Mexico's Pacific Coast is home to popular cruise destinations—from the northern Baja California Peninsula, down through the Mexican Riviera ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, and to Acapulco in the south. Here are the best shore excursions from Mexico’s Pacific coast.
The sun-soaked shores of Acapulco offer an idyllic backdrop for water sports and beach activities. Shore excursions take you to see La Quebrada cliff-divers, the mural of Diego Rivera, and Chapel of Peace. Many tours include a worry-free policy, which ensures guaranteed on-time return to your ship.
Known for its long stretches of pristine white sand beaches and the dramatic Stone Arch rock formations jutting up from the sea, Cabo San Lucas is the heart of the Mexican Riviera. Ships dock a leisurely 10-minute Oceanside walk from downtown Cabo, while shore excursion options include a range of activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, ATV rides, kayaking, and horseback riding.
The Mexican port closest to the US, Ensenada is an eclectic city known for its sandy beaches, natural wonders, and margaritas. While in port, visit the famous La Bufadora blowhole, enjoy a horseback ride along Playa La Joya, or opt for a full-day shore excursion to San Rafael Valley (Ojos Negros), where you can enjoy a wine and cheese tasting among the vineyards.
Cruise ships docking at Zhihua offer two destinations in one—the picturesque seafront towns of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. Make the most of your time with a guided shore excursion and enjoy swimming and snorkeling around Ixtapa Island; go horseback riding along Zihuatanejo Bay; or take a half-day tour to Las Gatas Beach.
With its neoclassical town center, beautiful beaches, and nature reserves, Mazatlan has a number of shore excursions from which to choose. Cycle along the seafront and explore the historic town on a bike tour; set sail on a catamaran cruise to Stone Island; or enjoy bird watching and a seafood lunch at the Estero Ecological Reserve.
The star attraction of Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta has plenty to keep cruise visitors busy. Swap your cruise liner for a traditional pirate ship and set sail on a full-day cruise around the bay; soar over the Sierra Nevada mountains on a zipline canopy tour; or explore the city on sightseeing tour, including tequila tasting and a walking tour of Concha Chinas.