Any suggestions for shore excursions for Acapulco..Manzanillo and Zihautenijo would be greatly appreciated......
Acapulco: Take any of the city highlights tours.
Manzanillo: There's not much there, as it's more of a commercial port. Your best bet probably is to go to an all-inclusive beach resort for the day. (Most ships do offer that as an excursion, with transportation included.)
Zihuatenejo: For the best shopping on the Mexican Riviera, go to the end of the tender pier and turn right. That area is the downtown market district where the locals do their shopping. You'll also see the area where the local fishermen land their catch. (There are also some good sailing/snorkeling/beach tours here.)
I have been corresponding to a really nice lady that lives in Zihua 3-4 months out of the year, and she told me about Playa Las Gatas. You can take water taxi for $3-per person to a restaurant called Otillia's. It has 2 pink seahorses on the outside. Said to ask for "Franco" and he'll set you up with buckets of ice cold beers and excellent seafood. I'll be checkin that out. Taking a cruise on the Star in October....
Re: suggestions for Acapulco..Manzanillo and Zihuatenijo
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.