Originally Posted by Grandy
Any suggestions for shore excursions for Acapulco..Manzanillo and Zihautenijo would be greatly appreciated...... :o We will be sailing on the Spirit in November. :o :o
Hubby and I went on this cruise last December.
Acapulco was our least-favorite port. I think if we ever take this cruise again we will probably just stay on the ship. However, we did get off the ship last December, and shared a tour of the city by van with some people from another cruise ship that had docked the same day. The driver took us to Senor Frogs, where there was a lovely view of Acapulco Bay. Then he took us back around the bay to the Cliff Diving. After that he took us to the mercado area.....Aaaaargghh! WORSE than Tijuana, IMO. Some of the most aggressive and obnoxious vendors we've ever come across.
We really enjoyed Manzanillo. The little downtown area was quaint and clean and the shopkeepers friendly. We took a taxi to Las Hadas -- the beach/resort where the movie "10" was filmed -- and arranged for him to come back in the afternoon to pick us up. The beach was lovely, and there were boats -- skiffs, I guess you'd call them -- that you could arrange to take you out snorkeling. I think we paid about $25/per person and this included snorkel gear. They took us to all the same places as the cruise's pricey shore tours, and it was just us and the boat driver and two other tourists. It was, perhaps, one of the best snorkel trips we've ever taken. The water was crystal clear and we saw so many forms of marine life, including an octopus!
At Zihuatanejo we took the tender to the pier and then caught a $3 water taxi over to Las Gatas beach. We picked out a place on the beach in front of one of the restaurants. We had lunch and some Coronas and had the use of a palapa and two deck chairs for the entire day. The snorkeling there wasn't great, but it was still fun and relaxing. We took a water taxi back to the pier and walked through the little shopping area. There were some decent bargains there, and the vendors were very nice.