When it comes to cruise, two main areas divide the vast Mexico. The "Mexican Caribbean" is the Eastern region. On the other side, the "Mexican Riviera" lays on the Pacific coast. For this reason, usually one cruise rarely visit both regions. In fact only passing through the Panama Canal may allow ships to pass from one side to the other. That's why only some "Journey cruises" and World Tours cruises cover them together.
Mexican Caribbean is the most visited Mexican region. Among its port, there are some of the most visited cruise destinations in the world. Cozumel and Costa Maya are real must-see. Nature, history and fun never get guests disappointed. But also Progreso is not less attractive, with, above all its fabulous Chichen Itza Mayan Ruin site.
Mexican Riviera is a group of twenty cities and lagoon on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Several Mexican regions create this large “beach area”. Among the most famous stands out Baja California, with two of the most popular destinations of the whole Riviera: Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada. Other Ports like Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco, MX), Mazatlán (Sinaloa, MX) and Manzanillo (Colima, MX) are all part of Cruise itineraries along this beautiful coast.
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Cruises to the Mexican Riviera mostly depart from USA ports like Long Beach, San Francisco and San Diego. More expensive and longer itineraries depart also from Vancouver (CA). Instead cruises to the Mexican Caribbean depart especially from Galveston (Houston, Texas), Florida cities and New Orlean (Louisiana).
Which Cruise Lines to get there?
Several companies are present in this territory, especially due to the wide range of port of calls: Carnival, Princess, Norwegian, Holland, Disney, Regent Seven Seas. Depending by the seasons, almost every cruise company visits Mexico.
What is the best time to visit?
Weather is pleasant year round in the northern Mexican Riviera, which has comfortable temperatures thanks to the refreshing winds and ocean currents. The southern part is definitely warmer and drier. The cost varies from a Mediterranean landscape to a desert one. In the Mexican Caribbean the usual tropical weather brings more comfortable weather during winter. During summer time, the wet season causes several rainy days. The Hurricane season hits from June/July to October/November.
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