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Old 11-10-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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Mexican Riviera, safe?

We will soon be on the Mexican Riviera cruise and wondered how safe Cabo and Puerto Vallarta are. It will be myself and my daughter and we prefer to venture out alone instead of booking excursions but worried about the safety aspect. Can someone tell us if there is anything close to the ports (walking distance) for us to do or is booking an excursion with Disney the better way to go. Thanks for all the anticipated info.
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:52 PM   #2
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Cabo you'll tender into a shopping area so you'll be fine if you use common sense and stay aware of your surrounding. You can get take some boat tours from there too. We did whale watching on our March cruise.

Puerto Vallarta we did Las Caletas through Disney, it's pricey, but worth it. The beach is beautiful and the staff are wonderful, food and drinks are included.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:03 PM   #3
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You can get into trouble in any major U.S. city (or a small city for that matter) by not watching your surroundings and/or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Be observant and don't do anything stupid, like going into a disreputable bar, and you should be fine.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:29 PM   #4
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Cabo you'll tender into a shopping area so you'll be fine if you use common sense and stay aware of your surrounding. You can get take some boat tours from there too. We did whale watching on our March cruise.

Puerto Vallarta we did Las Caletas through Disney, it's pricey, but worth it. The beach is beautiful and the staff are wonderful, food and drinks are included.
I went with my DD13, my mom and my nephew5.

In Cabo we "stood" with the dolphins. We loved it. They meet you as soon as you get off the tender (the staff, not the dolphines,lol) and then they walk you down to the facility. After, we had lunch and then shopped. All along the pier.

We did the Las Caletas in PV too. We loved it!!! The kids had a ball in the pool. We were met as soon as we left the tender and walked to the buses.

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We just got off the Wonder last week from the MR cruise.

You'll be fine. It was our second MR and we just love it. In PV, you are off the ship in a port. You can take a cab to the city front and do some shopping. This last trip, we did Las Caletas and LOVE LOVED it so much. The staff there are incredible and helpful. I (tried to) learn how to paddle board.

For day 2 of the Cabo day, we decided to hire a private boat and took a tour that way. High rollers? No, it was $20 and we tipped the guy a tenner. We got right up to the arch and got amazing pictures. He offered to let us off on the beach or a ride back to town or more touring, we felt totally safe and decided to go back to town for lunch.
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We did the Las Caletas in PV too. We loved it!!! The kids had a ball in the pool. We were met as soon as we left the tender and walked to the buses.
I'm a bit confused as the Las Caletas in PV is a private beach that is only accessable by boat and there is no pool.

Did you do a resort beach day? My sister's family did one of those close by the port in PV.
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You might want to check out the Disney Cruise Meets forum and find the thread for your cruise. Sometimes DISers will get a small group together to do excusions on their own if you don't feel comfortable going off by yourselves.
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You can get into trouble in any major U.S. city (or a small city for that matter) by not watching your surroundings and/or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Be observant and don't do anything stupid, like going into a disreputable bar, and you should be fine.

That's all true, but you are a lot more likely to find the "wrong place" in Mexico!

The best advice is to stay in tourist areas and don't flash a lot of bling or money.
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That's all true, but you are a lot more likely to find the "wrong place" in Mexico!

The best advice is to stay in tourist areas and don't flash a lot of bling or money.
Based on what evidence? To accurately determine one's risk you would have to gather all of the accident data from cruise ship pasengers in Mexico and then compare it to tourists in the US. I believe very little what I read in the media as they are just trying to get ratings and not trying to raise awarness of risky locations.

Just like in the recent presidential election. People using statistical analysis to determine the winners did far better than people using convential wisdom or gut feel.
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I think of U.S. congresswoman Giffords and others getting shot outside an Arizona shopping center, and all those people shot in a Colorado movie theatre. You don't need to go south of the border to be in the right place at the wrong time.
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I went with my 6 year old alone on the cruise. in Cabo we just used the water taxis and went to the beach with the arches and in town. I felt perfectly safe. On the second day, we did go to the Dolphin excursion and it was a highlight for my child. In PV, we went to Las Caletas for the zip lining and had a lot of fun.

I should add that I travel a lot for work by myself and am very comfortable with travel and new places. Ironically, the last time I felt unsafe was in the middle of America.
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I'm a bit confused as the Las Caletas in PV is a private beach that is only accessable by boat and there is no pool.

Did you do a resort beach day? My sister's family did one of those close by the port in PV.
I went with just my kids last year, ages 3, 6, and 8 at the time. In PV we walked across the street from the port to the Crown Paradise and bought a day pass. I paid $18 for kids under 12, kids 4 & under were free, and adults were $36 I think. It was awesome and a fantastic deal. This includes use of their pools and beach, towels, and all the food and drinks. They had a great kids pool with tons of small slides. The beach chairs were nice too, with great service. I highly recommend if you are just looking for a resort to hang out for the day. Really, we walked right across the street from the port. 5 minute walk.

http://www.crownparadise.com/puertovallarta/index.cfm
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Based on what evidence? To accurately determine one's risk you would have to gather all of the accident data from cruise ship pasengers in Mexico and then compare it to tourists in the US. I believe very little what I read in the media as they are just trying to get ratings and not trying to raise awarness of risky locations.
Or, you could just spend as much time working in Mexico as I do......

My advice is sound. Stay in the tourist areas and most of the time you will be OK.
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I never felt unsafe in the Mexican Riviera
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I went with just my kids last year, ages 3, 6, and 8 at the time. In PV we walked across the street from the port to the Crown Paradise and bought a day pass. I paid $18 for kids under 12, kids 4 & under were free, and adults were $36 I think. It was awesome and a fantastic deal. This includes use of their pools and beach, towels, and all the food and drinks. They had a great kids pool with tons of small slides. The beach chairs were nice too, with great service. I highly recommend if you are just looking for a resort to hang out for the day. Really, we walked right across the street from the port. 5 minute walk.

http://www.crownparadise.com/puertovallarta/index.cfm
Yes, this was the same place my sister, her friend and their family went to. They were very happy with it too.
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