It’s warm all year round in Mexico, with the average temperature in summer hitting 28˚C. Don’t be put off going in the rainy season (May to September) – while you’ll need your brolly, you’ll also get to see the country covered in a vibrant green carpet rather than the arid reds and browns of summer. The rain tends to fall in afternoon showers rather than all day like it does in the UK, so pack your sun cream and flip-flops for the sunnier times.
Popular ports in Mexico
A favourite with water-sport enthusiasts, Cozumel’s beaches offer snorkelling and scuba diving around the offshore reefs, where you can see tropical fish and turtles swimming in coral gardens. The port itself has three piers, and the longest it’ll take you to get into town from your ship is 10 minutes in a taxi.
It’s here where you can hop on a ferry to Playa del Carmen and take an excursion to see one of the seven wonders of the world, the Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins. The most famous of the Mayan Ruins scattered across Mexico, Chichen Itza, is home to El Castillo, also known as the Pyramid of Kukulcan. El Castillo is, in fact, a temple which houses another temple inside it – the interior temple. You can also see the Great Ballcourt which was a sports arena for Mayan men, and the Temple of Warriors.
Cabo San Lucas
You’ll be wide-eyed from the moment your ship anchors in Cabo San Lucas, at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. Nature blessed the area with a myriad of attractions, from the majestic El Arco, a rock formation littered with sea lions, to the Cabo Dolphin Centre where you can get up close and personal with these beautiful mammals. Think paradise when it comes to the beaches. Like El Medano, where clear blue water meets golden sands, and you can take your pick from a variety of water sports on offer.
Cabo is a playground of the rich and famous, who come for its extensive range of shops, plentiful restaurants and top-quality hotels. Renowned for its glittering nightlife, get your dancing shoes on and head down to Plaza Bonita and hit one of the nightspots like El Squid Roe, where you can drink Tequila and do some celebrity spotting.
Puerto Vallarta sits in Bahia de Banderas (Banderas Bay). Here you can get lost in the surrounding jungle, walk the city streets or laze on the beaches of one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Spend some time on the water, and you’re likely to meet some manta rays and even the odd whale or two (at the right time of the year). The Sierra del Cuale mountain range rises above you as you explore the second most popular tourist destination in Mexico.
If you want a change from the hustle and bustle of the bay itself, the surrounding hills are home to colonial-era villages like Mascota. Here you’ll find yourself transported back in time to a peaceful era with cobbled streets, brick red houses and stunning architecture. Or bring your clubs and play golf at one of the seven championship courses in the area.
What are the best cruise ships for a cruise to Mexico?
If you’re looking for the sublime, then the cruise ships bound for Mexico are going to exceed your expectations.
Marella Discovery 2
Part of the Marella fleet, Marella Discovery 2 provides an unforgettable, all-inclusive cruising experience. The kids will love the clubs where they can make new friends and run amok, while the adults can relax in one of the eight bars and lounges and enjoy some me time. If you can’t sit still, you can do a few laps around the jogging track on deck 11, go to the fully equipped gym or get competitive on the sports deck. For beauty treatments or a relaxing massage, head for The Ocean Spa.
There are 918 cabins onboard and 15 different types to choose from. From a Family Suite to a Deluxe Cabin, you’ll be able to find one that suits your wallet and travel needs.
The name gives it away, the Grand Princess is Grand with a capital G. Elegant and luxurious, you can bag yourself a stateroom complete with a separate seating area, or if you’re travelling with family or friends, you can share a Two Bedroom Family Suite with two bathrooms.
The facilities onboard are outstanding, with eight restaurants to choose from, including the Chef’s Table Experience where you’ll be treated like royalty by an executive chef. Visit the European-inspired Piazza to see street performers and boutique shops, or feast upon the fine art in the art gallery. Swim in one of the four pools, watch a film on the poolside screen or see a show in the Princess Theatre. You’ll never be short of things to do.
Shore excursion ideas
From adrenaline-inducing water sports to exploring ancient ruins, there’s no shortage of activities to add to your photo collection and memories of your Mexico cruise.
Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins
Learn about the history of the magnificent pyramid of El Castillo and the Mayan people on this guided tour around Chichen Itza. It’s a huge site to explore, along with El Castillo you’ll see the Great Ball Court where Mayan sports were played, and the Temple of Warriors, another pyramid surrounded by stone columns representing warriors.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll have lunch in a local restaurant and sample authentic, delicious Mexican food we know and love, such as tortillas, burritos and of course churros for dessert.
Mini speedboat, snorkel and beach experience
The ultimate speed-lover’s experience. On this excursion, you’ll get behind the wheel of a speedboat and feel the wind in your face as you accelerate over the waves past idyllic beaches, before swapping your boat for a snorkel and some time under the water.
You’ll find yourself in an underwater wonderland, coming face to face with brightly coloured tropical fish and the other inhabitants of the coral reefs you’ll be swimming around. Then, dry off on the beach with a beer or a non-alcoholic agua fresca and top up your tan before heading back to the ship.
Top ports of call in this destination
- Puerto Vallarta