Re: Should we take excursions to get to the beach?
You can walk to the beach in Puerto Vallarta (Playa De Oro hotel?) , it's just south of the dock but as Harry said, you'll need a cab ride in the other 2 places. To be honest, the water in Cabo was not for swimming-too cold.
Re: Re: Should we take excursions to get to the beach?
Went to Paradis Village in PV, but you could go to El Cid just as easily. Took the ferry to Stone Island for $1-its the best, go early and avoid the crowds. Took a water taxi to Lovers Beach in Cabo, very good snorkeling there. You don't have to do the excursions unless you want something different like the Canopy Tour. You can always get off the ship and there's lots of vendors to take you places. Just be aware of the ship time vs. the port time.