Baja Mexico excursion recommendations

Cake4

Earning My Ears
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Jun 14, 2013
Looking for recommendations for excursions on our 5 day Mexico cruise or should we just enjoy the shopping at each port.
 

xavier2001

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May 31, 2016
We did an amazing private sailing tour in Cabo, was one of the highlights of our trip.
 

HakunaMatataNoWorries

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Feb 8, 2018
We did DCL private tours ,
Puerto Vallarta by Private Vehicle - 8 Hour Van and the same in Cabo, both great, can't see Cabo listed.
 
  • DrHickenlocher

    Don't mess with the chameleon
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    May 16, 2017
    We just finished our 5-night Baja cruise last week. My kids (and we parents) loved Salsa and Salsa in Cabo. The staff was friendly and fun, everyone had a blast, and my wife and I got blitzed on endless margaritas (quite happily). And after visiting Ensenada... well... I'm happy I walked around there once but if I ever go back I'll probably stay on the ship.
     

    Aby

    Obsessive and Compulsive
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    Mar 29, 2009
    We loved the Mexican Camel and Outback Adventure in Cabo, as well as the Banderas Bay Snorkelinn Treasure Hunt in Puerto Vallarta!
     

    Fyrefly

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    Oct 27, 2009
    Salsa and Salsa was fantastic in Cabo! We also loved the Extreme Canopy Adventure in Puerto Vallarta if you're into ziplining. Huge variety of lines and other activities as they take you through - just be sure to wear a swimsuit under your clothes for the end! Some in our tour group were caught off guard.
     

    Vgraves2003

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    Aug 5, 2013
    We just finished our 5-night Baja cruise last week. My kids (and we parents) loved Salsa and Salsa in Cabo. The staff was friendly and fun, everyone had a blast, and my wife and I got blitzed on endless margaritas (quite happily). And after visiting Ensenada... well... I'm happy I walked around there once but if I ever go back I'll probably stay on the ship.
    My family has never been to Mexico and will be stopping in Ensenada and Cabo. I am not really excited about any of the excursions offered in Ensenada....so you would advise to just look at the shops in port and that's enough?
     
  • DrHickenlocher

    Don't mess with the chameleon
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    May 16, 2017
    I attached a photo of the Ensenada Cruiseport terminal. They built this square island out into the bay for the cruise ships to park. In the cruise ship terminal building like 50 feet away from the ship, there will be a small indoor marketplace with little trinket stalls selling all kinds of souvenirs. You could theoretically just check those out, walk around, take pictures of the ship from land, take pictures of the GINORMOUS Mexican flag on the shoreline, and then turn around and get back onto the ship. I think we'll do that the next time we go, if we ever go back.

    If you are not doing an organized excursion that picks you up, there are two options for getting into Ensenada proper. We walked half a mile from the ship to the Museo de Historia to start our self-exploration. Alternately, there are multiple shuttle bus companies that just wait around outside the dock that will charge you something like $5/person round-trip to drive you downtown (with a return voucher). I didn't do that myself, so can't say for certain. My family walked around the museum, along the shoreline to the Malecon, and a bit of downtown before walking back to the ship. The whole thing took us about two hours of exploring. The shops downtown are better quality than the trinket shops at the cruise ship terminal building, but just okay. Nothing really impressive. I'm really not trying to be a snob, but Cabo San Lucas was modern and clean. Ensenada was just kind of... dirty...

     

    Vgraves2003

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    Aug 5, 2013
    I attached a photo of the Ensenada Cruiseport terminal. They built this square island out into the bay for the cruise ships to park. In the cruise ship terminal building like 50 feet away from the ship, there will be a small indoor marketplace with little trinket stalls selling all kinds of souvenirs. You could theoretically just check those out, walk around, take pictures of the ship from land, take pictures of the GINORMOUS Mexican flag on the shoreline, and then turn around and get back onto the ship. I think we'll do that the next time we go, if we ever go back.

