all speak english. User google photos and you will see lots of photos.

Most of the drivers will accept US$, (as does ETC), but paying in Pesos is always better
https://www.google.nl/maps/place/Etc....3046749?hl=nl
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We really like the small cove at Mismaloya. Lots of restaurants (with restrooms) to choose from.
It's about 20-30 mins from the cruise dock, depending on traffic and taxi driver.

I believe we paid around 200 pesos each taxi to and from Mismaloya.

We always go to the first restaurant when you cross the bridge or small water path. I forget the name but they have been there for many many years. Clean (but rustic) banos and they have a great massage hut

Food and service are great, I think we paid 120 pesos for a whole extremely fresh incredible red snapper complete with rice, beans, salads and tortillas.
DH had a bucket of 6 beer for around 60 pesos and I drank large Cazadore Margaritas for 80 pesos.

Love walking up the path to where they filmed Night of the Inguana (my favourite movie )
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San Diego, CA
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Originally posted by quincytoo
We really like the small cove at Mismaloya. Lots of restaurants (with restrooms) to choose from.
It's about 20-30 mins from the cruise dock, depending on traffic and taxi driver.

I believe we paid around 200 pesos each taxi to and from Mismaloya.

We always go to the first restaurant when you cross the bridge or small water path. I forget the name but they have been there for many many years. Clean (but rustic) banos and they have a great massage hut

Food and service are great, I think we paid 120 pesos for a whole extremely fresh incredible red snapper complete with rice, beans, salads and tortillas.
DH had a bucket of 6 beer for around 60 pesos and I drank large Cazadore Margaritas for 80 pesos.

Love walking up the path to where they filmed Night of the Inguana (my favourite movie )
Agree... Misamloya is great. We stayed there for a week once on a land vacation... awesome!
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Originally posted by Ine
Nuevo Vallarta is not only a different town, even a different state (Nayarit) The name of the beachclub is ETC. You can get one of the rather frequent buses at the busstop at the Walmar,t more or less opposite the cruise terminal. There is a guy with a clipboard that can point you to the correct bus.
Get off at Hotel Marival or Dreams, as you can see at this map. On the way back go to the same busstop.

Be aware ETC opens at 11.a.m. as mentioned the busride might take about 30/40 minutes depending stops and traffic. The servers in ETC all speak english. User google photos and you will see lots of photos.

Most of the drivers will accept US$, (as does ETC), but paying in Pesos is always better
https://www.google.nl/maps/place/Etc....3046749?hl=nl
Sounds good, thank you
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FYI on Playa Los Muertos in PV: It gets hot and CROWDED with many locals! Get ready to pay for chairs.. umbrella slightly more... Lot's of vendors selling food and stuff. Also a great spot to for water sports/rentals. Just be prepared for the crowds. We were just there in July.
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Princess Star 02 Mex Riv. Drama Cruise!
Carnival Spirit 04 Mex Riv. First 8 day!
Carnival Valor 05 West Caribbean. Crazy times, I'm on fire!!
Vision of the Seas 08 Mex Riv. Good Times w/friends and family!
Mariner of the Seas 09 Mex Riv. Favorite Ship!
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#18
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Originally posted by klfhngr
FYI on Playa Los Muertos in PV: It gets hot.
News Flash, it's Mexico, and it's usually hot!


Originally posted by klfhngr
Lot's of vendors selling food and stuff.
Again, it's Mexico and this is a common occurrence. Was this your first visit?
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Again, it's Mexico and this is a common occurrence. Was this your first visit?[/quote]
Look at his profile!!!
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Originally posted by KroozNut
News Flash, it's Mexico, and it's usually hot!




Again, it's Mexico and this is a common occurrence. Was this your first visit?
What's your definition of hot? 'Winter' months are not as hot as in the Summer.. This was more of an FYI for the person inquiring. Guess I need to be more specific.....

Again, this was more of an fFYI for them..... To be prepared just in case THEY were not familiar with the beach.... I've hung out at other beaches in Mexico and some of those had no vendors or only vendors that sold trinkets. I was just surprised as to how many FOOD vendors there were in Los Muertos......

Thanks Swede, I was going to say that
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Commadore Caribe 86 West Caribbean. 1st Cruise with my future wife! Had separate cabins, lol!
Carnival Jubilee (3) 90, 92, 94 Mex Riv. Some of the funnest times!
Carnival Sensation 96 West Caribbean.
Explorer of the Seas 01 West Caribbean. First cruise for my boys (3 and 9 years old)!!
Princess Star 02 Mex Riv. Drama Cruise!
Carnival Spirit 04 Mex Riv. First 8 day!
Carnival Valor 05 West Caribbean. Crazy times, I'm on fire!!
Vision of the Seas 08 Mex Riv. Good Times w/friends and family!
Mariner of the Seas 09 Mex Riv. Favorite Ship!
Mariner of the Seas 10 Mex Riv. Favorite Ship!
Carnival Splendor 12 Mex Riv. Cruise with family and sons' future in-laws!
Allure of the Seas 14 East Caribbean. Missed the ship in Nassau!
Celebrity Equinox 5/17 Southern Caribbean. Anniversary Cruise! First 10 day, it was awesome! Met great people!
Ruby Princess Mex Riv.10/17 Friends and Family cruise. More info to come!
Royal Princess East Coast/Canada. 10/18? Spend some time in NY before/after.
Royal/X/RCCL? Europe.?/19
Royal Princess Pacific Coastal. 5/19
and possibly a few others in between, can't remember!