Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Arch aerial view
Aerial view of the famous arch in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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MEXICAN RIVIERA CRUISES

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 travelers. Whether you’re a foodie craving delicious local flavors, 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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DISCOVERIES FROM ENSENADA TO VALLARTA

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 — 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 horseback riding along the beach in Cabo. Biking 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.

CULTURE TRIP

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 colorful 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 through June in Cabo San Lucas is not to be missed if you enjoy sipping wine, sampling cheeses and strolling pretty charming cobblestone street while gallery hopping — and who doesn’t?

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Street View
Fragment of street view in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

ADVENTURES FROM CALI TO CABO AND BEYOND

If you’re longing for a vacation that’s equal parts beautiful scenery, rich culture and thrills the whole family will love, nothing beats Mexico cruises from Los Angeles. Bordered by the Pacific, the Mexican Riviera checks all the boxes — great cuisine, quaint historic towns, top-rated beaches and even a wine country that rivals Napa. What’s more, you’ll have just as much to look forward to in between shoreside discoveries as you sail onboard the Amplified fleet-favorite, Navigator of the Seas®.

CRUISE OUT OF LOS ANGELES

Sunny Los Angeles serves as your jumping off point for unforgettable west-coast wanders to the Mexican Riviera. If you’re new to California’s pulsing heart, spend some time exploring its cosmopolitan food scene, star-studded haunts and unique neighborhoods — each with its own distinct vibe.



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SHORT CRUISES TO MEXICO

When it comes to filling a few days with great food, rich culture and plenty of fun in the sun, nothing beats a Mexico cruise from the west coast. Sail from Los Angeles on Navigator of the Seas® — an Amplified fleet favorite that’s bursting with thrills. Opt for a quick escape to Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas filled with delicious global flavors, top-notch wines and world-renowned beaches.



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WHAT TO KNOW
BEFORE YOU GO
Ready for Adventure Year-Round

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 well worth exploring. And Baja is rich in arts and culture, whether galleries or some 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.

Though 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 soak up some rays, dining, going for a drink or expanding your horizons, you really can have it all on a Mexican Riviera cruise.

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INSIDER TIPS

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Mexico’s national currency is the Mexican Peso, but U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere.

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Many west coast locals will be acclimated to the water, but for the uninitiated, it can feel brisk, particularly outside the summer months. Consider a rash guard or similar coverage if you’re not used to cooler waters.

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If you’re sampling wine in Ensenada, you’re going to find something you’d like to bring back. Not to worry — though there are alcohol restrictions onboard, you’re welcome to check your finds when re-boarding and we’ll hold them until it’s time to take them home!

BOLD FLAVORS
ALONG THE BAJA COAST

Mexican cuisine is beloved around the world, and the food you’ll find along the Mexican Riviera has a flavor all its own. From Sonoran specialties like machaca stew to Baja beach-day classics like shrimp and fish tacos, you’ll find plenty of crave-worthy flavors to savor during your Mexico cruise.

SAVOR THIS STEW

A staple of the Sonoran cuisine popular in northern Mexico, machaca guisada is a stew that spotlights spiced beef or donkey. The meet is dried like jerky, pounded and simmered in spiced liquid until it’s tender again. It’s best enjoyed with flour tortillas.

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.

TAMALE TIME

Though tamales are popular throughout central and south America, the ones you’ll find along Mexico’s western coast are unique. These are typically stuffed with pork (called guemes tamales) or chicken (tamales fajados de pollo) along with simmered olives and raisins.

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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.

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