Itinerary: Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, California, At Sea, Ensenada, Los Angeles
The Mexican Riviera
Rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the most popular cruise destinations in the world, a Mexican Riviera cruise is a fantastic way to visit a vibrant, charming region whose year-round sun makes it the ideal holiday choice.
As many of these itineraries cruise from Los Angeles to Mexico, travellers can enjoy a mix of the glamour and modernity of the city and the colourful fishing villages, beach resorts and lush forests of Mexico. Fishing trips, scuba diving, whale and sea-lion watching trips as well as visits to bustling local markets and lazy days soaking up the sun, there’s something for everyone during cruises to the Mexican Riviera. You’ll almost certainly visit the popular resort of Acapulco with its fine sandy beaches and variety of water sports. Catalina Island, once the favourite resort of the Hollywood glitterati, still retains much of its chic and classy elegance. You can take a trip back in time to share the ambience of those heady days with a tour round the now defunct casino, or wander the boutiques of Avalon, just a short walk from your arrival port.
Rocky outcrops around Cabo San Lucas include the quirky El Arco ("The Arch"), which you can visit via a short boat trip and encounter at close quarters the gangs of noisy sea-lions who make the area their home. A glass-bottom boat trip from Cabo is also a great way to spend a couple of hours here. From late December to March you may also catch sight of a migrating grey whale or two. The quaint charm of Puerto Vallarta makes it a popular cruise destination with its cobbled streets and quirky, sculpture-lined walkways. And it’s here where you’ll be able to take a magical ‘jungle beach’ boat trip through lush vegetation to see colourful local wildlife and sparkling waterfalls.
Things to do in the Mexican Riviera
- Explore the jungle of Puerto Vallarta on horseback
- Shop in the boutiques of Mazatlan
- Scuba dive amidst a medley of sea life
- Take a glass bottomed boat ride
- Watch dolphins and sea lions at La Paz
- Browse the art galleries of Puerto Vallarta
- Discover prehistoric cave paintings in Loreto
Did you know?
Mexico is the world leader in sustainable tourism.