by Jonathan Hermann


The Mexican Riviera is a gorgeous, exciting year-round destination. Salt-rimmed margaritas, sun-soaked days at the beach, whale watching from luxury yachts, charming coastal cities — you can experience all this region has to offer on a cruise vacation departing from California. Discover the highlights below.

Historic, beachside towns, sweeping coastal scenes and vibrant Mexican culture await you on a Mexican Riviera cruise. Departing from California gems like Los Angeles or San Francisco, these cruise vacations allow you to explore and fall in love with the playgrounds of Cabo, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

Get up close to the Arch in Cabo San Lucas



Sailing south from California, the first notable stop on your cruise will be Cabo San Lucas — aka Cabo. The main hub of a 20-mile corridor lined with world-class resorts and championship golf courses, Cabo is a prime spot for water sports. And while you could spend your entire port visit yachting, parasailing and waterskiing, the town’s geological attractions should warrant some attention. First and foremost will be Land’s End, also known as El Arco or aka the Arch, an inspiring rock formation crafted by powerful winds racing across the Pacific. Get your camera ready when your boat approaches, especially when sea lions bask in the sun on nearby Lover’s Beach.

Historic splendor meets natural beauty in Mazatlán



Historic splendor meets natural beauty in Mazatlán, a modern-day tourist and fishing port founded in the mid-1500s. The city’s historical center transports you back to centuries past, especially when you discover the massive, Baroque-style Mazatlán Cathedral. For a view you’ll never forget, climb to the top of the mountain-topped lighthouse on the city’s southern peninsula, Cerro del Crestón. And to work out both your legs and your shopping muscles, head to the world-famous Malecón, the second-longest seaside boardwalk in the world. There is plenty to see and buy along this five-mile pedestrian area, where stunning ocean views compete with hundreds of restaurants, bars and boutiques.

Cerro de la Cruz
Incredible view from the Cerro de la Cruz lookout



It’s easy to live it up in Puerto Vallarta, once called the “Friendliest City in the World.” Sprawling beaches, vibrant art galleries and a delectable culinary scene combine to make your time in the city unforgettable, while hiking to the Cerro de la Cruz lookout and snorkeling at the Los Arcos Marine Park will surprise you outside the city. And for those who loved the idea of Mazatlán’s beach boardwalk, PV has one of its own. You could spend the entire day at the Malecón here, shopping for regionally crafted goods like leather boots and woven baskets, or simply sipping margaritas at an outdoor café, watching the people walk by. 

Sailing the Mexican Riviera for more than 50 years, Princess Cruises will make your south-of-the-border adventure one to remember. Offering 7- and 10-day cruises from Los Angeles and San Francisco, Princess gives you plenty of time to explore these destinations to your heart’s content and then some.


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