On my last cruise in the southern Caribbean, I decided to skip the ship's excursions and instead took taxis to beaches. It was great: less hassle/cost and a lot more time to relax. I'm hoping to do the same along the Mexican Riviera: Cabo, PV, and Mazatlan. Can you tell me if there are good beaches, or snorkeling spots, that are easy to get to via taxi?
Do it yourself excursions can be a great way to explore ports in Mexico.
It can also be a huge mistake, frustrating and not a very good option.
People who are not intimately familiar with Mexico should not venture off alone.
While you can reach any place you want to visit by Taxi, the trick is to get a Taxi driver away from the port and hopefully finding one that speaks some English. Otherwise he is going to take your wallet for a ride. quite often being white in Mexico means they are going to immediately expect more pesos. True fact, I live in Acapulco.
For a long time i negotiated prices - now i just get in and pay what I am going to pay, I never hear objections for more than a few pesos. But on cruise ship days - the mood changes.
My advice, book excursons with a private agency. When you go to Mazatlan - stop by and see Mazatlan Frank. He is a great guy and very popular.
Thanks for the info. We already cruised over Thanksgiving. Went to Cabo, Mazatlan and PV. Can't say it was worth the effort. Had a bad anti-American experience at the opera house in Mazatlan. Bizarre. Don't think we will waste our time with western Mexico again. The Carribean is much much better.