Mexico – Riviera

We visited several Pacific Coast ports of call on our second trip to Mexico to include Puerto Chiapas, Huatulco, and the “Mexican Riviera” ports of Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas. We were cruising with the Norwegian Pearl through the Panama Canal, and were quite happy to experience this part of the world. Our research into Puerto Chiapas yielded very little information as it is a newly built port with absolutely nothing to do in the immediate area, but a 25 minute bus ride away is the city of Tapachula, which is where we decided to spend our day. In Huatulco, everyone recommended the 7 bay cruise and snorkeling at La Entrega, a “natural aquarium”. In retrospect, we would have given the 7 bay cruise a miss as we could see the exact same sights from the bow of the Norwegian. However, the snorkeling in Huatulco was fairly decent, and the $10 massive margaritas are a definite must-do! In Puerto Vallarta, we hopped on a bus to the malecon, and strolled around Zona Romantica on our own…highly recommended! Puerto Vallarta is a pedestrian friendly city and we really enjoyed this port of call. Last but not least, Cabo San Lucas was a great final destination on our 2 week cruise. We had to catch a tender to shore, and immediately sought out the water taxis for a spin around the Arch (Cabo’s iconic symbol), Lovers and Divorce Beaches, as well as the smelly sea lion colony. Our water taxi kindly deposited us off at Medano Beach, where we had an enjoyable stroll into town past the marina and touristy sights which eventually led us back to the tender pier. We can easily see why this part of Mexico is so popular as we definitely enjoyed the ports of call. ¡Viva México!

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