Cabo was beautiful at the tender area. We took a mini sub ride which Luke loved. It was ok, but expensive for the timing ($136 U.S for 45 minutes, and Luke was free!). The water was very clear, beaches had white sand. Reminded me of the Caribbean side. We asked at the info booth and went for Sea Food into town a little ways. It was good sea food, but ~ 15 minute walk. There was lots of places to eat at the pier area. We then went to a beach very close by (5 minute water taxi ride). Water was cool, but it was nice and sunny. Lots of people wanting to sell you thinks, but no one was pushy once you said no. This was our favorite port for beauty.
We booked an excursion here to "Stone Island". Low and behold, it is actually the island that is right beside the ship when you dock. Quite a history in that the island is only inhabited by 7 or 8 families, and there are no resorts on the island that we could see. A couple of restaurants, some apartments that can be rented, and a 'as far as you can see' coconut plantation. We went to a little outdoor restaurant area where the beaches are beautiful and untouched and stayed there for 5 hours. The water wasn't as clear as the waves were strong and they stir up the sane, but it was very clean, food was absolutely delicious (Luke actually ate fish and chicken there), and the guide was very nice. Again, people trying to see you silver and hammocks and dresses. A little more pushy, but still not bad.
We didn't really see any of Puerto Vallarta. When I pulled open the curtains to the balcony, what should I see staring at me, but Walmart and a shopping mall. I thought it was cool. It was like someone had picked us up and dropped us off in the middle of downtown. Some people griped about it but whatever. We ran over to wal-mart, got a few pool toys for Luke and came back and spent the day on the ship. That's all we saw of PV. Sorry!
Here we booked an excursion to the Pierre Marques Fairmont resort for the day. It was ~$134 (Luke was free under age 4) and it included transportation, a chair, towel and lunch. The grounds were beautiful, pool was nice, not too cool, not heated. You walked down a few stair to the beach which was public (apparently there are no private beaches in Mexico). The sand again was grey/brown, very fine, but the waves were huge and rough so the water looked dirty from so much rolling of the sand. Luke preferred to play at the pool here, so we did. Again, the food was amazing. We ate so much fish, it was great. The drive to the resort took about 25 minutes there and another 25 back, and it was beautiful scenery. Very hilly, pretty. I really like this port.
We got off the ship for a very short time at this port. Short tender ~ 8-9 minutes and the pier is the guarded heavily with security. Lots of shops when you get to the pier, restaurants. But we stayed close by and went back to the ship early.