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Sail Date: November 2014
Great tour of the old city including the Church of the Lady of Guadelupe and a walk along the sea. His is the home of the fire opal and silver artisans. Then a ride to the countryside to a tequila distillery. Had tacos there and watched ... Read More
Great tour of the old city including the Church of the Lady of Guadelupe and a walk along the sea. His is the home of the fire opal and silver artisans. Then a ride to the countryside to a tequila distillery. Had tacos there and watched the woman make the tortillas. Saw how tequila is processed from the blue agave cactus and ended with a fun session learning how to drink tequila, sampling 6 flavor of their tequila! Very fun and a good way to see the city and the countryside! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
Loved the overnight. Sort of far from town center, but cabs are reasonable.
Loved the overnight. Sort of far from town center, but cabs are reasonable. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
We went to the old city (5km from port), rich in history with a local ex-pat guide, Reinhard Dressler. He also does snorkeling and other tours. The city was beautiful and our guide was fabulous. The best day of the cruise. We wished we had ... Read More
We went to the old city (5km from port), rich in history with a local ex-pat guide, Reinhard Dressler. He also does snorkeling and other tours. The city was beautiful and our guide was fabulous. The best day of the cruise. We wished we had more time in Puerto Vallarta instead of San Lucas. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
We'd been to Puerto Vallarta in 1995 and it left little impact, I couldn't remember much about it, even though we'd done a Carnival excursion. This time, however, we did an independent tour. When you get off the ship ... Read More
We'd been to Puerto Vallarta in 1995 and it left little impact, I couldn't remember much about it, even though we'd done a Carnival excursion. This time, however, we did an independent tour. When you get off the ship (harassed by photographers -- not just one, two, but three different 'poses'), there is a walkway between the ship and the city (a parking lot that leads to the city, actually). I spoke to the official PV Tourism board desk and they said that the men in all white were sanctioned by them. I approached one of them (they also wear straw fedoras), Pedro Villasenor, and he told us that the tour was $25 for each person, in a van that holds 10 people. I asked how much it would be to be the only people on the tour and it was $35. It was TOTALLY worth it. He was a great tour guide, low key, asked us often if we were interested and wanted to stop and accommodated my father's interest in finding a good Chili Relleno. He did stop at scenic locations that had little stands (as did the other white-clad men), but he never gave any kind of sales pitch (they're the best, cheaper, etc.). Very low key. We stopped at the Rain Forrest eco stop. There's zip lining ($65) and a restaurant and tequilla tasting (which was very fun, and free, but to buy the bottles of tequila was a little pricey; the pomegranate and cream flavors were the best). We stopped in downtown, ate lunch and shopped at Rudel's Boots (the salesperson, LuzElena was very nice and will bargain with you -- I got a gorgeous tooled and stamped leather handbag). BIG TIP -- AVOID AT ALL COSTS the "Flea Market" that is directly across the cruise ship. There are all kinds of signs boasting it the best shopping, etc. It's horrible, all the shops sell the same stuff and they completely HARASS you, really really awful. ANOTHER GOOD BIG TIP -- there is a public beach right next to the "flea market" and only a very short (about two block) walk from the ship. It's crowded and there are hawkers, but it's actually pretty and scenic. I did get my hair braided (look for the women in all white, they sell and braid) and I bought two blouses I really like for $10/ea. There's a lot more to do in PV than in Cabo. There is also a big mall across the street from the ship (most will want to take a cab there), but we didn't go in there. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
We did a tour of PV, then sampled some tequila, which wasn't to my taste at all. Interesting enough, but the stop at the shop on the way back was way too long.
We did a tour of PV, then sampled some tequila, which wasn't to my taste at all. Interesting enough, but the stop at the shop on the way back was way too long. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
Nothing has changed there. Taxis drivers all over you the minute you leave the ship. We walked about a mile or so down to a hotel we had stayed at some years ago. Very difficult for scooter or wheelchair with high curbs, broken ... Read More
Nothing has changed there. Taxis drivers all over you the minute you leave the ship. We walked about a mile or so down to a hotel we had stayed at some years ago. Very difficult for scooter or wheelchair with high curbs, broken sidewalks etc. Should have taken a taxi to "Old Town" instead. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
Gave us a tour of every single hotel on the beach; lots of shopping; did not take us to the Hacienda Dona Engracia "finest tequila factory" but rather to some other hole-in-the-wall one in the dirtiest, most run-down part of town.
Gave us a tour of every single hotel on the beach; lots of shopping; did not take us to the Hacienda Dona Engracia "finest tequila factory" but rather to some other hole-in-the-wall one in the dirtiest, most run-down part of town. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
When you shop, haggle a little with the merchants. They expect it and it is fun.
