Mexico Cruises

Mexico’s sun-kissed climate sets a warm, welcoming stage for discovery on your Holland America Line cruise. Go sailing in Cabo San Lucas, get a cooking lesson at a hacienda near Topolobampo, and explore colonial gems like Loreto and the mountain town of San Sebastian, set inland from Puerto Vallarta. Snorkel the clear waters of Balandra Bay in La Paz, and do good during a marine baby turtle encounter in Mazatlan — one of Holland America Line’s collection of Cruise With Purpose shore excursions.

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Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, an island in the Caribbean off of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, draws scuba divers, snorkelers and sun seekers. The island also offers all other manner of on- and around-the-water attractions, many of which are unique, such as underwater sculpture gardens, a submarine excursion and a sailboat-racing experience. For visitors who are intrigued by Mexico's Maya culture, there are several archaeological sites near Cozumel, including the UNESCO-inscribed Chichén Itzá and, on Cozumel itself, San Gervasio, where women once made offerings to the goddess of fertility. When you're done sightseeing, there's shopping for traditional Mexican crafts, jewelry and leather goods, including custom-made sandals, and excellent food.

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Mazatlan, Mexico

Mazatlán, nicknamed the Pearl of the Pacific, is a pleasant port city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, where the best of traditional Mexican architecture, food and culture is found alongside contemporary conveniences, amenities and attractions. There's a reason why Americans and Canadians flock here, particularly in winter: It's a warm and welcoming place with plenty to keep visitors entertained for a vacation getaway. There really is something for everyone here, from golfing, fishing and zip lining to sampling agave-based spirits on a distillery tour or learning more about local history at the archaeological museum. There are plenty of cultural opportunities, too.

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Puerto Chiapas, Mexico

The southernmost port on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Chiapas is named for the state in which it is located. It is relatively new, built in 1975, and is the primary hub from which the region’s agricultural goods, including coffee, are sent abroad. For travelers arriving by cruise ship, the town of Puerto Chiapas is a jumping-off point to explore surrounding areas, including Tapachula, the second-largest city in the state of Chiapas. In addition to visiting the coffee estates and banana and cacao plantations of the area, day trips include excursions to Maya sites such as Izapa.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Unlike some of Mexico’s beach resorts, Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific Ocean, retains its colonial-era charm. Its town square, Plaza de Armas, and the gorgeous parish church topped with an ornate crown serve as the loveliest representations of bygone ages. Alongside them are an ambitious public art project along the seaside walkway (the malecón) and trendy restaurants. Round these out with outdoor activities on Banderas Bay (whale-watching! snorkeling! jet-skiing!) and a side trip to one of Mexico's pueblos mágicos (magical towns, a designation recognizing smaller towns that possess historical and cultural value), and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more pleasant port.

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Los Cabos doesn't exude the same kind of charm as many other areas of inland Mexico do, but its twin towns—San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas—don't seem to mind, and neither do visitors, who are drawn here less for traditional Mexican culture than for the sun, the sand and the opportunity to just slow down and relax. Los Cabos—or the Capes—sits at the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula, a narrow strip of land whose varied geography, both above and underwater, makes for plenty of interesting activities and some unusual ones, too.
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Zihuatanejo (Ixtapa), Guerrero, Mexico

Zihuatanejo, or \"Zihua\" as it's called by repeat visitors, is the fourth-largest city in the state of Guerrero and one of Mexico's most-visited resort areas, third only to Cancún and Puerto Vallarta. While it's a thoroughly modern city today, evidence of its past abounds in its dozens of archaeological sites, including Xihuacan, which was opened in 2013 and has not yet been completely excavated. Stop by the dig site or the city's archaeological museum to learn more about past civilizations. In more recent times, Zihuatanejo has been a fishing town, and fishermen can still be observed delivering their day's work to the water's edge.