The cruise ports located on the coast of western Mexico are wonderful. Geographically, these ports are located on the Pacific coast of Mexico. In fact, this region is known as the “Mexican Riviera” boasting beautiful scenery, delicious food and warm wonderful people. These ports are both inviting and memorable.
Explore the beauty of Western Mexico!
The Mexican Riviera is a beautiful area to visit. If you are a beach lover, you are in for a treat. Authentic Mexican food simply can’t be beat, and you will find great seafood here. Be sure to save some time for shopping, because the handmade crafts and artwork are wonderful. Enjoy the cobblestone streets and old world charm in some ports, while others are more modern and resort like in contrast.
Western Mexico’s Ports Of Call
- Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo
- Los Cabos
- Puerto Vallarta
Acapulco is a city and major seaport in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico, 240 miles south of Mexico City. Located on a deep, semicircular bay, Alcapulco has been a port since the early colonial period of Mexico’s history. Today it’s a port of call for shipping and cruise lines running between Panama and San Francisco, California. Notably, the city of Acapulco is the largest in the state, larger than the state capital Chilpancingo. Acapulco is also Mexico’s largest beach and balneario resort city.
One of the first settlements founded in the Californias, Ensenada has emerged as a cruise ship destination, aerospace center, and a jumping-off point for Valle de Guadalupe. Ensenada is also part of a local wine region. The first Vitis vinifera made it to the region’s San Ignacio Mission in 1703.
Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo
The city of Ixtapa is a government-planned tourist resort that began development in the early 1970s. Ixtapa was constructed on what was once a coconut plantation and mangrove estuary. The city of Ixtapa is next to the town of Zihuatanejo.
Los Cabos is located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. It encompasses the two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, linked by a twenty-mile resort corridor of beach-front properties and championship golf courses.
It’s easy to see why you’ll love Mazatlán. The city combines sunshine and beaches with architectural richness. Enjoy the details and finishes of neoclassical and French Baroque styles in the downtown area. Mazatlan is uniquely beautiful among the Mexican tourist destinations.
Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most enticing coastal destinations. Each year vacationers come to relax on the stunning sandy beaches. Be sure you don’t miss browsing in the local boutiques and shops. Try some traditional Mexican food and wander the picturesque central streets.