Cruises to the Mexican Riviera offer attractive beaches, historic ruins, restaurants offering sumptuous cuisine and lively bars and nightclubs – it’s the perfect destination for a relaxing and fulfilling break. Explore the stunning coastline and scenic islands of the Baja Peninsula such as Acapulco, the original Mexican party town and once a playground for the rich and famous – Hollywood stars such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor have all holidayed here. Even decades later, Acapulco is still an atmospheric and rather beautiful port to visit. There’s a dramatic bay with sweeping sands aplenty, cliffside restaurants and the most famed spectacle, the group of daredevil cliff divers leaping headfirst into the Pacific.
You can continue the party in Cabo San Lucas, or if you’re looking for something a little more low-key then, as is standard with the Mexican Riviera, there are gorgeous relaxing beaches.
Puerto Vallarta is overlooked by palm-covered mountains and is home to a beautiful coastline, picturesque streets and restaurants serving an array of Mexican cuisine. For a taste of tradition then head beyond to the beaches where an exciting and authentic Mexico City lies. Sample the sizzling street food, explore the art galleries and pick up souvenirs in one of the many shops.
Go diving or snorkeling and experience the beautiful coral reefs in Cozumel, one of the world’s warmest and clearest oceans. For those who prefer to immerse themselves in ancient Mayan history, visit El Cederal, the ruins of a former fertility clinic and the oldest on the island or the San Gervasio Ruins, Cozumel’s only preserved remains. Huatulco is relaxed and friendly, the centerpiece of which are nine beautiful bays, encompassing 26 beaches. There are plenty of boat excursions that can take you to explore the secluded coves, golden sands and crystal waters.
Mexican cuisine is well loved and popular around the world, so much so that is the only place alongside France to be awarded a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status. Fresh, simple and tasty, it is built upon the staples of beans, corn and chilli, creating flavoursome quesadillas, tacos, tostadas and enchiladas stuffed with a variety of ingredients such as meat, cheese, beans, cream and vegetables. Mexican food takes influences from Mesoamerica and Europe, particularly Spain following the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire.
Another fantastic perk when enjoying a Mexican Riviera cruise is cruising through the Panama Canal, an imposing 80 kilometre stretch of water that connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The canal has three sets of double locks, between them the huge Lago Gatún which you’ll sail through.
On one of our cruises to the Mexican Riviera you can experience the winning combination of cruising on a luxury liner and discovering sun-drenched beaches, fascinating Mayan history, thrilling water activities and world-class cuisine.
Best time to travel
The most popular time to visit Mexico is during the winter between December and April, considered the dry season.
The wet season falls between June and October, so if you’re looking for good weather but want to avoid the crowds of the peak season, then November is a good time to visit.
Food is an integral part of Mexican life and is simple, fresh and often spicy!
Cuisines vary by region but wherever in Mexico you are, you’ll find staples of corn, beans, chillies, sauces and salsas. Feast on tacos, enchiladas, tostadas and quesadillas – the food is so good in Mexico it has even been granted UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status.
Mexico introduced chilli and chocolate to the world.
As Mexico City was built on a lake it is slowly sinking around 15-20cm a year. During the 20th century, Mexico City sunk between 9-11m.
Things to do
- Go whale-watching in Cabo San Lucas
- Get an authentic taste of Mexico by sampling the street food
- Go zip-lining above the UNESCO-protected High Sierras
- Learn how to make Mexican cuisine at home, like tacos and quesadillas
- Watch the sunset from one of the many beautiful beaches
- Explore the underwater wonders and beautiful coral reefs in Cozumel
- Take a horse-back ride across the beach in Puerto Vallarta
- Watch the cliff divers perform death-defying stunts in Acapulco
- Visit ancient Mayan ruins in Cozumel, home to El Cederal and the San Gervasio Ruins
- Experience the lively nightlife of Cabo San Lucas – complete with a shot of tequila!
- Shop for beautiful textiles and sugar skull souvenirs in the colourful markets
- Twin your break in Mexico with a stop in the Caribbean for even more beaches