Posted August 23rd, 2018, 11:48 PM
How reliable are the tours at the port when your ship arrives? My friend and I know we want to do snorkeling and swimming without vendors bothering us. She isn't sure about the HAL Las Caletas excursion although that's my top choice. Would we find anything similar being offered upon arrival? We'd like to get back mid-afternoon then go into town to stroll and have a drink - she has been before long ago and wants to see how it's changed. My friend also remembers going to a restaurant decades ago in a cave with a waterfall - we tried googling pictures but nothing looked familiar to her. Not to much to go on but any guesses?
She also wants to pick up a couple of products in a drug store hoping less expensive than the US - I said WalMart!
The Las Caletas excursion is only offered through Vallarta Adventures (who contracts with the ships) since they have exclusive rights to the piece of land where you go on that tour. There is nothing else comparable...if that is how you want to spend your day.
As to drugs, it is really hit/miss. We have found some drugs in Mexico that are priced better then in the USA...but many others actually cost more. And for those that have some kind of drug insurance at home, buying in Mexico is generally not a bargain. Walmart is fine as are quite a few pharmacies such as Guadalajara Pharmacy. I think that Costco has the best drug prices on many items, but that store is not convenient to the cruise port.
Your restaurant got me thinking, but despite dining in more than 50 restaurants a year (in PV) I have no clue. And if it was "decades ago" if it exists it would likely be under different ownership to changed. Probably the most picturesque restaurant for lunch is the Ocean Grill, but they have gone through some difficult times (closed for quite a while) so we will no longer recommend that place until we have a chance to check it out on our own.