Mexican Riviera Journals

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A November 2004 trip to Mexican Riviera by Cantin2

Mazatlans Stone Island Photo, Mexican Riviera, Mexico More Photos
Quote: We visit Puerto Vallarta often. We wanted to experience the rest of the west coast - just to make sure that we're not missing anything. We thought that the best way to do this was on a cruise. Follow along with us and learn . . .

Mazatlan's Stone Island

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Mazatlan's Stone Island Photo, Mexican Riviera, Mexico
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We had read about Stone Island prior to cruising and decided to do it on our own rather than as a tour - wise choice. It’s easy and inexpensive to do, and you have control of how much time you wish to spend. The island is across the channel from the ship’s dock. You can take an open moke for two – or a pulmonia, Mazatlan’s alternative taxi– from the dock area or you can walk about a half mile to the ferry launch. (Make a left as you exit the cruise port and make another left at the end of the street. When you reach the water, take the small dirt road next to the commercial ferry dock. You can see the small green launches from the street. There is also a sign that says Isla de la...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 10, 2004

Mazatlan's Stone Island
Stone Island
Mexican Riviera, Mexico

Paradise Village Beach Resort & Spa

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Attraction | "A Beach Day in Nuevo Vallarta"

Paradise Village Beach Resort & Spa Photo, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
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If you've been reading my journals, you can see that we don't foster planned tours. It’s more exciting to do it on your own if you have a forgiving and understanding mate. Having been to Puerto Vallarta a number of times, we knew exactly how we wished to spend our few hours while on a cruise ship stop - at the beach. The best beaches are north of town in Nuevo Vallarta and beyond. With the limited hours we had in port, we chose the Nuevo Vallarta resort of Paradise Village. This is a timeshare resort/hotel and spa that is very inviting of casual visitors. Everything you want is: pools with slides, activities or quiet areas (it’s quiet in the timeshare section, active in the hotel area). ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 26, 2004

Paradise Village Beach Resort & Spa

Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Hadas (Las)

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Attraction | "An Afternoon at Las Hadas"

Hadas (Las) Photo, Mexican Riviera, Mexico
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The dock area in Mazanillo is a very large commercial port--not an appealing first sight of a Mexican City that Americans dream of as "romantic" because of Bo Derek in the movie "10". As you exit the ship, a shuttle service is available to downtown for $3 per person--we passed on it, since we're going to the "Jewel of Manzanillo - Las Hadas Resort". Without negotiating, we took a long 20-minute cab ride past a very run-down industrial area, past a few restaurants and a few unappealing hotels along the bay, for $12. Manzanillo's two long bays are divided by the Santiago Peninsula--this area is home to more upscale hotels and condos. Views as we drive through the hilly, curvy roads of the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 3, 2005

Hadas (Las)
Santiago Peninsula
Mexican Riviera, Mexico

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Daylight and a few vibrations from the ship--here we are in Zihuatenejo! Oh my goodness, how beautiful--a perfect little cove surrounded by green hills and beautiful villas on the hillside. We see a few stretches of beach--it's hard to tell if they're sandy or rocky--a marina filled with boats, and a small cove with wooden fishing boats beached on the sand. We can't wait to explore. We tender to shore and walk a few blocks through a quaint little town with a few shops and restaurants to the bus stop. A 15-minute ride--for 35 cents per person--mostly on a highway takes us to Ixtapa. This is the new government endeavor to build hotels (somewhat like Cancun 15 years ago). At first sight, it remind...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2005

Ixtapa and Its High-Rise Hotels
Ixtapa Beach - four miles from Zihuatenejo
Mexican Riviera, Mexico

One day in Mazatlan

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Mazatlan Photo, Mexican Riviera, Mexico
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In Mazatlan, the ships dock in the commercial port, in a protected marina east of the old town. A canopy-covered trolley transports cruisers to the port entrance. As soon as you get off the trolley, you’re mobbed by timeshare salespeople and tour vendors offering you a "day of fun." On the plus side, the tours are less expensive than those offered on the ship, and the timeshare booth has complimentary bottles of water on ice. As you pass these booths, there is a rather large area of shops and stands representing all the major vendors from town. Music is playing, bars and food outlets are open, and all wares are invitingly displayed – everything from t-shirts to crafts to silver and diamonds. Ther...Read More