Our Cruise to the Mexican Riviera
Mexican Riviera Offers Something for Everyone
If you enjoy beautiful beaches, great night life, historic cities, or fun water sports the Mexican Riviera has something to offer to you. Located on the western coast of Mexico this area is a group of cities and resorts that have become popular holiday destinations.
When I retired at the end of 2006, my staff presented me with a cruise vacation. It was a delightful surprise and in January of 2007 my husband and I took a seven day cruise to the Mexican Riviera.
In this lens I will share some of the photographs that I took on the cruise and give you some information on each of the ports of call.
photos by mbgphoto
Cruise ship left from Los Angeles - headed for the Baja Peninsula
As the cruise ship left Los Angeles, guests watched from the top decks. It was a beautiful day and everyone was looking forward to a relaxing and fun cruise.
If you have never taken a cruise before, I would highly recommend the experience. It is a wonderful way to see a wide variety of ports and only have to unpack your suitcase once.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoy the cruise experience. We have been on 10 different cruises on a variety of cruise lines and have enjoyed each one of them.
On this cruise to the Mexican Riviera, we took the Princess Cruise line. It was a great experience. Our room was nice and roomy, the staff on the ship was wonderful, and the food delicious.
Three Ports of Call on Mexican Riviera Cruise
Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan
Our cruise ship had three ports of call: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. Each of these stops were unique and we enjoyed the variety that the ports offered.
Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful old city that has been a popular tourist destination since the 1960's when it was the location of the movie The Night of the Iquana with Richard Burton and Ava Gardner. The city of is located in Jalisco, Mexico and gets 50% of its' economy from tourism.
Art and Music are well represented in the city with many live concerts and a beach front that displays beautiful sculpture.
On our visit to Puerto Vallarta we took a bus ride from the ship into the city. From there we took a walking tour of the city. We visited the beautiful church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and were able to view the sculpture along the beach front. I was particularly amazed at all of the detailed sand sculptures.
Mazatlan has been nicknamed "Pearl of Pacific". It is a city of over 350,000 people and is Mexico's largest commercial port. Mazatlan embraces tourists, but is also a vibrant city of it's own.
Mazatlan hosts one of the largest celebration of Carnaval in the world. This week long celebration which culminates on Fat Tuesday attracts visitors from around the world to join in the parades and celebration.
On our visit to Mazatlan we took a bus tour of the city. We stopped and watched the amazing cliff divers and took in a wonderful dance demonstration.
Cabo San Lucas is located at the southern tip of the Baja peninsula. The beautiful Lands End Arch is often seen in advertisements for Cabo. I enjoyed photographing the arches. One of my favorite photos is shown above in the introduction section.
Cabo San Lucas has become a very popular high end holiday destination that has a number of exclusive resorts and timeshare clubs. It is noted for its' beautiful pristine beaches and great night life. There are several popular night clubs in the area including one owned by members of the Van Halen rock group.
In the winter you will find pods of whales in the water around Cabo. On our stop in Cabo I took a whale watching tour and was delighted to see several whales. The tour was also a great way to capture photos of the beautiful rock formations and the beaches around the area.
Tour of the City of Puerto Vallarta - photos from our visitClick thumbnail to view full-size
Guide to Mexican Riviera
It is always good to read about your ports before arriving. Since you only have a day at each port, being informed about the port will help you to choose activities and sights to see that will match your interest.
Mazatlan - photos from ship and city tourClick thumbnail to view full-size
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas - photos taken from boat tour at Cabo San LucasClick thumbnail to view full-size
Cabo San Lucas Mug - a mug to remember your trip
It is nice to have a small memento of the places you have visited. My husband collects mugs and I collect magnets and coasters. They are all small items that we can easily pack in our suitcase to bring home.
In case you visited Cabo San Lucas and still need a memento, here is a colorful mug.
This was a really fun cruise. I enjoyed all of the ports. Please feel free to share your experiences.