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Mexico has it all. Sun, sea, desert, jungle, mountains, ancient culture, five-star resorts and friendly locals who spice the
countrywith interest and intrigue. The Pacific Coast and nearby Baja California are among themost irresistible areas of all.
Sayulita –Mazatlan
Mazatlan is your parting taste of life on
mainlandMexico. Discover beautiful
beaches like PlayaNorte, PlayaGaviotas
andPlayaVenado – the latter of which
has both calmwater that is ideal for
swimming, sailing and snorkelling, and
areas that are favoured for surfing.
Mazatlan – Cabo San Lucas
Rest easy as you cruise overnight across
the Pacific to the inviting southern tipof
BajaCalifornia. Cabo SanLucas is the best
entrypoint andmakes for an exciting
vista to beholdonwaking the following
morning. The region attracts greywhales
thatmigrate here fromAlaska to breed.
FromJanuary toMarch theywallow in
the coves and inlets of Baja, making this a
prime spot forwhalewatching.
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo SanLucas lends itself to kayaking,
sportfishing or simply sitting on the
beach. NearbyEl Arco is amust tovisit. It
is a naturallyhewn rocky arch shapedby
centuries of rousingwaves and a fun area
to explore by tender or kayak.
Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas
Surroundedbywater on all sides, Los
Cabos has capitalisedon its potential for
activity and adventure. Fromsportfishing
andwater sports opportunities in
abundance, to land-based adventures
aplenty, there are activities for everyone.
The area is also famed for its fabulous
resorts, so remain a fewdays on land
at the endof your cruise.
Locatedon the Pacific coast ofMexico,
Zihuatanejohas been shaken awake
fromthe sleepy fishing village it oncewas.
Today it is a key gateway to thewest coast
ofMexico. Options abound: head to La
Ropa or Playa Linda beaches, scuba dive
on the coral reef, or challenge yourself to
a roundof golf ashore.
Zihuatanejo – PuertoVallarta
260nm (overnight)
As you retire to your stateroom, you’ll
ease out of the harbour on a northern
course for Puerto Vallarta some 260
nautical miles up the coast. Lying along
Banderas Bay, one of the largest bays in
theworld, the area begs to be explored.
Venture inland and stumble across
forests, rivers, waterfalls, mountain
streams, jungle canopies and tropical
flora and fauna. Follow the right tropical
mountain path just a short way from the
coast and the trail will wind you through
peaceful, scenic landscapes until you
arrive at awaterfall in a small canyon.
PuertoVallarta – Sayulita
A short distance north you can step
back 50 years in the tiny fishing village
of Sayulita. White beaches and friendly
locals hint at a quintessentially rural
Mexico. The peaceful town square is
surrounded by colourful, rustic taco
stands where, for a fewpesos, you
can get a real taste of Mexico.
Don’t miss
Banderas Bay (pictured
right) is nestled in the
foothills of the Sierra
Whilst anchored step
ashore and discover the
eco-reserve at the heart
of themountain range.
At a glance
1 – Zihuatanejo
2 – Puerto Vallarta
3 – Sayulita
4 – Mazatlan
5 – Cabo San Lucas
6 – Magdalena Bay
7 – Los Cabos
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