With its world-class wine scene and award-winning beaches, the Mexican Riviera should top your wander list.
A Mexican Riviera cruise is the perfect getaway for all kinds of travellers. Whether you’re a foodie craving delicious local flavours, a wine enthusiast eager to sip unique varietals or a sun-seeker scoping out some of the world’s best beaches, you’ll find everything you’re looking for and more along Mexico’s beautiful western coast. Cruise from Los Angeles and explore some of the region’s must-visit destinations, like Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.
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Each stop on a western Mexico cruise promises endless new discoveries. Bask in the wild natural beauty of Cabo San Lucas, with its windswept cliffs plunging into the Pacific. Sip local craft beers beachside in vibrant Puerto Vallarta. And embark on a wine- and food-tasting adventure while visiting cosmopolitan Ensenada.
BETTER BEACH DAYS AWAIT
The Mexican Riviera is well-known for its beautiful beaches. From dramatic Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta’s lively, café- and bar-dotted coast, you’ll have your pick of postcard-pretty shores for soaking up the sun. If you’re looking for activities on the water, consider joining a whale-watching tour in Ensenada – the season runs from mid-December to mid-April. Or opt for an unforgettable scuba diving adventure in Cabo’s Bahía San Lucas.
GO WILD ALONG THE BAJA COAST
Mexico’s Pacific side offers plenty for outdoor enthusiasts. In fact, most of the best things to do in this beautiful region happen outside. Like horse-riding along the beach in Cabo. Cycling past vineyards in Ensenada’s wine country. And venturing into the wilderness in search of waterfalls just outside Puerto Vallarta. So much outdoor exploring from Ensenada to Cabo to Puerto Vallarta.
Mexico offers culture-cravers endless ways to get their fill on a Cruise from Los Angeles. Puerto Vallarta is a must for those interested in colourful Huichol art, which is abundantly represented in galleries and street murals alike. And the weekly Art Walk San Jose del Cabo that takes place every Thursday from November until June in Cabo San Lucas is not to be missed if you enjoy sipping wine, sampling cheeses and strolling along pretty, charming cobblestone streets while gallery hopping – and who doesn’t?
Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is bursting with things to do. And if you think you already know the region, think again – there are endless new discoveries to be made. From Ensenada to Puerto Vallarta to Cabo, each city has its own distinct food scene that's well worth exploring. And Baja is rich in arts and culture, whether galleries or street murals are more your scene. As for the great outdoors, warm days and breezy nights make it a perfect place to get away year-round.
Visitors between January and mid-March will be treated to peak whale-migration season, while summer offers sunny beach days and prime surf conditions. And if you’re looking to venture away from the beaches, the rugged mountainsides and canyons make for some eye-opening hikes. Whether you prefer getting physical or unwinding and soaking up the rays, dining, going for a drink or expanding your horizons, you really can have it all on a Mexican Riviera cruise.
Mexican cuisine is beloved around the world, and the food you’ll find along the Mexican Riviera has a flavour all of its own. From Sonoran specialities like machaca stew to Baja beach-day classics like shrimp and fish tacos, you’ll find plenty of crave-worthy flavours to savour during your Mexico cruise.
LET’S TACO ‘BOUT IT
Even if you’ve never visited Mexico, chances are you’ve tried shrimp or fish tacos before. That said, nobody does them like they do along the Baja coast. Locals in the region typically serve tacos with grilled or fried seafood topped with lettuce or cabbage, pico de gallo and a sour cream or citrus mayonnaise.
Continue to experience the charm of Mexico by cruising to Ensenada, which is also located on the Baja peninsula, or Cabo San Lucas, which is further down the coast. Many cruises from the west coast of California and Mexico continue on to other ports like Catalina Island, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.