The Mexican Riviera stretches for thousands of miles down Mexico’s Pacific coast, from the Californian border all the way to Guatemala. Originally comprising a series of small fishing villages, tourism boomed with the opening of new roads that made these ports accessible. As the region developed, the cruise industry discovered it and now it is one of the most important cruise destinations in the world. Despite development the region retains a truly Mexican flavour, coupling pristine beaches with stunning backdrops of cliffs and jungles.
Please note that Mexican ports located on the Gulf of Mexico are visited by Western Caribbean cruises. These ports are listed below.
The destination is primarily serviced by the major cruise lines, so the cruise types are really based on cruise length. This can vary from 3 night weekend/4 night midweek cruises, through to extended 14 night cruises.
This is a year round destination blessed by balmy weather, though August and September can be hotter and more humid. Some cruise lines have ships based here all year. While others chose to base ships here for the September to April period, before moving them to Alaska or Europe.
Cruises generally start in either Los Angeles or San Diego, and the key ports visited are Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco and Manzanillo.
Temperatures remain balmy (mid 20°C) most of the year. August and September are hotter, with temperatures in the 30s, coupled with humidity that can make shore excursions a bit unpleasant.