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“Best place for 1st-time turistas to sample Old Mexico” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Old Port

Old Port
Malecon Kino, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Moreno Valley, California
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“Best place for 1st-time turistas to sample Old Mexico”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

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.

Visited June 2013
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Huntington Beach, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Local Hangout”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The old port is full of restaurants and shops...The locals come here at night especially on the weekends..There is free live music and street performance by the water on the weekends. Parking is limited but if you eat at a restaurant in the area they will let you park there while you walk around..

Visited September 2013
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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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149 reviews 149 reviews
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“Nice to visit for dinner”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The Old Port is a semi charming area. Several good restaurants, especially for the money if you're comparing to the US. Be prepared for the standard hawking of flowers and mariachis and aggressive waiters trying to get you in to their places. Nice view of the water from several of the restaurants. It would be a nicer place if they made it car free to the endless stream of large and loud pickups and SUVs would go away. Be prepared for some noise if you plan stay close to the area

Visited October 2013
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Chandler, Arizona
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“Great time in Mexic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a great place to spend a morning and then eat some lunch. This is an area with a bunch of little shops that all sell the same stuff, really bad Mexican souvenir stuff. Nothing of real value. I did see one cool art store here though. You can negotiate big time so never pay full price. There are also a few restaurants here. This area is very busy with American tourist and we felt very safe here. You can buy beer on the street and walk around with it. This is also a great place to buy fresh shrimp and fish. In a few of the fish selling places behind them are a few restaurants (so small they don't have names) just about 5 tables in the gravel with a tarp for shade. Over looking the bay. These places have great food and great prices.

Visited September 2013
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Fun Place to walk around”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This area has a lot of shops, bars and great restaurants. They also sell fresh fish and the famous shrimp the town is known for.

Visited July 2013
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