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trust277's Port Reviews of Manzanillo, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Puerto Vallarta
Carnival Spirit cruise in March 2011
Member Name: trust277
Cruise Date: March 2011
Embarkation: San Diego
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Member Review: trust277's Carnival Spirit Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We went to the Barcelo Resort. Wow fabulous place. Amazing four or five tiered swimming pool and lunch buffet was delicious. Waiter was always available to bring us drinks. It might have helped that we gave him a $20 and told him to keep us hooked up for the day. Beautiful views and we just might go back there to spend a week.

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Cabo San Lucas
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Actually had two port days in Cabo, but on different days. First day we went to La Playa Resort and had lunch and spent the day at the pool and beach. This is where Nathan goes when he is allowed to get off the boat and relax.

Port Day 2 we did the clear bottom kayak and snorkeling. Both activities were fun, but it was difficult to see anything while kayaking and water was really cold for snorkeling 64 degrees. Water was fairly cloudy as well. I enjoyed it because there were plenty of fish to see, but the water was just not the best that I have experienced. I hope this is helpful.

The crew on the boat were awesome. They made fresh guacamole and salsa and free drinks. They took our picture with the Land's End landmark behind us and they were just super hosts on the boat. The girls name was Olympia. She was very helpful and seemed very concerned about making sure we had a good time.

The only thing I didn't care for was that they dropped us off on the other side of the Marina and we had to walk back to where you catch the tenders back out to the cruise boat which took about 25 minutes. If it would have been really hot out, it would have been miserable. So if you are going in the middle of the summer, please keep this in mind.

T-shirts were really cheap here. We got really nice collared shirts for only 10 dollars and regular T-shirts for 7-8 dollars.

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La Paz
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Took a tour bus excursion into la Paz. The dock is out in the middle of nowhere. Ride took about 20-25 minutes. We stoped at an old garage where the had handmade looms. They demonstrated how they make string and then make it into bankets and other hand woven items. Very interesting. They had a small shop where you could purchase items made there.

We also stopped downtown and shopped at some of the local stores and street vendors. You can buy the same jewelry here as you can from the guy out at Yalapa at a better price. Necklaces run about 8 dollars in La Paz

We also stopped at a pottery shop where they make high end clay fired pottery. The tour guide was from that same area of town so I think maybe they had something going on, but it was very interesting and we did buy some very nice coffee mugs and lovely turtles.

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Puerto Vallarta
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Yalapa excursion. Did get to see some whales up close. Like they were only 15-20 feet from our boat. You take a boat out to an area of Mexico where there are no roads. Very beautiful scenery and relaxing. We were met on the beach when we arrived by a guy carrying a pretty good sized iguana called George. We took a few pictures holding the reptile and then gave the man a few bucks to help cover his vet bills:) the locals are very persistent and want you to buy their jewelry and various other items so if you don't like that sort of thing then, you'll be somewhat irritated. The food they served us at Yalapa was ok and the Corona's were cold.

The reason I gave this excursion a 3 was because it was a 2 hour boat ride each way. So if you like sailing, you may like it, but for me, I did not enjoy it.

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