Puerto Vallarta was sleepy no more; its transformation into an international resort had begun. Then director John Huston chose the village as the location for his film “Night of the Iguana,” starring Richard Burton. Today, the city has its own “Gringo Gulch,” a haunt of the rich and famous. Travelers are also drawn by its climate, its excellent shopping – which offers great values on leather goods, jewelry, and handicrafts – and mile after mile of palm-lined beaches.
The city’s popular boardwalk by the beach is lined with shops, restaurants and artists selling their wares. Begin your stroll at the Los Milenos sculpture by Mathis Lidice and head southward.
Accessible only by boat, this secluded cove on the southern shores of Banderas Bay is surrounded by lush jungle and features pristine beaches for an exclusive private paradise.
Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The cathedral features a gilded crown, a replica of one worn by Carlota, empress of Mexico. A 1995 earthquake damaged the crown and sculptor Octavio Gonzales created its replacement.
Discover the fascinating process of tequila making, from its origins in the blue agave cactus to your glass, and sample Puerto Vallarta’s finest at Hacienda Doña Engracia.
The tiny town and crescent-shaped beach of the same name is situated in a cove off Banderas Bay, south of Puerto Vallarta. Sleepy and remote, the only way to get there is by boat.
This series of uninhabited islands offers kayaking, snorkeling or scuba diving around the periphery of the islands where you can bird-watch as it is a haven for all matter of winged species.
Get acquainted with new underwater friends at the Dolphin Adventure Center. Kids can kiss the dolphins and meet their curious babies, while adults may indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime belly ride!
Become one with nature as you zipline and rappel through the Mexican jungle, view the countryside by powerful ATV, or go kayaking and snorkeling in the warm waters of Puerto Vallarta.
Lying just below the Tropic of Cancer, Mazatlan boasts a superb year-round climate. Mazatlan, a name that means “Place of the Deer,” sits on a peninsula at the feet of the rugged Sierra Madre, and the Cerro de Neveria – “Ice Box Hill” – divides the area’s rocky Pacific beaches from the broad, white-sand beaches beloved by visitors. The climate, the beaches, and the world-class sportfishing have turned this commercial fishing port into one of the world’s top resort destinations. Yet while visitors flock to the markets, bathe in the sun, or marvel at the airborne ballet of the famed Papantla dancers, Mazatlan remains one of Mexico’s major Pacific ports – the city exports over 40 million pounds of shrimp every year.
Cathedral Basilica & Plaza Revolución
Admire the Moorish and Gothic architecture at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, then head across the way to the popular Plaza Revolución with its charming gazebo and street vendors.
Teatro Angela Peralta
The Italian-style theatre, a national landmark loving restored to its 19th-century splendor, is home to a concert hall, galleries, an art school and a highly regarded conservatory of music and dance.
The tourist zone, known as Zona Dorada (Golden Zone) boasts numerous four and five star hotels with private beaches, shops and restaurants, and palm-lined beaches.
Stone Island is less crowded and not as developed as the mainland, a haven of sunshine and ocean, with glistening sand, crashing waves, and rustling palm trees and plentiful coconuts.
Founded in 1900 by three German immigrants, Pacifico Brewery produces one of Mexico’s finest premium brews.
High-flying divers perform acrobatic and dangerous plunges into rocky surf from a 59-foot high ledge.
In the lush Sierra Madre foothills, the twin colonial towns are reminiscent of yesteryear as artisans craft furniture and pottery, and cobblestones and colorful red roof tiles dot the streets.
From hiking to sportfishing to ziplining through the treetops, Mazatlan offers exciting adventures outdoors to suit anyone’s style.
Millennia ago, Cabo San Lucas was part of the Mexican mainland. Then a massive rupture of the San Andreas Fault sent the waters of the Pacific crashing into the newly formed depression, creating the Sea of Cortez and the Baja Peninsula. Lying at the very tip of Baja, where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas – or “Cabo” – is one of the premier resort destinations in the Western Hemisphere. Swim in the transparent waters, marvel at the wealth of marine life, relax on one of the white-sand beaches or try your hand at some of the finest sportfishing in the world.
Note: Your ship will anchor in Cabo San Lucas and use launches to transport all passengers ashore.
El Arco (the Arch) & Lover’s Beach
This majestic rock formation, carved by the ocean currents, is the most recognized landmark in Cabo San Lucas. Located at Land’s End, around the corner from Lover’s Beach, it is a haven for sea lions.
San José del Cabo
Stroll through the historical center of San Jose del Cabo and immerse yourself in the Spanish colonial character and charm preserved in the 18th-century architecture and cultural traditions.
Cabo’s most popular beach and main swimming area, Medano encompasses the east side of the harbor. An abundance of water sports, restaurants and street vendors add lively local color.
Located on the southern Baja Peninsula, this charming paradise lies between the desert and the Sierra Laguna mountain range. Quaint village life, abundant agriculture, and miles of unspoiled beaches abound.
Offering some of the best snorkeling in the Mexican Riviera, Cabo San Lucas is a marine sanctuary that’s home to a wide variety of colorful, thriving sea life just waiting to be encountered.
Interact and ride through the water with the friendly dolphins at the renowned Cabo Dolphin Center. Educational encounters for kids include feeding, hugging and kissing these magical creatures.
Naturalist guides lead you on an adventure in search of the gray whale as it navigates the waters from Alaska to the Sea of Cortez on the longest migration of any mammal.
Enjoy the scenery as your horse gently strolls upon the sand, soar through the canyons on a zipline tour, race through the water aboard a thrilling yacht or off-road through Mexico’s rugged interior!