There’s more to Mexico than all-inclusive resorts. Much more. In fact, Mexico is such a wonderful place to visit that we’ve planned country-intensive voyages there in 2018 and 2019. These twelve-night voyages call on six unique Mexico ports and will allow guests plenty of time to soak up more than just the sun. The history and culture of Mexico are worth deeper exploration.
Here are seven things to do in Mexico.
1. Visit the commanding Copper Canyon.
The highlight of these voyages is an exclusive excursion to Mexico’s impressive Copper Canyon, near Topolobampo. Have you been to the Grand Canyon? Well, this is grander. The Copper Canyon is about four times the size and about 300 feet deeper than Arizona’s famous landmark.
The Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico in the Copper Canyon
The best way to experience the Copper Canyon is during a scenic train ride. The Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico is one of the world’s great train rides, boasting 656km of track, 37 bridges, 86 tunnels, and a 60-year history. There’s a reason this is the most famous and popular sightseeing activity in Northern Mexico.
2. Embrace your inner beach bum.
There is more to Mexico than beaches. That said, Mexico is home to some truly gorgeous beaches. And a 12-night voyage means you’ve got time to spend a day or two lounging on them.
Balandra Beach in La Paz, Mexico
La Paz is one of the most serene ports on these itineraries, making it the perfect place to relax and recharge during your cruise. Head to Balandra Beach, just outside the city, and you won’t be disappointed. It’s a picture-perfect expanse of soft, white sand and sparkling, turquoise water. It’s often referred to as one of Mexico’s best beaches.
For a more energetic beach atmosphere, there’s Cabo San Lucas. This top tourist destination is home to many beaches, many of them lined with oceanfront bars and restaurants.
3. Have a “reel” fishing experience.
Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a first-timer, a fishing expedition in Mexico is a must. The Sea of Cortez is renowned for incredible deep-sea fishing. Mazatlan is a popular destination for fishing, as you can fish year-round there. Tuna, grouper, and sea bass are abundant in the waters surrounding Mazatlan, as well as striped marlin during winter months.
If fishing isn’t your thing, consider whale watching instead. Our Cruise Global, Connect Local coast cruise and whale watching tour is a great way to get out on the water and take in the incredible coastal scenery of Cabo San Lucas.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
4. Explore the quaint towns of Mexico.
The Western coast of Mexico is peppered with quaint towns just waiting to be explored. Don’t miss out on exploring their historic buildings, inviting restaurants, and charming boutiques.
Spend some time in the historic center of Mazatlan, where you’ll get a more authentic sense of the city than in the Zona Dorada (or Golden Zone). Visit the city’s oldest square, Plaza Machado, as well as the historic opera house Teatro Angela Peralta.
Guaymas is another wonderful city to explore. Seafood is a specialty here, particularly giant shrimp – so scope out a restaurant for lunch and bring your appetite! Stroll through the Plaza de los Tres Presidentes and take in the surrounding neoclassical buildings, including the stunning San Fernando Church. Guaymas is also home to a pearl farm, which offers tours and has a boutique.
Before exploring the quaint towns of Mexico, learn a few key Spanish phrases.
5. Awaken your inner night owl.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cabo is particularly known for its vibrant nightlife, so pack your dancing shoes! Head to Marina Boulevard, where you can let your hair down at one of the many restaurants, bars, and clubs. It’s easy to find great live music and a hopping happy hour. For a great sunset view of Cabo’s famous El Arco rock formation, make your way to the area known as “Land’s End”.
The famous El Arco rock formation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
6. Look below the surface.
For over the top fun, look under the sea! Mexico has some incredible snorkeling opportunities. The unspoiled natural paradise of La Paz is the perfect setting for a snorkeling experience, and both diving and snorkeling are popular excursions from Guaymas.
An underwater scene in Guaymas, Mexico
Before you set out to snorkel, keep these tips in mind:
- Bring a waterproof camera on your cruise. You’ll want to remember all the beautiful fish you’ll see!
- Make sure your equipment fits. You don’t want your mask to leak, or your fins to fall off.
- Consider wearing a floating device if you’re not a strong swimmer.
- Wet the inside of your mask a little to prevent it from fogging up.
- Breathe through your mouth. Practice taking slow, steady breaths before you dive in.
- Relax and have fun!
7. Pack your appetite.
One of the best things about cruising to Mexico has to be eating delicious Mexican food! The Western Coast of Mexico is renowned for incredible seafood. Tasty fish tacos, fresh ceviche, and delectable clams, jumbo shrimp, and seared tuna await. In Loreto, guests can join our Cruise Global, Taste Local shore excursion and enjoy an authentic Mexican fiesta and clambake – with a welcome margarita, of course.
Mexico is also home to some of the world’s best street food. Check out our guide to street food here to find out what to order!
When it comes to local beverages, it’s all about tequila. Made from the blue agave plant, true tequila has to come from specific, designated regions in Mexico. Quality tequila shouldn’t be shot. It should be sipped and savored.
Tequila is either 100% agave or mixto, which means it’s been cut with sugar and water. Choosing between the two is simply a matter of taste. Within these two categories, there are several different types of tequila.
- Tequila Plata (Silver or White) is a clear tequila that has not been aged. Its simple flavor makes it a popular choice for mixed drinks.
- Tequila Reposado has been aged in oak for anywhere from two to eleven months. It’s medium amber in color, and its complex flavor makes it a popular tequila for sipping, mixing, or shooting.
- Tequila Añejo has been aged in oak for at least a year, giving it a very complex flavor. This is a popular sipping tequila for those who truly love the drink.
- Tequila Oro (Gold) is a mix of plata and reposado tequilas. It’s light amber in color and known for high alcohol content and a sometimes harsh flavor.
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