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Best Mexican Riviera Shore Excursions

La Quebrada cliff divers. Credit Wikimedia Creative Commons license
La Quebrada cliff divers. Credit Wikimedia Creative Commons license
The Mexican Riviera on the country's west coast has a wide variety of shore excursions for cruise visitors and long-term visitors alike.


The Ensenada cruise port on the Baja Peninsula is the first port of call south of San Diego and Los Angeles.

La Bufadora is a marine geyser that creates a tremendous noise and shoots ocean water more than 100 feet into the air. It is one of the world’s largest marine geysers, which blows out sea water trapped with cair inside sea caves. The geyser is 21 miles south from the city of Ensenada. A typical four-hour shore excursion will cost about $40 to $50.

The Ensenada area is known for its wineries. Wineries tours range in price from $50 to $100 depending on the length of time, sailing date and other factors.

Ensenada is known for whale watching because great gray whales travel south to warmer waters to give birth to calves. Guided boat tours take visitors from the port of Ensenada into Todos Santos Bay.

Los Cabos

Cabo San Lucas is a popular cruise port on the Baja Peninsula because of a well-developed dining, shopping and entertainment district surrounding the city’s harbor. The city also has an attractive art district at Distrito del Arte, San Jose del Cabo, behind the main-square and church.

So visitors can find many attractions and points of interest on their own by walking around. Otherwise, they can venture elsewhere for more exciting shore excursions.

One of the most popular natural attractions is the Arch of Cabo San Lucas. Boat tours take passengers out to this unique arch at the tip of Baja California. A trip just to the Arch will cost at least $35 per person. Some excursions also include snorkeling or whale watching for prices up to $100 or more.

The Cabo Dolphin Center has a variety of programs for visitors to swim and interact with dolphins. Most prices range between $100 and $150 per person depending on the program.


The Mazatlán cruise port has several points of interest that visitors can see on their own. One of the most popular is the malecon or beach promenade, one of the largest in the world.

El Mercado is a marketplace in the center of town where visitors can buy arts, crafts, souvenirs and fresh produce.

Old Town is a historical district with colonial buildings that date back to the early 19th century. Visitors can walk on cobblestone streets, dine at restaurants and shop at boutiques. The district also has a museum of archaeology with ancient Mexican artifacts.

Anyone who wants a guided tour and an easier time of finding everything will pay about $40 per person for a three-hour tour.

Mazatlan Aquarium is the largest in Mexico with more than 200 fish species. It has a planetarium, bird theater, botanical gardens and sea lion show. Visitors can rent diving equipment to swim with a pair of Nurse Sharks. Prices that include time on a beach plus food start at $70 per person with discounts for children.

Puerto Vallarta

Dolphin lovers can visit the Dolphin Center at Nuevo Vallarta to swim with Pacific Bottlenose dolphins. Prices start at about $125 per person with discounts for children and go higher depending on the program.

Guided walking tours that include Oldtown District, the Malecón, Cuale Island Market. Relax in Lazaro Cardenas Park will cost about $35 to $40 per person.


Acapulco is the southernmost port on the Mexican Riviera and usually has ships that visit during Panama Canal cruises.

The world-famous cliffs of La Quebrada are known for the daring cliff divers who leap from heights of 100 feet or more into a narrow ocean cove below. Divers have been competing with each other and entertaining visitors since 1934. Shore excursions to the cliff diving are quick and inexpensive with prices starting at about $15 to $20 per person.

Guided city tours are more common than most Mexican Riviera cruise ports. They may include cliff divers, the Chapel of Peace and the Vallarino Turtle Camp among other sights. Like most guided city tours, they are among the least expensive shore excursions with prices averaging about $40 per person.

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