    If you are not doing an organized excursion that picks you up, there are two options for getting into Ensenada proper. We walked half a mile from the ship to the Museo de Historia to start our self-exploration. Alternately, there are multiple shuttle bus companies that just wait around outside the dock that will charge you something like $5/person round-trip to drive you downtown (with a return voucher). I didn't do that myself, so can't say for certain. My family walked around the museum, along the shoreline to the Malecon, and a bit of downtown before walking back to the ship. The whole thing took us about two hours of exploring. The shops downtown are better quality than the trinket shops at the cruise ship terminal building, but just okay. Nothing really impressive. I'm really not trying to be a snob, but Cabo San Lucas was modern and clean. Ensenada was just kind of... dirty...

    This is great information to know. Thank you!
     

    disneyfaninaz

    It takes faith, trust & pixie dust!
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    Apr 19, 2007
    I attached a photo of the Ensenada Cruiseport terminal. They built this square island out into the bay for the cruise ships to park. In the cruise ship terminal building like 50 feet away from the ship, there will be a small indoor marketplace with little trinket stalls selling all kinds of souvenirs. You could theoretically just check those out, walk around, take pictures of the ship from land, take pictures of the GINORMOUS Mexican flag on the shoreline, and then turn around and get back onto the ship. I think we'll do that the next time we go, if we ever go back.


    This is exactly what we did on our Pacific Coast Cruise several years ago. There are usually a lot of Sea Lions around where the ship docks as well that can provide some entertainment while onboard.[/QUOTE]
     

    cutedisneygirly

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    May 3, 2007
    We just finished our 5-night Baja cruise last week. My kids (and we parents) loved Salsa and Salsa in Cabo. The staff was friendly and fun, everyone had a blast, and my wife and I got blitzed on endless margaritas (quite happily). And after visiting Ensenada... well... I'm happy I walked around there once but if I ever go back I'll probably stay on the ship.
    Endless margaritas??? Were these included in the price?
     
  • DrHickenlocher

    Don't mess with the chameleon
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    May 16, 2017
    Endless margaritas??? Were these included in the price?
    Yes, included. To be fair, it's almost $100 per adult for Salsa and Salsa and the kids are still like $60. So we definitely paid for the margaritas. But the price wouldn't have changed if we just sipped tea instead. So might as well load up, right? We very rarely drink, but it's a vacation! And it's not like I'm driving home!
     

    bethy

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    Apr 24, 2007
    My family has never been to Mexico and will be stopping in Ensenada and Cabo. I am not really excited about any of the excursions offered in Ensenada....so you would advise to just look at the shops in port and that's enough?
    I would advise not even getting off the ship.
     

    JRV

    Earning My Ears
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    Oct 31, 2017
    I would advise not even getting off the ship.
    This is bad advice. Cabo is beautiful with an awesome beach very close by, you can take a taxi or a water taxi to the beach and hang out all day. There is plenty of shopping within walking distance from the port.

    Ensenada has a Main Street that has shops and places to eat. Also if you are into wine the Valle de Guadalupe is not to far and has some of the best wineries in the west coast. Also there are excursions to La Bufadora that is a natural blow hole. There are numerous shops that sell everything you can imagine.
     

    k3chantal

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    Sep 7, 2011
    Looking for recommendations for excursions on our 5 day Mexico cruise or should we just enjoy the shopping at each port.
    In Puerto Vallarta we had our very best excursion ever. It started with horseback riding to a waterfall, taking turns jumping into the water beneath the waterfall, going back to a private beach and snorkeling. The adventure ended with a private lunch on that beach and enjoying some time relaxing.
     

    BWV Dreamin

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    Mar 10, 2007
    Just came back from a 3 night Baja cruise on the Wonder. Our port was Ensenada. We chose the Adult Only Shopping Tour for $24/pp. It was a pleasant surprise! We toured a historical place that served Margharitas and beer and we had a complimentary drink there. Then we went to a Winery and tasted 4 glasses of different wines. THEN we went shopping :) Best bang for the buck IMO.
     

    anjuan

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    Jan 10, 2012
    Bumping this up to see if anyone else has other excursion ideas for Ensenada or Cabo.
     

    mmmears

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    Nov 30, 2005
    I'm also following along. If anyone has been to a fun "resort for a day" kind of place in Cabo, one with a safe swimming beach, I would love to hear about it.
     

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