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