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docmerlot's Port Reviews of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas
Oosterdam cruise in January 2011
Member Name: docmerlot
Cruise Date: January 2011
Embarkation: San Diego
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Member Review: docmerlot's Oosterdam Review
Puerto Vallarta
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
PV is nice if you stay on the bus or in the car, but that's about it. The town is simply run-down, tired, and dirty. Our excursion was A Taste of Mexico, and it was mediocre at best. If I get back to PV again, I would prefer to stay on the ship.



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Mazatlan
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This is more of a working port than PV, but a bit more enjoyable and not as run-down. Our shore excursion was Salsa y Salsa, and it was wonderful--very well done and lots of fun. Plus, it was held at a wonderfully upscale hotel, which really made a huge difference, compared to the restaurant in PV.


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Cabo San Lucas
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We had no shore excursion planned for Cabo and just went ashore and walked about for a while, then took a small glass-bottom boat tour which was quite nice. They dropped us off at "The Office" for lunch on the beach--a very nice place for lunch--and then picked us up an hour later, all for a very reasonable price. Compared to Mazatlan and PV, Cabo is very much younger, alive and clean, more scenic, and more accessible.



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