When you shop, haggle a little with the merchants. They expect it and it is fun. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
We rented a scooter... only for experienced motorcycle riders! The streets are really rough and you almost get run over by other traffic if you are not careful! Great way to see the city!
We rented a scooter... only for experienced motorcycle riders! The streets are really rough and you almost get run over by other traffic if you are not careful! Great way to see the city! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
worst tour of our whole cruise--boring and cut short because of tour guide and driver wasting time
worst tour of our whole cruise--boring and cut short because of tour guide and driver wasting time Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
We just got back from a cruise to Puerto Vallarta on the Carnival Splendor 12.16.11. We were on a tight budget so we did not book any shore excursions from Carnival but decided to go it on our own. First of all, the cruise port at ... Read More
We just got back from a cruise to Puerto Vallarta on the Carnival Splendor 12.16.11. We were on a tight budget so we did not book any shore excursions from Carnival but decided to go it on our own. First of all, the cruise port at Puerto Vallarta is a difficult place to do much from on foot unless you like Wal-Mart. Our family consists of my wife, our three teenage daughters and myself, so safety is a big concern. We were going to take the city bus into town, but as we were standing there trying to figure out which way (on a very busy street) was even the right direction toward town, we were blessed to meet a wonderful man named Reinhardt Dressler who seemed to appear out of nowhere. Reinhardt asked if he could be our personal tour guide for the day. Being suspicious I asked, "How much?" and he replied I could determine that at the end of the day for what you think is right. I felt somewhat uncomfortable with this but since we were just barely out of the port and I was already not sure what bus to take, we decided to go for it. Reinhardt takes public transportation everywhere, which is by far less expensive and safer than taxi service. Sounded good. Reinhardt is from Germany and speaks four languages; he has lived in Mexico since 1979. He toured us in the town telling us history and great tidbits of information. Then he took us by bus out of town about 20 miles to a great waterfall and place to swim- we took a walk in the forest and saw much more than you could ever figure out yourself or with a tour from the ship. It was a truly wonderful day and I hope I can someday get back to Vallarta and spend another day with Reinhardt. I would highly recommend this guy for a tour- but not if you're the type that wants to do the typical 4x4 quick drive or zip line- then stick with the ship stuff. You can email him at: raivallarta@hotmail.com Phone 0443221352680 Let him know that the blonde guy with four girls told you about him. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
Again, another first time port for us and the excursion (privately booked) was well run and allowed us to see much of this port. While I would have enjoyed the opportunity to Whale Watch - we were slightly ahead of the season, so another ... Read More
Again, another first time port for us and the excursion (privately booked) was well run and allowed us to see much of this port. While I would have enjoyed the opportunity to Whale Watch - we were slightly ahead of the season, so another trip into the area will certainly be needed down the road. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2011
Visited 3 ports, no shore excursions as we all ready have done that before. As we are in no hurry to leave the ship we had no problems, off or on.
Visited 3 ports, no shore excursions as we all ready have done that before. As we are in no hurry to leave the ship we had no problems, off or on. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
We took an amazing tour in PV. I booked with Wildlifeconnections.com to swim with the wild dolphins. They are an education and research group that take out small groups to visit the 3 pods that they are researching. This was the highlight ... Read More
We took an amazing tour in PV. I booked with Wildlifeconnections.com to swim with the wild dolphins. They are an education and research group that take out small groups to visit the 3 pods that they are researching. This was the highlight of our trip. They were very helpful and took great care of my Mom. My Mom's wheelchair was even put in the tour guides car for our trip and we we returned it was right there for her. I can't say in words how fantastic this experience was for us. The Dolphins swim right up to you and you see them so clearly. You can't touch the Dolphins as they are wild and free, as Dolphins should all be allowed to be. If you do one tour, like the water and wildlife pick this. Wow, is all that I have to say! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
We are unable to rate PV as we did not visit any site. The children just wanted to hang out by the pool. We did go down to the supermarket and bought some Mexican pure vanilla extract. It was quite shocking to see Pharmacy able to sell ... Read More
We are unable to rate PV as we did not visit any site. The children just wanted to hang out by the pool. We did go down to the supermarket and bought some Mexican pure vanilla extract. It was quite shocking to see Pharmacy able to sell medication without prescription. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2008
A little dull. Have to catch a cab downtown where there's the same shops you find in any other port in Mexico.
A little dull. Have to catch a cab downtown where there's the same shops you find in any other port in Mexico. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2019
We absolutely love Puerto Vallarta, but could not leave the boat due to intestinal issues from the food from the prior 2 at sea days. Total let down, we made the best of it by sunning on the deck with no other passengers but we missed our ... Read More
We absolutely love Puerto Vallarta, but could not leave the boat due to intestinal issues from the food from the prior 2 at sea days. Total let down, we made the best of it by sunning on the deck with no other passengers but we missed our favorite port due to the below par food options on the boat. Read Less

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