2nd Cruise

My wife & I, both in our early 70's, will be taking a 7 day cruise to Mexico on board the Carnival Miracle. We will be leaving in mid-February & visiting Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta.
We would appreciate any advice you have regarding this trips & things to do/see in these ports.

Our previous cruise to the Caribbean was quite disappointing as we couldn't get into the harbor @ Grand Cayman due to high seas. This resulted in ANOTHER DAY AT SEA. Hopefully we will have better luck this time.



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Cabos is a tender port and occasionally does have rough sea issues, not often but it can happen. Not that the ship can not get into port, in Cabo the ship does not actually enter the harbor, the problem is with the sea being too rough for the tenders.
Their big thing is snorkel and party boats, they do have, more tamer tours as well.

Check Department of State travel advisories for Mazatlan, last I read was that it was suggested that tourist travel be restricted to the Gold Zone unless absolutely necessary. Gold Zone=souvenir shops

PTOV is pretty well off, and they have some nice tours I would just stay out of the back country as in ATV, horseback, those kind of tours. Still lots to do, Old Historic Vallarta and The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Las Caletas Beach, Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlán. The ship will offer tours that cover most of these area or use an independent like Shore Trips or if your just going to old Vallarta or downtown grab a taxi it's a short ride.
And if you really want some excitement there is a Walmart right across from the port


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Well, let see, if I were on that route again, I would go to the glass factory in Cabo and avoid the horse drawn carriages in Cabo (what a waste that was). I've been to the glass factory twice. First time on a ship tour. Second time I just a a cab take me there, wait, and then take me back. A walk around the harbor is good for a first timer. It is about 3/4 miles. You can always take the water taxi there and enjoy a nice slow walk back to the tender port. The glass bottom boat tour also was pretty good. Finally the blow hole is fairly interesting.

Stone Island in Mazatlan was pretty good. It is more or less across from the pier. It is an all day trip.

The tile factory in Puerto Vallarta is not that interesting. However, the tequila factory was interesting. So was the Malecon (oceanfront). Lots of people like to purchase a day pass at the Krystal Hotel/Resort.


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In PV walk to the beach through the marketplace to the south of the harbour. Just go out the furthers gate towards the ocean in the SW corner of the harbour area. Not far unless you dock on the North side of the harbour. If that happens your ship may have a shuttle to that corner. Nice beach with some fairly good hotels that may or may not charge money for a day use pass. Some are expensive but are all inclusive.

downtown Cabo is an interesting walk along the inner harbour.

Maz. . The beach is. A hike outside the main gate and go left as far as the guys running boats across the canal to an extremely long beach with limited facilities. Check for safety locally before doing this.


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My favourite Mexico shore excursion was one that I did in Mazatlan. It was a bus tour that took us into the foothills of the Sierra Madres Mountains to visit several colonial villages. We saw adobe brick being made, a tile factory (I still use the tile that I bought there as a trivet and it brings back wonderful memories), ate cookies from a brick oven, visited a beautiful cathedral, and saw some of the beautiful handcrafted furniture and pottery that comes from this region. When we returned to Mazatlan we were treated to a very interesting folkloric show. If I had an opportunity to do this tour again I would definitely do it!

Loved the glass factory at Cabo....have visited twice. If you are into buying ship excursions and find something that will take you to San Jose del Cabo then I would do that. For a quiet day just walk around the harbour and pop into a bar for a refreshing libation.

Puerto Vallarta....We once had a wonderful time doing a cooking class here. It is also just plain fun to walk along the Malecon. There are hundreds of wonderful photo opportunities.

Always leave plenty of time to be back to your ship in every port. So many people lose track of time. On our last trip we waved goodbye to folks left standing on the pier!