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Our Cruise to the Mexican Riviera

Updated on November 21, 2014
Cabo San Lucas
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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.

Puerto Vallerta

Tour of the City of Puerto Vallarta - photos from our visit

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Photo taken from beach at Puerto Vallarta.This is a sculpture along the beach.  it portrays children climbing a ladder to heaven.The sand sculpture on the beach was incredible.Beautiful example of the beach sand sculpture.  It had such wonderful attention to detail.This is the main street running in front of the beach.Beautiful old cathedral in downtown Puerto Vallarta.A closeup view of the cathedral.
Photo taken from beach at Puerto Vallarta.
Photo taken from beach at Puerto Vallarta.
This is a sculpture along the beach.  it portrays children climbing a ladder to heaven.
This is a sculpture along the beach. it portrays children climbing a ladder to heaven.
The sand sculpture on the beach was incredible.
The sand sculpture on the beach was incredible.
Beautiful example of the beach sand sculpture.  It had such wonderful attention to detail.
Beautiful example of the beach sand sculpture. It had such wonderful attention to detail.
This is the main street running in front of the beach.
This is the main street running in front of the beach.
Beautiful old cathedral in downtown Puerto Vallarta.
Beautiful old cathedral in downtown Puerto Vallarta.
A closeup view of the cathedral.
A closeup view of the cathedral.

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 tour

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Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas - photos taken from boat tour at Cabo San Lucas

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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.

Have you been to Mexico? - stop by and leave me a note

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    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      This sounds much like the same cruise my sister took years ago. The Mexican areas are so very beautiful.

    • sittonbull profile image


      5 years ago

      We vacationed in Acapulco years ago, but things have changed in old Mexico. Some beautiful country, but don't think I want to go there under current conditions. Nice lens though!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We just aren't able to travel anymore so it is nice to travel virtually through this page and visit Mexico

    • coolhiptrendy profile image


      7 years ago

      Cruises to Mexico seem to be less popular nowadays because of concerns about drug-related violence, but I'm sure they'll bounce back.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I've taken bus trips in Mexico, but a cruise sounds more relaxing. I always worried about the safety on the bus with narrow roads.

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      7 years ago

      No, I have yet to visit Mexico, but your pictures bring the idea into vivid focus -- blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • ZenandChic profile image


      7 years ago

      How great to do traveling such as this! I love your photography!

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      Linda Hoxie 

      8 years ago from Idaho

      I have been to Cancun and Ensenada, this looks beautiful where you went. Lovely photos, would have loved to go with you! :) Have a wonderful holiday season, Linda

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      8 years ago

      Yes, I also took a 7-day cruise to the same ports. I really enjoyed it too. Great photos as usual.

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      Vicki Green 

      8 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Great lens! I made a lens about my cruise to Mexico, too, so it was fun to compare notes!

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      9 years ago

      I'm so jealous! I've not been to that part of Mexico but would like to go - preferably soon!

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      9 years ago

      In 7 weeks from today my husband and I will be doing Cruise #19 doing this exact Itinerary and I can't wait.

      Thank you for the pictures and details!

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      9 years ago

      Wow wow wow! Your were presented with a Mexican cruise vacation as a gift when you retired? That sure beats the heck out of the watch my hubby got from his company! Congrats.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Marybeth, we went on the same cruise this past March. Same ship, same ports, even many of the same off shore photos. I loved it as well. Great job here.

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      9 years ago

      Really enjoyed the pictures - Very refreshing. Now I can't wait to go on a cruise myself!

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      Alisha Vargas 

      9 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      What a fun trip! I've always wanted to take a cruise, and these definitely look like fantastic places to visit!

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      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Nice Way to see Mexico. Would love to do this cruise one day. :)

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Nice Way to see Mexico. Would love to do this cruise one day. :)

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      Seeking Pearls 

      9 years ago from Pueblo West

      What a wonderful gift. I have been to Mexico, it is an interesting, beautiful and diverse place. Great lens Mary Beth 5*

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      9 years ago

      Wow! I just loved those pictures. Never been on a cruise...but now, I rethinking taking one! Also, love your web site!

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      9 years ago

      I have done this cruise a number of times but not with the same cruise line. I like Puerto Vallerta the most

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      9 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      What an amazing place!

    • norma-holt profile image


      9 years ago

      What a lovely part of the world. I really appreciate the pictures and descriptions of your experiences. Well done 5 stars

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful photos Mary Beth!

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      9 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! I discovered the Mexican Riviera thanks to you! Rated 5 stars and plan to come back over and over again just for the pleasure!

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      9 years ago

      Hey I want to go now! Beautiful.

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      9 years ago

      That's a vacation!! Superb presentation, Mary Beth. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      As always, the photography is gorgeous! The sand art is unbelievable! The copy of the Pieta' just makes me cry, but then so does the real Michelangelo. Do they get paid to create the sand art or do they just do it for the love of art? Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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      9 years ago from USA

      Beautiful lens & gorgeous photos. You must treated your staff very nicely to receive such a retirement gift. Enjoyed my visit to your lens.

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      Michey LM 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful lens, and vacation. Your pictures are great, Love it



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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me! Oh my! What a wonderful 7 day cruise and fantastic photos. I sure enjoyed visiting this lens as this may be the closest I am able to get to Mexico. Maybe one day I will make it and I sure would love for it to be a cruise. Sounds perfect!


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