My husband and I are taking the Mexican Riviera Cuise on the Oosterdam on Feb. 9th. We've travelled extensively as independent travelers for many years. In the past year, my husband has become somewhat physically disabled and walks with a cane. This will be our first cruise, and we're very excited about it. The cruise tours don't really interest us. Instead, we'd like to leave the ship and take a car or bus (preferably) to town center and explore and have lunch at a local restaurant. We truly would like a flavor of the towns. Our ports will be Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerta Vallarta. What are your thoughts? Any suggestions?
In Puerto Vallarta you can take a bus or private driver for a tour. Check this website www.vallartainfo.com for lots of useful information about Puerto Vallarta and you can send a message through this site to ask about finding someone to give you a tour. Hope this helps
We got off the ship in Matazlan and went on a tour with a local van, for $25.00 per person we saw the city and he provided a cooler of soda, beer, water. He would take us anywhere we wanted and would stop when we asked him to stop for pictures. He also took us to a nice beach side restaruant and bought the first round of marguaritas for us. When we were done and were returning to the ship he told us he had a friend in Puerto Vallarta that would provide the same service for us at the same price and called his friend for us for the next day. We really enjoyed both days.
Thanks for your replies. A cab to old town in each port sounds great. Then we can do a walk about (slowly) to explore the area and see the sights and finally have a nice lunch and drink and people watch. I'll look check out the Blue Shrimp and if anyone else has any suggestions for a "local" restaurant in each town, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.