Just booked the 8-day Mexico on the Carnival Spirit - Oct. 24, leaving from San Diego. Never been to Acapulco, Ixtapa, or Manzanillo. Any suggestions or do or not do? What will the weather be like then? Who is the CD on the Spirit? She comes into Juneau every Saturday during the summer. So we get to see "our" ship every week.
Manzanillo, when I was there in '88, was a nice working person's city, rather than a resort. There were some world class resorts nearby, the famous Las Hadas, which is worth a look. We visited friends at Club de Santiago, a country club/golf type resort on the water with people from all over the world. Felt like a Mediteranean resort.
In Acapulco, you can walk to the famous cliff divers rather than take the expensive shore excursion. About 15 min. last portion uphill (downhill coming back!) then stop in the plaza for trinkets, visiting with the locals, snacks, then an easy walk back to the ship.
. I have a group sailing Nov 9th from our home port of San Diego. I have several tour options for Acapulco if you want to eme firstname.lastname@example.org I'll forward them. I can't believe how cheap this sailing is for the 8 days plus we get a $100 shipboar credit to boot.
I have been to Mex. several times and you will enjoy yourself just take in the sites, visit the towns see how they live it will make you feel great when you return home. I leave on the same trip on Dec 19 can't wait to go back. I hopw there are many singles on the cruise. :-) Mario
You're right, Mario, it's great to just "take in the sights" and "see how they live". I much prefer that type of visiting a foreign country than just taking an organized tour. We like to rent cars wherever we go, and find some less "touristy" areas.
Manzanillo and Zijuatenejo were great for experiencing true Mexico.
In Manzanillo, we talked to a policeman about how we were so intrigued with the Art Deco hotels in town. He directed us to the government building to check out a historical photo display. When we found the room where the display was kept, there was nothing to see.
We wandered into an office and inquired about the exhibit, and the government worker said they were in the midst of putting up a new one and to come back in a day or so. We explained we were in port only for the day.
*Then* , he suggested we sit down and he commenced to pull out folder after folder of historical photos, and tell us about hurricaines and earthquakes that had hit the town over the years.
We were truly amazed how sweet the worker was to show us everything, answer questions, etc. Truly in the smaller port towns of Mexico one gets to see how really warm the Mexican people are.
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