Oct 27 - Nov 3, 2018
7-Day Mexican Riviera Sailing aboard the majestic
sailing round-trip from Los Angeles CA
for Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
At one time a part of the Mexican mainland, 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.
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. While visitors flock to the markets, sunbathe, or marvel at the airborne ballet of the famed Papantla dancers, Mazatlan remains one of Mexico's major Pacific commerical fishing ports - the city exports over 40 million pounds of shrimp every year!
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Strolling, shopping, and sipping tequila along the Malecon boardwalk of Puerto Vallarta is the best way to kick off your vacation. Then hit the cobblestone streets of Old Vallarta to browse the flea market for handmade crafts and warm local smiles. The calm, warm waters of the Bay of Banderas make for excellent diving, or you can just watch artists sculpt spectacular creations in the sand. The cluster of fine art galleries in El Centro are perfect spots to hit on a self-guided art tour. Puerto Vallarta is a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, in Jalisco state. It is known for its beaches, water sports and nightlife scene. Its historic center is home to the ornate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church, boutique shops and a range of restaurants and bars. Our visit to Puerta Vallarta this year will be on October 31st - the start of Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) and it's fascinating celebrations.
Most of Mexico's Baja West Coast was populated with small fishing villages until the 1920s, when tourists from up north started to arrive. Glamorous towns like Acapulco gained international fame in the 1960s when celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and John Wayne made it their seaside escape from the drama of Hollywood.
The term "Mexican Riviera" came into being when the cruise industry discovered the region; scenic, tourist-friendly ports like Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta provided the backdrop for television's The Love Boat in the 1970s and 1980s. For many of us, it's hard to even read this itinerary without hearing Julie the cruise director saying it in our heads!
In addition to the history and beauty of this region, there's also a lot to do in this part of the world - particularly for active types. Water activities such as snorkeling, paddle-boarding, kayaking, fishing and scuba diving abound, and there's no shortage of beautiful beaches. For those who seek culture, Mazatlan has a historic center that has become a draw for international artists, and Puerto Vallarta's foodie scene is among the best in Mexico.
Each town we will visit offers a wonderful mix of historic Mexican culture, modern shopping and colorful entertainment... and of course warm sunshine and white sand beaches. Web Page