Mexican Cruises – the Mexican Riviera

Many people would love to visit Mexico with its Mayan palaces, rich culture and warm weather but never get here because the idea of poverty, crime and the language puts them off; but it doesn’t have to.  Cruising in the Mexican Riviera is a great way to see parts of the country in familiar surroundings and perhaps giving visitors the impetus to come again on a land based trip.

June to October are the hottest and wettest months in Mexico so the cruise ships position themselves here between September and April.  Itineraries range from 7 to 14 days, most starting and finishing in San Diego and travel along the Mexican Riviera and the Sea of Cortez. This is one of the areas where the major cruise companies really come into their own.  Guests can experience some of the countries best sights, beaches and shopping without having to pack and unpack and where they can relax and do as much or as little as they please.

On a typical 10 night itinerary you can expect to visit 7 different ports of call (including San Diego) with 3 days at sea and cruise ships will all have at least one pool; but usually at least 2 or 3, a choice of dining rooms, gym, library, internet point, spa, Kid’s Zone, and a choice of bars and lounges.

Mexican Cruise Highlights

If you are new to the idea of cruising in Mexico here are a few of the highlights.

  • Cabo San Lucas is on the tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific meet.  For those who love the water, the black coral and the marine life are a great diving experience and if you like sports fishing take a trip to catch the local marlin and tuna here.   One of the most popular trips in this area however is the cruise in smaller craft on a whale watching expedition.
  • Loreto, the areas first European settlement. This is a small seaside community with a cobbled plaza and shops selling traditional Mexican souvenirs, walk around the streets as part of an organised tour or go it alone, the locals are very friendly here.
  • Topolobampo.  Not all cruise lines come here so it’s a very un-commercialised area.  From here take a luxury train ride through the mountains to the beautiful Copper Canyon.
  • Pichilinque (La Paz) meaning ‘peace’ today is a day for relaxation on the beautiful white beaches with their shady palms or snorkelling with the sea lions.
  • The cosmopolitan city of Mazatlan famous for its shrimps.  If you haven’t eaten enough already try them grilled with garlic or lime; delicious. Other non culinary delights of this area are kayaking at Deer Island and visits into the Sierra Madre with their sleepy mining villages.
  • Puerto Vallarta. This area has changed from the once quiet village although it still retains its quaint fishing village feel in the ‘old town’.  Here you’ll find cobbled streets, market stalls and the opportunity to go further a field and try out an Eco safari in off-road vehicles or a ‘Canopy adventure’ through the forests; not for the faint hearted.

This isn’t a trip on which you will see El Castillo, the famous pyramid at Chichen Itza but what you will experience is some beautiful traditional villages and wonderful scenery.

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