Being our next door neighbor, Mexico can sometimes
be forgotten about when it comes to choosing a
cruising vacation. After all, why go to Mexico when
the tropical paradise of the Caribbean is right on
our doorstep? If these are your very thoughts,
then why not take some time out to uncover the
delights that await you on a Mexico cruise. What
you discover will surprise and fascinate you?I
The majority of cruise lines operate Mexico cruise
round-trips from the ports of Los Angeles and
San Diego. The main points of interest
(cruise-wise) in Mexico are to be found down the
western coastline. Mexican cruise destinations
on the Gulf of Mexico side are catered for by
Caribbean-oriented cruise vacations departing
from Galveston, New Orleans and some ports in
From the Californian ports a wide choice of Mexico
cruises are available through several different
cruise lines. These vary from a short 3-night
cruise that takes in one Mexican port of call
- Ensenada - before heading back, to 14-night
cruises down to Acapulco and back.
Ensenada is in Baja California. It is less than
100kms from San Diego and is the third largest
city on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. The city
is a tourist hotspot, attracting many people
from all over the world to its shops,
restaurants, beaches and wineries. One 'must-see'
attraction here is the La Bufadora natural
blowhole, which spouts ocean water a full 35ft
into the air!
Further down the coast on the Mexican mainland
is Mazatlan. Miles of beautiful golden sands
lined with palm trees await at this port of
call, aptly named as the Pearl of the Pacific.
Fine restaurants, nightlife and shopping can be
enjoyed in Mazatlan, as well as a whole host of
watersports and land-based sports activities.
Puerto Vallarta is another popular port of call
on a Mexico cruise, where more excellent beaches
and fine restaurants await. From this port,
shore excursions up into the spectacular
mountains behind the city can be taken. The city
of Guadalajara and its fine Mexican heritage
can easily be reached from Puerto Vallarta.
The furthest point that most cruise lines will
sail to on a round-trip is the dream destination
of Acapulco. Known as the 'Hollywood' of Mexico,
Acapulco has everything from water parks and
balloon rides over the city, to rock diving and
a complete raft of watersports activities. There
are excellent restaurants, great shopping
opportunities and a buzzing nightlife to enjoy
too. Be warned though, once you've visited
Acapulco you may become addicted to the place!
With all this to enjoy, and much more besides,
Mexico really is a top cruise destination that
should be on everyone's travel itinerary. Just
kick off those work shoes and enjoy the good
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