"Best Shore Excursions" –Editor's Picks, TravelAge West 2013
It may be just “south of the border,” but a cruise vacation to lively Mexico with Princess Cruises is a world away with a unique culture, storied history and zesty cuisine. And you can discover the best of the Mexican Riviera on award-winning shore excursions that will not only show you its festive heart, but take you deep inside the soul of this colorful country.
Go whale-watching in Cabo San Lucas
The sighting of humpback, gray, and blue whales breaching the water is truly an epic experience that you'll never forget. Don’t miss this exhilarating opportunity to witness some of the ocean's most intelligent creatures migrating off the Baja coast.
If you're looking to get a taste of Mexico's culture and traditions, there's no better way to do so than with a visit to old town Mazatlán, followed by an authentic luncheon buffet and a folkloric show with traditional costumes and music.
Visit the "World's Friendliest City" in Puerto Vallarta
Named the "World’s Friendliest City" by Condé Nast Traveler, smile back at the warm locals along the charming beachfront Malécon, Mexico's Boardwalk, before learning the craft used to manufacture the blue agave cactus into Mexico's powerful and legendary tequila at a countryside hacienda.
Anthony Bourdain sums up Ensenada's developing culinary fame perfectly as LA Weekly quotes, "It's like Tuscany down there. It’s amazing…It's the great undiscovered wonderland. Rolling hills, grape arbors, and great chefs cooking very forward, very subtle, very local, very good food."
Test your nerves on hanging bridges, rappel impressive rock walls and zipline 200 feet above the UNESCO-protected area in the High Sierras as you take in the breathtaking beauty of this unspoiled territory with spectacular canyons and valleys.
Embark on a historic trip through the beautiful Baja desert landscape en route to San Javier, the second-oldest town in all of the Californias. Loreto marks the start of the infamous El Camino Real that once connected the Spanish missions from Baja California all the way to Sonoma.
Experience the overwhelming beauty of the Sea of Cortez, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as you snorkel or kayak in this underwater paradise teeming with rich marine life. Then, gaze upon its astonishing turquoise waters from the beach as you relax on the golden, powdery sand.
Await the thrilling blast of La Bufadora in Ensenada, one of the largest marine geysers in the world, as it shoots water up to 100 feet above sea level into the air. Then, shop for duty-free treasures or stop in one of the lively cantinas for a classic margarita.
Venture past whitewashed homes down winding narrow streets towards Manzanillo’s famous Miramar Flea Market. As you stroll along a series of booth along the beach, barter for gold, silver and shell jewelry while indulging in some local specialties like candy made of coconut and tamarind.
Learn more about our exciting Mexico Shore Excursions
From "best of" adventures to those that take you away from the crowds and off the beaten path, Princess Cruises offers award-winning shore excursions that bring each port to life — from the history and culture to friendly towns and fun in the sun — for a truly authentic and unique experience. Every excursion is designed to bring you the best Mexico experiences, with activity levels from easy-to-handle to those geared for the adventurous traveler.