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Our Excursions in Mazatlan and PV

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It took a bit of research on my part (and help from other CC'ers) to come up with some ideas for excursions at our Mexican Riviera cruise ports that did not involve ships excursions.  Hopefully the following will give you some ideas:

 

Cabo San Lucas -- This was our first port and we had booked a snorkeling tour but it was cancelled due to high winds.  So we spent the day on the ship and had a good time being on an almost empty ship.

 

Mazatlan -- We had been in Mazatlan many years ago and wanted to see some of the places we remembered from then.  We started out  by walking from the ship to the malecon and then along the malecon for quite awhile.  We had hoped to eat lunch at our old favorite, El Shrimp Bucket, but it was closed for renovation.  We then took a pulmonia (100 pesos) to the Playa Mazatlan Hotel in the Zona Dorado for a cool drink in the restaurant adjoining the beach.  It was quiet (early in the season) and we had an enjoyable time.  From there, we took a pulmonia back to the area near the Shrimp Bucket for our Segway tour with Baikas.  The tour lasted about 2 hours and covered much of the Old Town and part of the malecon.  Our guide, Carlos, was excellent and we had such fun riding the Segways.  http://www.baikasmazatlan.com/

 

Puerto Vallarta -- We wanted a beach day and I found a brochure on this forum with information about all of the various hotel properties and their day passes.  Few, if any, of the hotels sell day passes when the hotels are at capacity, but we were there in early October when things were quiet, so we had no problem.  We chose the Westin Resort and Spa based on their price (800 pesos with a 300 peso credit for food and drink) and the reviews of the beach and hotel.  This turned out to be an excellent choice.  Buying the day pass was easy and we were soon on our loungers on the beach.  There were a few vendors who passed by, but not many.  I wouldn't say the beach and water were the best I've ever seen, but they were good enough for us.  At lunch, we chose to eat at the beachside cafe rather than the main hotel restaurant and we had excellent service and delicious food.  The 300 peso credit for food easily covered the cost of a large hamburger/fries plate and a soda.  After lunch, we went to the huge pool which was really nice!   Taxi fare to/from the cruiseport cost about 150 pesos each way. 

 

 

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