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Best Mexican Riviera Attractions and Excursions

La Quebrada cliff divers
La Quebrada cliff divers. Credit: Wikimedia
The Mexican Riviera has a wide variety of tourist attractions for cruise visitors and long-term visitors alike.

Acapulco


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.

This landmark is a hidden gem in Acapulco, so a guide may be necessary to find it. It is found in the old section of the city, at the home of the late Dolores ‘Lola’ Olmedo Patino. She had the world’s largest collection of Diego Rivera paintings.

Mural Diego Rivera mural is a mosaic sculpture painting portraying the ancient Aztec Gods created by Diego Rivera, one of Mexico’s most famous artists. The mural is located in one of the city’s older neighborhoods at the home of the late Dolores ‘Lola’ Olmedo Patino. She had the world’s largest collection of Diego Rivera paintings.

Ensenada


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 can be found on the Punta Banda Peninsula, 21 miles south from the city of Ensenada.

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


Los Cabos, also known as Cabo San Lucas, is a popular cruise port 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.

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.

Beach lovers may want to see Chileno Beach for snorkeling, swimming or relaxing under the sun. There are public washrooms and a police security guard in the parking lot.

Mazatlan


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

The Lighthouse is the world’s tallest natural lighthouse at 515 feet high. Visitors can hike up a trail to see it.

Mazatlan Aquarium is the largest in Mexico. It has a planetarium, bird theater, botanical gardens and sea life. Visitors can rent diving equipment to swim with a pair of Nurse Sharks.

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.

Puerto Vallarta


Jardin Botanico de Puerto Vallarta is a botanical garden with more than 3,000 species of plants. Visitors can walk on trails that take them to an orchid house, a rose garden, fern grotto and stream. The garden has free parking and a free guided tour at 1 p.m. every day.

Dolphin lovers can visit the Dolphin Center at Nuevo Vallarta to swim with Pacific Bottlenose dolphins.

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