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Cyberchomp's Port Reviews of Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz
Crystal Symphony cruise in December 2011
Member Name: Cyberchomp
Cruise Date: December 2011
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Member Review: Cyberchomp's Crystal Symphony Review
Puerto Vallarta
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

We've pretty much done PV to death, and did no shore excursions - other than the obligatory visit to the Wal-Mart across the street from the pier.

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Cabo San Lucas
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

Another town we've pretty much done, to death. But there was an unusually-shaped building near the port that I was curious about, and I managed to talk the Missus into tendering ashore with me. The new structure is a cultural and performing arts building that wouldn't look out of place in most North American cities. Finally, a touch of culture to compete with Cabo Wabo and Diamonds International!

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La Paz
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

The last time I'd been to La Paz, there was hardly anything between the pier at Pichelingue and old La Paz. Now there are hotels, condo developments and a Gary Player-designed golf course. Very nicely done, but also very isolated from the city.

Despite it being a Sunday, downtown La Paz was holiday hustle and bustle. The street fair, with a blocks-long stretch of shopping booths, was full of people. A very real city, with real people. The guy on board who said La Paz was a "nothing" town could not have been farther from the truth.

We had booked (and been waitlisted for) a shore excursion tour to the artisan colony of Todos Santos. The tour was inexplicably cancelled. The explanation from the Shore Excursion staffer was that, since we were calling at La Paz on a Sunday, nothing in Todos Santos would be open. I disagree with her statement. Given the state of tourism in western Mexico, which is lousy at the moment, the galleries and shops in Todos Santos would have been happy to throw open their doors for a busload of cruise passengers, even on Sunday.

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