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“Typical Mexican tourist spot”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Old Port

Old Port
Carrollton, Missouri
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89 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Typical Mexican tourist spot”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

We walked through the Old Port area of Puerto Penasco several times during our 3 day weekend. It is what it is, a typical Mexican tourist spot with shop after shop of the same cheesy merchandise, restaurants, and cantinas. In the evenings, mariachi and assorted bands play in the sea front plaza of El Malecon, but they only play with randomness - you never know which group is going to play or when. They just sort of stand around drinking beer and then we they feel like it, they strike up a song.
Almost all of the stores carry the same stuff: knick-knacks & souvenirs, jewlery, t-shirts, back packs and ceramics. A few places carry knock-off Michael Kors or Coach bags, but they are far over-priced. You can negotiate with the shopkeepers, in fact, you SHOULD negotiate with them, because the 1st price they give is usually double of what they will accept. A couple of them way overshot the price and then immediately started going down, but they tend to make me not even want to negotiate if I feel they are taking advantage of me. One of my daughters was able to buy a cute U of A backpack for about $13 and the other got a very pretty pareo for $15, but it did take quite a bit of shopping around and haggling to get those prices. The best shop we found was right of the main drag, right behind the Portofino restaurant (across from my favorite restaurant, the Blue Marlin). The lady who runs that particular store was pleasant, not pushy, and easy to negotiate with.

Visited June 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
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260 reviews
59 attraction reviews
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“A Fun Place to Stroll & Eat Fresh Seafood”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

We usually stay in the newer area of Sandy Beach when we're in Rocky Pt. but lately have been going into the Old Port -- and always go to Kaffe House for breakfast.

On our last visit we were in the mood for fresh shrimp so went to the Old Port at lunch time, where the street is lined with fresh fish in front of all the restaurants. We decided to try as many places as possible to get our fresh fish fill!

Of the 3 we went to, only 1 was a thumbs down. The other 2 were fantastic. One was a very tiny place directly on the water where we had bacon wrapped shrimp stuffed with spicy cream cheese. The other was across the street from the water on the third floor, where we had a huge platter of Little Nick clams in butter & garlic for $6! The flavor and value was incredible. Beware that, oddly enough, all 3 of these places served watered down sub-par margaritas. I thought that was strange.

It was fun walking along the street with a nice breeze from the water. Another thing to beware of is that although you can haggle pricing with the vendors they will still over-charge you. For example, we bought a small bottle of Turtle sun cream for a friend that we haggled down to $9 from $12. Then on our way home we stopped at a pharmacy to pick up a bottle for ourselves and it was $6 for a bottle double the size of our previous purchase!

It was a fun day and we plan on doing it again next time we're there...especially for that platter of clams. But this time we'll have a beer with it :)

Visited June 2014
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Beware of the travellling Timeshare salesman.”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

Lots of shops asking for your business, not a particularly interesting venue. Considering location could have more to offer. Set up for people who want to get drunk and act stupid mostly.

Visited June 2014
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Mesa, Arizona
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56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“great shopping , good food compare places”
Reviewed June 9, 2014

avoid anyone selling time share unless you 6 hrs to spend at a timeshare presentation . The locations are not close to Old Port.
If you decide to do a timeshare get the guy to write down several prizes or rewards to compensate you for your time

Visited May 2014
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Green Valley, AZ
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10 reviews
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“Fresh fish in the Old Port”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Fresh fish prices were very reasonable, and we brought back a nice selection packed in ice in our cooler.

Visited May 2014
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