For first time visitors to Rocky Point, the Old Port area is the best place to sample a typical tourist environment. Its quite safe, very colorful and offers a variety of attractions such as shopping, dining, sightseeing, night cruises and other diversions. Most everyone speaks English however they are always glad to offer Americanos (and Canadians) a "Mucho gusto" and help with your Español. My main advice is to simply slow down, take your time and enjoy your visit.
Parking and access is a bit challenging but patience pays off. There is considerable free parking at the far end of the shopping area. "The Monk" (That's my TripAdvisor handle) advises you park a block or two back from the main shopping drag known as The Malecon or sea-walk and make your way down there on foot. Parking near the old Catholic Church is usually easy to find. Be sure to try a fresh shrimp cocktail or taco. The stores and vendors all offer basically the same goods but are always open to bartering. Prices are lower as you go back from the seafront. If you have time, try to arrange a scenic sunset harbor tour. Keep an open mind and don't let the initial crowds scare you off.
Bottom line, the Puerto Viejo or Old Port is a colorful and secure area to experience what its like to be a tourist in Old Mexico. Take your time, check out the restaurants and follow the advice of veteran tourists and American "old hands' familiar with local customs.
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