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kinghippy's Port Reviews of Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas
Zaandam cruise in November 2012
Member Name: kinghippy
Cruise Date: November 2012
Embarkation: San Diego
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Member Review: kinghippy's Zaandam Review
Puerto Vallarta
The Malecon Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Holland America strongly "discourages" the use of independent operators. But that is simply to pad their profit margin. Use the independents! Here are the facts: 1) You will be completely safe. The area around the dock at Puerto Vallarta is regulated by the Mexican Federal government, which issues licenses to all tour operators. The Mexican government wants to promote tourism. Enough said. 2) The independents are much, much, cheaper then those operated by the cruise line. 3) The money that you spend with the independents stays local and helps improve the economy of the region. 4) The tours operated by independents are more comprehensive. Frankly, you see more stuff.

Tile, Tequila, & Shopping Rating: 5+ out of 5+
The Tequila factory wants you to drink so you buy more, meaning you get a lot of really great Tequila

Zip-lining Rating: 5+ out of 5+
The Zip lining tour takes you through a picturesque little Mexican village.

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Cabo San Lucas
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Here is the scoop on Cabo...It is a little more expensive than Puerto Vallarta. So just enjoy the beach. It is amazing. Crystal clear waters, calm, almost bathwater warm. Take a $2 water taxi ride from the port, though. We thought we would save ourselves a little money and just walk. In retrospect, we wish we would have taken the water taxi. The beach isn't too far from the port, and definitely within walking distance. But along the way you will be offered literally hundreds of "deals", and that will slow you down. It took us 45 minutes to complete the 20 minute walk. Better to take the first $2 ride to the beach and just spend the extra time enjoying the sun, sand, and sea.
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